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Jalapeno Poppers with Lime Cilantro Dip

Crispy and crunchy with a creamy filling, these little pepper bites always earn rave reviews. They're fit for any event, from a cocktail soiree to a party to watch the big game. —Tana Rogers, New York, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen (2 cups dip)


  • 12 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 4 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt


  • Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Place jalapenos on an ungreased baking sheet. Broil 4-in. from the heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until lightly blistered. Cool slightly.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and cheddar cheese until blended. Stir in onions. Spoon into pepper halves.
  • Place the flour, egg whites and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Coat jalapenos with flour, then dip in egg whites and coat with crumbs. Place on a greased baking sheet; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • For dip, combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Serve with poppers.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 popper with 4 teaspoons dip: 119 calories, 8g fat (6g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 179mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.
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  • rmbarr059
    Jan 7, 2018

    These were delicious but they took way too long. Rolling them in the flour/egg white/Panko was a big mess and required more than the recipe called for. I wouldn’t make again just because it was such a pain and took so long...abut they were really tasty.

  • justmbeth
    Dec 27, 2017

    Great addition to our popper repertoire. Lime and cilantro dip gave them a nice cool flavor. The downside was these seemed to take a bit longer than I wanted to assemble.

  • rush16journey
    Feb 7, 2015

    I was looking for a dip recipe for frozen poppers I already had. This was perfect! Loved it! Anything with cilantro is a winner in my book! Will save the recipe to make the poppers next time too.

  • hchambers
    Dec 26, 2013

    Very good appetizer! My guests loved them, they had a nice crunch to them. The dip is very good and could be used with sandwiches or burgers as well.

  • lizardguts
    Jul 11, 2013

    Made this for the 4th of July. Everyone loved them. The dip was a big hit too. I'll be making these again.

  • dana1127
    Jan 27, 2013

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    Jan 27, 2013

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  • geri steele
    Jan 25, 2013

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  • MikePerez
    Jan 25, 2013

    Very good recipe. The dipping sauce was what made this. It was super good. I had a turkey burger and used the sauce on it. Great.They're a bit messy to make and the times were not close to the real time I had. Making them alone took about an hour to prepare. Washing and chopping takes longer than most think. I baked them for 25 minutes and they browned just right. My family loved them.

  • BsSherry
    Jan 24, 2013

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