Makeover This Favorite Bar Food

February 18, 2013   19 Comments

This recipe is seriously fun. I was skeptical at first, but then I started enjoying myself.

Light Jalapeno Poppers

You see, I don’t actually like recipes with lots of steps (I don’t know if you have noticed). I like to be done as fast as you can say, “peanut butter sandwich”.

But, I kept seeing this concept on other blogs and I was intrigued. First, you are making over a killer bar food. Deep fried jalapeno poppers from your local bar are a whopping 530 calories for seven of them. Ouch!

Secondly, you get to use jalapenos which are delicious. When working with hot peppers, ALWAYS wear a pair of gloves. I can’t tell you how painful life will be without gloves because I wore them for almost every step of this recipe.

Finally, these are just yummy. I LOVED these (maybe a little too much) and will never touch one in a bar again.

These are kinda a production so make them for a party or an Oscar’s get together. Your friends and family will think you are a hero for such a light and tasty snack.

How do you use jalapenos in recipes? Have you tried this?

Baked Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

1.6 from 24 reviews

(makes 24)

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5 ounces Neufchatel cheese (light cream cheese)
2 ounces grated cheddar
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon chili powder
12 medium sized jalapeno peppers
1 egg
1 egg white
½ cup Panko bread crumbs


Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix cheese and spices in a medium bowl. Beat egg and egg white in a small bowl until a little frothy. Put bread crumbs in another small bowl.

Put on a pair of rubber gloves and slice jalapenos lengthwise. Core out the center and remove the seeds from each half. With gloves still on, put about 1 - 2 teaspoons of cheese filling into each half.

Dip filled jalapeno halves into egg mixture, then into bread crumbs. Put onto rimmed baking sheet and bake for 50 minutes until bread crumbs are golden brown. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

For one pepper half: 36 calories, 2.5 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 1.6 g carbohydrates, 0.5 g sugar, 1.8 g protein, 0 g fiber, 100 mg sodium, 1 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Oh I can't WAIT to try these! I love poppers but don't really eat them anymore because of health concerns. I have two huge ziploc bags of jalapenos in the freezer due to an overabundance this summer (they freeze beautifully whole, in case anyone was wondering!) and this seems like the perfect use for them next time I have a get-together. Great post - thank you!

Sounds yummy!

What is the difference between nufchatel and cream cheese?

These are GREAT!!!!!

This looks yummy!!!! I'm going to make some!!!!

Yummy! Love Jalapeno Poppers! One of my all time favorite bar foods! Great recipe!!

I make these often but I use fat free cheddar. Also dip mine into fat free milk instead of the egg! They are delicious and take just a few minutes - you won't be sorry you tried them!

Do you dip the entire pepper or just the top? These look delicious and I will definitely try them....

I dip the whole thing!

More great ideas, but I have to say my first thought is that these look like mice! I would have to cut off the jalapeno "tail" LOL.

In response to Jacqui, nufchatel is french version of cream cheese made with just milk, not cream so it is naturally lower in fat. Great job again, Snack Girl! P.S. If anyone gets jalapeno juice in their eyes do NOT flush with water, it just spreads it and burns more. In the Mexican restaurant I worked in we would use milk to neutralize the acidity of the pepper juice in the eye. Hope no one needs that advice!

Oh - you should so check out the book "Now Eat This!" It has a recipe similar to this - but with reduced fat cheddar. But also lots of other makeovers of high-fat foods that are really awesome. LOVE the onion rings!!!

Can't wait to make these.

Looks delicious! I think I'll try this recipe but use thick meaty Hatch green chile instead!

2 things-

1-this looks FABULOUS!

2- I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I do many of these things already and have picked up a few GREAT ideas from 15 minutes reading your blog <3 I am sharing as we speak!!

I have made these for several years now for super bowl parties. I LOVE them! I also use fat free cream cheese and fat free cheddar. I also only use egg white or fat free egg substitute an no egg at all. I add Fat Free Mayo (just a tablespoon to the cheese mixture to make it easier to spread into the jalapeño). It doesn't change the points value either. :D


I LOVE this recipe. I love poppers, think about them all the time, but never eat them because of calories. This is wonderful.

Thanks again.


Oh man I am so in love with jalapeno poppers but try avoiding them due to their high calorie and fat content, but these sound so much better for you! I will definitely be having to try these out this weekend! Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to try them! :)

I have now made these several times for my family and they are a big hit! I used the small yellow and red 'sweet' peppers as well as jalapenos. Both were great!

Love the poppers, hate the fat so I have been avoiding them

For years. This looks awesome and simple. I wonder if

they would taste good with Ancho chiles. I love their taste and the mild flavor would be appealing to kids and people who can't take the heat. You rock Snack Girl!

Intolerance to the heat

They look good and I am sure they taste great but, if you count the calories for an entire pepper and compare it to the 530 calories for 7 jalepeno poppers at a restaurant (mentioned above), it's only 25 calories less for this recipe.

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