Crispy Deep-Fried Jalapeno Poppers

Best Jalapeno Poppers (Pan Fried)

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Let me tell you about the time I first fell in love with Jalapeno Poppers. It was a warm summer evening, and I was at a friend’s backyard BBQ potluck party when I saw these golden, crispy bites sitting on a platter. Intrigued, I popped one in my mouth, and it was love at first bite. The crunchiness, the gooey cheese, and the kick of jalapeno had me hooked. Since then, I’ve made it my mission to perfect the recipe and share the joy of these irresistible appetizers with others. This is the best last-minute potluck recipe that can make you feel proud of your party.

Reasons to Try Jalapeno Poppers:

  1. Crowd Pleaser: Jalapeno Poppers are a surefire hit at parties and gatherings. The combination of crispy coating, melty cheese, and a spicy kick is universally appealing.
  2. Customizable: This recipe is incredibly versatile, allowing you to adjust the spice level, cheese blend, and breading to cater to your preferences or dietary needs.
  3. Perfect Finger Food: Jalapeno Poppers are easy to eat and serve, making them an ideal appetizer for casual get-togethers or more formal events.
  4. Vegetarian-Friendly: With no meat ingredients, these Jalapeno Poppers are a delicious and satisfying option for vegetarian guests.
  5. Easy to Prepare: While this recipe involves a few steps, they are straightforward and simple to follow, making it an accessible option for home cooks of all skill levels.
Jalapeno Poppers
Jalapeno Poppers

Ingredients For Deep-fried Jalapeno Poppers

To make these deep-fried Jalapeno Poppers, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 100 gms processed cheese, diced
  • 200 gms mozzarella cheese, diced
  • 400 gms jalapeno peppers, slit and seeded
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Salt, to taste
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • Oil, for frying

Ingredient Notes

When it comes to perfecting Jalapeno Poppers, I’ve learned that each ingredient plays a crucial role in the overall taste and texture. Here are some additional insights and reasons why you should try this recipe:

A. Cheese Choices

Processed cheese and mozzarella cheese work in harmony to create a wonderfully creamy and stretchy filling. The processed cheese adds a rich, velvety texture, while the mozzarella brings a delightful stringiness. However, you can experiment with different cheese blends, such as sharp cheddar and pepper jack, to achieve a unique flavor profile. If you’re looking for a healthier twist, opt for low-fat cheese, but ensure it melts well to maintain the gooey goodness we all love.

B. Jalapeno Varieties

The jalapenos you choose can greatly impact the spiciness of your poppers. I’ve discovered that larger jalapenos tend to be milder, whereas smaller ones pack more heat. For a consistent level of spiciness, try to choose jalapenos that are similar in size. If you’re catering to a crowd with varying spice tolerances, consider creating two separate batches: one with milder jalapenos and another with spicier ones.

C. Breading Options

The breading is essential for achieving a crispy exterior. In my experience, using dry breadcrumbs provides the perfect crunch, but you can experiment with other breading options, such as Panko breadcrumbs or crushed cornflakes. Additionally, consider adding spices like garlic powder, onion powder, or paprika to the breadcrumbs for an extra layer of flavor.

Tips to Make Jalapeno Poppers

Here are some tips and tricks I’ve learned while perfecting my Jalapeno Poppers:

  1. Use gloves when handling jalapenos to avoid burning your skin.
  2. To make your poppers extra crispy, double-coat them in the flour, milk, and breadcrumb mixture.
  3. For a lighter version, try baking the poppers instead of frying. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C), and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. For a gluten-free alternative, use almond flour and gluten-free breadcrumbs.

How to Make Deep-fried Jalapeno Poppers?

Here’s my detailed, step-by-step guide to making perfect Jalapeno Poppers:

A. Prepping the Jalapenos

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Wash the jalapenos and pat them dry.

Cut a slit lengthwise down one side of each jalapeno, being careful not to cut all the way through.

Use a small spoon or your fingers to remove the seeds and membranes.

B. Preparing the Cheese Mixture

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In a mixing bowl, combine the processed cheese, mozzarella cheese, red bell pepper, black pepper, and salt.

Stuff each jalapeno with the cheese mixture, filling them generously.

C. Coating and Frying the Poppers

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Set up a breading station with three bowls: one for the flour, one for the milk, and one for the breadcrumbs.

Roll the stuffed jalapenos in the flour, then dip them in the milk, and finally coat them with the breadcrumbs. For extra crunch, repeat this process.

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Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 365°F (185°C).

Fry the jalapeno poppers in batches until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes per batch. Be sure not to overcrowd the fryer, as this can lower the oil temperature and result in soggy poppers.

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How to Serve Jalapeno Poppers?

To serve your Jalapeno Poppers, place them on a platter with a side of cooling dipping sauce, such as ranch or sour cream. You can also garnish the dish with fresh cilantro or parsley for an extra pop of color. Serve these poppers piping hot, so your guests can experience the full, gooey, cheesy goodness.

Best Jalapeno Poppers (Pan Fried)

How to Store and Freeze deep-fried Jalapeno Poppers?

To store leftover Jalapeno Poppers, let them cool completely before placing them in an airtight container. Refrigerate and consume within 3-4 days.

To freeze uncooked poppers, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and freeze for 2-3 hours or until solid. Transfer the frozen poppers to an airtight container or freezer bag, and freeze them for up to 3 months. To cook frozen poppers, fry them directly from the freezer—just add an extra minute or two to the frying time.

Alternative Recipes

If you’re looking for a twist on the classic Jalapeno Popper, consider trying these alternative recipes:

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make Jalapeno Poppers ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the poppers up to the point of frying and store them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, or freeze them for later use.

Can I use a different type of pepper for this recipe?

Absolutely! Mini sweet peppers or even banana peppers make great substitutes for jalapenos, depending on your desired spice level.

Jalapeno Poppers

Best Deep-Fried Jalapeno Poppers

Adalynn Ward
Best Deep-Fried Jalapeno Poppers are a surefire hit at parties and gatherings. The combination of crispy coating, melty cheese, and a spicy kick is universally appealing
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Servings 6 persons


  • 100 g processed cheese, diced
  • 200 g mozzarella cheese, diced
  • 400 g jalapeno peppers, slit and seeded
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Salt, to taste
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • Oil, for frying

How to Make?

  • Prep jalapenos by slitting and seeding them.
  • Combine cheeses, red bell pepper, black pepper, and salt.
  • Stuff jalapenos with cheese mixture.
  • Coat jalapenos in flour, milk, and breadcrumbs.
  • Fry in hot oil until golden brown.
  • Serve with dipping sauce.


Serving: 80gCalories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 15gFat: 20g
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