If you like jalapeno poppers, you'll love this new twist: Jalapeno Popper Wontons. Bite-sized jalapeno pieces are filled with creamy cheese, then wrapped in a wonton wrapper instead of usual breading. They're air fried until super crispy.
Jalapeno Popper Wontons
If you're into Jalapeno Poppers, these wontons are for you. They're wrapped in wonton skins and air-fried until crispy, keeping all that jalapeno popper goodness inside. Each bite is full of jalapeno flavor, cream cheese, and bacon. Try them straight out of the air fryer, or dip them in our homemade Wingstop Ranch.
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✅ You'll Need
- Jalapeno Peppers: These add a spicy kick. For less heat, remove the seeds and white membranes.
- Bacon: Cook until crispy and crumble. For a vegetarian option, you could use smoked paprika or vegetarian bacon bits for a similar smoky flavor.
- Cream Cheese: Use full-fat for a richer taste, or low-fat for a lighter version. For a dairy-free alternative, you can use vegan cream cheese.
- Fresh Cilantro or Parsley: Adds freshness. If cilantro isn't your favorite, parsley is a great substitute. Alternatively, dill can also be used for a different flavor profile.
- Shredded Monterrey Jack or Cheddar Cheese: These melt well and add creaminess. You can substitute with other melting cheeses like mozzarella or pepper jack cheese for a spicier touch.
- Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Cumin Powder: These spices add depth. They can be adjusted to taste or substituted with a taco seasoning blend for a different flavor twist.
- Salt: To taste. Be mindful of the saltiness of the bacon and cheeses.
- Egg and Water Mixture: This is used as a wash to seal the wontons. If allergic to eggs, just water can sometimes be sufficient, or you can use a cornstarch slurry.
- Wonton Wrappers: Available in most grocery stores. For a gluten-free option, look for gluten-free wrappers.
- Cooking Spray or Oil: Used to prevent sticking and achieve a crispy texture.
🔪 How to Make Air Fryer Jalapeno Popper Wontons
Preheat the air fryer to 350°F. Spray the basket with nonstick cooking spray.
Prepare the Filling: In a mixing bowl, combine the finely chopped jalapenos, crumbled bacon, softened cream cheese, cilantro, Monterrey Jack cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and a pinch of salt. Mix until combined.
Assemble the wontons: Place the wonton wrappers on a clean surface.
Put about 2 teaspoons of the jalapeno cheese mixture in the middle of each wrapper.
To fold the wontons, dip your finger in the whisked egg wash and spread it around the edges of the wrapper. Then fold the wrapper diagonally in half and press the edges together to seal them.
Place the wontons in the air fryer basket in a single layer, making sure they aren't touching. Spray them with cooking oil. Air fry for around 8-10 minutes, or until they turn golden brown and crispy. Halfway through, flip them and give them another spray of cooking oil. Depending on your air fryer's size, you may need to cook the wontons in batches.
Serve the air fryer jalapeno popper wontons while they're still hot. They go well with ranch dressing or any dipping sauce you like.
Can I Make Jalapeno Popper Wontons in the Oven?
Yes! You can bake these wontons in the oven if you don't have an air fryer. Just follow the recipe up to the point where you would put the wontons in the air fryer.
Instead, put them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spray them with cooking spray, and bake at 400°F for 8 minutes. Then flip the wontons and bake for another 5 minutes. They might not be as crispy as they would be in the air fryer, but they'll still have all the great flavors of jalapeno poppers.
👨🍳 Pro Tips
- Seed the Jalapenos: For a milder taste, remove the seeds and membranes from the jalapenos. If you prefer more heat, leave some seeds in.
- Cream Cheese Consistency: Ensure the cream cheese is softened before mixing. This helps to get a smooth filling that's easier to work with.
- Even Filling Distribution: Use a consistent amount of filling in each wonton to ensure uniform cooking and flavor in every bite.
- Sealing the Wontons: Make sure to seal the edges of the wontons well to prevent the filling from leaking out during cooking. The egg wash is key for a good seal.
- Don’t Overcrowd the Air Fryer: Cook the wontons in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding. This ensures they cook evenly and become crispy.
- Adjust Cooking Time: Depending on your air fryer model, you may need to adjust cooking times slightly. Keep an eye on them to ensure they don't burn.
🗄️ Storage and Reheating
To store jalapeño poppers wontons, place them in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator. They should stay fresh for up to 3 days.
To reheat, preheat your air fryer to 350°F. Place the wontons in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Heat for about 1-2 minutes, or until they are thoroughly warmed and regain their crispiness.
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