Delicious and Easy Jalapeño Poppers: A Spicy Delight for Your Taste Buds

These Jalapeno Poppers that are spicy, cheesy, and crunchy appetizers are perfect for any occasion.

June 21, 2023
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 6 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 20 mins
Total 35 mins

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 °F (200 °C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut the jalapenos in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and membranes.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  4. Fill each jalapeno half with the cheese mixture.
  5. Dredge the stuffed jalapenos in flour, dip them in the beaten eggs, and then coat them in panko breadcrumbs.
  6. Arrange the jalapenos on the prepared baking sheet and spray or drizzle with a little oil.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the jalapenos are tender and the breadcrumbs are golden brown.
  8. Let the jalapeno Poppers cool for a few minutes before serving.
  9. Enjoy these spicy, cheesy, and crunchy jalapeno poppers as a snack or appetizer. They're sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Baked Jalapeno Poppers
Serves 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories150
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10 g12.8%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 63 mg21%
Sodium 152 mg6.6%
Potassium 86 mg1.8%
Potassium 86 mg1.8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Tips

  • Use fresh and firm jalapenos with smooth skins. Avoid ones that are overly wrinkled or soft.
  • For a milder flavor, make sure to remove all the seeds and membranes from the jalapenos.
  • You can add some cooked bacon or sausage to the cheese mixture for an extra flavor boost.
  • For a crispy texture, coat the stuffed jalapenos with a mixture of breadcrumbs and your choice of seasonings.
  • If you don't have panko breadcrumbs, regular breadcrumbs will also work.
  • You can choose to either bake or fry the Jalapeño Poppers. Baking offers a healthier option with less oil, while frying gives them an extra crispy texture.
  • To prevent the poppers from sticking to the baking sheet, line it with parchment paper or aluminum foil. This also makes cleanup easier.
  • Let them cool slightly. After removing the baked poppers from the oven, allow them to cool for a few minutes before serving. The filling will be very hot, and cooling will help prevent burns.
  • Serve with a side of sour cream or ranch dressing for dipping.
  • When handling jalapeno peppers, wear gloves to protect your hands from the spicy oils. Avoid touching your face or eyes after handling them.
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If you're a fan of spicy food, then Jalapeño Poppers are a must-try! These delicious appetizers are a perfect blend of heat from the jalapeños, creaminess from the cheese, and a delightful crunch from the breaded exterior. Originating from North America, they have gained popularity worldwide due to their unique taste and easy preparation. Whether you're hosting a party or just want a quick snack, Jalapeño Poppers are sure to be a hit! Learn how to make delicious Jalapeño Poppers with our easy-to-follow recipe. Plus, we answer common questions about Jalapeño Poppers. Start cooking today!

What Are Jalapeño Poppers?

Jalapeño Poppers are a popular appetizer or snack made with jalapeno peppers that are stuffed and cooked.

Jalapeno Poppers are believed to have originated in the United States, although their exact origin is unclear. They are a staple in Tex-Mex cuisine and are popularly served in restaurants, bars, and at home during parties or game nights. The name "popper" comes from the fact that you can pop these bite-sized treats into your mouth in one go.

The traditional stuffing for Jalapeno Poppers is a mixture of cream cheese and cheddar cheese, but variations abound. Some recipes include additional ingredients like bacon, sausage, or different types of cheese. The jalapeños can be either baked or fried, with the latter providing a crispier exterior.

While Jalapeño Poppers are delicious on their own, they are often served with a dipping sauce. Ranch dressing is a common choice, but other options include blue cheese dressing, salsa, or a sweet and spicy jelly.

Despite their spiciness, Jalapeño Poppers are loved by many. The heat of the jalapenos is nicely balanced by the creamy, cheesy filling, and the crispy exterior adds a satisfying crunch. Whether you're a fan of spicy food or not, these tasty treats are definitely worth a try!

What Are The Original Jalapeño Poppers?

The original jalapeño poppers are jalapeno peppers that have been hollowed out, stuffed with a mixture of cheese, spices, and sometimes ground meat, then breaded and deep-fried. They are a popular appetizer in Tex-Mex cuisine.

What Do People Usually Dip Jalapeño Poppers In?

Jalapeño poppers are often served with a side of cool, creamy dipping sauce to balance out the heat of the peppers. This can be a ranch dressing, a blue cheese dressing, or a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce. Some people also enjoy them with a spicy salsa or a sweet and sour sauce.

Is It Cheaper To Make Or Buy Jalapeño Poppers?

The cost can vary depending on the ingredients you use and where you live, but generally, it can be cheaper to make jalapeño poppers at home, especially if you're making them in large quantities. Plus, homemade poppers allow you to control the ingredients and customize the recipe to your liking.

How Do You Make Jalapeño Poppers Not Soggy?

To prevent your jalapeno poppers from becoming soggy, make sure to thoroughly pat dry the jalapeños after washing and hollowing them out. When breading the poppers, a well-beaten egg will help the breadcrumbs adhere better and create a seal, preventing any cheese from leaking out and making the poppers soggy during cooking. Also, frying the poppers at the right temperature (usually around 365 °F or 185 °C) will ensure a crispy exterior and a fully cooked interior without them becoming soggy.

What To Serve with Jalapeno Poppers?

Baked Jalapeño Poppers are a delicious and spicy appetizer that pairs well with a variety of accompaniments. When serving baked Jalapeño Poppers, serve some cooling and complementary options to balance the heat. Dips like ranch dressing, sour cream, or a zesty salsa provide a creamy and tangy contrast to the spiciness of the poppers. Fresh guacamole or a refreshing avocado salsa adds a creamy and flavorful element. Serve them with Mexican rice, black beans, or cilantro-lime rice. You can also serve with carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumber slices, or bell pepper strips, for a refreshing and crunchy bite. Additionally, a side of Mexican street corn or a fresh green salad with a citrus vinaigrette can complement the poppers vibrant flavors. Serve them with ice-cold beverages on hand to help cool down the heat, such as iced tea, lemonade, or a refreshing mojito mocktail.

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A Spicy Bite of History

Jalapeño Poppers, as the name suggests, are a spicy appetizer that originated in North America. The name "popper" is a reference to the small, bite-sized nature of the snack, which can be "popped" into your mouth in one go. The key ingredient, the jalapeño pepper, is a medium-sized chili pepper that's a staple in Mexican cuisine. The combination of the spicy jalapeño with the cooling cream cheese or cheddar filling creates a flavor contrast that's hard to resist.

A Versatile Snack

One of the reasons Jalapeño Poppers are so popular is their versatility. They can be stuffed with a variety of ingredients, from different types of cheese to meats like bacon or sausage. Some variations even include seafood like crab or shrimp. The poppers can be baked, fried, or grilled, each method giving them a distinct flavor and texture. This versatility makes them the perfect appetizer for any occasion, be it a casual get-together or a more formal party.

Health Benefits

While Jalapeño Poppers are often considered a guilty pleasure, they do offer some health benefits. Jalapeños are a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as the mineral potassium. They also contain capsaicin, a compound that's been linked to pain relief and weight loss. However, it's important to enjoy these spicy treats in moderation, as the cheese and potential frying process can add a significant amount of fat and calories.

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