Food With Jalapenos


These dishes will be made with jalapenos as one of their ingredients and they taste great! I’ve cooked with jalapenos ever since my family moved to Texas in high school and since then I’ve become quite experienced in working with this spice. Aside from using it in all sorts of dishes, including salsa and guacamole, we use it as a condiment for sandwiches, pasta, soups and even just by itself on bread with some mayonnaise (yes that is good). If you are convinced already then stay tuned for more posts coming soon. Do you like spicy food? Do you like to cook at home and can’t seem to find the right recipes? Well I have a new blog here, where I will be showcasing my favorite Mexican recipes with my own personal twist on them.

Food With Jalapenos

It started with obvious things like jalapeno poppers, Mexican cornbread, and jalapeno chili.

Now, it includes things like jalapeno black beans and watermelon cucumber jalapeno salad.

Believe it or not, there are so many practical uses for jalapenos.

While I could have probably made this list much longer, I decided to stick to 20 of my favorites. 

Enjoy! And try not to let the heat get to you. 🙂

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1. Jalapeno Poppers

Some of the first things I ever learned to make with jalapenos were savory, spicy jalapeno poppers. That’s because they’re surprisingly easy to make.

All you’ll need are jalapenos, cream cheese, garlic powder, sharp cheddar, chives, Panko bread crumbs, and butter. 

These poppers are a hot and cheesy, buttery delight, and the crunchy breadcrumbs on top make them even better.

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2. Baked Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese

Thanks to jalapeno poppers, we know cheese tastes good in jalapenos, but jalapenos also taste just as good in cheese.

This spicy, savory mac and cheese is proof of that.

The ingredients list is a bit long, but if you want to make delectable homemade macaroni and cheese, that’s just part of what it takes.

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It’s relatively easy to make, taking only 30 minutes.

If you need a vegetarian option, leave out the crumbled bacon. However, if that’s not an issue, I encourage you to include it.

As it does in all things, bacon adds even more yumminess to this dish.

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3. Jalapeno Popper Dip

Jalapeno popper dip has all the heat and deliciousness of jalapeno poppers – including the crunchy breadcrumb topping – but in dip form. 

Serve it with chips, crackers, or veggie sticks. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

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4. Skillet Corn with Jalapeno

I don’t know many people who don’t love whole-kernel corn.

It’s just one of those foods that practically everyone enjoys. It’s sweet and so tasty. 

If you’re interested in adding a kick of heat to your corn, dice a jalapeno and cook it with the corn, sugar, butter, oil, salt, and pepper. 

The corn will retain its sweetness, but you’ll get to enjoy a bit of spice with it, as well.

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5. Jalapeno Guacamole

Guacamole is one of those foods that people either really love or really hate.

There’s not a lot of middle ground. If like me, you love it, then you’ll probably love its cool freshness.

It just has this fantastic creaminess and a refreshing flavor that is unlike most other foods. 

If you chop up a roasted jalapeno and add it to it, it’ll retain that delightful freshness, but it’ll also gain a bit of spiciness that tastes great with tortillas or on top of main courses.

Best jalapeño recipes

Healthy chicken and black bean stew

Pickled jalapeño chilli peppers lift this chicken stew and provide ample heat, softened with soured cream and grated cheese to make a healthy and hearty midweek meal.

Chicken Thigh Stew Recipe with Jalapeño and Black Beans

Crab tostadas

This recipe from Tacos Padre, a stall at London’s Borough Market, features layers of crabmeat and is best garnished with plenty of jalapeños, coriander and fresh lime.

A bright blue plate with crab tostadas on top of it

Tomato salsa

Whip up a batch of homemade salsa with jalapeño chillies and chargrilled tomatoes providing wonderfully smoky notes, then serve in big bowls with plenty of tortilla chips for dunking.

Tomato Salsa

Slow-cooker chilli with jalapeño cheddar cornbread

Jalapeño cheddar cornbread makes the perfect accompaniment to this slow-cooker chilli, making it a fail-safe winter warmer.

Slow-Cooker Beef Chilli Recipe with Easy Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

Steak burritos

These steak and black bean burritos offer plenty of heat from the pickled jalapeños, tempered by creamy layers of avocado and feta.

Steak burritos

Beef chilli with jalapeño cheddar scones

Give your rich beef chilli a twist with a side of jalapeño cheddar scones, brilliant for easy entertaining.

10 Irresistible Jalapeno Recipes

Here are all the best jalapeno recipes to make with this spicy pepper! Jalapeño adds a bright zingy flavor and a kick to everything it touches.

Jalapeno recipes

Got some jalapeño peppers? This small and mighty pepper is one of the tastiest around. Not only does it bring a kick of heat to recipes, it adds a bright zingy flavor that’s hard to replicate with any other ingredient. This medium-sized pepper was originally cultivated in Mexico, so it’s often associated with Mexican cuisine.

Here are all the best jalapeno recipes to make with these tasty peppers! You can pickle them as a topping for tacos and nachos, make them into a spicy margarita, or of course use them in the most classic fresh salsa and guacamole. Let’s get cooking!

And now…the best jalapeno recipes to try!

Pickled Jalapeños

At the top of our jalapeno recipes: pickled jalapeños! This recipe is so easy and a great way to use up a load of peppers. It takes only 10 minutes of hands on time, and the flavor? Explosively good! These pickled jalapeños have a tangy pop; they’re like a heightened version of the ones you can get at the store. Eat them on chili, quesadillas, tacos, nachos, pizza, and more.

Incredible Jalapeno Pizza

This jalapeño pizza recipe will be a hit if you love the bright zingy flavor of this mighty pepper! Instead of a tomato sauce or even a white sauce, this pizza has a base of tangy salsa verde! Pair the heat of the jalapeno with savory zucchini, bright sweet corn, and gooey cheese, and it’s a uniquely delicious pie that you’ll fall head over heels for.

Jalapeño Margarita

Want to heat up your cocktail repertoire? Meet the Jalapeno margarita! This jalapeno recipe takes the classic margarita and shakes it up with a few jalapeño pepper slices. The pepper adds a kick that takes this favorite drink to new heights! At first sip it tastes crisp and tart, and then POW! It’s got just the right amount of heat to mix things up, but not so much that it’s throat burning.

The BEST Salsa

Another one of the classic jalapeno recipes for using up those spicy peppers: salsa! What is the best salsa recipe? This one, we think. There are so many different types — and as avid salsa lovers, Alex and I are fans of all of them. We’ve made just about every type of salsa imaginable: fresh salsa, red salsa, tomatillo salsa, mango salsa, peach salsa: you name it! This one, though is the BEST, starring fresh garden tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, cilantro, and lots of lime. GET RECIPE

Zesty Green Goddess Dressing

Here’s an unlikely jalapeno recipe: Green Goddess dressing! This one is a healthy, Mexican-vibed spin on the classic. Making your own salad dressing is easy, you know exactly what it’s made of, and it tastes incredible! This one features cilantro, green onion and jalapeño add a zesty flair. Hold onto your hats, because this zesty homemade dressing is drop dead delicious.GET RECIPE

Simple Guacamole

The other classic jalapeno recipe: Guacamole! Guacamole is like potato salad and coleslaw: everyone has their family favorite recipe. And this simple guacamole is ours. It’s a home run every time! When we serve it, a chorus of “Wow’s” fill the room. (Really. Not hyperbole!) What makes it so great? It’s classic and has the perfect balanced flavor: perfectly savory, creamy, and tangy. Serve it up with tortilla chips and your guests — and you — won’t be able to stop eating it.GET RECIPE

Spicy Bloody Mary

Love spicy drinks? Us too. So why not heat up your brunch cocktail routine with a spicy Bloody Mary? This jalapeno recipe is a spin on the classic with just the right amount of heat in each sip. It’s savory, tangy and salty, not overwhelmingly spicy but with a decided kick on the finish! The pizzazz comes from two ingredients: fresh jalapeño slices and Tabasco sauce. Take a sip and the jalapeño fills the front end and the hot sauce kicks in a zing at the finish.

Cuban Black Beans

Here’s a tasty jalapeno recipe that’s a filling plant based meal: Cuban black beans! They’re saucy and rich, and you’ll find they taste just as good as restaurant-style! They’re sauteed with a little butter, green pepper, onion and jalapeno pepper into a creamy savory mess. Serve with rice for a simple dinner.

Texas Caviar (Cowboy Caviar)

Here’s a jalapeno recipe with a party vibe: Texas caviar! Cowboy caviar, as it’s also known, was invented in Texas and has now spread all over the US. This combo of black eyed peas, veggies and a vinaigrette dressing is equal parts zesty and comforting: and you can use it as a dip or healthy side dish. Our favorite recipe has loads of colorful veggies, cilantro and jalapenos, and a simple zingy dressing with the perfect flavor.

Best Pico de Gallo

Got jalapeno peppers? Let’s make pico de gallo! There’s something so carefree about munching on pico and chips. If you’ve got ripe tomatoes, pico is the perfect place to use them. Use it as a salsa with tortilla chips, use it on top of grilled fish, or of course, throw it into a taco. Here are all the secrets to how to make this classic Mexican sauce.

Loaded Nachos

Last up in our jalapeno recipes…nachos! These loaded grilled nachos are a perfect grilling recipe to wow a crowd for entertaining. The grill brings a smoky, charred flavor to the nachos and they look stunning in a cast iron skillet. You can also make them in the broiler, too! The way the smoky grilled jalapeno and bell peppers infuse flavor into the entire pile of nachos is simply stunning.

15 Best Jalapeño Recipes

Keto Jalapeno Poppers
 The Spruce / Leah Maroney

In addition to the standard butter, eggs, and milk, we always keep a couple of fresh jalapeño peppers in the fridge. If you are something of a heat-seeker, you can add the small, green, spicy peppers to just about everything. They add a little zing to scrambled eggs in the morning, soup or chili for lunch, and bring some heat to a taco dinner. If you also enjoy spicy food, try these recipes that prominently feature jalapeños.

  • 01of 15Jalapeño Popper DipJalapeno Popper DipThe Spruce / Kristina VanniIf you love spicy, cheesy, meaty jalapeño poppers as an appetizer, turn them into a dip with all of the same flavors. Stuffing the peppers with cream cheese, spices, and ground meat then breading and frying can take some time, so this hot jalapeño popper dip speeds things up. Serve with tortilla chips for a melty, zesty starter.
  • 02of 15Jalapeño Peach Cheese BallJalapeno Peach CheeseballThe Spruce / Leah MaroneyGet the party started with a sweet and spicy cheese ball coated in black sesame seeds for an eye-catching presentation. It will add a spooktacular sensibility to your Halloween spread but tastes great at any time of year. Add it to your cheeseboard with some crackers on the side for a real crowd-pleaser.FEATURED VIDEO
  • 03of 15Beer-Battered Hush PuppiesBeer Batter Hush PuppiesThe Spruce / Diana RattrayAdding beer to the batter gives these crispy hush puppies a lovely light, crisp texture, while jalapeños bring the heat. Use a darker beer for more beer flavor, or a light ale or lager for less yeastiness. Serve them as a crunchy side for seafood, barbecue, or any time you might typically serve cornbread.
  • 04of 15Corn Salsa with PeppersCorn SalsaThe Spruce / Diana RattrayThis simple and versatile corn salsa works with either fresh or frozen corn, and it’s a great way to maximize your late-summer farmers market bounty. Swap in any kind of peppers you can find, add diced plum tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes, or add a can of drained black beans for extra heft.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
  • 05of 15Homemade Pickled JalapeñosPickled JalapenosThe Spruce / Jennifer PerilloPickling jalapeños gives them a delicious tang that gives their spice even more complexity. You can easily make them at home to add a little kick to tacos, hot dogs, burgers, or any dish that needs some extra zing. Let them cure in the fridge for a few days for best results.
  • 06of 15Spicy Guacamole Salsaguacamole salsa in a bowl with chips The Spruce / Leah MaroneyWhen you can’t decide between guacamole and salsa, split the difference with this assertive guacamole salsa dip that prominently features jalapeño peppers. Roasting the peppers gives them an extra smokiness that complements creamy avocado, and a little lime juice peps it all up. Serve with tortilla chips for dipping or add it to your favorite Mexican dishes.
  • 07of 15TotchostotchosThe Spruce / Leah MaroneySwitch up your game-day spread by serving totchos instead of nachos—they have all the same crave-worthy toppings but with tater tots as a base instead of chips. Sprinkle on a generous helping of jalapeño peppers for that signature spice. Use both pickled and fresh for even more of a flavor dimension.
  • 08of 15Jalapeño Quichemexican quiche The Spruce / Leah MaroneyStart your day off with a bang by serving up this easy baked quiche that comes packed with Southwestern flare. Jalapeno peppers, both ham and bacon, Mexican cheese, tomatoes, and mushrooms give it enough heft to hold you over through the afternoon.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
  • 09of 15Creamy Jalapeño Saucecreamy jalapeno sauce and chipsThe Spruce / Diana RattrayThis tangy, creamy jalapeño sauce highlights the best of jalapeño peppers and cilantro, and tastes great with tortilla chips as a starter, drizzled over tacos and burritos, or even as a zesty salad dressing. For a thicker sauce, swap out sour cream for some or all of the buttermilk.
  • 10of 15Green Chile Macaroni and CheeseMacaroni and Cheese With Green ChileThe Spruce / Diana RattrayMac and cheese tastes all grown up with the addition of both hot and mild green peppers, cilantro, and jalapeño salsa. Try it as a meat-free main dish or a side for hot dogs, burgers, or barbecue. Add more fresh or canned jalapeños for a more assertive flavor, or leave them out for a milder dish.
  • 11of 15No-Knead Jalapeño Cheese BreadNo Knead Jalapeno Cheese BreadThe Spruce / Diana RattrayTake a foray into bread-baking with this flavorful jalapeño cheese bread that just needs a mix and a rise—no kneading required. It bakes in a Dutch oven or covered casserole after a 3 1/2 hour rise. Either fresh or canned jalapeños work in this versatile recipe, too.
  • 12of 15Keto Jalapeño PoppersKeto Jalapeno PoppersThe Spruce / Leah MaroneyBring these cheesy, meaty, keto-friendly stuffed jalapeño poppers to the party so everyone can find something that suits their dietary needs. With just five ingredients and a speedy preparation, they make a great last-minute party addition or a tasty starter any time.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
  • 13of 15Jalapeño-Cheddar Football Cheese BallJalapeno Cheddar Football Cheese BallThe Spruce / Leah Maroney For the big game, a sports-themed party, or just to have a little fun any old time, serve up this fun and delicious jalapeño-cheddar cheese ball in the shape of a football. It has a smoky, cheesy, garlicky flavor that will score big with the whole team. You can also customize it to your preferences, for a recipe that really goes the distance.
  • 14of 15Jalapeño Cheddar Quick BreadJalapeno cheddar quick breadThe Spruce / Diana RattrayWhen you don’t have time to wait for bread to rise, turn to this quick bread recipe that takes just under an hour, including baking time. It has lots of peppery flavor that would perfectly complement a hearty soup or chili, or steal the show as a side for any Southwestern-style meal.
  • 15of 15Slow-Cooker Jalapeño Pot RoastTaco de CabezaRon Dollete / FlickrFor a melt-in-your-mouth pot roast that makes awesome tacos, burritos, or saucy sandwiches, try this simple slow cooker recipe. It starts with a bottom round or chuck shoulder roast, then gets its flavor from canned jalapeño peppers, onion, garlic, and cider vinegar. It doesn’t get much easier.

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