If you like an appetizer with a kick, then try this Cheesy Baked Jalapeño Poppers recipe. They are best served with your favorite sauce!

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Friends, I miss the big parties and hosting like we’ve done so much of in the past. Don’t you? If you’ve made my Bacon-Wrapped Air Fryer Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers (that is very popular on RE), you may be one of the many who’ve asked for a Baked Jalapeño Poppers recipe!

Baked Jalapeño Poppers with cheese

Cheesy Baked Jalapeño Poppers

We’ll, today is your lucky day! No air fyer, just pop in the oven and bake and serve! They are stuffed with cheese and sausage, a delicious spicy appetizer treat! And we love them served with Ranch dressing, but for an extra kick, serve with Bitchin’ Sauce.

And for all of your mushroom fans, try these Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Mushrooms! Soooooo good!

pre-baked Cheesy Baked Jalapeño Poppers

How to make Baked Jalapeño Poppers 

We’re sharing a delicious, easy, Baked Jalapeño Poppers Recipe that you can put together in no time! We love to buy our jalapeno peppers at Trader Joe’s, because they are nice and big, and come 5 or 6 in a pack! And don’t forget the fresh cracked pepper for the finishing touch.

spreading filling into poppers

Ingredients for Jalapeño Poppers

  • Jalapeño peppers
  • Ground sausage
  • Cream cheese
  • Parmesan cheese

Ok, and a little cracked black pepper!

pan of Cheesy Baked Jalapeño Poppers

Add a variety of cheese to the poppers:

  • Blue cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Asaigo cheese

baked Poppers

What to serve with your Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers?

Cheesy Baked Jalapeño Popper recipe

Poppers for any party!

Poppers are a great appetizer for Game Day (yes!), but also to make if you want to invite your neighbors over for an easy nosh.

When I think of our neighbors, winter is a tough time to get to know them! We’ve been battling the snow and cold here, as I know so many of you have, too.

I love this quote that helps us get out of our ruts and interested in people:

“The only way we will love our neighbor as ourselves is by getting to know our neighbors, even in the midst of our differences. And the only way to truly know someone is by being with them.” –Eric Overby

Do you need to wear gloves when cutting jalapenos?

The oils can burn your skin, and you want to avoid getting any in your eyes!

This is how to avoid this: Wearing Kitchen Gloves While Chopping Jalapeño Peppers

OUCH! if you’ve had this happen (hand raised!)

For a milder flavor, remove the seeds and ribs from each half.

Of course, if you want a spicier dish, leave the seeds and membranes intact.

dipping Cheesy Baked Jalapeño Poppers in Ranch dressing

More popper recipes:

Paleo Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili Recipe

Mini Chicken Taco Boats and Jalapeño Greek Yogurt Dip

Enjoy these easy poppers!

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Cheesy Baked Jalapeño Poppers

Makes 16-24
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 8
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  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 10-12 large jalapeno peppers, halved, lengthwise and seeded (or 1 pound)
  • Fresh black cracked pepper
  • Favorite dip, (Ranch dressing, Bitchin sauce, etc.)
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro, finely chopped


  • Place sausage in a skillet over medium heat, and cook until browned. Drain grease.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the sausage, softened cream cheese, and the Parmesan cheese. Mix well.
  • Spoon 1-2 Tbsp. into each jalapeno half, depending on the size.
  • On a large baking sheet, place the filled peppers.
  • Bake uncovered at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned on top and bubbly.
  • Add fresh cracked pepper as the final touch before serving!
  • Sprinkle with finely chopped fresh parsley (or cilantro) for a garnish!
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, like Ranch dressing.
Cuisine: American
Course: Appetizer
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baking sheet of Cheesy Baked Jalapeño Poppers