Fried Jalapeño Popper Bites


These Fried Jalapeño Popper Bites are crispy on the outside with a spicy and creamy inside that'll just melt in your mouth!

When to serve Jalapeño Popper Bites?

  • Tailgates / Sports Gatherings
  • Dinner Party Appetizers
  • Birthday Party Appetizers
  • Movie Night In
  • Thanksgiving Appetizers

What to serve with jalapeño poppers?

These jalapeño popper bites are great on their own and very filling, but if you're looking for a main dish, check out these below for some inspiration:

  • Pork Tenderloin
  • Oven-Baked Chicken Breasts
  • Glazed Salmon
  • Bolognese Spaghetti
  • Chili
  • Creamy Tomato Soup

How to make Fried Jalapeño Popper Bites:

  1. Gather all ingredients for the filling.

  1. Sauce the bacon and jalapeño poppers until golden brown and crispy.
  2. Transfer them to a dish lined with paper towels to drain any excess fats/oils. Let cool.

  1. Mix together the remaining jalapeño popper filling ingredients with the bacon and jalapeños until creamy and well-combined.

What is Melinda's Foods?

I don't say this delicately when I say that Melinda's Foods has the most flavorful hot sauces and condiment sauces I've yet to taste. There sauces are made with whole, fresh ingredients and the best peppers on this planet to strike that perfect balance between heat and flavor.

What is special about Melinda's Hot Sauces?

As you all know, I only like to share about brands that I truly think are amazing. And Melinda's Foods is one of them. My family has been buying Melinda's hot sauces for YEARS. Funny enough, I think my brother might go through a bottle every 1-2 weeks 😂 Yes, he inherited the appetite for spice!

But what I love most is that their hot sauces are not loaded with sodium, they are made with fresh ingredients that you can recognize, and they have a variety of sauces from mild to hot heat that will add the best flavor to just about any dish!

Which of Melinda's Pepper Sauces do you recommend?

All of their sauces and condiments are; however, for this recipe, I recommend their Green Sauce for the filling and dipping sauce! The perfected blend of tomatillo, jalapeños, spinach, cilantro, and garlic add the most flavorful touch and saves you money in having to buy all those extra ingredients to add flavor!

And the recipe can be altered to either be super spicy (my family's preference) or just enough kick to keep you coming back for more!

Where to buy Melinda's Hot Sauces & Condiment Sauces?

I typically shop at my local Whole Foods Market, but you can click here to find a location nearest to you! You can also shop online at :)

Oh! I do know they are in a wide variety of retail locations nationwide like Walmart, Harris Teeter, Whole Foods Market, & Publix.

Okay, back to those easy recipe steps...

  1. Once well-combined, scoop into 1-2" balls using a cookie scooper and wet hands to roll a smooth jalapeño popper ball.

  1. Freeze on a pan lined with parchment paper for 20-30 minutes.

  1. Dip in the flour mixture.
  2. Dip in the whisked egg bowl.
  3. Finally, roll in the breadcrumbs to generously coat.
  4. (OPTIONAL) Re-dunk into the eggs bowl, then roll once more in the breadcrumbs bowl for an EXTRA crispy exterior.

  1. Fry in small batches of 3-4 popper bites for 2-3 minutes each, until golden brown and crispy.
  2. Let drain on a dish or wire rack lined with paper towels, cooling for at least 5 minutes before serving warm! 

Can jalapeno poppers be made ahead?

Yes! I would work up to the freezing point. So, create the batter, form the balls, then place in an air-tight container in a single layer in the fridge until reayd to fry. When ready to serve, simply freeze for 10-15 minutes, then batter up and fry!

How to reheat the jalapeño popper bites?

These make great leftovers! I would recommend keeping them in an air-tight container in the fridge until reayd to reheat.

When ready, reheat at 375F for 5-7 minutes.

Now, it’s time to grab our aprons and begin baking deliciousness! ’till next time! xxL

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Fried Jalapeño Popper Bites

These Fried Jalapeño Popper Bites are crispy on the outside with a spicy and creamy inside that'll just melt in your mouth!



For the popper filling:

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Bacon, chopped
  • 3 Jalapeños, deseeded and diced
  • 2 tbsp. Melinda's Green Sauce, plus more for dipping
  • 1 tsp. Olive Oil

For the crust:

  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 2 Eggs, whisked, room temperature
  • Vegetable Oil or Olive Oil, for frying


  1. Sauce the chopped bacon and jalapeños in the olive oil over medium high heat until crispy and fully cooked, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a dish lined with paper towels to get rid of any excess oils. Set aside too cool.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the cooked bacon, jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, cream cheese, and green sauce. Using the paddle attachment, beat on medium low speed until well-combined.
  3. With wet hands, scoop and roll the batter into 1-2" popper bites. Place on a pan lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 20 minutes.
  4. Heat up the frying oil to 350F. Line a dish or wire rack with paper towels (to help drain excess oils after frying).
  5. In the meantime, prepare the crust by setting out three large bowls. Add the whisked eggs to one bowl, the breadcrumbs to another, and whisk the flour, garlic powder, and salt in the last bowl.
  6. Generously coat each frozen popper bite in the flour bowl, then the egg bowl, and finally in the breadcrumbs.
  7. Using a slotted spoon, fry in small batches of 3-4 poppers for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
  8. Transfer to the prepared wire rack to cool for at least 5 minutes before serving with more green sauce. Enjoy warm!

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