Mild Baked Jalapeño Poppers

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These Mild Baked Jalapeño Poppers are flavorful and a really easy appetizer to make. Your guests will also appreciate that they are not fried but every bit as delicious!

This recipe makes 24 poppers. I recently made them for a party and they were gone after just a few minutes. They’re made with four simple ingredients and bake up crispy on top and gooey in the middle after about 20-minutes in the oven.


The jalapeños in this Mild Baked Jalapeño Poppers recipe are mild! Yes, mild but with all the flavor so that all of your guests can enjoy them.

The secret to reducing the heat in the peppers is to boil the jalapeño halves in a large stockpot of water for about 10-minutes. I ran across this tip in the comments for another hot pepper recipe and it works perfectly every time! The heat in the peppers boils off leaving a mild-tasting jalapeño pepper.

The best thing about these appetizers is that you can make them ahead and pop in the oven just before guests arrive. Serve them warm and make extra, they go fast!

Balance the savory with something sweet! Try my Easy Mini Cheesecakes Recipe, perfect for a crowd. Get the Recipe Here.

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Mild Baked Jalapeño Poppers



Prep Time

30 min.

Cook/bake time

20 min.



Here's What You'll Need

Large baking sheet
Large stock pot and medium sized mixing bowl
Parchment paper


24 jalapeno peppers
8 ounces (softened) cream cheese
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I use italian seasoned)


1. Rinse and cut 12 jalapenos in half lengthwise. Scoop out all seeds and membranes. Handle carefully as not to get in your eyes.
2. In a pot of boiling water, boil the jalapeno halves for 10 minutes.
3. Remove the jalapeno halves from the boiling water and set aside until cool enough to handle.
4. In a mixing bowl blend together the softened cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese with a fork.
5. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and with a spoon begin stuffing jalapenos with the cheese mixture.
Mild Baked Jalapeno Popper stuffed on sheet pan
6. Generously top each stuffed jalapeno with breadcrumbs. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at this point if you prefer to bake later.
7. Bake jalapeno poppers for 20 minutes at 400-degrees, (a little longer if just out of the refrigerator) until cheese is melted.
Mild Baked Jalapeno Popper piece cut after baking
8. Serve warm and enjoy!

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