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Jalapeño poppers are the chameleon of the food world. They are spicy enough for chile heads but not too hot for wimps. They can be roasted, grilled, or fried. Stuffed with cheese, meat, or any combination thereof. They are always welcome and – best of all – there are seemingly endless varieties.
1. Basic Jalapeño Poppers
Because ya gotta start somewhere. These are simply hollowed out, filled with cream cheese, and broiled until bubbly and brown. They can be made indoors so they are great for inclimate weather. Get our Basic Jalapeño Poppers recipe.
2. Bacon and Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers
The perfect handheld indulgence. These are split and stuffed with cream cheese, cheddar, and crispy bacon. Leave a few seeds in the peppers if you want them spicier. Get our Bacon and Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers recipe.
3. Herbed Goat Cheese Jalapeño Poppers
A decidedly elegant spin on this classic game day snack. The peppers are stuffed with a mixture of tangy goat cheese, fresh garlic and lemon, and minced Italian parsley. Try them outdoors with a glass of crisp white wine for a twist on your standard cheese plate. Get our Herbed Goat Cheese Jalapeño Poppers recipe.
4. Buffalo Jalapeño Poppers
Blue cheese, buffalo sauce, and fresh jalapeños – it’s a match made in heaven! You can tailor how spicy you like these by how much and which hot sauce you use, and you can even throw a little shredded cooked chicken into the cream cheese if you prefer. Get our Buffalo Jalapeno Poppers recipe.
5. Mediterranean Jalapeño Poppers
It’s a trip to Greece with these savory poppers. The peppers are filled with feta and cream cheeses, sundried tomatoes, and olives. After these are grilled, you can slice them and serve them on bread for a chic cocktail party snack. Get our Mediterranean Jalapeño Poppers recipe.
6. Jalapeño Poppers in a Blanket
Jalapeños are stuffed with cream cheese, roasted garlic, and bacon, and then wrapped in puff pastry. Flaky, spicy, meaty, crispy…please wipe up that drool. Get the recipe here.
7. Vegan jalapeño poppers
Vegans need the jalapeño popper love, too! These peppers are filled with a tofu-pimento filling, then battered with panko and baked until golden brown and crispy. They are made with nuts, so be sure that none of your guests have allergies. Get the recipe here.
8. Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese
Take your popper to the sandwich level. This grilled cheese is loaded with cream cheese, cheddar, bacon, and broiled jalapeños. The secret kicker is some crushed tortilla chips for crunch. Get the recipe here.
Sarah Spigelman Richter is a New York City–based writer, blogger, and social media manager. She has developed recipes for Tabasco, blogs about her favorite restaurants and recipes at Fritos and Foie Gras, and can be found, most Friday nights, watching "Arrested Development" reruns.