Jalapeno Meat and Cheese Poppers


  • 2 lbs ground meat, beer, turkey, pork or lamb
  • 12 oz shredded cheddar or jack cheese
  • 10 jalapenos, seeded and chopped, taste for spiciness and adjust accordingly
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp whole mustard seeds
  • 10 eggs, more if mixture is too tight
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • vegetable, soy or canola for frying
  • Combine ground meat, cheese, jalapeno, salt, pepper and mustard seeds in a large mixing bowl.
  • Portion by hand into “popper” shape balls, about 1/2 oz each.
  • Whisk eggs in a shallow dish.
  • Combine bread crumbs and put in a second shallow dish.
  • In a deep fryer or large sauce pan fill 1/3 full with oil and heat to 350 degrees.
  • While oil is heating, roll the poppers in the egg, then in the bread crumbs, then repeat for each popper.
  • Deep fry in batches for about 4 minutes or until golden brown and the meat has cooked through. Drain on a wire rack or paper towels. The wire rack is best.
  • Serve with dipping sauces of your choice.
  • This recipe may be halved if desired.

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