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How to Make Bacon Wrapped Sweet Peppers in the Air Fryer

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How to make bacon-wrapped sweet peppers in the air fryer: Skip the deep fryer and the oven – here’s a quick and healthy way to create an easy appetizer or delicious snack. We’re talking crispy bacon wrapped around vibrant mini sweet peppers, all cooked to perfection in your air fryer. This is one of my favorite easy air fryer recipes and delicious bacon recipes

This recipe combines the salty goodness of bacon with the sweetness of mini bell peppers, stuffed with a dairy-free cream cheese filling all cooked to crispy perfection in your air fryer. It’s a healthier alternative to deep-frying, and it’s ready in a fraction of the time it takes to bake in the oven.

healthy bacon wrapped peppers stuff with cream cheese and cooked in the air fryer

Air fryers might have “fry” in their name, but they don’t actually use oil in the same way a deep fryer does. Instead, they rely on a clever trick using hot air circulation to achieve a crispy, golden-brown finish on your food. The bacon cooks around the peppers evenly thanks to the hot air circulation and powerful fan. 

Ingredients to Make Bacon-Wrapped Poppers in the Air Fryer

​This easy recipe is made with only three simple ingredients, a few toothpicks and an air fryer. 

  • 5 mini peppers
  • 10 bacon slices
  • 1 pkg cream cheese
3 ingredient air fryer bacon wrapped peppers recipe

Ingredient Tips and Swaps

For the stuffed peppers, this recipe is meant for sweet mini peppers, but you can certainly use jalapenos or simply check out my Ninja Foodi jalapeno poppers recipe

I am using a dairy-free cashew-based cream cheese mixture. This is perfect for anyone who is dairy-free or looking to remove dairy from their diet. But if you tolerate dairy, you can absolutely use any plain cream cheese of your choice. 

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When choosing bacon keep in mind that regular or thin bacon may cook in less time but it could also tear when you wrap it around the peppers. Whereas thick-cut bacon may take a few more minutes of cooking time but it is less likely to tear. Also, opt for quality bacon. We love to order quality bacon and other meat online from Crowd Cow.

​This recipe is designed for the air fryer. I am using the Ninja Foodi all-in-one air fryer, but you can use any size or type of air fryer to create these bacon-wrapped sweet peppers stuffed with cream cheese. See more delicious Ninja Foodi Recipes.

ninja foodi air fryer

How to Make Bacon-Wrapped Peppers on the Air Fryer

First, preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees F for a few minutes while you prepare the poppers. To do this, close the lid, select Air Crisp, set the temperature to 375, and press start.

Then with a sharp knife and cutting board, slice each of the peppers in half lengthwise. Next, remove the vein and seeds.

slice mini peppers on half. red orange and yellow mini peppers

Next, fill each mini pepper with cream cheese (appx 1-2 Tbsp each). Then wrap one slice of bacon around the pepper. Tuck the bacon under itself at the start and secure the end with a toothpick to make sure that the bacon does not curl away from the popper during the cooking process. Do this for all of the sweet mini pepper halves. 

mini sweet peppers wrapped in bacon, bacon secured with toothpicks on cutting board

How Long to Cook Bacon Wrapped Peppers in the Air Fryer

Once the poppers are prepared place them in the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer. Be sure to avoid overcrowding the basket. If all of the peppers don’t fit you might have to work in batches.

Between the natural fat content of bacon and the air fryer’s hot air circulation, you get a delicious and healthy appetizer without needing any olive or avocado oil.  It’s a win-win for flavor and convenience.

how to cook bacon wrapped mini peppers in the ninja foodi air fryer

Set the cooking time for 13 minutes and press start. Begin to check on the air fryer cream cheese stuffed peppers around the 10-12 minutes mark. Make sure that the poppers are cooking evenly and that the bacon does not burn. 

Remove the bacon-wrapped sweet peppers from the air fryer when the bacon is fully cooked, the peppers are tender, and the cream cheese has a slight golden brown. 

bacon wrapped poppers in the air fryer basket

Cooking times are flexible! This recipe works with various air fryer models and bacon thicknesses. Just keep an eye on those poppers for perfect crispiness.

Easy Three Ingredient Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Sweet Peppers

Make sure to remove the toothpicks from these tasty treats before serving. 

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This recipe for how to make bacon-wrapped sweet peppers in the air fryer is your MVP for a stress-free, crowd-pleasing appetizer.

air fryer bacon wrapped sweet peppers cooked in the ninja foodi air fryer

Unlike my fiery air fryer jalapeno poppers (perfect for those who love spicy foods!) this recipe offers a delightful balance of sweet and salty that caters to everyone. It’s a guaranteed hit for family gatherings, potlucks, game day, your next party, or whenever you need a quick and delicious finger food to impress your guests.

close up of crispy bacon wrapped around sweet mini peppers stuffed with dairy free cream cheese on a plate

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. Reheat in the air fryer or oven to maintain the same texture. If you reheat in the microwave you will most likely end up with chewy bacon. 

Bacon Wrapped Sweet Peppers in the Air Fryer

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How to Make Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Peppers in the Air Fryer

Yield: 110
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

See how to make bacon-wrapped sweet peppers in the air fryer with this easy recipe. Mini peppers stuffed with cream cheese wrapped in bacon.  


  • 5 mini peppers
  • 10 bacon slices
  • 1 pkg cream cheese


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees F while you prepare the poppers
  2. Slice mini sweet peppers in half and remove the seeds.
  3. Fill each mini sweet pepper half with cream cheese (dairy-free or regular) 1-2 Tbsp per half.
  4. Then wrap each mini pepper with a slice of bacon. Secure the bacon end with a toothpick
  5. Place bacon-wrapped peppers stuffed with cream cheese in the air fryer basket in a single layer
  6. Cook for 13 minutes. Check on the poppers to make sure that the bacon is cooked and doesn't burn
  7. Remove toothpicks before serving


Cook times may vary depending on the thickness of the bacon, and the different air fryer models and sizes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 407mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g

nutritional values are estimates and may vary depending on products/ingredients used.

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