Spicy Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

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5 from 2 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

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Guest blogger Lavende & Lemonade shares a warm, cheesy bite-sized snack with just a little kick that is absolutely perfect for BBQ tailgating: Spicy Jalapeno Poppers! Stuff the spicy little peppers at home, and take them with you for perfect tailgate munchies!

This recipe is so simple to make and is always a huge success during football season. They can be prepared in advance, and popped onto the grill when everyone is ready to start the pregame chow down. Score!

5 from 2 votes

Spicy Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

Yield: 24 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
This recipe is so simple to make and is always a huge success during football season.
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  • 12 fresh jalapenos
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Remove the stems from the jalapenos, cut them in half lengthwise, and scrape out the seeds. 
  • In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese and cheddar cheese together. Then fill the jalapeno halves with the cheese mixture.
  • Heat the grill to around 300 degrees (medium heat).
  • Put down a sheet of aluminum paper, and place the poppers onto it.
  • Let them cook, with the lid down (covered), for about 15 minutes, until they cheese perfectly golden and gooey!

Expert Tips

Keep in mind that the seeds and the membranes are where most of the heat of the pepper is, so a thorough scraping is best if you don't have an adventurous palate...your tongue will thank you! If you like it hot, though, leave some seeds in there to crank up the heat!

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 0.03mg
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled, jalapeno

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Find more of Lavende & Lemonade’s mouthwatering recipes, like Oregano Spaghetti Squash Bake and Nutty Homemade Granola at her blog at www.lavendeandlemonade.com.

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