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Wonton Jalapeno Poppers (w/ Air Fryer Instructions)

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These simple wonton jalapeno poppers are filled with a mixture of cream cheese, cheddar, jalapenos, and green onions + bacon if you choose. Deep fryer and air fryer instructions included!

A pile of jalapeno popper wontons on a plate with a whole jalapeno

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I hope you guys enjoy jalapeno popper stuff as much as I do because I’m back with another one. These jalapeno popper wontons are a go-go appetizer of mine and always a hit.


What you’ll love about this recipe?


  • It’s simple! These wonton poppers require just a handful of ingredients, are simple to throw together, and take just 30-minutes.
  • You can cook them in an air fryer! Before the air fryer came along, I used to deep-fry them but nowadays I always air fry them. Personally, I think they taste better air fried. It’s also simpler and less of a mess since you don’t have to deal with hot oil. Not to mention, healthier!!! Air fryer jalapeno popper wontons for the win!
  • It’s delicious! Anything involving crispy fried wonton wrappers is bound to be tasty especially when you add melted cream cheese, sharp cheddar, and some spicy jalapenos to the mix. Mmmm.
A stack of jalapeno cream cheese wonton poppers one of which is torn open to revel the filling

Ingredients (+ notes & substitutions)


  • Cream cheese: The cream cheese will be much easier to work with if you warm it up to room temperature first. In a pinch, you can microwave it for 15 seconds at a time until softened.
  • Garlic powder: Powder rather than fresh is the way to go for this recipe because the garlicky flavor is more evenly dispersed.
  • Onion powder: While you do get some oniony flavor from the green onions, I like to add some more in the form of onion powder.
  • Cheddar cheese: I prefer sharp cheddar for this recipe but any type will do including smoked cheddar. You could even experiment with other types of cheese like pepper Jack, Monterey Jack, and mozzarella.
  • Jalapenos: I typically leave the seeds and membranes in tact for the heat. You are more than welcome to remove them however.
  • Bacon: Personally, I don’t add bacon to my poppers BUT you certainly can. I would aim for two thick cut slices of bacon or three regular slices. The simplest way to cook the bacon is to throw it in a 400 degree oven atop a sheet pan for about 20-minutes. You will then, of course, need to chop it or crumble it and mix it in with the cheese, jalapenos, and green onions.
  • Green onions: Two to three stalks should do it.
  • Wonton wrappers: These wrappers can sometimes be difficult to locate at the grocery store. They are normally refrigerated in or near the produce section with items such as kimchi and tofu.

How do you make wonton jalapeno poppers? ( + tips)


  1. If you are planning to deep fry the poppers, heat your deep fryer or a heavy-bottomed pan with oil at least 3-inches deep to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, garlic powder, and onion powder.
Cream cheese in a mixing bowl

2. Stir in the cheddar cheese followed by the bacon (optional), jalapenos, and green onions.

Filling for jalapeno cream cheese wontons in a mixing bowl

3. To assemble: gather the wonton wrappers, the filling, and a small bowl of water. Lay a wonton wrapper on a flat surface, dip your finger in the water, and run it along all four edges of the wrapper to wet it. This will make it sticky so that you can seal the wontons once they have been filled and folded. Scoop two teaspoons of the filling and place it in the center of the wonton wrapper. Fold the four corners in so that they meet in the center then pinch the edges together to seal, squeezing out as much air as possible. Repeat with remaining ingredients. ***When the wontons are filled with air they balloon as they fry and spill their filling. – This is less of an issue when they are air fried.

Folded wontons

4. For deep-fried jalapeno popper wontons: Place the wontons in the hot oil in batches of six and fry for 1-2 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon or tongs and transfer to a paper towel-lined surface to absorb excess grease.

For air fryer jalapeno popper wontons: Heat your air-fryer to 350 degrees and run empty for five minutes. In 2-3 batches, fry the wontons flat side down for five minutes. **You do not need to use any oil for this recipe.

Five air fried wonton poppers next to five deep fried wonton poppers with two jalapenos
Left – air fried. Right – deep-fried.

5. Serve warm with your choice of dipping sauce.


Storage


Leftovers may be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to four days. They are best enjoyed fresh, however, as they do become soggy when refrigerated.



Close up of fried wonton poppers with a jalapeno
Close up of the inside of a wonton popper

More jalapeno popper inspired appetizers:


  • Baked Jalapeno Popper Bites with Brown Sugar Bacon: These indulgent baked jalapeno popper bites are the perfect sweet and savory appetizer for your next get together. Everyone will be raving about these bacon-wrapped cheese-stuffed jalapeno slices candied with brown sugar!!
  • Deep-Fried Jalapeno Popper Deviled Eggs: Deep-fried egg whites are stuffed with a creamy yolk mixture, and topped with sliced jalapenos, bacon, and cayenne pepper to create these indulgent deep-fried jalapeno popper deviled eggs.

If you make these jalapeno popper wontons I’d love your feedback. Please leave a comment and/or a rating below as I greatly value your opinion. Or snap a pic and tag me on Instagram @taoofspiceblog. Love, light, and happy cooking ya’ll ♥

A stack of jalapeno cream cheese wonton poppers one of which is torn open to revel the filling

Wonton Jalapeno Poppers

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These simple wonton jalapeno poppers are filled with a mixture of cream cheese, cheddar, jalapenos, and green onions + bacon if you choose. Deep fryer and air fryer instructions included!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temp
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 medium jalapenos, finely diced
  • 2-3 green onion stalks, finely sliced
  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • Neutral oil for frying

Instructions

  1. If you are planning to deep fry the poppers, heat your deep fryer or a heavy-bottomed pan with oil at least 3-inches deep to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  3. Stir in the cheddar cheese followed by the bacon (optional), jalapenos, and green onions.
  4. To assemble: gather the wonton wrappers, the filling, and a small bowl of water. Lay a wonton wrapper on a flat surface, dip your finger in the water, and run it along all four edges of the wrapper to wet it. This will make it sticky so that you can seal the wontons once they have been filled and folded. Scoop two teaspoons of the filling and place it in the center of the wonton wrapper. Fold the four corners in so that they meet in the center then pinch the edges together to seal, squeezing out as much air as possible. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  5. For deep-fried jalapeno popper wontons: Place the wontons in the hot oil in batches of six and fry for 1-2 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon or tongs and transfer to a paper towel-lined surface to absorb excess grease. For air fryer jalapeno popper wontons: Heat your air-fryer to 350 degrees and run empty for five minutes. In 2-3 batches, fry the wontons flat side down for five minutes.
  6. Serve warm with your choice of dipping sauce.

Storage: Leftovers may be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to four days. They are best enjoyed fresh, however, as they do become a bit soggy when refrigerated.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 96Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 137mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 4g

The nutritional information provided is computer generated. It is only an estimate and intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition details may vary depending on various factors such as origin, freshness of ingredients, etc

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