Baked Jalapeno Poppers

Spicy baked Jalapeno Poppers are filled with creamy cheese and topped with crunchy breadcrumbs. These stuffed peppers are baked in the oven and make the perfect appetizer.

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We love appetizer nights. We do them a few times a year, usually over a game of cards, and just pick away at the platter all night. No need for a full meal.

One of our favorite things is this recipe for jalapeno poppers in the oven. These little snacks are spicy, cheesy, and just a bit crispy. The creamy cheese and ranch mix helps balance the spice of the peppers and they are absolutely addictive.

Normally we just fill them with a blend of cheeses and some seasoning, but you can also add some chopped bacon if you like. And if you like the sound of jalapeno poppers, but can’t tolerate heat, you can use mini bell peppers instead, they are sweet instead of spicy.

close up of jalapeno poppers with bacon on a baking sheet

How to Work with Jalapeno Peppers

Jalapeno poppers are not difficult to prepare, but there are just a few things you need to be careful with so you don’t end up with a burning sensation on your hands or worse, your face or eyes.

First, when preparing fresh jalapenos wearing gloves is a must. Powderless food grade gloves are available at the grocery store, but also online. In a pinch, cover your hands with plastic baggies or give them a good layer of vegetable or canola oil to try and build a barrier for your skin.

Peppers contain an oil called capsaicin, which is what contributes to that spicy, addictive burn you get while eating them. But this same oil is an irritant to your skin. You may not notice much of a burn when cutting one or two peppers, but when cutting a lot of peppers you can actually cause blistering skin.

The second thing to be careful of is not touching your face. Trust me, you do not want the pepper oils anywhere near your eyes or nose. Don’t be the person that puts on the gloves… and then touches your face!

If you do get burned, place the afflicted area into a bowl of milk, cream or buttermilk to relieve the pain. It might takes several hours to return to normal.

Are red jalapenos different from green? Nope- just a different age. Green jalapenos are young while red have been left to ripen on the vine a little longer. Either can be used and in fact, it might be fun to use a combination to make your platter more colorful!

pile of fresh jalapenos

How to Cut Jalapenos

To prepare the peppers for the jalapeno poppers you will first wash them, then using a sharp knife slice them straight down the middle.

From here, if you want your poppers to be really spicy, you can leave the seeds and ribs in. However, to make them spicy, but more tolerable, you can remove the seeds. Using a sharp paring knife slice along the ribs then pull them out. Rinse again.

cutting jalapenos on wood cutting board

Ingredients for Stuffed Jalapenos

The ingredient list for this jalapeno popper recipe is surprisingly short. You might already have some on hand too.

  • Jalapeno peppers – I always wear gloves when working with peppers. It helps remind me not to touch my eyes!
  • Cheese – You will need cream cheese, cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese. This will all be used in the filling.
  • Dry ranch seasoning– I like to call this my secret ingredient- it provides the unique flavor that everyone will love.
  • Hot sauce – Use your favorite brand. I personally like Frank’s Redhot, but whatever you have on hand is fine.
  • Bread crumbs – I like to use panko breadcrumbs, but you can use Italian style bread crumbs if you prefer too.
  • Scallions or chives – These are used as a garnish, so can be omitted if necessary. They add nice flavor and color though.
  • Ranch dip – This doesn’t go in the actual jalapeno poppers recipe, but I highly recommend serving it as a dipping sauce. Other delicious dipping sauces include jalapeno pineapple dip, yum yum sauce, buffalo sauce and cilantro sauce.
ingredients for making baked jalapeno poppers

How to Bake Jalapeno Poppers

Baked jalapeño poppers really couldn’t be easier to make.

  1. Prepare the jalapenos by washing them, slicing them in half and removing the seeds and ribs. (If you want them extra spicy you can leave the seeds in). Do not remove the stem.
  2. Make cream cheese filling. Mix the filling ingredients in a small bowl, then stuff the peppers with cream cheese mixture.
  3. Dip stuffed peppers into breadcrumbs. Place the bread crumbs in a small bowl or plate, then press the cream cheese side of the peppers into the bread crumbs. Place the peppers on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray or lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake, then turn the oven to broil and broil until the tops are golden brown. Watch them carefully during this phase as they will go from lightly browned to black very quickly. 
  5. Garnish with scallions (green onions) or chives.

Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

To air fry the jalapeno poppers, instead of baking them, prepare the peppers as you normally would. Then place them in an air fryer basket or tray in a single layer.

Set the air fryer to 380°F and cook for 5-7 minutes depending on your air fryer and your desired crispiness.

stuffed jalapenos on a serving platter with dipping sauce

Variations

This is one of those recipes that can be made a little different every time and is super forgiving. Here are some of our favorite swaps.

  • Bacon – Add 2 tablespoons cooked and crumbled bacon to the cream cheese. Or even wrap a slice of bacon around the pepper before baling.
  • Flavored cream cheese – Use a flavored cream cheese like scallion or jalapeno.
  • Seasonings – Swap our ranch seasoning for a packet of Italian, taco or fajita seasoning.
  • Spicy – Make your sweat pour by adding cayenne pepper or chopped habanero or ghost peppers to the cream cheese.
  • Dipping sauce – Serve with blue cheese dressing instead of ranch.
  • Milder pepeprs – Make a milder, kid friendly version using mini sweet peppers instead of jalapenos.
  • Low carb – Omit the bread crumbs for a low carb appetizer.

What to Serve with Jalapeno Poppers

We generally serve these poppers as an appetizers. They’re a great finger food and perfect with all of your favorite game-day snack.

You can serve these homemade jalapeño poppers with just about any other handheld appetizer you can think of. Deviled eggs, spinach artichoke dip and quesadillas are some of my favorites.

Storage and Freezing

How to Store Leftover Baked Jalapeno Poppers

You can store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will stay in the refrigerator for uo to three days.

Can I Freeze Jalapeno Poppers?

Yes you ca. I like to flash freeze them first. Allow them to cool completely and then freeze for a few hours on a baking sheet. Once fully frozen, transfer to a plastic freezer bag for up to three months.

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Baked Jalapeno Poppers

4.78 from 9 votes
Spicy stuffed jalapeno Poppers, filled with creamy cheese and topped with crunchy breadcrumbs are the perfect addition to any appetizer platter!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 24 poppers

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Prep a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy clean up.
  • Wash the peppers, then carefully slice the peppers down the middle and, with a sharp paring knife, remove the seeds and ribs. (If you want your poppers really spicy you can leave them in). Do not remove the stem.
  • Mix the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, ranch seasoning mix, green onions and hot sauce in a small bowl. Spoon the mixture into the pepper halves.
  • Place the bread crumbs in a small bowl or plate, then press the cream cheese side of the peppers into the bread crumbs.
  • Place the peppers on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 12 minutes, then turn the oven to broil and broil 2-3 minutes until the tops are golden brown. Watch them carefully during this phase as they will go from lightly browns to black very quickly.
  • Serve hot on their own or with ranch dip on the side.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments section.

Nutrition

Calories: 68 kcal, Carbohydrates: 3 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Cholesterol: 16 mg, Sodium: 140 mg, Potassium: 43 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Vitamin A: 268 IU, Vitamin C: 8 mg, Calcium: 61 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Author: Deanna Hill
Calories: 68
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: baked jalapeno poppers, homemade jlalapeno poppers, jalapeno poppers
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Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    Such a delicious appetizer! Love how it’s breaded rather than deep fried, yet it still had all that yummy flavour!

  2. 5 stars
    These are out of this world good! I love how cheesy they are and I can make a huge batch of them in my oven for guests!

  3. 5 stars
    Baked sounds so healthy and this dish is so perfect and cheesy. Love to have this side dish at my Dinner Table.