Jalapeno Poppers

jalapeno poppers on plate with dip
Photo: Bryan Gardner
Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
35 mins

The ultimate Super Bowl finger food! Fiery jalapenos are stuffed with cream cheese and fried until crisp and irresistible. Serve with a cooling dip, such as sour cream or our homemade blue cheese dressing.


  • Neutral oil, such as safflower, for frying

  • 1 pound medium jalapenos (16 to 20)

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup beer (not dark,) such as lager

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • Blue Cheese Dressingor sour cream, for serving


  1. Pour 2 inches oil into a large, heavy pot. Heat over medium-high until a deep-fry thermometer reads 400 degrees.

  2. Meanwhile, cut a 1-inch slit lengthwise down one side of each jalapeno to create a pocket. Leaving stem intact, scrape out seeds, if desired, for less heat. Spoon cream cheese into cavities of jalapenos.

  3. Whisk together flour, beer, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Working in batches, dip jalapenos into batter, allowing excess to drip off. Carefully add to hot oil and cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. (Be sure to keep oil temperature between 375 degrees and 400 degrees.) Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet lined with a wire rack. Serve with blue cheese dressing or sour cream.

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