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Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers

These spicy and cheesy jalapeño poppers are a crowd-pleasing appetizer that will have your taste buds dancing. They're crispy on the outside and perfectly complements the gooey cheese on the inside.

Tasty Team
82% would make again

Under 30 minutes

Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers

Under 30 minutes


for 12 poppers

  • 12 jalapeño peppers
  • 1 block pepper jack cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups flour (250 g), as needed
  • 2 cups bread crumbs (230 g), as needed

Special Equipment

  • 24 toothpicks

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 313
  • Fat 9g
  • Carbs 41g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugar 2g
  • Protein 13g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Cut the top off each jalapeño and core it, scraping out all the seeds, with the back side of a spoon.
  2. Fill the jalapeños with pepper jack cheese, either melted or cubed.
  3. Place the top back on the jalapeños and secure with two toothpicks inserted diagonally.
  4. NOTE: Be sure each toothpick goes through both the top and the bottom of the jalapeño to secure it.
  5. Dredge in flour, eggs, then breadcrumbs. For a thicker breading, double bread the jalapeños by repeating the egg and breadcrumb dredging.
  6. Heat oil to 325°F (160°C).
  7. Fry each jalapeño popper until golden brown (about 2-3 minutes).
  8. Cool and allow extra oil to drip off on a plate lined with paper towels. Remove the toothpicks.
  9. Season with salt and serve immediately once cooled enough to handle.
  10. Enjoy!
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Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers