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.




30 min


20 min


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