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jalapeno poppers taquitos on a wooden board

Air Fryer Jalapeño Taquitos

Air Fryer Jalapeño Popper Taquitos are a cheesy, bacony, roasted jalapeo peppery delight!
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Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Pepper Steam Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 taquitos
Calories: 209kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous

Ingredients

  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 3 large jalapeños
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked and chopped into small pieces
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • ½ cup queso fresco
  • 3 stalks green onions, chopped (green part only)

Optional Garnish Ideas

  • salsa and sour cream

Instructions

Roast/Broil the Jalapenos

  • Prepare a baking sheet with foil, turn on the oven broiler to high and place the upper rack in the oven to the highest point. Rinse the jalapeños and cut off the stems (otherwise they might catch on fire under the broiler 🔥).
    fresh jalapenos on a baking sheet with foil
  • Place the jalapeños on the baking sheet and place under the broiler for 5 minutes. Flip the jalapeños over and continue to broil for another 5 minutes. Flip one more time to the side that needs the most char and broil for 5 more minutes. Remove the jalapeños from the pan and place them in a sealable plastic bag for 10 minutes to steam. After 10 minutes, remove the peppers from the bag. Be careful, they are hot! Place the jalapeños on a cutting board and remove the skin from each one. Don't worry about being perfect, just get as much off as you can. Cut off the top of the jalapeños, remove the seeds and cut each one in half.
    broiled jalapenos on tin foil
  • Place all three of the cheeses and the chopped green onions into a medium mixing bowl and stir together until everything is combined. Set the bowl aside. Wrap the tortillas in a wet paper towel and microwave for 30-60 seconds to warm them up. This will make it easier to roll them. Leave them wrapped in the paper towel until you are ready to use them.
    cheeses and green onion mixed in a bowl

Taquito Assembly and Air Frying

  • Take one of the jalapeño halves and place it on top of a warm tortilla. Sprinkle some of the bacon pieces on top of the jalapeño. Add a dollop of the cheese mixture on top of the bacon. Roll the tortilla in a tight roll and place a toothpick on either end (this will help the taquito stay rolled while frying). Repeat this process with all of the tortillas.
    half of a roasted jalapeno with bacon and cheese on a tortilla
  • Spray the basket of your air fryer with non-stick spray. Place the rolled taquitos in the basket making sure there is a little room between each one and spray again with non-stick spray. Cook at 400°F for 4 minutes. Carefully remove the toothpicks with tongs, flip the taquitos, spray and cook for an additional 4 minutes. If you have a small air fryer like me, you will probably have to cook 2 batches.
    jalapeno poppers in an air fryer
  • Once the taquitos are done, remove them from the basket and take out the toothpicks. Allow them to cool slightly before serving. Garnish with salsa and sour cream if desired. Enjoy!
    jalapeno poppers taquitos on a wooden board

Notes

  • Always read the instruction manual that came with your Air Fryer and follow all safety guidelines.

Nutrition

Serving: 1taquito | Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.3g | Protein: 9.6g | Fat: 13.7g | Saturated Fat: 7.2g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 379mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 1.9g | Sugar: 0.7g | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 1mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.