How to Make Simple Jalapeno Poppers

Simple recipe to learn how to make jalapeno poppers in the oven!

Welcome to Day #5 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. Whether you are a Broncos fan or a Seahawks fan , we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25.


There are many recipes for Jalapeno Poppers. These are not breaded and this recipe does not require any eggs. There is also no frying of any kind as these are baked. Remember, I like to keep things simple here on the island. I hope you enjoy them!

Baked Simple Jalapeno Poppers

1 dozen jalapeno peppers, halved

1 8 oz package cream cheese

2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 cup bread crumbs

2 tablespoons parmesan cheese



Preheat oven to 350°.  Using rubber gloves, clean and seed jalapenos. Seriously, use gloves and open a window because these little buggers can be really hot.
Place cleaned out pepper halves on cookie sheet.  You can remove gloves, but wash hands first.



In a bowl, mix together cream cheese, shredded cheese, cilantro, and cumin. Stuff each pepper with cream cheese mixture.



Mix bread crumbs and parmesan cheese together. Top each pepper with a small scoop of this mixture.




Bake for 20 – 22 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and crumbs are light brown.



Let cool for 4-6 minutes. Serve and enjoy!


Looking for a tasty appetizer to share this season? These Jalapeno poppers are so good and easy to make too!

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tips to streamline recipes

  • Prepare jalapenos the day before and store in refrigerator until ready to make
  • Use pre-shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Save time chopping cilantro by using dried cilantro


For other great appetizer recipes, check out my:
Glazed Chicken Wings

Salsa Cheesecake

Chicken Empanadas




  1. YUM! My husband’s favorite. Again, I’d have to leave out cilantro because of the three cilantro haters in the family!! However, cheese and peppers? Fantastic. And I do love using cumin.

  2. I have a bunch of Rachael Ray items in Orange but my absolute favorites are the Oil and Vinegar pourers. I have vegetable oil in the larger one and olive oil in the smaller. It is SOOOOOO much easier to control the amount of oil I use and they are so doggone cute on the counter!

  3. Yup, this is going on the game day buffet table! They look so good and easy, perfect for the party. Thank you!
    Debbie 🙂

  4. Love these. They would be a hit here in El Paso for sure! We’re having a Super Bowl,party and I’d love it if you linked these to ,the party.

    Go team!

  5. I absolutely love jalapeno poppers !!! I’m going to try these !!!

  6. I’m a Broncos fan…even after such a loss. We had jalapeno poppers wrapped in bacon, I think I add a dozen of them. This recipe looks easy and yummy. Can’t wait to try it!

  7. These look amazing! I wish I had seen them before the Superbowl. But I have them pinned. I always struggle with poppers because I find it hard to stuff them…halved is perfect!

  8. Oh cream cheese poppers are my favorite! Thanks for sharing! I think it would be great for my new linky party starting this Saturday at 8pm called “Found & Foraged” Can’t wait to party with you at

  9. this looks deelish! good tips on the rubber gloves, tho.

  10. Jalapeno Poppers are one of my most favorite appetizers!! These look great Raquel!


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