Jalapeño Poppers

Koala Mama Koala Mama  Follow Sep 01, 2023 · 1 min read
Jalapeño Poppers
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This is not the preservative/chemical-filled, breaded jalapeño found in your local frozen aisle. Our fresh jalapeño recipe has been a family-favorite for 3 generations, perfected to enhance the natural flavors of the ingredients! Better ingredients, better taste!

Baby holding a homemade jalapeño popper
Fresh, high-quality jalapeño popper for the entire family!


  • 10-12 medium Jalapeños
  • 1 brick or 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 cup grated Mexican cheese blend or grated cheddar cheese
  • Optional: Plain breadcrumbs or panko


Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Step 2

Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 3

Using a glove, slice jalapeños lengthwise. Using a small spoon, scoop out the seeds and membrane. (keep seeds for your garden).

Step 4

In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, 2 tsp Garlic powder, 2 tsp Onion powder, 1/2 tsp Paprika, and 1/2 tsp Cumin. Stir until well combined.

Step 5

Add grated Mexican or cheddar cheese to the cream cheese mixture.

Step 6

Using a spoon or spatula, fill jalapeños with cream cheese mixture.

Optional Step

Sprinkle breadcrumbs into a bowl then lightly press cheese side of popper into the bread crumbs or sprinkle some on top and push down with your fingers, so the breadcrumbs stick to the cream cheese.

Step 7

Place on lined baking sheet and bake 12-18 minutes, depending on the size of the jalapeños.

Step 8

Let cool 5-10 minutes then serve!

Mama’s Notes

  • For bacon lovers: Cook bacon on stove top until crispy. Dice up into vey small pieces and add to cream cheese mixture with the cheese.
  • Saving jalapeño seeds: Let seeds dry, then place in an envelope to use next season or plant directly in our garden this season. This is how all 18 of my jalapeño plants were started, and I save seeds every year for future gardens.
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