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Jalapeno Poppers with Lime Cilantro Dip Recipe

Jalapeno Poppers with Lime Cilantro Dip Recipe

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 Super Bowl party. —Tana Rogers, New York, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:24 servings


  • 12 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups (6 ounces) 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 (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 4 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and cheddar cheese until blended. Stir in onions. Spoon into pepper halves.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. For dip, in a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Serve with poppers. Yield: 2 dozen (2 cups dip).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1 popper with 4 teaspoons dip: 119 calories, 8g fat (6g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 179mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0g fiber), 4g protein .

Reviews for Jalapeno Poppers with Lime Cilantro Dip

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Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2013

"Hot but good!"

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"I just tested this and I'm just sayin' it's a keeper! The egg whites really change up the familiar popper recipe's that we're used to. I added a few red pepper flakes to the dip tho...we like a little heat! I'm adding this to my get together menu."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.