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

Served on their own, or dipped in Ranch Dressing, they are just as tasty as our Jalapeño Popper Dip!

A plate filled with jalapeno poppers and ranch dressing.

We Love This Spicy Dessert!

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

They’re perfect for people who love a good amount of spice, crunch, and cheesiness (they’re similar to our Sausage Stuffed Jalapeños).

Why we love them:

  • Quick. They’re ready in only 15 minutes!
  • Easy. Don’t be intimidated by the deep-frying portion of this recipe. It’s super easy – I promise!
  • Tasty. A classic appetizer, jalapeño poppers are warm, cheesy, and delicious.

If you love jalapeño poppers as much as we do, then you should try our Jalapeño Popper Dip!

Ingredients to make jalapeno poppers on the counter.

Ingredients

  • cream cheese
  • cheddar cheese
  • jalapeno peppers We chose common green or TAM chili peppers, which are fairly mild. You can use a hotter pepper like red or Huachinango chile peppers.
  • milk
  • all-purpose flour
  • bread crumbs make the poppers a little more crunchy by mixing panko bread crumbs into the regular bread crumbs.
  • vegetable oil – or another oil with a high smoking point like canola oil or peanut oil.

Jalapeno Tips

  • Heat levels. Several varieties of jalapenos vary in heat levels, and each one can work in this recipe. Lower the level of heat by removing the white membrane and seeds from the center.
  • Picking peppers. Look at their skin. Younger peppers that have clear, smooth, shiny skin are less spicy than older peppers whose drier skin has stress marks, flecks, or white lines on it. 
    • Choose larger jalapenos, so they can hold a good amount of the cream cheese filling. 

How to Make Jalapeno Poppers

  1. FILLING. Mix cream cheese and shredded cheese in a bowl. Spoon a few tablespoons of this mixture into the pepper halves.
  2. BREADING. 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)
  3. FRY. Heat oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. Fry jalapeno peppers for a few minutes or until golden brown.
  4. SERVE. Let drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Serve warm with Homemade Ranch Dip, Avocado Lime Ranch Dip, Café Rio Cilantro Lime Dressing, or Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Alternative Cooking Methods

Oven-baked poppers. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, place the poppers on the pan, and bake for about 20 minutes, until golden brown and the cheese is melted inside.

Air fryer jalapeno poppers. Turn the air fryer to 375°F. Cook them for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. Turn them halfway through, so they cook evenly.

Filling and dipping jalapenos to make jalapeno poppers.

How to prepare jalapenos

Wear gloves. If you are not used to working with jalapenos or are using a spicy variety, I recommend wearing gloves. The oils can cause mild skin irritation, to uncomfortable burning. Above all, DO NOT touch your face or eyes. 

  • Slice the jalapeno lengthwise.
  • When opened you will notice a membrane with seeds. This is where most of the heat comes from.
  • For the mildest popper, use a spoon to scrape out all of the membranes and seeds. To increase the heat, leave some of them in. 

Blanch the peppers. For a softer jalapeno popper, you can blanch them, but it is not necessary.

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  • Place the cut and prepared jalapenos in the water for about 90 seconds.
  • Remove and add them directly into a bowl of ice water.
  • Pat dry before stuffing, coating, and frying.

VARIATIONS

Bread crumbs. Add extra flavor by seasoning the bread crumbs with salt, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, or onion powder.

Change the filling. Create different flavors:

  • bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers
  • mushrooms with goat cheese
  • sharp cheddar cheese and ground beef
  • chorizo
  • crabmeat, green chiles, and mayo
  • refried beans and salsa
Frying jalapeno poppers in oil.

Storing info

  • STORE. Jalapeño poppers are best fresh! But if you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge. Heat them in the oven at 400°F for about 10-15 minutes.
  • FREEZE. Place coated jalapenos on a platter, and then in the freezer. Once they are solid, transfer them to a freezer Ziploc.
    • To fry, allow them to sit at room temperature while the oil is heating up. Fry until warm and golden.
A plate of jalapeno poppers served with ranch dressing.

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5 from 54 votes

Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Spicy fried jalapeno poppers are a classic appetizer that everyone wants! Bite into these cheesy poppers for a flavor explosion!
Servings: 6
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes

Ingredients 

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

  • STORE. Jalapeño poppers are best fresh! But if you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge. Heat them in the oven at 400°F for about 10-15 minutes.
  • FREEZE. Place coated jalapenos on a platter, and then in the freezer. Once they are solid, transfer them to a freezer Ziploc.
    • To fry, allow them to sit at room temperature while the oil is heating up. Fry until warm and golden.

Nutrition

Calories: 331kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 49mg, Sodium: 358mg, Potassium: 222mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 825IU, Vitamin C: 27.6mg, Calcium: 207mg, Iron: 2.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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48 Comments

  1. Karenina says:

    Have you ever made this using pablano peppers? Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      I have not, but that’s a good idea!

      1. Katherine Burlison says:

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

  2. Misty says:

    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!

  3. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    These are the best yummy little appetizers! QUick and very deliCious.

  4. Julie says:

    5 stars
    These are perfect for game Days! The flavor is great and they are so addicting!

  5. Jen says:

    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.

  6. Suzy says:

    5 stars
    This is exactly what I was looking for! These are PErfect! Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Joy says:

    5 stars
    I could eat way too many of these! They are dangerously good! They are gone so fast!

  8. Katie says:

    5 stars
    Made these for a party and everybody loved them!

    1. Donna says:

      5 stars
      So excited to find your rec have you ever froze these? I have a bumper crop of jumbo jalApenos!

      1. Kristyn Merkley says:

        I have not personally tried. I’d love to know, if you try! Thank you!

  9. melissa says:

    5 stars
    these are so yummy! my family loved them!

  10. Kristi says:

    5 stars
    My husband ABSOLUTELY loves these! Theyre pretty eaSy to make and perfect for a party.