Cheesy Jalapeño Popper Bites

These easy cheesy Jalapeño Popper Bites combine my favorite jalapeño popper dip with flaky phyllo shells for a match made in snacking heaven!

Cheesy Jalapeño Popper Bites with Bacon

These baller little bite-sized jalapeño popper cups are a must-make for parties, game day, and gatherings galore.

They’re as easy as making a bowl of tasty filling, spooning it into the phyllo cups, sprinkling a little crispy bacon or veggie bacon bits on top and baking for a speedy 10-15 minutes until the phyllo is crispy and the filling is hot and melty.

YES PLEASE!

This is a recipe I make time and time again for parties and when I’m feeling ultra lazy, I’ll just heat up the filling in a bowl and serve it with tortilla chips.

My friends have started requesting them on the regular and they always vanish fast!

Jalapeno Popper Phyllo Bites with Bacon and Cheddar

Jalapeno Popper Ingredients

  • frozen phyllo shells (see note below)
  • jalapeños
  • bacon or veggie bacon bits
  • cream cheese
  • mayonaise
  • sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt and garlic powder, to taste

For the jalapeños in these jalapeño popper bites I like to use combination of diced jarred jalapeños (they have a pickled nacho-topping vibe to them that’s oh so flavorful) and fresh minced jalapeños. You can absolutely use all of one or the other but I find that I adore poppers with a combination of both the most.

For the bacon you can use regular bacon, turkey bacon, vegetarian bacon bits. You can also skip it entirely as these cheesy jalapeño popper cups are still fantastic without it!

Phyllo Shells

Where to Find Phyllo Shells

If you’re familiar with phyllo shells or phyllo cups then you probably have a small stockpile tucked away in your freezer like I do. If you’re just now discovering them (so magical!) you will find phyllo shells in your grocer’s frozen section next to the frozen pie crusts and plain phyllo sheets.

My favorite brand is Athens phyllo shells and I usually have a stack of 4 in my freezer at all times. They’re great for little breakfast bites and work as the base for so many tasty appetizers too.

My love for this easy cheesy appetizer runs deep and I’m so excited for you to try it!

Cheesy Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Popper Bites

Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Bites

This rockin’ recipe makes 30 stuffed phyllo cups.

Looking to make a little less? You can 100% an halve the recipe to use just one package of phyllo shells.

Serving a big crowd? Feel free to double or triple this recipe as needed! It’s insanely easy and you can stuff the phyllo shells with the filling a few hours before the party and bake them all up at once when you’re ready to get your snack on!

Bacon Cheddar Cheesy Jalapeño Popper Bites

Cheesy Jalapeño Popper Bites

These easy cheesy Jalapeño Popper Bites combine my favorite jalapeño popper dip with flaky phyllo shells for a match made in snacking heaven!
5 from 15 votes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Jalapeno Phyllo Bites, Jalapeño Popper Bites
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 30 phyllo bites
Author: Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 30 frozen phyllo shells (two 15-count packages)
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 2 TBSP mayo
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 3 TBSP jarred diced jalapeño
  • tsp garlic powder
  • tsp salt
  • 2-3 TBSP crumbled cooked bacon or veggie bacon bits

Instructions

  • NOTE: For the jalapeños I like to use both diced jarred jalapeños (they have a pickled nacho-topping vibe to them that's oh so flavorful) and fresh minced jalapeños. You can absolutely use all of one or the other but I find that I adore poppers with both the most.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Arrange phyllo shells on a baking sheet and set aside.
  • Soften cream cheese to room temperature or lightly warm for 15-20 seconds in the microwave. Combine with grated cheddar cheese and mayo. Mix well.
  • Remove stem and seeds from jalapeno (or keep the seeds if you want them spicy) and finely mince.
  • Add fresh minced jalapeño along with pickled jarred jalapeño to your cheese mixture. Season with garlic powder and a pinch of salt and mix well. For extra heat you can add optional crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.
  • Spoon mixture into phyllo shells and top with crumbled bacon (or veggie bacon bits if vegetarian) – the bacon can also be skipped and they'll still be super tasty!
  • Bake at 375°F for 10-15 minutes until the phyllo is nice and crispy and the cheesy filling is hot and melty. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 50kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 84mg, Potassium: 14mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 111IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 31mg, Iron: 1mg

If you get a chance to try these easy cheesy jalapeño popper bites, let me know!

Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

Looking for More Jalapeño Spiked Recipes?

Crazy about phyllo cups? Check out my round-up of Phyllo Shells Recipes for more recipes and ideas!

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About The Author:

Jenn Laughlin

Jenn Laughlin created Peas and Crayons in 2009 after graduating with B.S. in Dietetics from Florida State University and working as a Nutrition Educator for WIC. The goal was simple: create and share delicious tested and perfected recipes with vegetables as the star!

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Questions & Reviews

  1. I would love to make these but some don’t like so much heat. Could I use canned chopped chilies instead of jalapeños?

    1. You could try that for sure! Drain them a bit if possible so the filling doesn’t take on too much liquid and you should be good to go.

  2. Can these be frozen after being baked? If so, could these be reheated in the oven from frozen? How long would you suggest? Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    I have some sheets of phyllo in my freezer. Don’t you think it would work to just cut it into little squares and press it into mini muffin tins? I have a whole herd of teenagers coming for a movie and game night tonight. There are going on the menu!

    1. Hi Hanna! You could for sure make your own phyllo cups! I would brush a little unsalted melted butter in-between each layer and maybe do a few layers per phyllo shell? Let me know how it goes! xoxo

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe is the way to go, cheesy and crunchy! I followed most of the recipe with some slight variations, based on what I had. This came out great!