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Keto Air Fryer Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers Low Carb Recipe

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Remember that air fryer you bought ages ago that you never really use? It’s time to take it out of storage and dust it off because I’ve got a variety of recipes that will make you remember why you were excited about it in the first place!

My low-carb Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers recipe is the perfect healthy spin on the deep-fried poppers that you normally get served at restaurants. They are full of the same flavor and amazing texture you’ve come to love, but without the carbs that you don’t need. 

Jalapeno peppers are the star of this recipe. They are non-starchy and provide a wide range of micronutrient vitamins, including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin K, and vitamin E. 

Jalapeno peppers are also a good source of the antioxidant carotenoid capsaicin, which has anti-obesity properties due to its thermogenic effect (*). It works by “heating up” your metabolism so you burn more calories. 

keto air fryer jalapeno poppers

According to one study, capsaicin may help reduce the desire to eat fatty, sweet, and salty foods. It also reduces the desire to eat food overall and helps promote greater satiety after meals. Lastly, capsaicin helps improve cardiovascular and metabolic health (*). 

This recipe also calls for cream cheese and cheddar cheese, which are high in protein, calcium, and vitamin A. Cheese and peppers are combined with bacon for a salty, creamy, and crunchy texture. 

Be sure to look for a brand of bacon that is as minimally processed as possible. It should come from organic, pasture-raised sources and be free from antibiotics, hormones, nitrates, added sugars, and preservatives. 

low carb air fryer jalapeno poppers

Traditional jalapeno poppers are often breaded and deep-fried in unhealthy oils. This recipe is incredibly light and delicious, thanks to the use of the air fryer. Plus, there is no breading or gluten required!

Serve these with your favorite low-carb dipping sauce or enjoy them as they are!

How to Prepare Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos in Air Fryer

Cut the jalapenos in half long-wise. Use a spoon to clean the seeds out from inside. 

cut jalapenos length wise

Combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, parsley, bacon, and sea salt in a bowl and mix well. You can use Philadelphia cream cheese for this. For more flavors, feel free to sprinkle a little bit of onion powder and garlic powder in this mixture.

combine cream cheese cheddar bacon

Add the cream cheese filling to each jalapeno pepper half. This is similar to our ground beef stuffed jalapenos.

stuff cream cheese in jalapenos

Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees F. Grease the air fryer basket with olive oil and place the stuffed poppers in the air fryer. Cook for 7 minutes.

jalapeno poppers air fryer

Serve sprinkled with crushed bacon and your favorite low-carb dipping sauce. 

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Keto Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

Easy low-carb and keto-friendly appetizer made with cream cheese and bacon stuffed jalapeno poppers using an air fryer to cook.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 239kcal
Author Tanya K.



  • 8 jalapeno peppers
  • 6 oz cream cheese
  • ¼ cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 5 slices bacon cooked and crushed (+ more for serving, optional)
  • 2 tbsp parsley finely chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil for greasing
  • sea salt to taste


  • Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scrape off the ribs and seeds.
  • In a bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, chopped parsley, crushed bacon, and sea salt.
  • Fill each jalapeno half with the prepared cheese mixture.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 370F. Grease an air fryer basket with olive oil and arrange stuffed jalapeno halves inside in a single layer. Cook for 7 minutes.
  • Serve sprinkled with some more crushed bacon.



Nutrition Facts
Keto Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 354mg15%
Potassium 197mg6%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 1116IU22%
Vitamin C 36mg44%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Are jalapenos keto approved?

Yes, jalapeños are keto-approved due to their low carb content, making them a suitable addition to a ketogenic diet. Always monitor portion sizes to ensure staying within daily carb limits.

How many net carbs do jalapeños have?

Jalapeños typically have around 0.5 grams of net carbs per medium-sized pepper (about 14 grams).

At what temperature and for how long should I cook jalapeno poppers in an air fryer?

Cook jalapeño poppers in an air fryer at 370°F (188°C) for 7-10 minutes until golden brown and the cheese is melted. Adjust time as needed based on popper size and air fryer model.

Is Philadelphia cream cheese OK for keto?

Yes, Philadelphia cream cheese is keto-friendly due to its high fat and low carb content. It’s a popular choice for many on the ketogenic diet. However, it’s always a good idea to check the nutritional label for specific carb counts and to ensure there are no added sugars or fillers.

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