When it gets hot out, my air fryer is my best friend. I use it to cook so many things that I would normally have to use the oven or stove for, like chicken breast, roasted veggies, totchos, and baked potatoes. And, most recently, I had some fresh, ripe jalapenos and knew that air fryer stuffed jalapenos would be ridiculously delicious.
And, if you know me, you know that I believe goat cheese should be it’s own food group, so of course I had to incorporate it into these mildly spicy bites of perfection!
Air Fryer Goat Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos – the Ingredients
These stuffed peppers have a pretty short ingredient list, and if you’re like me, 3 of the ingredients – sour cream, garlic, and salt/pepper – are things that you’ve always got in your pantry and refrigerator.
Aside from that, you should grab some fresh jalapenos and tomatoes – it’s farmer’s market season! – and goat cheese and parmesan cheese.
I drizzled a balsamic glaze over the stuffed jalapenos when they were all done just to dress them up. If you can’t find a bottle of balsamic glaze at the grocery store – it should be with the vinegars or salad dressings – you can easily make your own balsamic glaze. Or you can sprinkle a little fresh parmesan on top instead.
Adjusting the Heat in Your Jalapenos
The first thing you’re going to do is slice the tops off the peppers and slice them in half lengthwise.
Now – if you want just a hint of heat – scrape out all the veins, flesh and seeds.
If you want a lot of heat, leave all the flesh and seeds.
And if you want a medium amount of heat, leave a few seeds attached in each jalapeño half. Learn all about jalapeños and how to find one with the right amount of heat here.
Important Note – Use gloves while your cut the jalapenos or wash your hands immediately and more than once after handling the jalapenos. You do not want to touch your eyes accidentally with pepper oil on your hands. I use a rough coffee soap to wash my hands, because the rugged coffee granules help scrape off the oils.
Air Frying the Stuffed Jalapenos
After the jalapenos are cleaned out, turn them face down and lay them in your air fryer. Brush them very lightly with olive oil and then air fry the peppers at 370 degrees for 4 minutes, or until the edges start to brown and char.
While the peppers are cooking, mix the sour cream, goat cheese, parmesan, chopped tomatoes and garlic together. Taste and season with salt and pepper to your liking.
When the jalapenos are done, flip them over and use a spoon to fill each pepper half with the goat cheese mixture. Place the stuffed jalapenos back in the air fryer and fry for 3 minutes at 370 degrees.
If desired, drizzle the jalapenos with a balsamic glaze before serving. Serve them hot for the best, freshest taste.
To reheat leftover stuffed jalapenos, air fry them for 1 minute or heat them in the microwave until they’re warm.
I don’t have an air fryer – can I still make these goat cheese stuffed jalapenos?
Sure! Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. After scraping the jalapenos clean, spoon the goat cheese filling into the halves. Bake the filled halves on a baking sheet for 20-25 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and brown and peppers are slightly softened. IT takes a lot longer in the oven, but it’s absolutely doable!
Can I make these ahead of time?
You can clean the jalapenos, and make the cheese mixture ahead of time. Just store the mixture covered in a bowl until you’re ready to cook them.
Or – alternatively, you can air fry the jalapenos for 4 minutes, then fill them, put them on a plate and stick them in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to serve them, air fry the stuffed peppers for 3-5 minutes. They may take a couple extra minutes, because both the peppers and the filling are starting out cold.
What should I serve with these peppers?
If you want to make a complete meal, grill – or air fry – steak in a simple garlic marinade, and serve alongside these Goat Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos. Add a simple side salad if you need a little more substance!
Or use these as part of an appetizer spread; add another savory option that isn’t spicy, and compliment them with a couple sweet appetizer options. Yum!
Parmesan Goat Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos
- 4 medium sized jalapenos
- 1/4 c. chopped tomatoes
- 1/4 c. sour cream
- 1/2 c. shredded parmesan cheese
- heaping 1/2 c. crumbled goat cheese
- 1 garlic clove minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: balsamic glaze
- Slice the tops off jalapenos and slice in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and insides (leave some intact if you prefer more heat).
- Place jalapenos halves face down in air fryer. Lightly brush outsides with olive oil. Air fry at 370 degrees for 4 minutes.
- While jalapenos are air frying, stir together sour cream, parmesan, goat cheese, garlic and chopped tomatoes. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
- When jalapenos are done air frying, remove them to a plate and use a spoon to fill each jalapeno half with the cheese mixture. Carefully place the jalapeno halves back in the air fryer, face up this time.
- Air fry at 370 degrees for 3-4 minutes, or until cheese mixture is melty and beginning to brown.
- If desired, drizzle tops with a balsamic glaze (you can buy in a bottle or make your own) before serving. S
- Serve hot.
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