Cheesy Grilled Jalapeño Poppers


Ignite your taste buds with our Cheesy Grilled Jalapeño Poppers! This fiery appetizer features jalapeños stuffed with a creamy, cheesy filling and grilled to perfection. Each bite delivers a perfect balance of heat, smokiness, and rich, gooey cheese – a surefire hit for spice lovers and grill enthusiasts alike!

Cheesy Grilled Jalapeño Poppers

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4 (3 poppers per serving)
  • Serving Size: 3 poppers

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 150 kcal
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6 g
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Sodium: 190 mg
  • Sugar: 3 g


  • 12 jalapeño peppers, halved and seeded
  • 200 g (0.44 lbs or 7 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 100 g (0.22 lbs or 3.5 oz) cheddar cheese, grated
  • 30 g (0.066 lbs or 1 oz) green onions, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: crispy bacon bits for topping

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare Jalapeños: Halve the jalapeños lengthwise and remove seeds. Wear gloves to avoid skin irritation.
  2. Make Filling: In a bowl, mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese, green onions, salt, and pepper.
  3. Stuff Peppers: Fill each jalapeño half with the cheese mixture.
  4. Preheat Grill: Heat your grill to medium heat.
  5. Grill Poppers: Place jalapeño poppers on the grill, filling side up. Grill for about 10 minutes or until the peppers are tender and the cheese is bubbly.
  6. Optional Topping: Sprinkle with bacon bits for an extra flavor punch.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Avoid Overfilling: Fill the jalapeños just to the brim to prevent cheese from spilling out while grilling.
  • Direct Heat: Grill over direct heat but watch closely to prevent burning.
  • Serving Suggestion: Serve with a cooling dip like ranch or sour cream to balance the heat.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make these poppers in advance?

Yes, you can prepare and stuff the jalapeños a day ahead. Grill them when ready to serve.

How can I reduce the heat?

Removing all the seeds and white membranes inside the peppers will significantly reduce the heat.

Can these be baked instead of grilled?

Absolutely. Bake them in a preheated oven at 200°C (400°F) for 15-20 minutes.