RITZ Jalapeño Popper Bites

For a fun addition to any party, try these deep fried cheese and jalapeño bites. They're easy to make in an air fryer or deep fryer, and can even be made ahead.

Let's whip it up

Prep time:

0 min

Total time:

0 min



Ingredient list

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large jalapeño peppers, finely chopped 
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 28 RITZ Crackers, crushed
  • Oil, for frying

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Recipe Tips


Mix cream cheese, shredded cheeses, peppers and garlic powder until blended; roll into 30 (1-1/4-inch) balls. Place on parchment-covered rimmed baking sheet. 


Freeze 20 min. or until firm enough to easily handle.


Beat egg in shallow dish until blended. Place flour in separate shallow dish, then place cracker crumbs in third dish.


Dip cheese balls, one at a time, in flour, turning to evenly coat each ball with flour.  Shake cheese ball gently to remove excess flour, then dip cheese balls in eggs, then cracker crumbs, turning to evenly coat each cheese ball with each ingredient. Gently press crumbs into cheese balls to secure.  Refrigerate until ready to cook. 


Heat oil in deep fryer to 350°F. Add cheese balls, in small batches, to hot oil; cook 1 min. or until golden brown. Remove from oil with slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Cool slightly.