Juicy jalapeño on bottom, with a loaded centre and a parmesan crunch on top, once you try this way of baking jalapeño poppers you’ll never look back. These Crispy Baked Jalapeño Poppers are an absolute must. Plus, they’re PERFECT for game day!
Baked Jalapeño Poppers
Sure, deep fried jalapeño poppers are tasty, but think about it. What do we love so much about them? For me, it’s because they’re crispy, yet cheesy and gooey. What if I told you that you can get those exact things but with half the hassle and probably half the calories? WITH the addition of bacon!? Follow me…
Classic Baked Jalapeño Poppers
For a long time when making jalapeño poppers I’d do the whole cream cheese stuffed jalapeños, topped with cheddar cheese then wrap with bacon. Which don’t get me wrong tastes bloomin’ divine, but recently I’ve mixed things up, which has led to one of the most incredible jalapeño popper combos I’ve ever tasted.
MY Baked Jalapeño Poppers
What I’ve come up with here is essentially jalapeño ‘boats’ which are loaded with a cream cheese filling and baked with a crispy top. Here’s what you’ll need for the cream cheese filling:
Jalapeño Popper Filling
- Cream Cheese
- Cheddar Cheese
- Green/Spring Onion
First thing you want to do is grab yourself some nice juicy fresh jalapeños. Those chillies lurking about in the back of your fridge are no good, they simply won’t hold up in the oven. And nobody likes it when jalapeños spill out in the oven 😩 From there all you’ll need is a chopping board, a sharp knife and some gloves if you fancy. Using disposable gloves are always a good idea if you’re concerned about spreading spice.
How to stuff Jalapeños (quick summary)
- Admire them – Grab yourself the biggest and freshest jalapeños you can find and spread them on a chopping board.
- Cut them – Evenly slice them vertically down the centre.
- Gut them – Scrape out every last seed you can find, easiest done with a tsp. Be careful not scrape too vigorously, else one of those seeds is gonna pop into your eye! (trust me, been there).
- Stuff them – About 1 tbsp of filling should do the trick. You want the filling to be just raised above the edges of the jalapeño.
CRISPY Baked Jalapeño Poppers
Now comes the fun part that takes these baked jalapeño poppers through the roof. We’ve got the ‘boats’ filled, now time to add the crispy, crunchiness that everybody loves. Here’s what you’ll need:
Baked Jalapeño Crispy Layer
- Smoked Paprika
Now, if you’ve been a reader for a while you’ve heard me harp on about smoked paprika in literally every recipe. A personal preference of mine? Maybe. But here it’s a definite must. It’s give that gorgeous smokey twang to these baked jalapeño poppers and enhances all the lively flavours they offer.
How to Bake Jalapeño Poppers (quick summary)
- In a bowl, add smoked paprika, breadcrumbs and parmesan.
- Combine with a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Place your jalapeños cheese side down onto the mixture and press down so it picks up as much as possible.
- Bake in the oven until they just begin to bubble, then switch on the grill and broil until crispy.
Tips for the best Baked Jalapeño Poppers
1. Don’t over bake
You want to initially bake them until they’re just cooked through, usually until they start bubbling. It’s such a sad sight to see a sloppy jalapeño popper. An ever so slightly firm jalapeño is actually a good thing as it keeps it’s shape nicely.
Try and pick similar sized jalapeños so they all cook at an even rate. With the same token, try and slice symmetrically so both sides are the same depth, just for the same reason.
3. Jalapeño Poppers Dip
These are great by themselves but even better with a dip. For me I usually go with a simple sour cream to sooth out the kick of spice. However these go amazingly too:
Dips for Jalapeño Poppers
How spicy are these Jalapeño Poppers?
In general, contrary to popular belief jalapeño poppers aren’t that spicy. On the Scoville scale, the jalapeño is merely mild to moderate. Having said that, some are spicier than others. If you’re at all concerned about them being too spicy, I recommend soaking the jalapeño boats in cold water. This will take away some of the kick. Just thoroughly dry with paper towels before stuffing.
And there we have it! My jalapeño popper brain has officially leaked, and the info is yours for the taking 🤣 If you’re looking for game day finger foods then definitely check out my other recipes:
Baked Finger Food
- Crispy Baked Avocado Fries
- Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders
- Crispy Baked Potato Wedges
- Mini Loaded Potatoes
- Chorizo Sausages Rolls (or classic sausage rolls)
Fried Finger Food
- Beer Battered Onion Rings
- Spicy Fried Chicken Tenders
- EXTRA Crispy Halloumi Fries
- Fried Cheese Balls
- Popcorn Chicken
Alrighty, let’s tuck into these baked jalapeño poppers shall we?!
How to make Baked Jalapeño Poppers (Full Recipe & Video)
Crispy Baked Jalapeño Poppers
- Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
- Gloves (optional - for slicing jalapeños)
- Baking Tray
- Medium Bowl (for cream cheese mix)
- Medium Bowl (for breadcrumbs mix)
Ingredients (check list):
- 10 Jalapeños
- 9oz / 250g Cream Cheese
- 5oz / 150g Streaky Bacon, finely diced (or bacon of choice)
- 1 cup / 100g Cheddar Cheese, finely grated
- 1 Green/Spring Onion, finely diced
- 4 tbsp Dry Breadcrumbs (can use Panko!)
- 2 tbsp Parmesan, finely grated
- 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
- Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
- Olive Oil, as needed
- Sour Cream, to serve
- In a medium sized bowl, combine 4 tbsp breadcrumbs, 2 tbsp parmesan, 1 tsp smoked paprika and a pinch of salt & pepper (to taste). Place to one side.
- Next, fry 5oz/150g diced bacon in a pan over medium heat (use oil as needed) until nice and crispy. When cool enough to handle, combine in a separate bowl with 9oz/250g cream cheese, diced green/spring onion and 1cup/100g grated cheddar cheese. Place to one side.
- Grab your jalapeños and slice them vertically, forming two boat-like shapes. Deseed with a teaspoon and begin filling with your cream cheese mixture. You want them filled to just above level height, around 1 tbsp per 'boat' should be fine, depending on jalapeño size. Use gloves if concerned about spreading spice.
- Flip each boat upside down in to your breadcrumb mixture and gently press so the crumbs attach, forming the crispy layer.
- Evenly space out on a baking tray and bake for around 8-10 mins at 200C/390F just to heat through the centre, just until they start to bubble. Then switch to the grill and broil for around 5 mins or until golden and crispy on top (see notes). Allow to cool for a few minutes and tuck in!
Quick 1 min demo!
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