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25 Easy Jalapeno Appetizers

It’s always a fun party whenever jalapeno appetizers are around! Jalapenos are excellent if you like a little spice in your life. 

Averaging at 5,000 Scoville Heat Units, this bright green chile has just the right amount of spice. It’s relatively mild, but still packs a punch.

Homemade Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers with Cream Cheese
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They can be enjoyed raw on their own, but there are also quite a number of ways you can incorporate them into meals. In today’s round-up, it’s all about appetizers. 

From dips and poppers to garlic bread and sliders, these recipes create mouthwatering starters that’ll guarantee your party’s success.

1. Jalapeno Popper Wonton Cups

No one can deny the excellence of a classic jalapeno popper. But look how much more adorable these jalapeno wonton cups are!

They’ll have the same elements you’ll find in a jalapeno popper – cream cheese, shredded cheddar, bacon, chopped green onion, and wonton wrappers – but with a more charming presentation.

2. Mini-Jalapeno Popper Egg Rolls

Here’s another fun variation of the classic jalapeno popper.

A rich filling of cream cheese, shredded cheddar, bacon bits, and diced jalapenos is wrapped in egg roll wrappers and fried to crunchy perfection. It’s an amazing union of Asian and Mexican cuisines.

I’d gladly devour these egg rolls on their own, but I suggest you also dip them with salsa and guacamole.

3. Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Meatballs

Can’t decide between a meatball and a popper? Who says you need to?

Here’s a mash-up of two sensational appetizers your guests will surely enjoy.

They may look like ordinary meatballs from the outside, but wait until you take a bite. Oozing out of it is a glorious filling of cream cheese, cheddar, and jalapeno bits. 

4. 3-ingredient Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno halves are filled with cream cheese, wrapped in bacon, and baked to perfection.
This 3-ingredient appetizer is as simple as it gets. 

It’s not only easy to make and seriously delightful but nutritious, to boot! The only problem is, it’s crazy addictive. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you!

5. Jalapeno Cheeseburger Sliders with Spicy Mayo

Classic burger patties are taken to the next level with an addition of shredded cheddar and jalapeno bits.

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The balance between the rich cheese and mildly hot peppers is *chef’s kiss.*

It doesn’t end there! This recipe also comes with a creamy dressing made of mayo, ketchup, and hot sauce. 

6. Smoked Jalapeno Poppers

Some like their jalapeno poppers fried, others prefer them baked. But have you ever had smoked jalapeno poppers? This appetizer’s a game-changer!

Smoking adds a depth of flavor to jalapenos (and other vegetables, too). The lightly charred skins amp up their taste and make the chiles even more irresistible.

7. Pineapple Jalapeño Guacamole

As excellent as traditional guacamole is, it doesn’t hold a candle to this pineapple jalapeno guacamole.

If you’re obsessed with tropical flavors, this dip is a must-try. It’s a mix of creamy avocados, sweet pineapple, hot jalapenos, herbs, and spices. 

You’ll love how all the different flavors marry into one harmonious dip. It’s pure love in a bowl. 

8. Loaded Jalapeno Popper Potato Skins

Looking for the perfect snack to serve at your next party? I can’t think of a better one than this.

In this mash-up, you’ll combine the goodness of crispy potato skins and creamy-spicy jalapeno poppers.

It’s salty, earthy, fatty, hearty, and everything you can ever ask for in a game-day treat.

9. Cheesy Jalapeño Quesadillas

Traditional cheese quesadillas are given extra oomph with shredded chicken and spicy jalapenos.

This crisp and ooey-gooey delight will make your taste buds go wild! The cheese makes them super decadent, but the heat from the jalapenos tones it down so that they’re not so overwhelmingly rich.

Best of all, they come together in just 10 minutes. They’re a perfect last-minute party app. 

10. Jalapeno Cheddar Monkey Bread

Listen. Whoever came up with monkey bread is a genius. They deserve an award for coming up with such a ridiculously tasty and addictive treat.

This monkey bread is made extra special with garlic, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and jalapenos.

Also, don’t worry, this recipe doesn’t require you to make bread from scratch. Pre-made buttermilk biscuits serve as the bread base.

11. Jalapeno Popper Crescent Rolls

Stuffed jalapenos are great. Stuff them in crescent rolls and they’ll be even greater. 

It’s buttery and flaky on the outside, and creamy, cheesy, and spicy on the inside. 

It’s the ultimate appetizer! The photo alone already makes my mouth water. 

Also, get this: this recipe only requires 5 basic ingredients. It couldn’t get any better than that.

12. Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Mushrooms 

Baby portobellos are stuffed with an outrageous filling of jalapenos, garlic, green onions, and cheese.

Besides the magnificent flavors, you’ll also enjoy the textural contrast between the chewy and spongy shrooms and the creamy, oozy filling. 

These appetizers are baked, by the way, which means you can enjoy them guilt-free.

13. Jalapeno Popper Garlic Bread (vegetarian)

If you’re looking for a hearty appetizer that can satisfy your hunger, this garlic bread is the clear winner.

The idea is simple: spread a cream cheese and jalapeno mixture onto a slice of bread, and pop it in the oven.

It’s like a cross between a jalapeno popper and an open-faced grilled cheese, and it is beautiful.

14. Jalapeno Bacon Deviled Eggs

Hollowed-out boiled egg whites are filled with a mixture of sour cream, eggs, and mayo, bacon, and jalapenos.

These are more than just your average deviled eggs! The addition of crispy bacon bits and hot jalapenos makes all the difference.

Garnish these devils with fresh dill and more jalapenos for more flavor and a pop of color.

15. Jalapeno Popper Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Just when you think a Philly cheesesteak couldn’t get any better, this recipe gives it a jalapeno popper make-over.

The classic sandwich is turned into mini-sliders and given an extra dose of decadence and heat with a cream cheese jalapeno spread.

Delicious doesn’t even begin to explain how awesome this transformation is.

16. Bacon-Wrapped Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers

Bacon, buffalo chicken, and jalapeno poppers are rolled into one stunning appetizer. This is the epitome of rich and savory combinations. 

And get this: these starters are shockingly low-carb, gluten-free, and keto-friendly. It’s amazing how something so sinful can also be healthy!

17. Jalapeno Popper Dip

Whether you’re a fan of chips or a crudites guy, this jalapeno dip is a must-try.

No person can resist this dip, no matter how they try. Here’s why.

It’s a heavenly mix of mayo, cheddar, mozzarella, crumbled bacon, jalapenos, and diced green onions. Is this chip-and-dip heaven? I think so.

It doesn’t end there, though. 

A generous sprinkling of buttery crushed Ritz and parmesan rests on top of the dip, which creates a crunchy crust once baked.

Together, the top and bottom layers create a dip so glorious, you’ll want to eat it with a spoon.

18. Baked Jalapeno Popper Chicken Sliders

Think jalapeno poppers and chicken burgers rolled into one. Say hello to yet another marriage of two popular snacks. 

This is an appetizer mash-up for the win. The sliders are undeniably delicious, and hearty to boot. It’s perfect for feeding a crowd of hungry guests.

19. Texas Caviar

Let’s take a quick break from jalapeno popper variations and turn our eyes to this eye-catching dip.

Called Texas caviar, this masterpiece is a colorful combo of black-eyed peas, black beans, corn, red onions, bell peppers, and of course, jalapenos.

You can use it for dipping, but it’s also great as a sauce, side dish, and a burger or crostini topping. 

20. Jalapeno Popper Chicken Flautas

These crispy-baked flautas are filled with shredded chicken, melty cheese, and jalapenos.

The contrast between the crunchy tortillas and the moist and creamy filling is pure heaven. The flavor combination is equally to-die-for.

Did I mention that they’re baked, not fried? Hurray for toothsome and wholesome appetizers!

21. Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Ball

How can anyone say no to a giant ball of cheese? It’s the epitome of all dips!

This cheeseball is a delightful blend of cream cheese, cheddar, garlic, herbs, and jalapenos.

The whole thing gets rolled in a mixture of bacon bits, green onions, and pecans for added flavor and textural contrast. 

While it looks overwhelmingly rich, the flavors are actually wonderfully balanced. It’s definitely cheesy, but the earthiness from the herbs and the heat from the jalapenos tone down the richness. 

22. Pickled Jalapenos

If you’re not a fan of wildly decadent appetizers, I’m sure you’ll love these pickled jalapenos. They’re wonderfully crunchy and have the perfect balance of sweetness, tanginess, and heat.

Top these pickles on nachos, dips, and sandwiches for a well-balanced treat.

23. Jalapeno Cream Cheese Tortilla Roll-Ups

These tortilla treats are just as delicious as they are pretty. Serve them at any party and they’ll be the first to disappear.

Flour tortillas are smothered with a blend of cheeses, jalapenos, and bacon. They’re rolled up and cut into thin slices to create mouthwatering pinwheels.

24. Bacon Jalapeno Popper Pretzel Bites

Pillowy and buttery pretzel bites are filled with a cheese, bacon, and jalapeno center. It’s pretzels and jalapeno poppers combined into one phenomenal appetizer. I dare you to stop at one!

25. Firecracker Shrimp

Let’s end this list with a bang, shall we? Firecracker shrimp is as exciting as its name suggests.

Sweet and snappy shrimp are sauteed in a savory-spicy sauce made of garlic, red jalapenos, garlic, lemon, and white wine. 

The flavors may be wonderfully complex, but the recipe couldn’t be easier.

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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