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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, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

Reviews for Jalapeno Poppers with Lime Cilantro Dip

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rush16journey User ID: 8250087 219967
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."

hchambers User ID: 7140928 197182
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."

lizardguts User ID: 4935669 137582
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."

MikePerez User ID: 7079807 196681
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."

JemJoy User ID: 4118301 196675
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2013

"Hot but good!"

AuntieA1955 User ID: 5002278 151979
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.