I was speaking with a gentleman from Anchor foods today, makers of the trademarked "Jalapeno Poppers" (jalapenos stuffed with cheese and deep fried), and he mentioned that the popper began life as a local appetizer in the bars and cantinas of Texas and the Southwest generally.
He also mentioned that they may have been called Armadillo Eggs, or Texas Twisters, or Howlers.
Can anyone confirm this?
Is there a specific place famous for its stuffed jalapenos in the same way that the Anchor Bar in Buffalo is remembered as the birthplace of the Buffalo wing?
Clearly there is some connection between Mexican chiles rellenos, in all their many varieties, and the humble popper. If anyone can add insight into how this migration took place, I'd be very curious.