Baked Jalapeño Popper Phyllo Cups

Easy to make and even easier to eat, these cheesy Baked Jalapeño Popper Phyllo Cups are the ultimate appetizer! Everyone is sure to adore this jazzed up, bite-sized, crowd-pleasing recipe!

Baked Jalapeño Popper Phyllo Cups

I’ve got some serious rambling to do today, so I’m foregoing the typical food blogger protocol of making you endure my blabbering before rewarding you with a recipe.

Eff that noise.

Here’s the good stuff:

Baked Jalapeño Popper Phyllo Cups

This recipe is crazy easy to double, triple, or even quadruple to feed a large crowd!

Make a little… or a LOT!

Baked Jalapeno Popper Phyllo Cups
5 from 5 votes

Baked Jalapeño Popper Phyllo Cups

Easy to make and even easier to eat, these baked jalapeño popper phyllo cups are the ultimate appetizer! Everyone is sure to adore this jazzed up, bite-sized, crowd-pleasing recipe!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Jalapeño Popper Phyllo Cups
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 45 phyllo cups
Calories 42 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons


  • 45 frozen phyllo shells (3 packages of 15)
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 4 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup Pepper Jack cheese (see notes)
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar
  • 1/3 cup chopped pickled jalapeños
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • red pepper flakes to taste


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with foil and spritzing with a little olive or oil to prevent sticking. Feel free to use a silicone baking mat or parchment paper instead. All will work.
  3. Arrange phyllo cups on your baking sheet and set aside.
  4. Combine greek yogurt and softened cream cheese in a bowl.
  5. Add freshly grated cheeses, pickled jalapeños, and garlic powder (optional but delicious!)
  6. Spoon mixture into cups and bake for approx 13 minutes or until crispy and melty. Feel free to switch the oven or toaster oven to broil for a minute or so for a golden topping!
  7. I may or may not have eaten a few before popping them in the oven. Holy yum! They’re actually great chilled too! Yes I was so desperate as to try them every which way. I’ll eat them upside down if I have to! SO GOOD!
  8. Craving an extra kick? Top with some zesty red pepper flakes. You can also garnish with fresh sliced (or pickled!) jalapeno slices! Yum!

Recipe Notes

Habanero cheddar and Jalapeno cheddar cheeses work great as well as the Pepper Jack cheese – Choose your favorite!

Need a smaller serving? Feel free to halve the recipe or simply make the full amount and freeze the leftovers! You can also simply fill as many fillo shells as you need, then save the remainder of the filling for a delish dip to snack on later. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days and taste great!

Need a make-ahead appetizer? This one has your back! For best results prepare the filling and refrigerate for up to 48 hours in advance. Then simply fill the cups and bake to bubbly perfection! Need to shave even more time? You can fill the shells before popping them in the fridge then bake when you’re ready to nosh the following day.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Jalapeño Popper Phyllo Cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 42 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 87mg4%
Potassium 15mg0%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Baked Jalapeño Popper Phyllo Cups


This is totally one of those bonus recipe inception type of deals with a recipe within a recipe. You can follow the full schpiel and make the jalapeño bites as written above or simply serve the filling up as a dip with a small mountain of tortilla chips, some fresh bakery baguette, and a pile of crunchy veggies. Easy peasy!

I usually jump back and forth between the two, but my favorite dip delivery method is by far via phyllo cups! They’re so flaky and cruncy and perfect for the easy cheesy jalapeño dip!

I’ve always served this dip in a baking dish, and have been making it for parties for the past several years. If you’re anything like my friends you’re screaming “WHY IS THIS NOT ON THE BLOG!?” and quite possibly shaking a fist in the air menacingly while you do so.

I know, I’m the worst. I let my food blogger insecurities get the best of me and couldn’t get a decent photo of my dip to save my life. I’ve tried everything under the sun to make this dip look pretty and each and every time I’m left with an un-photogenic hot mess. A delicious hot mess, but un-photogenic to say the least.

Hello understatement of the century.

But you guys know how it works, sometimes the most delicious dishes are the ugliest ones. My Madras Lentils and black bean dip can surely attest to that. Terrible on the eyes; delicious in the face! I’ve always lumped my beloved jalapeño popper dip into that category and simply let it be.

Until now.

Now my dip is pretty. AND in it’s own crunchy little bite-sized bowl-o-yum. Perfection! I may or may not have scarfed over a dozen of these in a sitting. No regrets!

Can’t find premade fillo cups or shells? No problem! Make your own at home with this super simple technique from Bless This Mess and The Kitchn.

Baked Jalapeno Popper Phyllo Cups

If you get a chance to try these Baked Jalapeño Popper Phyllo Cups, let me know! You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

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  • Ladilove

    Besides the spinach artichoke dip in phyllo shells, I will be making these jalapeno poppers for my birthday as well. I’m sure they’ll be a hit as well.

    • So exited for you to try these! We make them for game nights and they vanish so fast. I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

  • Erica

    I didn’t know to buy the prebaked shells you mentioned. I just bought regular sheets of the phyllo dough that I will need to cut and put into mini muffin tins. My question is, is the baking time different?

    • Hey Erica! So I’d follow the steps here for making the cups: DIY PYLLO CUPS and then after they cool and are ready to be filled, follow the recipe of mine as written but maybe shave off a 2-3 min and see if they are ready early and if not, add the remaining time as needed. I’m making this tonight too actually! Happy New Year! xoxo

      • Erica

        Thanks for responding quickly! Making them now!

  • Cindy

    I want to make this but prefer to use fresh jalapeno peppers. How many fresh jalapeno peppers would you suggest?

    • Hi Cindy! Since fresh peppers often pack more heat, feel free to add them to taste. I’m a bit of a jalapeño addict and would probably start with 2 jalapeños and taste test from there but if you’d like it less spicy you can start with one and then keep adding until your level of spice perfection is reached. xoxo

  • Rizzo

    Do you remove the seeds from the jalapeños? Do you use sharp or x-sharp cheese? Thanks!

    • Hi Rizzo! If I’m making it for just my husband and I to snack on, I let the seeds in on the fun. If I’m making it for friends, I’ll usually skip the seeds. Cheese can be interchanged based on what you have handy! I wrote this recipe using sharp but extra sharp can work as well. Also Cabot brand pepper jack is my favorite to use here. So melty and good! Hope this helps. xoxo

  • Michelle

    Has anyone ever made this with canned jalapeños that are NOT pickled?

  • Mar

    Are the jalapeño peppers drained?

    • Great question Mar! Ok so I kind of do partial drain, and when I scoop out each tablespoon from the jar I tilt it a little against the inside rim of the jar to pour off any extra liquid, but not like a full drain until dry sort of thing. I feel like a little of the liquid adds flavor!

  • Gayle

    Could these be made in an air fryer?

    • Hi Gayle! I’m not sure as the cups are already crispy that all they need is a quick bake. I don’t have an air fryer to test it with but LMK if you experiment! xo

  • Alisha Wagenbach

    Hi! Were you Phyllo cups prebaked before you filled them? THanks!

    • Hi Alisha! The ones I buy are already crisped/baked and then stored in the freezer section of my grocery store. I use them straight out of the package without pre-baking them since they’re already light and crispy! The kind I buy are called “Athens Mini Fillo Shells” – Hope this helps! xoxo

      • Alisha Wagenbach

        That exactly what I wanted to know, thanks! They look amazing, can’t wait to try them!

        • Yay! Soooo excited for you to try them! xoxo

  • Kristin

    5 stars
    One of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth. All the deliciousness of poppers in a creamy, gooey dip. We didn’t have phyllo cups, but it worked perfectly as a dip for corn tortilla chips. The bowl was practically empty in minutes.

    Total fan girl of this recipe and will be keeping it on hand as a definite crowd-pleaser.

    • Ahhhh yay! So super stoked you enjoyed the popper dip!

  • Rebecca Hubbell

    5 stars
    These were such a hit at the party I threw last weekend, so easy too!

  • Julie Evink

    5 stars
    I love jalapeno poppers but hate all the work! These were so delicious and so much easier. Going to make these while watching football all fall!!

  • Jen

    5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe! It has become my app go-to for parties. I use fresh jalapeños instead of canned and add a little crispy turkey bacon. There’s never any left! Next stop…the Super Bowl. Thanks so much!!

    • Jenn

      So so SO glad you love it! And hooray for fresh jalapeños! The ones here have been especially good lately so I’ve been buying them by the cartful! <3 Hope you have a fabulous weekend Jen -- Thanks for the super sweet review! 🙂

  • Sunny

    Are these good served @ room temperature?

    • Jenn

      My friends and I love them hot or room temperature, as long as they’re out we can’t stop eating them! <3

  • Jessica

    This looks delish! Do you think I could sub the greek yogurt for a light sour cream?

    • Jenn

      Thanks Jessica! Absolutely! Not long after I published this post I switched to using Greek Yogurt in place of sour cream entirely – I’m obsessed with Fage’s plain nonfat and 2% Greek yogurts!

  • Jana

    These look great…would you recommend freezing before baking or after?

    • Jenn

      I tried both and it worked great either way! Freezing before will be the easier of the two methods so I’ll be doing that from here on out 🙂 Hope you adore them!

  • Linda Lamb

    have not been able to find Greek Yogurt pepper jack cheese. Can you tell me a brand so that I can follow up with mfg to see if it is stocked anywhere in my area?

    • Jenn

      Hi Linda! Absolutely! Regular Pepper Jack works absolutely fabulous in this recipe but the yogurt cheese is amazing as well. I’ve been buying the same brand for just about a year now. It’s called “The Cultured Way” and around here they have it at Publix and Harris Teeter, and I think I’ve seen it another place as well! It’s DELISH!

      • Lolita

        If using Cheese yogurt, it will be a sub for Greek yogurt or Pepper Jack cheese (which of the listed ingredients in the recipe?) or it can be used as an added ingredient? If so, how much? TIA!! Can’t tell how much I love your recipes…XOXO

        • So glad you’re enjoying the recipes Lolita, thank you! So I was able to get the most amazing pepperjack-esque yogurt cheese when I lived in NC. Here in FL I can’t find anything like it so I use Cabot Pepper Jack. (It’s quickly become a new favorite of mine!) If you’re able to find a shreddable pepper studded yogurt cheese you’ll use it in place of the pepper jack cheese. xoxo

  • Cheryl Zimmerman

    Jalapeno and cheese is one of my favrite combinations, but phyllo cups are a little out of my budget. Do you suppose I could use wonton wrappers? I’ve used them for mini baked snacks before, and they make nice “cups” for things.

    Thanks, Cheryl 🙂

    • Jenn

      Thanks Cheryl! I feel ya, I stock up and freeze them in my deep freezer when they’re ridiculously on sale. There’s a link to a homemade phyllo cup recipe using phyllo sheets in the post. It’s super easy and the phyllo sheets are cheaper than wonton wrappers for the amount you end up with. Won-ton cups will absolutely work too if you have them handy already! Have fun with it! <3

  • This dip sounds amazing! And how have I never heard of yogurt cheese? I will have to try and track some down. 🙂

    • Jenn

      I can’t recall the brand to save my life right now but I’ll write it down next time I purchase a block! It’s over in the fancy cheese section of the supermarket but doesn’t cost an arm and a leg! I’m obsessed! It’s basically really yummy cheese with probiotic cultures <3

  • I’m laughing – that whole constant blog problem. Food that Looks Good and food that Tastes Good are not always the same! And so many readers are convinced otherwise…

    Your cute little cups are a great workaround.

    • Jenn

      Thanks Anne! I have to get creative to get the bowls-o-slop to look as delicious as they taste! My phyllo shell addiction proved a bit useful 😉

  • I think this summer be should have operation eat all the cheese run in tandem with operation eat all the veggies.

  • Oh my GAWD!!! I am obsessed with this recipe. YUM!

  • Ooooh, I’m so making these for football season this year!

  • 5 stars
    OMG! How amazing do these look?!? So.much.yum.

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