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Classic Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

Jalapeno poppers are a favorite appetizer for many, offering a combination of creamy cheese, spicy jalapenos, and a crispy breadcrumb coating. Here’s a classic recipe for these delicious treats.

Servings: 24 poppers


  • 12 fresh jalapeno peppers
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking spray


  1. Preparation: Start by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare the Peppers: Cut the jalapenos in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and membranes. Make sure to wear gloves to avoid any accidental contact with eyes or skin.
  3. Cheese Filling: In a mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir until all ingredients are well combined.
  4. Stuff the Peppers: Generously fill each jalapeno half with the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Breadcrumb Coating: Roll the stuffed jalapenos in the breadcrumbs, making sure each one is well-coated.
  6. Bake: Arrange the breaded jalapeno poppers on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Ensure they are spaced out evenly.
  7. Cooking: Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until the jalapenos are golden brown and the cheese filling is bubbly.
  8. Cool and Serve: Once baked, remove the poppers from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Serve while warm and enjoy!

Variations to Spice Up Your Snacking:

  1. Bacon-Wrapped: Before baking, wrap each popper in half a slice of bacon. Secure with a toothpick if needed.
  2. Stuffed with Sausage: Mix cooked and crumbled breakfast sausage into the cream cheese mixture for an extra layer of flavor.
  3. Cornmeal Crusted: Substitute the breadcrumbs with cornmeal for a different texture and flavor.

Enjoy these spicy, cheesy, and crispy jalapeno poppers at your next gathering or as a snack any time you crave something delicious!

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