Jalapeno Poppers with Lime Cilantro Dip Recipe
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Jalapeno Poppers with Lime Cilantro Dip Recipe

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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.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 12 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups 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

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.


  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, combine all ingredients in a small bowl. 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.
Originally published as Jalapeno Poppers with Lime Cilantro Dip in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2012, p66

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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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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