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Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers (keto)

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Keto jalapeño poppers are a delicious appetizer that everyone loves! This recipe includes methods for cooking them in your air fryer, but they’re also great baked in the oven. In any case, this low-carb snack is the best appetizer out there.

golden cheesy jalapeño poppers arranged on a plate with ranch dressing
perfectly roasted and toasted with cheese

Carbs in jalapeño poppers

We adore jalapeño poppers because they’re the best combination of comfort food goodness: cheesy, spicy, and creamy– all in one peppery appetizer!

There’s only 3 g. net carbs for 6 poppers! Make as a low carb main dish, side or appetizer along with Mexican Cauliflower Rice for a fiesta!

ingredients for jalapeño poppers
silky cream cheese, parmesan, green onion, and spices

Recommended Ingredients

This simple app uses fresh ingredients, without all the sugar of most sides. It is totally worth it to have all ingredients in this recipe: cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, and onion powder are the best combo.

  • jalapeños
  • cream cheese
  • green onions
  • parmesan cheese
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • salt
sliced jalapeño peppers without seeds on a wooden cutting board
slice and de-seed jalapeño peppers
ingredients in a frying pan
prep cream cheese + stuffing ingredients
jalapeño sliced topped with cheese stuffing
stuff + air fry

Oven jalapeño poppers

This recipe is ridiculously easy to follow!

  1. To begin, wash and cut a few jalapeños in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds and membranes of the pepper.

The oils from the jalapeño cling to your skin and can cause it to transfer to other sensitive areas. Be especially careful to never touch your eyes or nose after touching a jalapeño.

2. Once your jalapeños are ready to be stuffed, combine the ingredients for the cheesy filling.

Simply mix everything together until it’s smooth and creamy, and then pour it into the jalapeño halves. To top them off, add a sprinkle of extra cheese!

jalapeño peppers in the air fryer
there’s always room for extra cheese

Air Fryer Poppers

The poppers should be placed in the air fryer basket with an inch or so of space between each popper if you’re cooking them in the air fryer.

Using a lined baking sheet, place your keto jalapeño poppers in the air fryer for 7-10 minutes at 375 degrees or until the cheese is fully melted and turning a golden color.

two plates of stuffed jalapeño poppers with green onion and red pepper garnish
red pepper flakes add extra heat to your poppers

Are stuffed jalapeños spicy?

Some jalapeños are hotter than others, and you won’t know how spicy they are until you eat them.

Having said that, the majority of the spiciness is contained inside the seeds and membranes of the pepper, which you will be scraping away before filling with the cheese mixture.

air fried jalapeño poppers on two plates with napkin
Top with a flavorful green onion garnish


How spicy is this appetizer?

The cream cheese and cheddar filling also tends to minimize the heat of the chili peppers. However, the longer you allow peppers to ripen, the hotter they’ll be.

I prefer using my jalapeños soon after purchasing to minimize the heat. Alternatively, you may also use poblano peppers as a milder substitute for jalapeño.

jalapeño pepper poppers arranged in a circular pattern on a plate
Bacon lover? Try adding bacon bits to your stuffing for extra flavor!

How to make it extra spicy?

This recipe for homemade jalapeño poppers does have a slight heat to it, but it is not excessive. Add some minced jalapeño or red pepper flakes to the cream cheese filling if you want it to be spicier.

How to store cooked jalapeño poppers

Store leftover jalapeño poppers in a refrigerated air-tight container for up to 3 days.

jalapeño poppers with golden cheesy crust and green onion garnish

Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers

Air fryer jalapeño poppers are a yummy app that everyone loves! Recipe includes methods for cooking them in your air fryer or baked! Keto and low carb friendly recipe for the best appetizer out there.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 199kcal
Author: Amber @ Low Carb Quick




Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers

  • Chop the green onion in slices and sauté the white part in olive oil over medium heat. Once translucent, add the green part. Stir for one minute until tender.
  • Remove the onion from heat. Add cream cheese, parmesan cheese, onion powder, garlic powder and salt. Mix all the ingredients to get a smooth paste.
  • Chop each jalapeños in halves, remove their veins and seeds but not their stalks.
  • Fill the jalapeños with the cream cheese mixture and top them with a small amount of shredded mozzarella.
  • Add to air fryer at 375°F for 7 minutes.
  • Serve warm with ranch dressing or a dipping sauce.

Oven-baked jalapeño poppers

  • Follow same instructions for prep, but preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Bake the jalapeños in a high baking tray covered with foil for 12 minutes or until jalapeños are fork-tender, then remove foil and bake for 2 more minutes for the mozzarella to gratin.


  • Store left-overs in the fridge for up to five days. Re-heat in the microwave or in the oven.
  • Add some panko (or pork rinds, if keto) on top of the jalapeños for a crunchy bite.
Recipe Notes
Great recipe for people following a gluten-free or low-carb diet. Creamy, cheesy and kind of addictive baked jalapeño peppers! Enjoy them as a side or entry-dish with some ranch sauce or chipotle mayo.


Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 377mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1026IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 165mg | Iron: 1mg

Suzy Felds

Monday 26th of September 2022

I made these twice already with minor adjustments. I used shishito peppers and cheddar instead of mozzarella. We baked them in the oven. They turn out delicious!

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