Jalapeno Poppers recipe

Jalapeno Poppers recipe

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These chillies make the perfect appetiser or starter. Jalapeno chillies are stuffed with cream cheese, Parmesan and Cheddar, then wrapped in bacon and grilled on the barbecue.

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IngredientsServes: 16

  • 225g cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic granules
  • 170g grated Cheddar cheese
  • 16 whole jalapeno chillies with stems
  • 8 rashers streaky bacon, cut in half crosswise

MethodPrep:30min ›Cook:30min ›Ready in:1hr

  1. Preheat barbecue for medium heat and lightly oil the cooking grate.
  2. Mix together the cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic granules and Cheddar cheese in a bowl until the mixture is thoroughly blended.
  3. Lay a jalapeno chilli onto a work surface and cut a lengthways sliver from the side of the pepper, exposing the seeds and white membrane. With the handle of a teaspoon, scrape out the seeds and membrane, leaving the hollow pepper. Repeat for the rest of the chillies. Chop up the chilli slices and mix into the cheese stuffing. Stuff each pepper with cheese mixture and wrap each stuffed chilli in a half a rasher of bacon. Secure with cocktail sticks.
  4. Grill the poppers on a cooler part of the barbecue until the chillies are hot and juicy and the bacon is browned, 30 to 40 minutes.

Jalapeno chillies

Can be purchased in speciality markets or online.

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by Razz Melinda Abrego

These are great. But SUPER HOT! I also cheated and cooked them in the oven. Turned out great. I also added garlic and onion powder to the cheese mixture.-05 Sep 2010

by michellegu22

INCREDIBLE!!! These are always a hit when I serve them. A few changes I made: (1) I use a liittle less garlic powder in the cheese mixture, (2) I add a piece of sliced sausage before I wrap the bacon around the pepper, and (3) I cut the jalapenos in half instead of just removing a sliver and stuffing that way. You have got to try these.. .thanks Pedally!!!-03 Nov 2010

by Karen Horsman Lowe

My husband didn't care for the poppers. Not just these poppers, he didn't like any. I think they would be easier in the oven, as suggested by others. I found them quite tasty and easy to do. I opted to split the jalapeno to get the seeds and membranes out and then reserved a few jalapenos to use to mix with the cream cheese mixture.-18 Sep 2010

Smoked Jalapeno Poppers

This smoked jalapeno poppers recipe is the ultimate party food with bacon wrapped jalapeno peppers stuffed with loads of melty cheese and seasonings, then smoked for the most outstanding flavor. These will be your new favorite poppers!

It&rsquos time for more jalapeno poppers in the Chili Pepper Madness kitchen, my friends! Yes! It&rsquos always time for poppers. Jalapeno poppers are the ultimate party food, great appetizers for just about any gathering, no matter what time of year.

We&rsquore making them a bit differently this time around, and I think you are going to love these. Fire up your smoker, my friends. Today we&rsquore serving up Smoked Jalapeno Poppers, and they are addictive!

These are bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers stuffed with seasoned cream cheese then smoked at mid level heat until the bacon becomes just the right amount of crispy. I can&rsquot get enough of these.

Let&rsquos talk about how we make smoked jalapeno poppers, shall we?

Jalapeño Poppers

Crispy, spicy, and cheesy jalapeño poppers are a very popular appetizer in restaurants, and our accessible recipe can bring the bite-sized treats to your table in all their glory without much trouble. It just takes some time, easy-to-find ingredients, and patience when assembling the jalapeños to make these tasty bites your new go-to appetizer when decadent and spicy food is in order.

Our recipe requires a little preparation. When working with peppers like these, we recommend you use disposable gloves and avoid touching your face, as the jalapeño juices can get into your eyes or nose and cause an uncomfortable burn.

After hollowing out the peppers comes the cheesy filling and deep-frying until a golden-brown color sets all around the jalapeños and they're ready for the serving plate. The irresistible crisp exterior is only complemented by a creamy warm inside. Beautiful on their own as an appetizer or snack, these jalapeños can double as a side dish for milder flavors like grilled chicken breast or carne asada. Alternatively, serve them with chips, salsa, and guacamole for a festive spread.

Before you start, be sure to have at hand an oil for frying that can withstand the temperature required for deep-frying. Canola, peanut, and vegetable oils are good choices. For a non-vegetarian version, add chopped bacon into the cream cheese filling for extra flavor and crunch.

Recipe Summary

  • 24 small jalapeño chilis
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese (4 oz.)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs

Cut slit in jalapeños lengthwise with a paring knife and remove seeds. Leave stems intact.

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar and cilantro, and mix well. Stuff jalapeños generously with cheese mixture.

Warm 2 inches of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it reaches 375°F.

Arrange 3 bowls on a counter. Place flour in one, eggs in another and bread crumbs in third. One at a time, dip jalapeños in flour, then eggs, letting excess drip off. Roll each jalapeño in bread crumbs to coat. (Poppers can be made several hours ahead up to this point. Cover and refrigerate.)

Fry a few peppers at a time in hot oil until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Return oil to 375°F before beginning next batch. Serve warm.

How to make jalapeno poppers

  1. Slice jalapenos in half long-wise, and spoon out the seeds.
  2. Arrange the jalapenos on a large baking sheet set aside.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and cheddar cheese.
  4. Spoon cream cheese mixture into each jalapeno popper and level the top. Repeat until all jalapeno poppers have filling.
  5. Top each pepper with crushed crackers and/or additional shredded cheddar.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the jalapeno poppers are cooked, but not too soft. If desired, broil the tops near the end.

For the full list of ingredients check out the jalapeno popper recipe below.

13 Jalapeño Popper Recipes to Spice Things Up

These jalapeño popper recipes are all the proof you need that these petite stuffed peppers are the chameleon of the food world. They are spicy enough for chile heads but usually not too hot for wimps. They can be roasted, broiled, grilled, or fried. Stuffed with cheese, meat, or any combination thereof, they are always welcome and—best of all—there are seemingly endless varieties.

Most jalapeño poppers are also coated in batter or bread crumbs before being baked or fried, and you can certainly do that with any of our recipes below—but if you skip it, they’re not only great on the grill, they’re keto-friendly too.

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Make a big batch (or several) of these creative jalapeño poppers for game day, or any other get-together, and remember plenty of beer (or non-alcoholic alternatives) to help soothe the burn.

1. Basic Jalapeño Poppers

Because ya gotta start somewhere. These are simply hollowed out, filled with cream cheese, and broiled until bubbly and brown. Experiment as you wish, or keep it classic for popper purists. Get our Basic Jalapeño Poppers recipe.

2. Bacon and Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers

The perfect handheld indulgence, these are split and stuffed with cream cheese, cheddar, and crispy bacon. Leave a few seeds in the peppers if you want them spicier. Get our Bacon and Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers recipe.

3. Herbed Goat Cheese Jalapeño Poppers

In a decidedly elegant spin on this classic game day snack, the peppers are stuffed with a mixture of tangy goat cheese, fresh garlic and lemon, and minced Italian parsley. Try them outdoors with a glass of crisp white wine for a twist on your standard cheese plate (when the weather’s warm enough, anyway). Get our Herbed Goat Cheese Jalapeño Poppers recipe.

4. Buffalo Jalapeno Poppers

Blue cheese, buffalo sauce, and fresh jalapeños–it’s a match/menage made in heaven! You can tailor how spicy you like these by how much and which hot sauce you use, and you can even throw a little shredded cooked chicken into the cream cheese if you prefer make it a rotisserie chicken for the easiest option. Get our Buffalo Jalapeno Poppers recipe.

5. Mediterranean Jalapeño Poppers

It’s a trip to Greece with these savory poppers. The peppers are filled with feta and cream cheeses, sundried tomatoes, and olives. After these are grilled or broiled, you can slice them and serve them on toasted bread for a chic cocktail party snack. Get our Mediterranean Jalapeño Poppers recipe.

6. Chipotle-Chorizo Jalapeño Poppers

Pepper-ception! Chipotles in adobo sauce and crumbled Mexican chorizo give these poppers an extra smoky, spicy kick. Get our Chipotle-Chorizo Jalapeño Poppers recipe.

7. Pepperoni Pizza Jalapeño Poppers

Pizza is pretty perfect, but put it in a bite-size snack like these stuffed peppers and it’s even more portable—plus, this gets around the crust issue for anyone cutting carbs or forgoing gluten. Get our Pepperoni Pizza Jalapeño Poppers recipe.

8. Italian Sausage Jalapeño Poppers

Sausage and peppers are great on a roll, but (like pizza) potentially messy. Solution: Stuff that sausage along with sauteed onions and cheese inside jalapeño peppers, then broil or grill for a delicious bite. Get our Italian Sausage Jalapeño Poppers recipe.

9. Salsa Verde Chicken Jalapeño Poppers

More interested in Mexican flavors? These chicken chile verde poppers are packed with flavor from tomatillo salsa and cilantro. If you use rotisserie chicken and store-bought salsa (which you can doctor with extra cumin, lime juice, and garlic), it’s a super-fast snack too. Get our Salsa Verde Chicken Jalapeño Poppers recipe.

10. Gyro Jalapeño Poppers

Truly, there is no meat you cannot stuff into a jalapeño popper. Here, we go with ground lamb, but you could swap in ground beef if you prefer. Just don’t skimp on the oregano. Get our Gyro Jalapeño Poppers recipe.

11. Smoky Mushroom Jalapeño Poppers

Conversely, jalapeño poppers are also great without any meat at all. These incorporate gouda and sauteed mushrooms for a vegetarian take. Get our Smoky Mushroom Jalapeño Poppers recipe.

Tips for making this recipe:

  1. Be sure not to handle the inside of the jalapeños or the seeds too much when you cut them and clean them. The inside of jalapeño peppers (especially the seeds) can be very spicy!
  2. When buying jalapeños, the more white stripes the jalapeños have on them, the spicier the peppers will be. If you like heat, get the jalapeños with more white stripes and add in the seeds. If you like it a bit milder, avoid the jalapeños with the white stripes and instead look for the younger jalapeños that are all green and do not add the additional seeds.
  3. Try different cheeses! If you like pepper jack cheese&hellip.use that instead of cheddar!

Recipe Summary

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced jalapeno peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • 1 (16 ounce) package wonton wrappers
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying

In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, jalapeno peppers, garlic and green onions.

Fill wonton wrappers with approximately 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture each. Fold wrappers into triangles and press the edges with a moistened fork to seal.

In a large, deep skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat. Drop 4 wontons at a time into the oil and quickly fry, turning once. Remove when golden brown and drain on paper towels.

Arby’s Jalapeno Poppers ‘Copycat’ Recipe: Cheap, Easy to Make, and Utterly Fingerlicking!

Who can ever resist the temptation of Arby’s jalapeno poppers? Although Arby’s has been known as the fast food chain serving mainly sandwiches, its jalapeno poppers aren’t something you should miss. If you love cheese, this snack is just lit – with a kick of spiciness, truly jalapeno. The fun thing is, you can make this at home too! Storing it for future snacking time sounds like a decent plan either.

Let’s try to remake the Arby’s jalapeno poppers. Below, you’ll see the ingredients to make it and how to make it in detail.


  • 24 jalapeno peppers (or any numbers you like)
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, set in room temperature
  • 2 cups of breadcrumbs
  • All-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of milk
  • Oil for frying the jalapenos
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Oregano (optional)
  • 1 red bell pepper (optional)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Clean the main ingredient (jalapeno), and then cut the end and slit it into half.
  2. Clean the seeds thoroughly. If you want a spicier kick, left several seeds. Put it aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese with spices, namely salt, grounded black pepper, and oregano (if you love it).
  4. If you want to add some variation, finely chop 1 red bell pepper and add it to your mixing bowl. If you don’t like additional spiciness, you can just skip this step.
  5. Then, mix the ingredients well. Adjust the taste if needed.
  6. Stuff the jalapeno with that mix. Put aside after you’ve finished stuffing the pepper.
  7. Now let’s make the breading. Combine ½ cup of milk with the all-purpose flour. Mix it well until it has no lumps. The objective is to make a coating for the jalapeno, so that’ll be better to make it slurry.
  8. In another small bowl, dust your stuffed jalapeno with all-purpose flour (no need to make it thick), then coat it with the slurry milk-flour mixture. Then, coat it with breadcrumbs. Put it aside.
  9. Keep doing it until all jalapeno are breaded. Then, to make it a bit firm, keep them in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
  10. To fry, prepare enough oil to deep-fry your stuffed jalapeno. Set the flame to high heat and fry your jalapeno then.
  11. Once the color turns golden brown, that’s it! Transfer it to a tray coated with paper towels to drain the excess oil.
  12. Lastly, serve it with ketchup or any dipping sauce you like!

Well, this Arby’s jalapeno poppers recipe is customizable. You can add chopped sausage or changing the cream cheese with the real cheese, like mozzarella or processed cheese. Whatever your choice is, Arby’s jalapeno poppers are a great choice for cheap party snacking!

Jalapeno poppers

Take one whole chilli and using a small sharp knife make an incision along the length without cutting all the way through. Open up the cavity and using the end of a teaspoon scrape out and discard the seeds and the membrane. It’s very good idea to wear gloves when you’re preparing chillies in this way, and make sure you wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. Repeat with all the other chillies.

Mix the cream cheese with the mozzarella, season with salt and pepper then use it to fill the chillies. Push them gently to close them up and wipe off any excess.

Put the flour, egg and breadcrumbs in separate shallow bowls or dishes and roll the stuffed chillies first in the flour then egg then breadcrumbs then repeat so they get a good double coating.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan until it reaches 160C. Carefully lower the chillies into the oil using a slotted spoon and deep fry in batches for around 2-3 mins or until deep golden brown. Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper to soak up the excess oil.

Once the chillies are fried season them with pepper and salt and spread out on a plate or board so everyone can help themselves. Great with beer and a movie.