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How to Make Jalapeno Poppers

Prep

15 minutes

Cook

18 minutes

Yield

20

Jalapeno poppers are such a flavorful, delicious appetizer. They are great to whip up to serve pre-meal this holiday season, or even bring to a potluck. I love the creamy, cheese filling combined with the punch of spiciness from the pepper. So keep reading as I’m going to teach you how to make jalapeno poppers in under 35 minutes. 

My tips on how to make jalapeno poppers with three stuffed peppers on a baking tray

Why you’ll love these jalapeno poppers:

  • Quick: We don’t all have hours to spend in the kitchen so this appetizer can be made in just 33 minutes 
  • Flavorful: The spice from the peppers combined with the creaminess of the cream cheese really makes these so good
  • Versatile: Experiment with the cheeses, and fillings you stuff your peppers with. Get creative!

My tips on how to make jalapeno poppers with five stuffed peppers on a baking tray

Ingredient Notes: 

Jalapenos: Jalapenos are rich in vitamins A, C, and potassium. They also are a good source of carotene, folate, vitamin K & B. They’re spicy but packed with nutrients!

Umami Blend: Umami is one of my go-to’s in my kitchen. It’s rich, earthy, and savory, and features porcini and shiitake mushrooms complimented with onion, mustard, thyme, and a hint of chili pepper spice. Seriously adds so much delicious flavor to any recipe!

Dipping pepper into breadcrumbs, a step in how to make jalapeno poppers

Dipping pepper into breadcrumbs, a step in how to make jalapeno poppers

How to make jalapeno poppers:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F and prepare two baking trays with parchment paper. 
  2. Cut the jalapeño peppers in half length-wise. Remove the centers and seeds with a spoon. Set the jalapenos spaced out and the cavities facing up on the baking trays.
  3. Prepare the filling by combining softened cream cheese, cheddar cheese, chives, and spices in a medium-sized bowl. Mix until combined.
  4. Evenly distribute the filling into the jalapeno cavities, this should be approximately 1-2 tbsp worth.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs.
  6. One by one, flip upside-down and press the top of each jalapeño popper into the bread crumbs.
  7. Bake for 18 – 22 minutes until golden.
  8. Serve immediately with fresh chives.

Three jalapeno poppers laying on a baking tray

Expert Tips & FAQ: 

Heat warning! Be very careful with the raw jalapeños, be sure to wash your hands + surfaces, wearing gloves if you’d like instead!

How do you make breadcrumbs? You can make your own bread crumbs using any bread available and pulsing in a blender. You can easily make this gluten-friendly by using gluten-free bread crumbs!

Can I use other cheese? Yep! Replace the cheddar cheese with any of your favorite cheeses! Like harvarti, provolone, mozzarella, etc! Make sure it’s something that melts nicely!!

How do I make this recipe vegan? To make completely vegan, replace cream cheese and cheese with your favorite substitute. Add 1 tbsp of nutritional yeast along with these substitutions for a more cheesy flavor, and adjust seasonings to taste. 

Storage: Store in the fridge in a tightly sealed container for 4 – 6 days. Reheat in the oven to serve or enjoy chilled. 

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How to Make Jalapeno Poppers

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 33 minutes
  • Yield: 20 1x
  • Category: Vegan Meals
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American-Inspired
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

I want to teach you how to make jalapeno poppers because they are such an easy appetizer for pot lucks or holiday dinners. Filled with a creamy, cheesy filling and a kick of spice!


Ingredients

Scale

20 jalapeño peppers

4 oz cream cheese (softened)

1 cup cheddar cheese (or mix)

4 tsp sweet + spicy umami blend 

½ tsp black pepper

1/8 tsp salt

1 ½ tbsp chives (chopped)

1/3 cup bread crumbs


Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400F and prepare two baking trays with parchment paper. 

Cut the jalapeño peppers in half length-wise. Remove the centers and seeds with a spoon. Set the jalapenos spaced out and the cavities facing up on the baking trays.

Prepare the filling by combining softened cream cheese, cheddar cheese, chives, and spices in a medium-sized bowl. Mix until combined.

Evenly distribute the filling into the jalapeno cavities, this should be approximately 1-2 tbsp worth.

In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs.

One by one, flip upside-down and press the top of each jalapeño popper into the bread crumbs.

Bake for 18 – 22 minutes until golden.

Serve immediately with fresh chives.


Notes

Be very careful with the raw jalapeños, be sure to wash your hands + surfaces, wearing gloves if you’d like instead!

You can make your own bread crumbs using any bread available and pulsing in a blender. You can easily make this gluten-friendly by using gluten-free bread crumbs!

Replace the cheddar cheese with any of your favourite cheeses! Like harvarti, provolone, mozzarella, etc! Make sure it’s something that melts nicely!!

To make completely vegan, replace cream cheese and cheese with your favourite substitute. Add 1 tbsp of nutritional yeast along with these substitutions for a more cheesy flavour, and adjust seasonings to taste. 

Store in the fridge in a tightly sealed container for 4 – 6 days. Reheat in the oven to serve or enjoy chilled. 


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 20
  • Calories: 80
  • Sugar: 4.1g
  • Sodium: 91.3mg
  • Fat: 4.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0.3g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.7g
  • Fiber: 2.6g
  • Protein: 2.9g
  • Cholesterol: 12.3mg

Keywords: cheese, cream, oven, stuffed

Leah

It’s been a while since I’ve eaten Jalapeno Poppers, and it’s my first time actually making them, nice recipe Maria !

Leah

It’s been a while since I’ve eaten Jalapeno Poppers, and it’s my first time actually making them, nice recipe!

Maria Koutsogiannis

I love that for you leah! Thanks for your support!

Amber Smith

Made this tonight and thought it was great!! The kids surprised me, they don’t usually dabble in spicy snacks, but they loved them!

Maria Koutsogiannis

they aren’t actually too spicy because the seeds have been removed!

Emma

This recipe is top-notch!!! Like most recipes from you – I loved these. I recommend it as appetizers. Thank you for this tasty snack!

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much hun!

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