We’re here to share 65 best recipes with jalapeños, from scrumptious appetizers and snacks to amazing side pairings and mains.
Adding a hot and spicy kick to your dish is something you will definitely not regret, especially if you put just the right amount to complement and improve the dish.
With jalapeños, it’s like every dish just makes sense with it.
You can say that it’s like magic.
You might think that there are only a limited number of recipes–both food and drinks–that use jalapeños, but once you think outside the box, you will be surprised at how versatile an ingredient jalapeños can be.
These 65 recipes with jalapeños will prove to you that jalapeños shouldn’t be pushed to the side; instead, they should be embraced and explored.
Jalapeños add spice to dishes, and when you try them, you’ll understand that spice is something you need in your life.
Whether you want the jalapeños to stand out or you want them to help the main star of the dish shine, you will find a recipe on this list that will jibe with what your taste buds are looking for.
If you want to keep things simple where everyone can enjoy the jalapeños, try the Fried Jalapeños and Jalapeño Beef Burger.
However, it’s really #55 that will make you say, “Why did I take this long to discover this genius recipe?!
1. Jalapeño Popper Bites
If one recipe will pop into your mind upon hearing jalapeño, it’s definitely these Jalapeño Popper Bites.
This recipe gives out a flawless crispy on the outside and soft on the inside texture.
The potato, cheese, and jalapeño all blend well together, no doubt, so you don’t have to worry about not liking this because it’s the kind of dish you can whip up for just about anyone.
Spicy works great together with sweet, and this Candied Jalapeños recipe will show you how well they taste together.
With only a few easy-to-find ingredients, you will already be rewarded with delectable treats that you can store until you’re ready to devour them.
This means that it’s best to make a big batch of these Candied Jalapeños!
Fried chicken is one of the simplest dishes you can make, but it’s definitely a crowd favorite.
However, if you add a thick, sweet, and spicy sauce to it, it will turn out something that you will never get enough of.
Pro tip: This dish is best made with boneless chicken and best served the Asian way: with rice!
If you want some spice to even out the saltiness of fries, you should not skip this recipe.
This recipe uses Panko breadcrumbs which make the fries crispier and irresistible.
Pro tip: Be sure to cut the jalapeños into thin strips and remove the seeds if you don’t want them to be too spicy.
Whether you’re new to pepper jellies or have already had your fair share of pepper jellies, you will be in awe of this recipe.
These are like red pepper jellies but with more spice to them.
The process of making these Jalapeño Pepper Jellies will take a lot of time and effort, but they’re all worth it once you taste the beautiful blend of sweet and spicy.
Refreshing, complex, and vibrant are all you can expect from a sip of a Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita.
The jalapeño is a great complementary ingredient to the cucumber, so there’s no doubt that this will turn out to be a wonderful drink.
Are you looking for the best appetizers for your next party?
No doubt these tortilla rollups will be loved by many.
What’s really great is that you can whip these up just a few minutes before your party starts because of how easy and quick they are to make.
Let’s go basic!
If you want to enjoy the astonishing flavor of jalapeños, why not eat them fried?
All the ingredients are in most pantries already, so you just have to go ahead and fry those delicious jalapeños, and you’re good to go.
Who knew jalapeños could make great treats?
These cookies are soft and yummy, but the jalapeño adds an extra spicy kick to every bite.
At first, you’d think that jalapeños don’t go in cookies, but one bite of these and you will think otherwise.
Corn and jalapeño definitely go together, but this dip made from these two main ingredients is overwhelmingly mouthwatering.
A lot of spices play around in this dip, which gives the dip a complex but delectable taste.
Here’s a no-fail recipe for some cheesy deliciousness!
These cheese-stuffed jalapeños are easy to make and flavorful.
Revitalize yourself with this sweet and spicy drink!
Any night out (or brunch) will be more fun with a sip of this Pineapple Jalapeño Smash.
This drink is best enjoyed when you just want to feel cool during a hot summer day.
Of course, make some hot sauce when you have jalapeños on hand.
Jalapeños, although with a spicy kick, have a bright and subtly sweet flavor, making them a great choice for a hot sauce.
You will definitely keep coming back for these Sausage Stuffed Jalapeños.
The flavors seem to be fighting each other, but they surprisingly work well with each other.
No one taste is overwhelming, but when they are all cooked together, you can’t help but want more.
Jalapeño poppers are a genius twist to jalapeños, but when you turn them into these bite-sized wontons, they’re a different genius on their own.
They won’t be very crispy, but you can expect them to be luscious and unbelievably straightforward.
Bring out more from your fries or nachos with this Roasted Jalapeño Salsa.
The complex flavors of this salsa help boost any food you pair it with!
Anyone who enjoys good guacamole will enjoy this spicy twist to it.
If this recipe is too spicy, you can cut back on the Sriracha.
That way, it will still get that flavor-packed jalapeño taste, but it won’t be too spicy.
Sometimes, whether it’s for breakfast or a snack, you just want to make up something fast and easy.
These mini egg salad sandwiches may be small and easy to make, but they are flavorful.
If you make them, you will be surprised at how fast you can consume them.
You wouldn’t usually think of soup when coming up with jalapeño recipes, but just give it a try, and you’ll be surprised how well it blends into a soup.
This soup is creamy, spicy, and packed with all the flavors that come well together.
Jalapeño and apricot are two flavors that no doubt work well as a pair, so why not turn them into a sauce you can use for a wide array of dishes?
Pro tip: Don’t worry if your sauce isn’t too thick while heating because it will thicken as it cools.
This recipe is flexible because it’s easy enough to make and small enough to be an appetizer for your next party, but it is filling enough because of the meat you can turn into a main dish.
What’s amazing about this recipe is that there’s a mild crunchy texture that adds personality to the dish.
There’s just something appealing about a crunchy treat that has a spicy kick to it.
The peanuts still stand out, and the jalapeños offer a subtle flavor to the peanut brittle, so you will not be overwhelmed.
The beef in this recipe is tender and flavorful, and the jalapeño helps add heat to the overall dish.
Although this recipe requires a lot of time to render some soft and flavor-packed beef, it’s all worth it because of how easy it is to eat and enjoy the dish!
Cheesecakes are yummy, but they’re not only a great option for dessert.
You can have them as a complete meal because it’s unbelievably appetizing when added with a savory flavor.
This Jalapeño Popper Chorizo Cheesecake recipe is unique and something you should try at least once.
And that one try will become more and more because this is irresistible.
Icy cold sweetness with some spicy heat?
It doesn’t sound like what you usually enjoy, but you will be surprised at how good a mix is.
These Pineapple Jalapeño Popsicles might just be your next favorite dessert!
Crispy, sweet, spicy, and sticky!
It seems like a lot is happening in this recipe, but don’t worry because they all blend like magic.
The sweetness complements the subtle spiciness perfectly.
One bite may be all it takes to have a new favorite pork dish.
This recipe is cheesy and beefy in all the right ways.
It’s no surprise that beef and cheese are a great pair, but if you add some jalapeños to the mix, it becomes even better.
Best of all, these taquitos come out crispy!
If you want a dish that’s filling while also being cheesy and subtly spicy, this casserole dish is the right one for you.
Pro tip: Cook the bacon in the oven if you want an easier way to cook bacon.
Don’t worry; it will still be crispy.
Some so many people love burgers, so it’s something that you know you can serve up to guests.
However, if you want to bring an extra layer of flavor, why not opt for this Jalapeño Beef Burger recipe that’s both tender and juicy?
Pro tip: Add an egg to the mixture to get a moist and intact patty.
This recipe features a spicy and sweet coleslaw, but it’s also tangy, which adds to the flavor’s complexity.
Although many flavors are playing around in this recipe, it’s not overwhelming, and it can blend all those strong flavors to become one beautifully combined taste.
You will need many ingredients for this, but they are all required to make your dish stand out!
You would be surprised to know that jalapeños actually taste great in a muffin!
These muffins will still turn out sweet, but that extra punch of spiciness will make them stand out from any other muffins.
The honey is also a great complement to the jalapeño.
Jalapeño really is a flexible ingredient because it’s also a great addition to your common chicken salad.
This recipe is packed with cheesy and creamy ingredients, so expect a thick and flavorful salad that you can pair with your favorite main dishes.
The jalapeño makes this salad unlike any other salad that you usually have.
Smoky and spicy create a beautiful tandem in this crispy and juicy dish.
For a firmer sausage boat, use firm cheese like cheddar cheese as your last layer to hold the “boat” firmly together.
34. Pasta Poblano
There’s only a limited number of “common” pasta recipes you can come up with, so if you want something new, try this Pasta Poblano.
Instead of using basil to get a green sauce or cream for a white sauce, this pasta uses jalapeños and cilantro.
It has that spicy kick but nothing too overwhelming that you’ll have a hard time finishing it.
There’s nothing more cheesy and creamy than this breakfast recipe.
Pro tip: Use chicken broth instead of milk if you want a “meatier” taste in this dish.
Quiches don’t have to be hard.
This recipe lets you enjoy your quiche without all the great effort needed to make them.
But what really makes this recipe stand out is the exquisite combination of salty, spicy, and creamy flavors.
Sometimes, a one-pot dinner is all you need, but you can make a limited number of tasty dishes in one pot.
However, this recipe proves otherwise!
It’s unique and definitely something that will make your dinner more delightful and exciting.
You need many ingredients for this, but you just have to put them all in your skillet, and you’re done!
Give your standard deviled eggs a spicy twist with this recipe.
If deviled eggs are something you can’t resist, then watch out for these!
You will surely devour them.
Mac and cheese don’t have to be the traditional way all the time.
Give it a simple but remarkable twist by adding jalapeños that will surely give it a nice spicy kick.
Although this recipe incorporates jalapeño to add a spicy kick, this dish is still light and refreshing, much like any other salad.
It only stands out because of how well the flavors penetrate the cucumber.
41. Cheese Bread
This might be a surprising recipe, but yes, you can add jalapeño to cheese bread, and it will still be delicious, maybe even more.
If you want the cheese to still stand out in this recipe, remove the jalapeño seeds; otherwise, feel free to leave them in.
Enchiladas are an extremely flexible dish because it works with a wide range of ingredients, so it’s not surprising that adding jalapeño still makes it taste as good as it always is.
Fair warning that the sauce in this recipe is hard to resist, so be ready to scarf it down!
Antojitos is a Mexican term that refers to street snacks.
This fun twist to the common antojitos is filled with all creamy and spicy flavors that blend wonderfully to create tempting and finger-licking goodness.
Hummus is already a great food on its own, but with added flavors like avocado and jalapeño, it becomes something that you will gobble up pretty quickly.
This recipe renders a creamy and spicy hummus that you can easily adjust to your tastes.
The main draw of this recipe is that it’s a highly simple recipe to follow.
All you have to do is mash all the ingredients together, and you’re done.
This renders a spicy and buttery output that you can use as a spread on several dishes.
There’s not much to say about this margarita because it’s made with all the flavors that have always been greatly paired with each other.
There’s nothing more energizing than a sip of this drink.
If you want to make the jalapeño the star of your dish, whip up some of this Cream Of Jalapeño Soup!
It’s got all the jalapeño goodness that you’re craving for.
Pro tip: Make sure that your veggies are soft so that your soup will turn out smooth.
Jalapeños aren’t only for margaritas–they also work well in bellinis.
This is the ultimate summer drink, especially when you still want to retain some heat (through the spiciness) with every drink.
Simple, spicy, and stimulating–these are all you can expect from this mojito recipe.
At first glance, it looks like any other mojito, but one sip and you will be surprised at all the flavors partying in your mouth.
For a flavor-packed appetizer that you can turn into a main dish, this Cheesy Jalapeño Meatballs recipe is all that you need to turn to.
These meatballs are really stuffed, meaning each bite will be a burst of flavor!
Margarita and ice cream in one?
There’s nothing else you will look for once you taste this unique and memorable dessert!
There’s no need to have an ice cream maker to whip this one up!
If you don’t know yet, these Pickled Jalapeño Peppers are a pantry staple, so now is the time to make them!
Pro tip: Use the freshest jalapeños you can find if you really want to get the best version of this recipe.
Yes, jalapeños deserve to be in dips and paired with whatever food you enjoy.
Having a Jalapeño Cream Cheese Dip on hand means that you get to add a spicy kick to all your food without it being the overwhelmingly spicy kind.
Up your grilled chicken with some Mexican spices to heat things and make them interesting.
This grilled chicken recipe packs up a lot of heat but nothing too overwhelming.
However, you can expect a bunch of different flavors that harmoniously blend to create a summertime favorite.
Jalapeño and turkey may not be the two most common pairings, but they surprisingly mesh flawlessly together.
Of course, in this dish, you have the usual Thanksgiving flavors to go together, but adding the jalapeño adds a layer of personality that will upgrade your ordinary dish!
Unless you’re familiar with Brazilian food, this dish, also called Moqueca, will be something new to your taste buds.
Enjoy Brazil’s enthralling cuisine with this fish simmered in a flavorful sauce.
It’s packed with seasonings that give it an overall spiciness, but you will remember how juicy this dish is.
Give your jalapeño poppers an upgrade with some grilled shrimp.
This appetizer is perfect for big parties because it’s easy to make and it’s something that almost anyone will enjoy.
The heat isn’t immense, but the flavors are packed!
There are tons of recipes that you can do with jalapeño, but sometimes, going simple is the way to go.
These pancakes are straightforward with a little kick of spice, but it’s the kind of spice that makes you want to keep eating more.
Pro tip: Do not over-blend your batter because it can easily become runny.
59. Tuna Cakes
You can turn your plain canned tuna into a main dish that you can easily create when you just have no time to cook.
They’re incredibly easy to make, and it doesn’t hurt that you can make them ahead!
60. Mirchi Ka Salan
Mirchi Ka Salan is an Indian curry that’s bound to impress.
This dish is creamy, spicy, and flavor-packed all at once!
It’s best to use the freshest ingredients if you want the best version of the dish.
Pro tip: You can use tamarind paste to even out the flavors.
This Sweet Potato Hash will do the trick if you need a quick breakfast recipe idea.
In under 30 minutes, you can have a filling and mouthwatering hash with just the right amount of heat.
It’s a great dish to start your day if you want to start on a high note.
62. Pico De Gallo
This recipe is a Mexican salsa filled with fresh ingredients that all come together to create a mainly spicy side you can enjoy with several dishes.
If you’re a true spicy lover, you will enjoy the blend of flavors here.
This authentic Mexican recipe will make you appreciate how charming Mexican cuisine is.
Turn potato salad into an interesting and attention-grabbing version by simply adding a handful of ingredients.
Even those who are tired of potato salad will appreciate the flavor upgrade to this recipe!
64. Mexican Turkey
Jalapeño is a staple ingredient to bring a Mexican flavor to your dishes.
This Mexican turkey is a superb twist to your usual Thanksgiving turkey.
Bring more spice to your holidays with this recipe.
What’s better than spicy shrimp?
It’s a boozy and spicy shrimp!
This recipe will make you drunk, not only on the bourbon but on all the wonderful flavors in the dish.
The bottom line
Bring the heat to the table with these stunning and irresistible recipes with jalapeños!
You don’t have to have a high spice tolerance to appreciate the goodness that jalapeños bring, even to the simplest recipes.
Enjoy the additional heat with your friends and family during big parties, but you can definitely whip up some of these recipes yourself.
They’re just too good to pass up!
65 Best Recipes With Jalapeños
We're here to share 65 best recipes with jalapeños, from scrumptious appetizers and snacks to amazing side pairings and mains.
- Jalapeño Popper Bites
- Candied Jalapeños
- Spicy Jalapeño Chicken
- Crispy Jalapeño Fries
- Jalapeño Pepper Jelly
- Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita
- Jalapeño Popper Tortilla Rollups
- Fried Jalapeños
- Jalapeño Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Roasted Corn & Jalapeño Dip
- Cheese Stuffed Jalapeños Chiles
- Pineapple Jalapeño Smash
- Jalapeño Hot Sauce
- Sausage Stuffed Jalapeños
- Jalapeño Popper Wontons
- Roasted Jalapeño Salsa
- Mini Bacon Jalapeño Egg Salad Sandwiches
- Roasted Jalapeño Soup
- Jalapeño Apricot Sauce
- Bacon Wrapped Armadillo Eggs
- Jalapeño Peanut Brittle
- Slow Cooker Jalapeño Beef
- Jalapeño Popper Chorizo Cheesecake
- Pineapple Jalapeño Popsicles
- Jalapeño Pineapple Pork
- Crispy Jalapeño Popper Beef Taquitos
- Jalapeño Popper Zucchini Casserole
- Jalapeño Beef Burger
- Spicy & Sweet Jalapeño Coleslaw
- Honey Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins
- Jalapeño Popper Chicken Salad
- Sausage Popper Boats
- Pasta Poblano
- Jalapeño Cheddar Cheese Grits
- Jalapeño Popper Quiche
- Jalapeño Sausage Pasta Skillet
- Jalapeño Popper Deviled Eggs
- Creamy Jalapeño Mac & Cheese
- Spicy Cucumber Salad
- Cheese Bread
- Creamy Jalapeño Chicken Enchiladas
- Avocado Cilantro Lime Hummus
- Jalapeño Avocado Aioli
- Spicy Mango Jalapeño Margarita
- Cream Of Jalapeño Soup
- Frozen Watermelon Jalapeño Bellini
- Spicy Jalapeño Mojito
- Cheesy Jalapeño Meatballs
- Jalapeño Honey Lime Margarita Ice Cream
- Pickled Jalapeño Peppers
- Jalapeño Cream Cheese Dip
- Jalapeño Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken
- Cranberry Jalapeño Honey Baked Turkey
- Brazilian Fish Stew
- Grilled Shrimp Jalapeño Poppers
- Jalapeño & Green Onion Pancake
- Tuna Cakes
- Mirchi Ka Salan
- Sweet Potato Hash
- Pico De Gallo
- Sweet Potato Salad
- Mexican Turkey
- Boozy Jalapeño Shrimp
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