Our air fryer jalapeno popper bites make the perfect snack or appetizer! We make a creamy, spicy jalapeno popper filling, stuff it inside biscuit dough, and cook it in the air fryer!
If there is one thing we know well with all of our years’ air frying it is air fried appetizers!
One of our favorite styles of appetizers is what is commonly called a “bomb” or a “bite.” This is where we take a common snack and make it a filling inside a delicious air fried biscuit shell.
I love all these recipes so much that someday I am going to have a party where I just serve trays and trays of different air fryer bites! Would you come to a party like that?
Biscuits – One can of refrigerated biscuit do will get you 16 of these tasty bites. That is the target of the recipe. Grand’s Flaky Layers work best in this recipe as the biscuits are larger than most and are easier to stuff. They also peel apart nicely, making it easier to get 2 biscuits out of one.
Bacon – The best appetizers all have bacon, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You can cook and crumble your air fryer bacon ahead of time if you like so it is ready for this recipe.
Jalapeno- You only need one and this will need seeded and minced. We use a small one, but if you want more Jalapeno flavor you can use a medium one or leave the seeds in for extra spice.
Cheese– You need some cream cheese at room temp, so set it out ahead of time. Also shredded cheddar to provide that cheesy filling!
Other filling ingredients– Sour cream and minced garlic will help make the filling flavorful and creamy!
Seasoning– Butter, garlic powder, salt, and parsley go on the outside of the bomb for a wonderfully simple seasoning.
How to Make Jalapeno Popper Bites in the Air Fryer:
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Filling– Add your cream cheese, cheddar cheese, sour cream, bacon, minced jalapeno, and minced garlic to a small bowl. Stir well to combine.
Fill– Split the biscuits in half to form 16 thinner biscuit pieces. Spoon the mixture evenly to the center of each biscuit. A tablespoon works well for this. Fold the edges of the biscuit over to seal the cheese into the center and then roll it into a ball.
Garlic Butter– Add your melted butter, garlic powder, parsley, and salt to a small bowl and whisk to combine.
Air Fry– Add the rolled bites to your air fryer basket in a single layer with space between them. Next, brush your melted butter mixture over the bites. Air fryer for 5 minutes at 350 degrees F.
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Keep them in an air tight container in your refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Reheat these popper bites in the air fryer at 350 degrees for 3-4 minutes.
These are great dipped in Ranch dressing or a Southwest ranch dressing!
Karly’s Recipe Tips!
You’ll likely need to work in batches unless you have a huge air fryer. Keep in mind that the second batch will cook a bit faster than the first as the air fryer will be hot.
You can make these poppers a little spicier by adding a 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne to the filling ingredients or leaving the seeds in the peppers.
Air Fryer Jalapeno Popper Bites
- 1 can 8 count flaky layers refrigerated biscuits
- 4 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- ½ cup shredded cheddar
- 1 tablespoon sour cream
- 1 slice bacon cooked and crumbled
- 1 small jalapeno seeded and minced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon dried parsley
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Open the can of biscuits and separate each biscuit in half to form 16 thin biscuit pieces.
- Add the cream cheese, cheddar, sour cream, bacon, jalapeno, and garlic to a small bowl and stir to combine.
- Once combined, spoon the mixture evenly in the center of each biscuit, about 1 tablespoon per biscuit.
- Fold up the edges of the biscuit to seal the cheese into the center. Roll into a ball, sealing the edges so the cheese does not leak out.
- Place the biscuits in an air fryer basket in an even layer, leaving space between each for air to flow.
- Add the butter, garlic powder, parsley, and salt to a small bowl and whisk to combine.
- Brush the butter mixture over the dough.
- Air fry at 350 degrees for 5-6 minutes, or until dough is golden brown and cooked through.