Jalapeño Poppers

Spicy fried jalapeño poppers are a classic appetizer that everyone wants! Bite into these cheesy poppers for a flavor explosion!

A classic appetizer, these Jalapeño poppers are warm, cheesy and delicious. Served on their own or dipped, you can’t go wrong with this dish. If you love it, you’ll also enjoy our jalapeño popper dip!

jalapeno poppers on a white plate

ADDICTING Poppers

Jalapeño poppers are one of my favorite go-to appetizer recipes. These little bites of heaven are fried until they a golden brown and all that cream cheese goodness is melted inside.

The flavors in these poppers are AMAZING. Spicy and cheesy and just downright addicting! Perfect for people who love a good amount of spice, crunch and cheesy-ness (they’re similar to our Sausage Stuffed Jalapeños).

Unfortunately, these bad boys don’t last long in our home (they’re gone in minutes!) The crispy crust is deep-fried and will not slip off after you take them out to dry. If you love jalapeño poppers as much as we do then you should try our jalapeño popper dip! It’s super tasty and also a great appetizer that we really enjoy.

process shots of stuffing, and battering jalapeno poppers

How to Make Jalapeño Poppers

Don’t be intimidated by the deep-frying portion of this recipe. It’s super easy – I promise!

FILLING. Start by mixing the cream cheese and shredded cheese in a bowl. After it’s mixed, spoon a few tablespoons of this mixture into the pepper halves.

BREADING. Place the milk, flour and bread crumbs in small separate bowls. Dip the jalapeños in milk, then flour, then back in milk. Dip the peppers in the bowl with bread crumbs making sure it is all coated. If you want to make sure they are extra coated, re-dip in milk and then back in breadcrumbs.

FRY. Heat up the oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. Fry each jalapeño peppers for a few minutes or until golden brown. Let the poppers drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Make sure to serve them warm with ranch (have you made our homemade ranch sauce?) or other dipping sauces.

MORE COOKING OPTIONS:

OVEN: You can bake these poppers instead of frying them if you’d prefer. Just preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown and the cheese is melted inside.

AIR FRYER: You can also air fry them. Turn the air fryer to 375 degrees. Cook them for 10-12 minutes until they are golden brown. Turn them halfway through so they cook evenly throughout.

fried jalapeno poppers in a frying pan

VARIATIONS + REHEATING

FILLING VARIATIONS. Try switching up the fillings of jalapeño poppers to create different flavors!

  • bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers
  • mushrooms with goat cheese
  • cheddar cheese and ground beef
  • chorizo
  • crabmeat, green chiles, and mayo
  • refried beans and salsa

STORING + REHEATING. We really recommend that you eat these yummy jalapeño poppers fresh! But if you have any leftover, store them in an airtight container in the fridge. Heat them up in the oven at 400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes.

stuffed jalapeno poppers on a white plate

These cream cheese poppers are addicting, so don’t say we didn’t warn you. Just be prepared to want them all. 😉

For more appetizers, check out:

Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

5 from 15 votes
Spicy fried jalapeño poppers are a classic appetizer that everyone wants! Bite into these cheesy poppers for a flavor explosion!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 331 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 6 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup Shredded cheese cheddar
  • 10-12 jalapeno peppers halved and seeded
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • vegetable oil for frying

Instructions
 

  • Mix cream cheese and shredded cheese in a bowl. Spoon a few tablespoons of this mixture into the pepper halves.
  • Place milk, flour and bread crumbs in separate bowls. Dip jalapenos in milk, then flour, then back in milk. Dip peppers in bowl with bread crumbs making sure it is all coated. (To make sure they are coated, re-dip in milk and back in breadcrumbs)
  • Heat oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. Fry jalapeno peppers for a few minutes or until golden brown.
  • Let drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Serve warm with ranch or other dipping sauces. 

 

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  1. 5 stars
    I’m so glad I found this recipe. I’m almost embarrassed to say that I usually buy them premade in the frozen section but this recipe was so easy to follow. Store bought no more.

  2. 5 stars
    My boys and their friends downed these when i made them. They luckily left one for me to try and they are DELICIOUS!!! Great recipe!

      1. I have a bunch of jalapeños. Can I make these and freeze them? These look amazing 😋

  3. 5 stars
    I tryed maki thrs for my fa but they wrr still Hard to hard to eat what sh i do to cook with buRning them

    1. I am glad you tried them. What made them hard to eat? Were they burned? Your oil could have been too hot or they were just in the oil too long. There are a couple more options, if you don’t want to fry them…OVEN: You can bake these poppers instead of frying them if you’d prefer. Just preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown and the cheese is melted inside.
      AIR FRYER: You can also air fry them. Turn the air fryer to 375 degrees. Cook them for 10-12 minutes until they are golden brown. Turn them halfway through so they cook evenly throughout. Hope that helps!

    1. I have a bunch of jalapeños. Can I make these and freeze them? These look amazing 😋

      1. We typically recommend to eat them fresh, but you could certainly try freezing them! Reheat them in the oven at 400 for 10-15 minutes or until warmed through.

  4. 5 stars
    These turned out amazing! I think the only thing I would suggest is adding a little salt to the flour or on top after frying them.

  5. I made this tonight. Very nice. What do you think about blanching the pepper, removing the skin to help the dipping cycle being more productive. I am hoping to hear back from you!

    Dklindt1@gmail.com

    1. I haven’t tried that method before but it sounds intriguing. Let me know how it goes if you try it out. I’d love to hear!

  6. Thank you for the recipe I love jalapeno poppers with cream cheese but I can’t find them jetey with cream cheese they only have the ones with cheddar cheese and I don’t want them I prefer the cream cheese

  7. Woaaaaawwwwwwww i just made the oven version and they are amazing!!! Thanks so much for the share

  8. 5 stars
    Added an egg to a cup of milk and three kinds of cheese to the cream cheese.
    Did both, some baked at 400 for 20 minutes, and some fried for 3-4 minutes.
    Garden fresh peppers, green ones were sweet and the red ones were really hot!
    Could not stop eating till they were ALL Gone!
    Thanks for this, no more store-bought or fast-food poppers for me!