Appetizer/ Recipe

Jalapeno Poppers

September 17, 2017 (Last Updated: March 28, 2019)

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Spicy jalapeno peppers filled with creamy cheese and baked until golden.

This post for jalapeno poppers was originally published in September of 2015. The pictures have been updated, however the rest of the post remains the same.

It’s football season.  Do you need an appetizer? A perfect appetizer?  A perfect, spicy appetizer?  Get ready for Jalapeno Poppers!  These are strangely addicting…I love them, yet they make my mouth burn from the spicy jalapeno….and as soon as I’m finished with the first one, I am reaching for just one more!  

Jalapeno Poppers

These poppers can be made ahead of time and then just popped into the oven just before serving.

Jalapeno Poppers on a small plate

I usually make a batch using 12 jalapenos.  You can simply adjust this recipe up or down depending on how large a crowd you will have. I like to serve these with alongside a bowl of homemade guacamole and salsa.

Jalapeno Poppers
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Jalapeno Poppers topped with fresh chopped tomatoes

5 from 3 votes
Cheesy Jalapeno Poppers
Jalapeno Poppers
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Spicy and cheesy appetizer!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: jalapeno appetizer, jalapeno poppers, jalapenos cream cheese, poppers
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 50 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 12 whole jalapenos halved and seeded
  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Monterey jack cheese shredded
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup fresh diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon sliced green onions
Instructions
  1. Mix cream cheese in a bowl until smooth.
  2. Fold in Monterey Jack cheese.

  3. Fill each jalapeno half with cheese mixture. Don't overfill or the cheese will ooze over the sides of the pepper.
  4. Place in a 400 degree preheated oven
  5. Bake for 20 - 30 minutes until heated through and lightly browned.
  6. Place on serving dish and garnish with cilantro and tomatoes and onions

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Use 12 small jalapenos or 6 large jalapenos

Nutrition Facts
Jalapeno Poppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 50 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 55mg2%
Potassium 24mg1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 205IU4%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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36 Comments

  • Reply
    Agness of Run Agness Run
    October 1, 2017 at 9:47 am

    This is an excellent appetizer, Kathy! Great combination of ingredients and a great idea for a party dish. Can I use feta cheese instead of cream cheese?

  • Reply
    Katie Crenshaw
    September 26, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    5 stars
    These look beautiful, Kathy. I would eat them all in one sitting all by myself. I love anything jalapeño!!! xoxo

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 26, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks, Katie!

  • Reply
    Ric
    September 26, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Monterey. Add bacon!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 26, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      Bacon would be so yummy on these poppers!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    September 21, 2017 at 8:48 am

    One of my favorite football watching foods Kathy! Delicious!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 25, 2017 at 5:29 am

      Poppers seem to go with football!

  • Reply
    Miriam - londonkitchendiaries.com
    September 21, 2017 at 2:06 am

    I have only discovered Jalapeno peppers a few years ago but I completely agree with you – they are ever so slightly addictive. Fantastic food for the football season!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 25, 2017 at 5:33 am

      I know! I just can’t help myself and have to eat “just one more”!

  • Reply
    Ashley@CookNourishBliss
    September 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    So my husband was JUST talking about how I need to make jalapeno poppers! haha You have excellent timing!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 22, 2017 at 5:35 am

      Totally amazing timing! I think football season brings out the best appetizers!

  • Reply
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    September 19, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Yes please! Love Jalepeno Poppers.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 22, 2017 at 5:34 am

      🙂

  • Reply
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    September 19, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    This recipe is so timely because I have a whole bag of jalapenos I bought at an organic local farm stand this past weekend. They were so pretty and so perfect and I bought way more than I can ever use! Guess it’s jalapeno popper time! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 22, 2017 at 5:33 am

      I think it is jalapeno popper time!

  • Reply
    annie@ciaochowbambina
    September 18, 2017 at 6:08 am

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh – it’s like you were in the room the other day when my hubby said he wanted to make poppers for our tailgate! He’ll be so happy to see this…as am I!! Loving this recipe, Kathy!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 19, 2017 at 3:50 am

      Talk about perfect timing! These would be perfect for a tailgate party!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    September 18, 2017 at 5:47 am

    Oh man, I absolutely love jalapeno poppers! Of course, there was that one time when the batch of jalapenos was insanely hot…but we still made our way through the entire batch. This is classic football food right here! 🙂

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    September 18, 2017 at 5:02 am

    5 stars
    Love jalapeno poppers! So good and I always reach for just one more too 😉 Perfect for game day or weekend eats!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 18, 2017 at 5:43 am

      They are hard to resist!

  • Reply
    Maya @ Treats and Eats
    October 5, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Oooh, I love these! I’m a huge fan of jalapeno poppers but I’ve never tried a homemade version. But now I definitely need to give it a try!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 7, 2015 at 5:05 am

      You must give them a try. Super easy to make!

  • Reply
    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    October 2, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Love these super yummy jalapeño poppers, Kathy. Deeeelicious.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 3, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Thanks, Anu!

  • Reply
    Manali @ CookWithManali
    October 2, 2015 at 10:30 am

    I bet these are super addicting! YUM!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 3, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Very addicting!

  • Reply
    Danielle @ So Munch Love
    October 2, 2015 at 7:15 am

    As soon as I saw these, my mouth literally started watering. I LOVE jalapeno poppers. Thanks for another idea for using up the mountains of jalapenos my garden is producing! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 3, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Gotta love all those home grown jalapenos!

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    October 1, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    We make jalapeno poppers in the smoker all the time! They are totally the perfect football food! I’m loving the cream cheese and tomato garnish!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 1, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Oooh! I need to try using a smoker! Great idea!!!

  • Reply
    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    October 1, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    These look like a fun appetizer, Kathy. Are they super hot? I’m a bit of a spicy/heat wimp. They do look yummy though.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 1, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Jalapenos seem to vary in spiciness. Often for my kids I use Anaheim peppers instead. They are pretty mild.

  • Reply
    Laura
    October 1, 2015 at 4:41 am

    We are always looking for solid appetizers around here that don’t make we work too hard….and these will help me use of the pepper surplus. Awesome! Not sure about the football part. More like napping.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      October 1, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      These would be perfect for you!

  • Reply
    Gingi
    September 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Those look soooooo yummy!! Love the little flecks of red, makes the whole thing “pop”.. (hahaha, get it? pop? poppers? ohhh, I kill me!) <3 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 30, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      Love the “pops!”

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