Baked Cream Cheese Jalapeño Poppers


I made these cream cheese jalapeño poppers after a number of unsatisfactory attempts at making deep-fried poppers. I modified a recipe by Emeril and came up with this. It's much easier than frying, and everyone in our family agrees they're at least as good as (if not better than) any fried poppers they've had! We love hot peppers and always make this recipe with the ones we grow in our garden every year.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
24 poppers


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 ½ tablespoons taco seasoning mix

  • 12 medium jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded

  • 2 tablespoons fine bread crumbs, or to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.

  2. Blend cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, and seasoning mix together in a bowl. Spread mixture into jalapeño halves and arrange onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle bread crumbs over cheese filling.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until peppers are just tender, 20 to 30 minutes.


If you aren't a fan of taco seasoning, try stuffing the peppers with a mixture of cream cheese, mozzarella, and chopped pepperoni. Or try cream cheese, blue cheese, and a bit of dry ranch dressing mix, or whatever sounds good to you!

To Make Ahead:

Follow the recipe but bake for just 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, cool to room temperature, then place the baking sheet and poppers in the freezer for about 1 hour. Transfer the poppers to resealable bags and keep frozen until ready to use. Reheat frozen poppers in an oven preheated to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

116 Calories
10g Fat
3g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 116
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 205mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 86mg 7%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 64mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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