Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese

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Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese is everything you could possibly ask for from comfort food! Soft bread with a crisp exterior and a creamy, cheesy, dreamy jalapeno popper inspired filling! 

Piquant and cheesy, this easy grilled cheese sandwich is a perfectly heavenly combination of gooey and crunchy at the same time.

Close up of sliced jalapeño popper grilled cheese with melted cheese dropping out and sliced jalapeños on top

If you are looking for a delicious and easy meal or midnight snack, I’ve got you covered. This sandwich is fast and easy, and the results make for a delicious reward at the end!

Jalapeno Grilled Cheese Ingredients

This jalapeño popper grilled cheese sandwich recipe uses a delicious combination of of flavors similar to those found in my famous Jalapeno Popper Dip!

Smooth cream cheese with shredded parmesan and sharp cheddar, pickled jalapeño peppers and thick slices of sourdough bread.

  • Cheese: You can substitute or add in any other cheeses you like. Grated asiago, romano, and/or pepper jack are good options. You want something with a robust flavor to stand out among the cream cheese.
  • Bread: The bread you choose is another area you can play around with. For the best texture look for a crusty, substantial bread that holds its’ shape when thickly sliced.
  • Flavor Boost: To boost the flavor of this jalapeño popper grilled cheese even more, turn up the flavor even by adding a layer of crispy bacon or sliced ham.

Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese ingredients laid out on a wood cutting board.

How to Make a Grilled Cheese Sandwich

For this recipe all you need is a frying pan and a spatula. It’s as easy as 1,2,3 to prep and cook the best grilled cheese jalapeño popper sandwich you’ve ever tasted:

  1. Spread one side of each slice of bread with mayonnaise (or butter if you’d prefer but mayonnaise definitely gives the best crust).
  2. Place the jalapeño filling between two slices, on the plain sides.
  3. Grill until toasted brown on one side, then flip and repeat on the other.

Cut diagonally from end to end and serve warm and melty (with a cold beer if you like).

Jalapeno cream cheese and cheddar cheese on bread in a frying pan for making jalapeno popper grilled cheese sandwiches

What Goes Good With Grilled Cheese?

Jalapeño popper grilled cheese sandwiches are rich and filling, so serve them with sides that are fresh and crisp. Skip the salty or oily chips, instead, think a classic Tomato Soup (of course)!!

Fresh Summer Fruit Salad or crisp tossed salad. Or, for a pop of color and nutrition, simply serve with fresh crispy veggies and dip (ranch or blue cheese are my faves).

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Review Recipe

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Piquant and cheesy, a jalapeño popper grilled cheese is a heavenly combination of gooey, crunchy and chewy, all at the same time.


  • 4 slices sourdough bread thick cut
  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons diced jalapenos or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese

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  1. Combine cream cheese, jalapeños, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Mix well.

  2. Spread jalapeño filling over 2 of the slices of bread. Top with cheddar cheese and remaining slice of bread.

  3. Spread mayonnaise over the outside of each slice of bread.
  4. Preheat a small skillet over low heat. Place mayonnaise side down in the skillet.
  5. Grill until golden, about 4-5 minutes. Flip and grill the other side until golden.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 783, Fat: 39g, Saturated Fat: 22g, Cholesterol: 111mg, Sodium: 1239mg, Potassium: 315mg, Carbohydrates: 76g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Protein: 34g, Vitamin A: 1340%, Vitamin C: 17.8%, Calcium: 566%, Iron: 5.2%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese sandwiches piled on top of each other

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  1. Cheese is one of my favorite combination to anything. Love cheese into my snack too. This sandwich looks awesome and perfect.

  2. Yum!! This was AMAZING! I have always loved jalapeno popper dip and now adding it to another favorite!! This grilled cheese is so good.

  3. OMG… I’m so glad I came across this recipe. Jalapeño poppers are my favourite and this grilled cheese version is so much easier to make! It tastes amazing too :)

  4. This is everything a gourmet sandwich should be, and then some! So delicious and has the perfect kick!