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Air Fryer Jalapeño Popper Bites

Easy jalapeno poppers made in the Air Fryer. They taste amazing and make a terrific appetizer or snack.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Freeze time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 18
Author: Jill


  • Air Fryer



  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 medium jalapeños seeds removed, diced
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup corn-starch
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper



  • Add your shredded cheese, cream cheese, jalapeños, bacon, and garlic to a large bowl.
  • Mix well.
  • Using a spoon or cookie scoop, scoop 18 portions. Roll them into balls. Place them on a cookie sheet or other hard surface.
  • Place them in the freezer for 1 hour.
  • While in the freezer, add to a small bowl your eggs. Whisk. Set aside.
  • Add your flour, corn-starch, salt and pepper, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, and cayenne pepper in another small bowl. Whisk. Set aside.
  • In your last small bowl, add your panko. Set aside.
  • Remove your bites from the freezer.
  • Coat one bite in the flour mixture, then egg, then panko.
  • Add to the freezer for another 20 minutes.
  • Spray your air fryer with cooking spray. Place in your air fryer. Spray your bites with more cooking spray.
  • Cook at 340°F for 7 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Repeat steps 11-12 until all bites have been cooked in your air fryer depending on the size of your fryer. Keep any bites in the freezer until ready to cook them.
  • Remove and allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
  • Enjoy as-is or with dipping sauce like ranch or blue cheese.