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March 30, 2011

Jalapeno Poppers


I love fried jalapeno poppers. And I guess that is what I am discovering about myself. I wasn't a fan of the raw jalapeno pepper used in this recipe. I would much rather it be fried in a batter. I know, that sounds so unhealthy and fatty, right? I enjoy the crunch from the fried batter. I did, however, LOVE the filling mixture. I could eat that in heaping spoonfuls and that would be enough. But I think I would love to find a recipe for deep fried jalapeno poppers with this similar filling, or come up with one on my own! I'm not very good at that though... coming up with recipes on my own. I like to modify recipes, but I usually need some kind of base recipe. Maybe that's because I haven't been cooking long enough. I'm not sure, but I am sure that one day I'll be comfortable enough to know what ingredients are necessary to make certain dishes. I'm getting better already, just not where I want and hope to be eventually!

Moving on from the self-empowerment.... and on to these poppers.

First, you wanna slice open each jalapeno popper lengthwise, and take out as many seeds as you would like. The more you leave in, the more heat. I took out most of my seeds, because I was a wuss.

In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, lime juice, corn, bacon, and cayenne pepper. Like I said, I could (and did) eat this mixture on its own.

Then you wanna fill those peppers up with that delightful filling. Go on, fill up those lil jalapeno pepper boats, dividing the mixture evenly amongst them all. Then sprinkle some panko bread crumbs on top. For some crispiness.

Bake (or grill) until peppers are tender. Look at the crunchy, browned panko coating!

Jalapeno Poppers
adapted from Better Than Burgers
  • 10 whole fresh jalapenos
  • 4 oz. chive and onion cream cheese (half of an 8 oz. pkg)
  • 1/2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Panko bread crumbs, for topping
Cut the peppers lengthwise making a boat, taking out as many seeds as you like (with gloves). In a bowl, mix the cream cheese, lime juice, corn, bacon and cayenne pepper together, stirring well. Fill the peppers with the mixture, then sprinkle panko bread crumbs on top. Bake at 450 degrees (or grill them) until peppers are tender, about 5 minutes at first and then checking them every few minutes after that.

Printable Recipe


I wish I enjoyed the jalapeno peppers more, but I sure did love that filling. It's nice to discover things about myself along my cooking journey. I guess I won't be making any stuffed pepper recipes, or non-fried jalapeno recipes anymore. It does feel good to know what I like. Hey, it's me. Everyone is different. If you are a fan of non-fried jalapenos or peppers, you may love this recipe! That's the magic of food... there's always something for everyone. An opinion is only one's own, so the best way to know for sure if you like something is to try it out for yourself. So go ahead and try these. Hey, if you don't like the jalapenos at least you get to eat the tasty corn and bacon mixture like me!

Linking to:
Tasty Tuesdays @ 33 Shades of Green

Peace, and bacon grease!


Unknown said...

giiiiiirrrrrrrrrlfriend! i love love love jalapeno poppers! i've never tried adding corn to my filling, but i will next time!

for mine, i do cream cheese, shredded jalapeno gouda, & top with crumbled bacon. yum x infinity. my family goes NUTS for these things...
i knew we were soul mates! :)

Unknown said...

OHHHH! you could totally put this filling in mushroom caps & it would rock. or, you could even serve it as a thick spread for some bread... i may or may not have eaten an entire loaf of french bread that way... ;)

Mrs. K said... you're talking. I like this minus the bacon. I'm one of the few Americans who do not like bacon. But it looks yummy overall.

Desi said...

@ Kristin... um YUM! That jalapeno gouda sounds AH-Mazing!! I'll be on the lookout for some of that cheese! I have been on a fancy cheese kick lately :) And this does sound like a good mushroom cap filler :)

@ Mrs. K... I WISH I didn't like bacon! Ok well maybe I don't wish that, but my thighs wish that!

Unknown said...

I LOVE jalapeno poppers... I love them fried, I loved them baked like this recipe..did I mention I love them??
Next time, if you want to stay on the healthier side, instead of frying them, try breading them and baking them. If you have a wire rack to set on the baking sheet to keep the air circulating under the poppers, they should turn out crispy all around. Still not like fried, but way closer then the ones you just made.

Leah Beyer said...

I love that there is corn in the filling. My husband is going to love these!

HaleyLeann said...

DELICIOUS! I love jalapeños! These look wonderful. Thanks for linking up on Recipes I Can't Wait to Try!

Comfy cuisine said...

Hey Desi! Your blog is adorable and your food looks great! Following as well!

Mythreyi said...

Hi Desi,

Simple and Spicy. Love it, Thanks for sharing at Full Plate Thursday.

Yum! Yum! Yum!


I love stuffed jalepenos! I have never had them with corn,however. The other day, I went to a party and someone brought some wrapped in bacon. I think they are one of my favorite appetizers. So, thanks for sharing your version at Tuesday's Tasty Tidbits (Permanent Posies)

Anonymous said...

These look AMAZING!! I love a good popper!! If you get a sec, pop on over to Foodie Friday and link up! Oh, and I found you on Fireflies and Jellybeans!

Desi said...

@ Jenn - Thanks for the tip :) I haven't used my deep fryer yet, and am afraid to. I will try your baking method with the breading on them.... any ideas how to get the breading to stick to the jalapenos?

@ Leah - yes, corn makes a great addition! And not really expected in jalapeno poppers :)

@ HaleyLeann - Thanks for stopping by, I'll be back!

@ Patti - Aww thanks for returning the follow! So glad I found your blog!

@ Mythreyi - Thanks for stopping by from Full Plate Thurs!

@ Permanent Posies - MMM, wrapping them in bacon sounds good too, instead of the crumbled bacon on the inside!

@ Little Brick Ranch - Thanks for letting me know about your linky... I'll be linking up today!

Alea Milham said...

Oh my goodness these look wonderful! My husband would absolutely loves this recipe. thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

mommy Orkid Belle said...

I have never had some jalapeño poppers before and this one looks really good. :) Thanks for sharing!

Adin B

Unknown said...

Hello my lovely friend! These poppers look fantastic - love the addition of panko crumbs for texture and crunch! I made some fantastic chicken & lime stuffed ones last summer, but watch out for jalapeno burn on your fingers! :)

maiylah said...

looks like i'm going to love it (love almost anything peppery-hot!)!!! we have something similar, which a friend calls 'dynamite'. we use chili peppers stuffed with ground pork and topped with cheddar cheese, then deep fried. am missing those already! :)

thanks so much for linking to Food Friday! WELCOME, and hope to see again next week! :)

Cheerful said...

never tried like this but this one sounds so delicious...thanks for sharing your recipe! love to do it soon, my hubby will definitely love this! PinayMum - Mommy's Life Around...wishing you a great weekend!

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

I bet these little yummies are completely addictive! Thanks for the great tutorial.


April said...

These look delicious! I love jalapeño poppers - I like the stuffed with crab stuffing!

Frugally Green Mom

Unknown said...

i love cream cheese, so i know i would love the filling on these. i think i am a fried foodie myself...i would probably drop those babies in hot oil without any guilt ;) thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

Desi said...

@ Alea - Hope the hubby likes em!

@ Adin - You must try one at least once in your life!

@ Erin - Hey friend! Your chicken and lime stuffed poppers sound amazing! Good idea :) I will definitely be trying that one! And yes, definitely wear gloves when handling jalapenos!

@ Maiylah - your 'dynamite' sound yummy and unique! I like the sound of deep fried peppers with pork :)

@ Cheerful - Always good to make the hubby happy :) Hope he likes!

@ ButterYum - I LOVE your blog! I have been a follower for awhile now.... I am kinda bloggy struck that you commented on my blog :) Thanks for stopping by! Hope you'll be back!

@ April - Oh yes, crab stuffed poppers sound delish... I love crab stuffed mushrooms too!

@ Christy - I don't love a ton of fried food, but poppers just seem right fried :)

Unknown said...

Great dish! Thanks for sharing, I just love your site.

Desi said...

<----- blushing ;)

Thanks, Couponcookin!

Leah Beyer said...

I shared this again on my blog! Love them. Check it out over on Beyer Beware.