Dad's Favorite Jalapeno Poppers

About: Currently a sophomore at NCSU studying computer science. I enjoy making things, hacking things, building electronic circuits, and cooking!

I recently went to the Nascar Sprint Cup All-Stars Race in Charlotte, NC, with a friend. My friend's dad's friend made some jalapeño poppers that were really good, so when I got home, I decided to try to replicate them. It turns out my dad loved them!

Step 1: Ingredients

Jalapeños - about 10 (this will make 10 poppers)
Philadelphia Cream Cheese - an 8 oz. pack
Real Bacon Pieces - NOT bacon bits. I used about half of the little Oscar Mayer package I got.
Parmesan Cheese - a few shakes of this.
Minced garlic - 1 tsp.
Cilantro - A few small leaves, cut up very tiny.
Onions - a little less than 1/4 of an onion, finely chopped.

Breading Option 1:
Vegetable/Canola Oil - enough to fill the deep fryer.
Milk - a small bow full of milk to coat the jalapenos before frying
Dry bread crumbs - Enough to coat your poppers.

Breading Option 2:
Breading Mix
Vegetable/Canola Oil - enough to fill the deep fryer.5

Deep fryer
Cutting board
Plastic bag

Step 2: Preparing Jalepenos

First, cut off the tips of the jalapenos and discard them. Then, using a small pairing knife, toroughly clean out the inside of each jalapeno, trying not to cut the outside of it. Discard the seeds and veins you get out.

Step 3: Mixing

Put the cream cheese (all 8 oz.) in a small mixing bowl. You may want to microwave it for about 15 seconds to soften it. Now put the bacon pieces, parmesan cheese, minced garlic, cilantro, and onions in and stir really good.

Step 4: Filling

Put your cream cheese mixture in a plastic baggie. Mash it around until it is soft. Now cut the corner of the bag off so you have a Poor Man's Pastry Bag. Now get a friend/brother/sister/dad/mom/somebody to hold up the jalapenos and squeeze the filling out of the bag and into the jalapenos.

Step 5: Leftover Filling

What I do with leftover filling: put it on saltine crackers! These make a great appetizer or snack.

Step 6: Breading

I did the "Breading Option 2" which uses water, breading mix, and canola oil. Dip the jalapenos in the water (do not get the cream cheese mixture wet) and roll them in breading mix. Set the dryer to 365 degrees and fry for about 3 minutes, or until golden brown.

Step 7: Enjoy!

The breading didn't really work, so I will try option 1 next time. They still taste really good though!

Thanks for looking!



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    8 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Good instructable. I'm definitely going to have to try these! Have you tried coating them in a flour or cornflour based batter before? You might get a more even coat, like with onion rings.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! I was going to use milk or flour or something, but the breading package said to use water and my dad wanted to follow the instructions.


    6 years ago on Step 6

    Pretty good work their my friend. As a fan of the spicy culinary arts, I wholly support your adventures into the fiery depths of your stomach. I notice that you had some problems keeping the breading mix on during frying. I would suggest that as opposed to water that you use a couple of beaten egg whites. The wife says that when you beat them they froth and when applied to the jalapenos, should stick better to the skin of your peppers. Better surface sticking leads to better breading and a stronger bond to the peppers. Better breading means your going to have to double the recipe next time to meet the demand you suddenly find yourself saddled with. Keep up the good work and keep on exploring the stuff around you!

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    Reply 6 years ago on Step 6

    Thanks for the kind words! I was planning on using milk, but the breading mix package said to use water. I should have known that water wouldn't stick to the jalepeno skin.

    Thanks! When my friend's dad's friend made it, he used just parmesan cheese and bacon. I decided more stuff would make it taste better.