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Pepper Jack Jalapeno Poppers

Grilled Pepper Jack Jalapeno Poppers are a quick and easy appetizer are the perfect start to any dinner on the grill.

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Jalapeno poppers with cheese filling on a serving board.

Appetizers on the grill are a great idea for backyard cookouts and holiday gatherings. These quick and easy poppers are sure to satisfy a hungry crowd.

Why Make these Grilled Jalapeño Poppers?

  • The smoky jalapenos combined with spicy and creamy cheese filling is one of the best flavor combinations.
  • An easy appetizer that everyone will love.
  • If you are firing up the grill, it’s a great idea to add an appetizer to the menu to tide everyone over until the main course is ready!

Ingredients Needed

  • Jalapeños
  • Cream Cheese
  • Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Kosher Salt
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Cilantro

Step By Step Directions for Cheesy Jalapeno Poppers

Collage making jalapeno poppers stuffed with cheese.
  1. Slice jalapenos in half long-wise, removing seeds and membranes, leaving stem ends intact.
  2. Mix cream cheese with shredded pepper-jack, garlic, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Stuffed jalapeno poppers on a grill pan.
  3. Spoon into jalapeno halves and place on a grill pan. Grilling jalapeno poppers.
  4. Grill for 15- 20 minutes or until jalapenos are softened and cheese is melted.
  5. Remove from grill and garnish with cilantro if desired.
Jalapeno poppers on a wood board.

Jalapeno Popper Variations

  • Any firm cheese you have on hand will work. Cheddar and colby-jack are great.
  • Top with cooked and crumbled bacon after you remove from the grill.
  • Wrap with thin sliced bacon before grilling. Cook an additional 30 minutes or until bacon is cooked through. Brush with BBQ Sauce about 5 minutes before removing form grill.

Make Ahead

Prepare the stuffed jalapenos and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to a day in advance. Cook as directed.

Store and Reheat

  • If there is such a thing as leftover jalapeno poppers, store in a zip top bag or air tight container in the refrigerator up to 4 days.
  • Reheat in a 350° oven or toaster oven for about 5 – 8 minutes.

How do You Know if Jalapenos are Hot?

These peppers came from our garden and while I love the color of the red jalapenos for making Candied Jalapenos, they are indeed much spicier than the green ones.

As peppers age the amount of capsaicin increases. You may have seen the claims on instagram that smooth jalapenos with no corking (looks like stretch marks) are milder than those with corking. This is likely due to the peppers with corking are more mature.

More Stuffed Pepper Recipes to Try

Grilled jalapeno poppers on an appetizer board.

Add these grilled Pepper Jack Jalapeño Poppers to your next grilling menu for a quick and easy appetizer.

Cheesy stuffed jalapeno poppers on a serving board.
Yield: 24 Poppers

Pepper Jack Jalapeño Poppers

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Grilled Pepper Jack Jalapeno Poppers are a quick and easy appetizer are the perfect start to any dinner on the grill.

Ingredients

  • 12 medium size jalapenos
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, optional garnish

Instructions

  1. Prepare a grill fire to 350°.
  2. Slice jalapenos in half long-wise, removing seeds and membranes, leaving stem ends intact.
  3. Mix cream cheese with shredded pepper-jack, garlic, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
  4. Spoon into jalapeno halves and place on a grill pan.
  5. Grill for 15- 20 minutes or until jalapenos are softened and cheese is melted.
  6. Remove from grill and garnish with cilantro if desired.

Notes

Variations:

  • Any firm cheese you have on hand will work. Cheddar and colby-jack are great.
  • Top with cooked and crumbled bacon after you remove from the grill.
  • Wrap with thin sliced bacon before grilling. Cook an additional 30 minutes or until bacon is cooked through. Brush with BBQ Sauce about 5 minutes before removing form grill.

Make Ahead:

  • Prepare the stuffed jalapenos and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to a day in advance. Cook as directed.

Storage:

  • If there is such a thing as leftover jalapeno poppers, store in a zip top bag or air tight container in the refrigerator up to 4 days.

Reheat:

  • Reheat in a 350° oven or toaster oven for about 5 - 8 minutes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 56Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 85mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

Nutritional information is estimated and may not be accurate.

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