Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

Jalapeno Poppers have to be one of my favorite snacks. They are the perfect party appetizer, one thing is for certain when you bring these out, the good times are going to roll. Best of all you can stuff them with cheese, bacon, shrimp, or just about anything else and they are going to disappear.

overhead view of a jalapeno poppers in a bowl

I think the first time I tried a jalapeno popper was when I was working in a restaurant, or you might just call it a place that served food. I thought these hot poppers were the best thing we had on the menu.

Crispy, creamy, and just a bit spicy, Jalapeno Poppers are a hard-to-beat party snack or tailgate food everyone will love. The next time you get a craving for these classic restaurant apps, forget about going out. You can make the best poppers at home! I know you are going to love this jalapeño poppers recipe.

What’s a Jalapeno Popper?

Anyone who hasn’t tried a Jalapeno Poppers is in for a real treat with this recipe. It all starts with stuffing a hollowed-out jalapeno pepper full of your choice of cheese and other ingredients. The best part of making these is you get to customize the cheese filling any way you want. Just think of all of the fun ways you can make these your stuffed pepper.

The stuffed peppers are then breaded and fried until golden brown. What is not to love about that?

Whatever way you like to eat your stuffed jalapeno peppers, after you realize how easy they are to make at home, this recipe will become your go-to crowd-pleaser.

jalapeno popper with a bite taken out of it on top of a pile of the poppers

Are Jalapeno peppers spicy?

Some jalapeno peppers are spicy, and some are mild. it is a wives tale that if you look at a jalapeno pepper and see brown streaks on it, they are hotter, than those without the brown streaks on them. If you do not like super spicy flavors I would remove the seeds and the white inner membranes in them when you cut them open.

Before You Begin – Some Words of Caution for Jalapeno Recipes

Making Jalapeno Poppers isn’t tricky, but there are a few basics safety tips anyone who does often cook with jalapeno peppers needs to know. Jalapenos peppers are not exceeding hot, but they can pack quite a wallop with a Scoville rating of between 2,500 and 8000. Before preparing the recipe, remember to:

  • Wear gloves when working with jalapenos. The peppers can cause slight skin irritation for people who are highly susceptible to capsaicin oil, but the real risk is forgetting you handled peppers and then touching your eyes, nose or other sensitive areas of your body. That is sure to give you a rather nasty surprise. Remember to always wash your hands with soap immediately after preparing the peppers.
  • Test your peppers before stuffing them.  Some jalapenos are mild, and some are wild. Do yourself a favor and find out which type you have before starting. The tip of the pepper is the mildest part of the pepper and up by the stem is where the heat-level tops out. Slice off the tiny bit of the tip of the pepper, taste the pepper, and this should give you an idea of how hot they are.
  • Reduce the heat by cleaning out the pepper thoroughly. The pepper’s seeds and the very top layer of flesh on the inside of the pepper called the pith contain the most capsaicin oil. Use a small spoon to scrape out the seeds and remove the pith. You can rinse out the peppers to get rid of even more heat. Make sure the peppers are bone dry before starting to stuff.

Jalapeno Popper Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Fresh jalapenos
  • Cream cheese
  • Shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Milk
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Seasoned bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil for frying
jalapeno poppers ingredients

How to Make Jalapeno Poppers

  1. Slice jalapenos in half lengthwise.
  2. Use a spoon to scrape out the pith and seeds from the peppers.
    jalapeno peppers cut in half and seeded
  3. Place cream cheese and cheddar cheese in a small bowl and stir until well blended.
    cheddar and cream cheese mixture in a bowl
  4. Use a small spoon to fill each pepper half with the cream cheese mixture.
    cheese filled jalapeno peppers
  5. Place flour, salt, pepper, paprika, chili powder, and garlic powder in a bowl and whisk to combine thoroughly.
  6. Place milk into a separate shallow bowl.
  7. Dip stuffed jalapeno into the seasoned flour.
    coating a cheese stuffed jalapeno pepper in flour
  8. Place the floured jalapeno in the milk and turn it over to coat all sides with milk.
    a flour coated cheese stuffed jalapeno pepper in milk
  9. Place the jalapeno back into the seasoned flour and turn it over to coat all sides with flour.
    coating a cheese stuffed jalapeno pepper in flour
  10. Place the floured pepper on a rack on a baking sheet and let the peppers sit for about 10 minutes.
    flour coated cheese filled jalapeno peppers on a wire rack
  11. Pour breadcrumbs into a separate bowl.
  12. Dip floured jalapeno pepper into the milk again.
  13. Dip the jalapeno into the bread crumbs.
    coating a cheese stuffed jalapeno pepper in breadcrumbs
  14. Place the jalapeno back on the rack.
  15. Heat oil to 350 degrees.
  16. Dip the jalapeno into the milk and the bread crumbs for a second time.
  17. Let the breaded jalapenos set for about 5 minutes.
  18. Fry the jalapeno poppers one or two at a time until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes.
    jalapeno poppers frying in oil
  19. Drain fried jalapeno poppers before serving.

What should I dip my jalapeno poppers in?

There are so many possibilities when enjoying this game day snack. Here are a few suggestions for you.

Storing and reheating leftover jalapeno poppers

It’s a rare occasion when you have any leftovers, but should store leftovers! Here are a few tips for you.

  • Refrigerate – after they have cooled off to room temperature place in an airtight container, they will last 3 to 4 days.
  • Freeze – after they have cooled off to room temperature store in an airtight container and freeze for 3 months.

What to serve with jalapeno poppers?

If you are serving these as part of a party menu, I recommend going with a Mexican theme. Here would be some suggestions to help round out this theme.

Make More jalapeño poppers Than You Need

The recipe below makes 30 poppers, but you can easily make two or three times that amount at one time. Then you can freeze the poppers and reheat them when you are ready to enjoy.

Can you freeze Jalapeno Poppers and reheat them later?

Cook them as directed, let cool, place them spaced apart on a baking sheet, and then freeze solid. When frozen, place them in freezer bags. Reheat frozen jalapeno poppers in a 350-degree oven until hot, around 20 minutes.

overhead view of jalapeno poppers in a bowl

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Jalapeno Poppers

Cheddar and cream cheese stuffed jalapeno poppers are so easy to make from scratch.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Jalapeno Poppers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 30
Calories: 133kcal


  • 30 jalapeno peppers
  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 12 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • teaspoon paprika
  • teaspoon chili powder
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying


  • Slice jalapenos in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scrape out the pith and the seeds inside of the peppers. The seeds and the pith are where the intense heat is, so you want to remove the heat.
  • Prepare the cheesy filling by combining the cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese in a small mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Use a ssmall poon to fill each pepper half with the cheese mixture.
  • Prepare seasoned flour by placing the flour into a small shallow bowl. Add salt, pepper, paprika, chili powder, and garlic powder to the flour. Whisk or stir spices into the flour until it has a uniform appearance.
  • Place milk into a separate shallow bowl.
  • Dip stuffed jalapeno into the seasoned flour, the milk, and then back into the seasoned flour.
  • Place floured pepper on a baking sheet with a rack. Let the peppers "dry" for about 10 minutes. This step is crucial for the peppers. The flour layer will help the stuffing remain inside the pepper, and give the breadcrumbs something to hold onto.
  • Pour breadcrumbs into a separate bowl.
  • Dip floured jalapeno pepper into the milk and then into the bread crumbs. Place pepper back on the rack.
  • Heat oil to 350 degrees.
  • Dip pepper into the milk and the bread crumbs for the second time. Go ahead and dip all, this should be enough drying time for the coating. The bread crumb coating needs about five minutes for its drying time.
  • Fry peppers one or two at a time until golden brown. This will only take a minute or two.
  • Remove poppers from the oil and drain on a wire rack resting on a baking sheet. Draining them on paper towels can leave the bottoms a bit sogy.



It is highly recommended you wear gloves when cutting the jalapenos. The oils in the peppers can burn your skin.
You can freeze the fried jalapeno poppers to enjoy later. Place them spaced apart on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Store frozen poppers in a zip-top freezer bag. To reheat frozen jalapeno poppers, bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until hot, about 20 minutes.


Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 0.5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Dawn S

    4 stars
    I love that you’ve done this recipe, poppers are one of my favorite snacks.
    Recently I had to cut way back on carbs and one of the things I did was start looking for a way to make my own poppers, but they neve came out as good. Finally I tried something very different to any other recipe, and it tasted great with practically no carbs. I simply stuffed my jalapeños with cream cheese and backed them. They were so yummy I didn’t even miss the breading!
    I still will try this recipe, after all I can’t eat perfectly healthy all the time! LOL!

  2. Jim

    Just wondering what exactly you’re trying to copy? Some restaurant that makes them in-house, or the frozen appetizers that the restaurants buy and fry to order?
    If the later, then the first step should be to pickle the jalapeno halves. The factory that makes these has never used fresh peppers (except the Tequila Poppers back in 1995)
    If making the cheddar variety, they used “Kraft Old English” sharp cheddar cheese blended with a cheese sauce to make it into moldable cheese slugs that are then put inside the pepper.
    Then you batter and bread them, freeze, then fry.
    The most important part is to start with pickled jalapenos.

  3. Bethanie

    Do you have to fry them in oil? I have a diet that has some restrictions, so I have air fryers. Would this recipe work in an air fryer as well?

    • Stephanie

      I prefer to wrap them with bacon with the air fryer. You could try panko bread crumbs, I think that would work better than ordinary bread crumbs if you are going to use an a air fryer.

      • Baltisraul

        I know that using pork rind crumbles (a mixture of bbq and regular) would also be a great alternative in the air fryer. Helps with the folks doing low carb diets. We use this mixture when air frying catfish and wings, so I’m sure it would work with poppers. To enhance the flavor of the rinds to your liking, add your favorite herbs and spices to your food processor when grinding. Adding a tbl or so of flour or Almond flour to the mixture helps them crisp a lot better because they now stick to the food and won’t fall off.

  4. Alexis Hall

    I have baked them in the oven . They turned out just great.. .Along with the cream cheese , and shredded cheese , I also added cooked chopped bacon . You don’t have to add bacon , but , I like to . I didn’t use the milk or flour . I just dipped the cream cheese popper into the bread crumbs . I put them in a 350 degree oven for about fifteen minutes . I did check on them to make sure the peppers were soft and cooked . I made these for a wedding reception , and people are still telling me how good they were !

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