Bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers are simple to make in the Ninja Foodi Grill or air fryer.
If you're at all like me, you look for an excuse to use the air fryer. Now that I've made this dish a few times in the Ninja Foodi Grill, it's been put on my menu's heavy rotation.
Most people consider the jalapeno poppers to be an appetizer or snack but they are quite hearty and can almost be a meal if served with a salad.
There was a time when I'd sworn off all things jalapeno.
A friend of mine made a bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers dish to show off his new dutch oven on a camping trip.
Ever since that day I've been hooked on these pepper poppers.
Are bacon-wrapped Jalapeno Poppers hot?
When you prepare the jalapenos, use a spoon to scoop out the capsaicin gland or the white veins that often have seeds clinging to them. The jalapeno pepper will often be far less spicy when these white ribs are removed.
Can I make these jalapeno poppers ahead of time?
If you're having a party for the big game or using these poppers as an appetizer, they can most certainly be made up to one day ahead of time.
I suggest keeping them refrigerated and covered with plastic wrap and until you're ready to cook.
What else can I stuff inside a bacon-wrapped jalapeno popper?
If it fits inside the jalapeno and you can wrap bacon around it, it's fair game for stuffing the popper and cooking in your air fryer. Some of the most popular things to stuff a jalapeno with include:
- Cocktail weenies
- Pulled pork
- Leftover brisket
- Raspberry preserves
- Other spreadable cheeses like Boursin
- Dirty rice
I've even made Mexican Jalapeno Taco Boats using ground taco meat and some shredded cheese as a filling. It's a wonderful low carb dish that is delicious and satisfying.
This simple-to-make dish is borderline irresistible and will quickly become a favorite for you to cook in your Ninja Foodi Grill or air fryer. The balance of spice from the jalapeno pepper with the creaminess of the cream cheese and salty bacon makes your mouth yearn for another bite.
- 3 Jalapeno poppers halved lengthwise
- 6 slices thinly sliced bacon
- 12 tablespoons cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon barbecue seasoning
- Cut the jalapeno peppers lengthwise into two halves
- Use a small spoon to scrape and remove all seeds and white veins or other ribs from the pepper
- Use a butter knife to cut the cream cheese into a small block that will fit inside the pepper, about 2 tablespoons
- Stuff the pepper with the cream cheese by pressing it into the pepper cavity
- Sprinkle with BBQ seasoning
- Starting at the stem side of the jalapeno pepper wrap the bacon around the cheese to hold it in place stretching the bacon slightly as you wrap
- Sprinkle the remaining BBQ seasoning on the bacon wrapping the peppers
- Preheat your Ninja Foodi Grill or air fryer to 350F
- Place the peppers in the cooker in a single row
- Cook for about 10 minutes or until the bacon is cooked to your desired doneness.
Whenever you are handling jalapenos, it's always good practice to wear gloves as the peppers have oils that can adhere to your skin and make you very uncomfortable if you rub your eyes or other parts of your body. I suggest a disposable food prep glove that you can use and easily discard when done.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 540Total Fat: 48gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 1161mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 19g
Nutritional information isn't always accurate and can vary based on ingredients.