I am taking my jalapeño popper inspired appetizer recipes and featuring them with other recipes I borrowed from fellow foodies. Click the picture to go to the post and recipe card. There are so many easy recipes here for serving at a tailgate, a barbecue, or any get-together where people love to eat. I hope you find your favorite in 15 Jalapeño Appetizers Inspired by Jalapeño Poppers!
What is a jalapeño popper?
Fresh jalapeno peppers or a jalapeno half are filled with different kinds of cheese, sometimes spices such as chili powder or garlic powder, and often bacon. They are sometimes coated with a batter and deep fried, sometimes baked without a coating. They can be air fried too. Fresh jalapenos are a hot pepper but on the milder side of the Scoville scale. They still pack enough heat to burn your eyes and face. Always wear gloves (disposable gloves) when working with jalapeños and keep a wet paper towel close by. While working with chili peppers you may find yourself beginning to cough. I always step outside when this happens and get some fresh air. To make jalapeños milder, remove the inner membranes and seeds. It is the white membrane and seeds that contain much of the heat.
Appetizer and side dish recipes inspired by Jalapeño Poppers
Coolapeño Jalapeño Poppers
I love spicy food and jalapeño poppers have always been a favorite. I made these poppers using Coolapeños which are a hybrid of jalapeño peppers. They have much less heat. Buy starter plants at the nursery of big box home improvement store.
Jalapeño Popper Grits
My Jalapeño Popper Roasted Corn Cheesy Grits have all the jalapeño popper ingredients, plus roasted fresh corn! Serve as an easy appetizer with corn chips or potato chips for dipping, as a side dish, or the base for shrimp and grits.
Jalapeño Popper Egg Rolls
Jalapeño Popper Egg Rolls have all the deliciousness of a Jalapeño Popper, tucked inside a crunchy Asian egg roll wrapper. If you are looking for the perfect appetizer ideas, look no further.
Jalapeño Poppers with Bacon
These shiny little green hot peppers were stuffed with a cream cheese mixture of cheddar cheese and green onions, dipped in buttermilk, dredged in Panko bread crumbs, wrapped in a slice of bacon, then deep-fried. The cream cheese filling will wake up your taste buds.
Buffalo Chicken Poppers
Made with tangy buffalo chicken that's stuffed in jalapenos and wrapped in crispy bacon, these Buffalo Chicken Poppers are the ultimate party and game day dish. Would be great dipped in blue cheese dressing.
Jalapeño Corn Chowder
Simple jalapeño corn chowder is a creamy soup that combines sweet corn with a little heat from jalapeño chiles. It makes an easy vegetarian first course appetizer.
Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese
Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese is everything you could possibly ask for! Soft bread with a crisp exterior and a creamy, cheesy, dreamy jalapeño popper inspired filling! Cut in quarters and serve at a party or a game day spread.
Air Fryer Fried Jalapeño Cream Cheese Burgers
A cheeseburger topped with Fried Jalapeno Cream Cheese. Burger patties cooked in an air fryer. These burgers are juicy and topped creamy spicy goodness.
Jalapeño Popper Dip
This creamy, cheesy Jalapeno Popper Dip with bacon is the ultimate appetizer indulgence! So warm and comforting and perfect for parties! Jalapeno popper dip with panko topping is a no-brainer, right?
Jalapeño Popper Wonton Cups
These jalapeño popper wonton cups have the same tasty jalapeño popper flavor, but they’re a lot cuter. Much better for a party. Four simple ingredients including canned diced green chilis (jalapeños).
Baked Jalapeño Popper Roll-Ups
These Baked Jalapeno Popper Roll-Ups are a favorite bite-size tortilla pinwheel filled with everything we love in a classic popper; rich cream cheese, fresh jalapeños, and crispy bacon bits. You can make these roll-ups for a quick snack or a tasty party appetizer.
Jalapeño Popper Cauliflower Casserole
This rich and cheesy jalapeno popper cauliflower casserole with bacon is a great low-carb choice for dinner. It’s simple to prepare and reheats well so you can enjoy it for lunch the next day! I know it's not an appetizer, but cauliflower.
Grilled Jalapeño Popper Fries
Load your waffle fries with creamy jalapeño popper dip with spicy chorizo and cream cheese over grilled fries. The best part is this recipe works at a campfire or on a traditional grill and can be made in individual aluminum foil packets or on a big baking sheet!
Best Jalapeño Popper Chicken Dip
Your favorite Jalapeño Poppers turned into a delicious dip. Can be served with veggies, chips, or crackers. It’s Keto Friendly and low carb. Perfect for your next get-together.
Air Fryer Jalapeño Popper Taquitos
Air Fryer Jalapeño Popper Taquitos are a cheesy, bacony, and roasted jalapeño peppery delight! This recipe is the favorite jalapeño popper appetizer wrapped in a corn tortilla and air-fried for a crispy and delicious treat!