Jalapeno poppers began popping up on restaurant menus in the US during the 1950s. Since then, they have become a beloved appetizer at restaurants and parties nationwide.
Whether you’re a fan of spicy foods or love cheesy, crispy appetizers, jalapeno poppers won’t disappoint. They’re perfect for game day, movie night, or any time you’re in the mood for a snack that’s easy to make and even easier to eat.
If you’ve never made jalapeno poppers yourself, you might be surprised at how easy and satisfying they are to prepare. So grab your apron, and let’s get started! This article outlines step-by-step instructions on making the best jalapeno popper recipe.
How to Make Jalapeno Poppers at Home
Let’s start with the basics – what are jalapeno poppers? Jalapeno poppers are a classic appetizer that’s popular at restaurants and parties. They’re baked or fried jalapeno peppers stuffed with a creamy cheese mixture.
Before you start, make sure you have the following ingredients on hand:
- 12 fresh jalapeno peppers
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- Salt and pepper
- Cooking spray
First, preheat your oven to 400°F. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Next, cut the jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise. Keep some seeds if you like a kick. Remove all the seeds and membrane with a spoon if you want a less spicy jalapeno popper.
Combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl. Mix these ingredients until they’re well combined.
Spoon the cheese mixture into each jalapeno half. Ensure you allocate even amounts of filling for each pepper.
Next, set up your breading station. Place the flour, beaten eggs, and panko breadcrumbs in separate bowls.
Dip each jalapeno half first in the flour, then the beaten eggs. Then, coat them in breadcrumbs.
Finally, place your poppers on the prepared baking sheet. Spray them with cooking spray and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
Tips for Making the Perfect Jalapeno Poppers
First, select high-quality peppers. Look for jalapenos that are firm, smooth, and free of blemishes. Choose peppers that are the same size for even cooking.
Also, always remember to wear gloves. Jalapeno peppers contain oils that can irritate your skin and eyes. To protect yourself, wear gloves while handling the peppers.
Finally, let them cool before serving. This will allow the cheese filling to set and make them easier to handle.
What to Serve Alongside Jalapeno Poppers
The best side for jalapeno poppers is guacamole. Its creamy, cool flavor perfectly complements the spicy, cheesy poppers.
If you’re in the mood for some drinks, we recommend classic margaritas or the cerveza (beer) you prefer. Both are refreshing accompaniments to the spicy poppers.
Finally, jalapeno poppers taste magnificent served alongside a warm queso dip. Dip your poppers in the queso to increase the cheesiness of the dish.
Want some variety? Try varying the types of cheese you use in the dish. For example, swapping cheddar for pepper jack increases the spiciness of your poppers.
Or, add cooked bacon to the cheese mixture for a smoky, savory flavor. We also like using mini bell peppers instead of jalapeno peppers for a milder version of the recipe.
Fresh Jalapeno Poppers From a Local Eatery
Jalapeno poppers are a delicious and easy appetizer you can make at home with just a few simple ingredients. With our jalapeno popper recipe and tips, you can make crispy and cheesy poppers that impress your friends and family.
But if you don’t feel like making your own, we invite you to come try Taqueria 27’s take on this classic dish. Our menu offers a range of delicious Mexican-inspired dishes, including our famous Bacon Jalapeno Poppers. Order online today to enjoy the convenience of our takeout and delivery options.