This Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese is rich, creamy, crunchy, and loaded with spicy flavor. It’s everything you love about the classic appetizer in grilled cheese form.
Calling all cheese-lovers, this fun Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Recipe is for you! It’s basically your second favorite cheesy appetizer (come on, nachos has to be #1) turned into a super satisfying toaster oven grilled cheese.
Yeah, it’s a tiny bit over the top and not something I’d indulge in every day. But sometimes you just NEED a little straight-up comfort food.
Here’s a quick preview of the splurge-worthy ingredients:
- Broiled Jalapeño slices
- Tangy cream cheese
- Crisp green onion
- 2 types of shredded cheese
- A drizzle of sweet honey
- Crunchy cornflakes
The honey may sound a little unconventional but trust me, it balances out the heat of the jalapeño perfectly.
And the corn flakes are A MUST.
Sandwiched between the gooey slices their unexpected crunch makes each bite taste amazing. If you’re out of corn flakes, try substituting crushed potato chips.
~ Keep scrolling for step by step photos & tips after the recipe ~
3 Tips to Make The Best Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese
Tip #1 – Glove Up
If you’ve got a pair of plastic or latex gloves handy slip them on before you start prepping the pepper.
What if you don’t have gloves? Make sure not to touch your eyes or face while handling the jalapeño and wash your hands well afterward.
Tip #2 – Adjust the Heat
Jalapeños range from mild to super spicy, take a small bite of your raw jalapeño to see how spicy it is.
Want less heat in your sandwich? Use a knife to slice away the membrane and seeds before broiling (that’s where most of the pepper’s heat comes from).
Tip #3 – Make a Faux-Griddle
Pop an empty sheet pan inside your toaster oven while it preheats.
When you add your bread to the preheated pan it will act as a griddle and immediately begin cooking the sandwich, giving it that gorgeous golden toasted color and irresistible crispy ‘grilled’ texture.
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