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

Cheesy Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno Poppers

Spicy and cheesy appetizer!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 12 people
Calories 50 kcal


  • 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


  • Mix cream cheese in a bowl until smooth.
  • Fold in Monterey Jack cheese.
  • Fill each jalapeno half with cheese mixture. Don't overfill or the cheese will ooze over the sides of the pepper.
  • Place in a 400 degree preheated oven
  • Bake for 20 - 30 minutes until heated through and lightly browned.
  • Place on serving dish and garnish with cilantro and tomatoes and onions



Use 12 small jalapenos or 6 large jalapenos


Calories: 50kcalProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 55mgPotassium: 24mgVitamin A: 205IUVitamin C: 1.7mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword jalapeno appetizer, jalapeno poppers, jalapenos cream cheese, poppers
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  • 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?

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    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
      September 26, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks, Katie!

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    September 26, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Monterey. Add bacon!

    • Reply
      September 26, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      Bacon would be so yummy on these poppers!

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

    One of my favorite football watching foods Kathy! Delicious!

    • Reply
      September 25, 2017 at 5:29 am

      Poppers seem to go with football!

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    Miriam -
    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!

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      September 25, 2017 at 5:33 am

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

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    [email protected]
    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!!

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      September 22, 2017 at 5:35 am

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

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

    Yes please! Love Jalepeno Poppers.

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      September 22, 2017 at 5:34 am


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    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! 🙂

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      September 22, 2017 at 5:33 am

      I think it is jalapeno popper time!

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    [email protected]
    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!!

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      September 19, 2017 at 3:50 am

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

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