Air fryer bacon wrapped stuffed  jalapenos with cream cheese

HOW TO CUT THE JALAPENO PEPPERS

First, cut the stem off each jalapeno pepper. Try to stay as close to the stem as possible since the edge will help create a boat to keep the filling inside.

Then cut the jalapeno pepper open lengthwise. I like to wear gloves whenever cutting jalapenos. The oils from inside the pepper membranes can stay on your hands even after you wash your hands.

Take out all the membrane and seeds from the jalapeno peppers. I use a small pairing knife to cut slightly around the membrane then pull it from the pepper with either a small spoon or my hand.

If you like your air fryer jalapeno poppers a little more on the spicy side, leave some of the membranes inside the pepper.

The membrane is the part of the pepper that contains the spicy heat. Completely removing the membrane will not remove all the heat but will tone down the spiciness quite a bit.

I suggest using room temperature cream cheese. If you’re using cold cream cheese, place it in a microwaveable bowl for about 15-20 seconds to warm it up slightly. This will allow you to mix it easier.

Spoon the cream cheese filling into the jalapenos with a small spoon. Use just enough to fill the jalapeno pepper without overfilling. Overfilling the pepper with cream cheese will cause it to spill out when wrapping it with bacon.

Preheat the air fryer by turning to 350 for 3 minutes. Although preheating is not necessary for cooking air fryer food, I find the food takes less time to cook and tastes better after preheating it.

Take the thinly sliced bacon and cut each slice into 2. You can keep it in 1 slice if you would like, but ½ a slice will be enough to wrap around the stuffed jalapenos.

Place the air fryer bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapenos into the air fryer in a single layer. Do not let any of them touch each other or it can interfere with the bacon cooking evenly.

Cook at 350 for 14-16 minutes until bacon is fully cooked.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers with full jalapeno in background

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 Jalapenos
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, room temperature or slightly soft
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 12 slices of bacon, thinly cut
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Cut the jalapenos in half, remove the stems, and remove the seeds and membranes. The more membrane you leave, the spicier the jalapenos will be.
    2. Add cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Mix to combine.
    3. Using a small spoon, scoop the cream mixture into each jalapeno filling it just to the top.
    4. Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees for about 3 minutes.
    5. Cut each slice of bacon in half.
    6. Wrap each jalapeno half in one piece of bacon.
    7. Place the bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapenos in the air fryer in an even layer making sure they do not touch.
    8. Air fry at 350 degrees for 14-16 minutes, until bacon is thoroughly cooked.
    9. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 days, reheating before eating.

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