Jalapeño Poppers

47  Ratings
  • 30 min prep
  • 45 min total
  • Makes 24 servings.

Our sports-bar-worthy appetizer looks complicated. But trust us: These are as easy to make as they are to pop in your mouth. You'll love this spicy crispy starter.

Jalapeño Poppers Recipe


  • 24 fresh jalapeño peppers (about 2 lb.)
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 40 RITZ Crackers, finely crushed
  • 2 cups oil


  • Cut  lengthwise slit in top of each pepper; remove and discard seeds and veins.
  • Combine  next 3 ingredients; spoon into peppers.
  • Roll  peppers in flour; dip in eggs, then roll in cracker crumbs until each pepper is evenly coated on all sides with each ingredient. Place in single layer in shallow pan.
  • Refrigerate  15 min.
  • Heat  oil in medium saucepan to 375ºF.
  • Add  peppers, in batches; cook 3 min. or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  • Serve  warm.

Recipe Tips

SubstitutePrepare using Neufchatel cheese.

Variation To serve as stuffed jalapeño halves instead of the stuffed whole peppers, cut peppers lengthwise in half; remove and discard seeds and veins. Fill peppers with cheese mixture, then coat and refrigerate as directed. Cook, in batches, in hot oil as directed, reducing the cooking time to 1 to 2 min. or until golden brown.


Nutrition Information

Makes 24 servings.

Nutrition per serving:

    • Calories 150 
    • Total fat 12 g
    • Saturated fat 5 g
    • Cholesterol 35 mg
    • Sodium 180 mg
    • Carbohydrate 7 g
    • Dietary fiber <1 g
    • Total sugars 2 g
    •     Includes added sugars 0 g
    • Protein 5 g
    • Vitamin A 10 %DV
    • Vitamin C 20 %DV
    • Vitamin D 0 %DV
    • Calcium 6 %DV
    • Iron 2 %DV
    • Potassium 2 %DV
    • n/a indicates that data is not available

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