Cheddar Cheese Jalapeno Poppers

Also known as hot poppers or simply jalapeño poppers, these cheddar cheese stuffed jalapeño peppers are a popular appetizer at many eateries. They are so tasty, especially when served with ranch or blue cheese dressing. Wonderfully crispy on the outside with a contrasting gooey cheese filling.

Cheddar cheese jalapeno poppers and a cup of dipping sauce on a plate.

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Why You Should Try This Homemade Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

Cheddar stuffed Jalapeños poppers are so hard to resist, so why would you even try? They are really easy to make, and everyone will love them and want to eat them until they burst!

This cheddar jalapeño poppers recipe gives you a quick and easy appetizer that’s perfect for hosting any crowd. Your guests will definitely be impressed that you made these yourself!

Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers – Ingredients You Will Need

To make this recipe for cheddar cheese jalapeño poppers, you will need the following:

  • Jalapeño peppers
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Eggs
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil
Cheddar cheese jalapeno poppers ingredients on a tray.

How to Make Cheddar Cheese Jalapeño Poppers

Jalapeño poppers with cheddar cheese are easy to make. Here’s what you do:

  1. Cut the stem ends off the peppers and remove the seeds and white membrane.
  2. Stuff the peppers with cheddar cheese.
Fresh jalapeno peppers stuffed with cheddar cheese.
  1. Coat each pepper with egg and then breadcrumbs.
  2. Allow to dry for 15 minutes.
Breaded cheddar cheese stuffed jalapeno peppers before frying on a tray.
  1. Fry in oil heated to 375°F.
  2. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.
Deep fried cheddar cheese jalapeno poppers and dipping sauce on a plate.

Recipe Tips

  • Starting with very cold ingredients will help prevent the cheese from running out of the peppers when frying.
  • Add about 5% cream cheese to the cheddar for better consistency, 
  • To help keep the cheese in the pepper, when you cut off the stem end, leave enough to give you a solid end.

Why you need to wear disposable gloves when cutting your jalapeños. Jalapeños have a compound in them called capsaicin which is very irritating to the skin. If you’ve never had the misfortune of accidentally touching your eye after cutting into a hot pepper, be very thankful – it’s awful!

Jalapeño Cheddar Poppers – Variations

You can vary your jalapeño poppers in different ways, including:

  • Mix up the peppers: – You can use jalapeños, mini sweet bell peppers, or a mixture of both.
  • Add some cream cheese: Mix the cheddar with a small amount of cream cheese for better consistency.
  • Cream cheese and bacon jalapeño poppers: A classic combination – the creaminess of the cheese pairs perfectly with salty crumbled bacon.
  • Cream cheese and cilantro jalapeño poppers: The freshness of the cilantro offsets the jalapeño heat.
  • Goat cheese and herb jalapeño poppers: The herby flavor pairs well with the slightly spicy peppers.
  • Cheddar and chive jalapeño poppers: The sharpness of the cheddar compliments the oniony flavor of the chives.
  • Extra spicy jalapeño poppers: Add a little cayenne pepper.
  • Keto jalapeño poppers: Replace the breadcrumbs with pork rind crumbs.
  • Cheesy jalapeño poppers: Instead of cheddar, fill them with another kind of cheese.

Ways to Serve Jalapeño Cheddar Poppers

Here are several suggestions for serving jalapeño poppers with cheddar cheese:

Arrange them on a platter with a stack of napkins and toothpicks and have everyone serve themselves – a great way to grab and mingle.

Opt for serving a few poppers on individual plates with a choice of dipping sauces, including marinara, ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, or even ketchup. For something a little different, serve them with sweet and sour sauce.

Serve them up with other appetizers for game nights, including:

Cheddar cheese Jalapeño peppers can be part of a delicious Mexican-style buffet. Serve them with tacos, guacamole, and white queso dip.

Jalapeño poppers with cheddar cheese are also great as an entrée, served with a side of rice and black beans.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are these pepper poppers spicy?

Scooping out the jalapeño seeds brings down the heat significantly. However, if you don’t want any spice, go for mini sweet bell peppers instead.

Why did my breading fry right off?

The breading may have been too thin, or the oil temperature was too high – sometimes thermometers aren’t accurate. Also, chilling the breaded (uncooked) jalapeño poppers in the refrigerator before frying will help the coating stick better.

How do you prevent cheese from running out of the peppers during cooking?

Starting with everything really cold should help. Also, when cutting off the stem end, leave enough to form a solid end.

Can you make these in an air fryer?

Probably not, because it’s unlikely that they will brown in an air fryer. The peppers will cook, but the breading will remain dry and light brown.

Can you bake cheddar cheese jalapeño poppers?

Frying jalapeño poppers gives you the best results, but if you’d like to bake them, here’s how to do it:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Place the poppers on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Storing and Reheating Leftover Cheddar Stuffed Jalapeños

Make Cheddar Cheese Jalapeño Poppers Ahead of Time: These jalapeño poppers with cheddar cheese are a great make-ahead appetizer. Assemble them completely and cover them in plastic wrap in the fridge until frying time.

Leftovers: These homemade cheddar jalapeño poppers are so tasty you are unlikely to have any leftovers. However, once completely cooled, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, just pop them in the oven or toaster oven to heat through. You can also reheat in the microwave.

Freezing cheddar jalapeño poppers: Stuff them and then arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for several hours until solid. Once frozen, transfer the poppers to a freezer-safe bag or container.

Cooking from frozen: No need to thaw – deep fry them at 375°F until golden or pop them straight into the oven at 400°F on a wire rack over a baking sheet.

Overhead view of cheddar cheese jalapeno poppers and a small cup of dipping sauce.

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Cheddar Cheese Jalapeno Poppers

Cheddar cheese stuffed Jalapeno poppers are so hard to resist.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Cheddar Cheese Jalapeno Poppers, Jalapeno Poppers, Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 2849kcal


  • 24 jalapeno peppers medium size
  • cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 3 eggs slightly beaten
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 6 cups vegetable oil for frying


  • Wearing plastic gloves, cut the stem end off peppers with a paring knife. Carefully remove seeds and white membrane.
  • Stuff peppers with cheese. 
  • Heat oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 375 degrees.
  • Place eggs in a small bowl.
  • Place breadcrumbs in a shallow pan.
  • Drop 4 peppers in eggs and toss to coat.
  • Using a fork, lift 1 pepper at a time out of the eggs, shaking off excess.
  • Drop the egg-coated pepper into the breadcrumbs and toss to coat
  • Place breaded pepper on a sheet pan.
  • Repeat with remaining peppers.
  • When all peppers are coated, let them sit to dry for 15 minutes.
  • With a slotted spoon, place peppers, a few at a time, into the hot oil.
  • Fry for 2 to 3 minutes, until golden.
  • Transfer fried poppers to a platter lined with paper towels to drain.
  • Repeat with remaining peppers.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 2849kcal | Carbohydrates: 188g | Protein: 93g | Fat: 193g | Saturated Fat: 50g | Cholesterol: 669mg | Sodium: 2851mg | Potassium: 1853mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 5610IU | Vitamin C: 482.9mg | Calcium: 1738mg | Iron: 17.4mg