How to Make Jalapeno Appetizer Recipes

Learn how to make jalapeno appetizer recipes because your party guests love them. First, before we go any farther, let me remind you to use plastic gloves when handling these hot peppers. You will be happy you did! Believe me, it only took one time of my hands burning and now I never forget the gloves.

How to Make Jalapeno Appetizer RecipesHow to Make Jalapeno Appetizer Recipes

Jalapeno peppers come in many different degrees of “heat”. The problem is that we generally do not know how hot they are until we eat them. Even then, we might eat one pepper which is fairly mild but the very next one might be extremely hot. You might think because you grow your own that you will know how hot or mild they will be. 

Growing your own does not determine what the heat will be in your peppers. As you learn how to make jalapeno appetizer recipes you will find there are so many variables which determine the heat of the peppers. Of course the type of jalapeno pepper you plant has some effect. It could also be as simple as the weather temperatures during the growing season or the rainfall. I am just warning you to be prepared for anything!

There are a lot of people who simply do not like hot peppers and do not even want to try them. It is worth learning how to make jalapeno appetizer recipes for those who do want them. Most of these people not only want them but love them. My family members are some of these people. We cannot stop eating them no matter how hot they are. We simply grab a piece of bread and a glass of water to go with them.

Since I learned how to make jalapeno appetizer recipes, I always keep a large bag of peppers in my freezer. For most recipes, these work well. I use them chopped in all kinds of salsa recipes and dips. They are also great stuffed whole if they are fried or baked. About the only time I would not use frozen peppers is if I stuff them and they are not fried or baked but served fresh. When they thaw, they are simply too soft for these recipes.


When learning how to make jalapeno appetizer recipes start with one that is quick and easy like this recipe.

  • 1 Can tomato sauce
  • 1 Large chopped onion
  • 1 Chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 Can diced tomatoes drained
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 Packet taco seasoning
  • 1 Minced jalapeno pepper

COMBINE ALL INGREDIENTS and mix well; cover and refrigerate for several hours before serving.


  • 1 Cup whole almonds
  • 1 Cup pecan halves
  • 1 Cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 Cup Brazil nuts
  • ¼ Cup butter
  • 1/3 Cup jalapeno pepper sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon dry mustard

Preheat oven to 325F degrees.

Combine almonds, pecans, peanuts and Brazil nuts in a 9X15 inch rimmed pan (Jelly roll pan); bake 10 minutes.

Combine butter, pepper sauce, Worcestershire, garlic, salt and mustard in a saucepan.

Cook butter pepper mixture over medium heat stirring constantly until butter melts.

Pour butter mixture over the nuts stirring to coat; bake additional 20 minutes stirring one time.

Spread nuts on paper towels to cool; makes 4 cups.


  • 2 Packages (8 ounces each) softened cream cheese
  • 1/3 Cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon citrus jelly
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Melba toast
  • Sliced jalapeno peppers

In a bowl combine all ingredients except Melba toast and jalapeno pepper slices; mix well.

Shape mixture into small balls; place one ball on each Melba toast.

With a spoon press down on each cheese ball leaving an indentation in the center.

In each indentation place a slice of jalapeno pepper.


  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 Clove minced garlic
  • ½ Teaspoon grated lime peel
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Finely chopped jalapeno pepper 
  • ¼ Cup olive oil
  • 4 Ounces cooked crab meat
  • 8 Ounces tiny cooked shrimp
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
  • 2 Cups shredded lettuce
  • 2 Large firm ripe avocados, peeled and halved
  • Red bell pepper strips garnish
  • Green olives garnish
  • Lime wedges garnish

Combine lime juice, vinegar, garlic, lime peel, salt and jalapeno pepper in a medium bowl.

Gradually add oil beating until thoroughly blended.

Break crab meat into shreds picking out and discarding any shells and cartilage.

Add crab, shrimp and coriander to the dressing; toss lightly to mix.

Cover bowl tightly and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to blend flavors.

Divide lettuce among 4 small salad plates; top each with half of an avocado cut side up.

Spoon ¼ of the seafood mixture on top of each avocado half.

Garnish with bell pepper strips, olives and a lime wedge; serves 4.


Jalapeno Pinwheel Appetizer RecipeJalapeno Pinwheel Appetizer Recipe

When you learn how to make jalapeno appetizer recipes the presentation of each recipe is important. This looks lovely on a round tray with salsa served in the middle. 

  • ¼ Cup cooked black beans
  • 2 Jalapeno peppers 
  • 1 Whole seeded pimiento
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ Bunch cilantro
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese
  • 4 Flour tortillas (10 inches)
  • Salsa

Combine beans, peppers, pimiento, cumin, cilantro and salt in food processor; chop coarsely.

Add cream cheese and blend until smooth; spread mixture on tortillas, roll up and chill.

Remove from refrigerator and cut into ½ inch slices; serve with salsa.

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When I learned how to make jalapeno appetizer recipes I included a meatball recipe. Meatballs are always a welcome addition to any gathering. 

  • 2/3 Cup powdered milk
  • 1 Cup rice cereal
  • ¼ Cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Pound lean ground beef


  • 1 Can tomato sauce
  • ½ Cup ketchup
  • ¼ Cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 Finely chopped jalapeno pepper
  • ¼ Cup sweet relish
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar

Preheat oven to 400F degrees.

Combine dry milk, cereal, onion, ketchup, salt, pepper and egg.

Add beef to cereal mixture and blend well; roll into 1 inch balls and place in foil lined shallow pan.

Bake meatballs about 12 minutes until browned.

FOR SAUCE combine tomato sauce, ketchup, sugar, onion, jalapeno, relish, Worcestershire and vinegar in saucepan.

Simmer over medium low heat stirring frequently; add meatballs and simmer 10 to 15 minutes longer.


  • 3 Ears fresh corn cut from cob
  • ¾ Cup water
  • 3 Medium tomatoes peeled seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 Jalapeno peppers seeded and minced
  • 2 Cans (15 ounces each) black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 Cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 Cup lime juice
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Avocados finely chopped

In saucepan cover corn with water; bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 6-7 minutes.

Drain corn and transfer to a large bowl; add tomato, jalapeno, beans, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper.

Stir mixture gently; cover and chill.

Before serving stir in avocado; serve with tortilla chips.

Makes about 8 cups.


  • 1 Pound liverwurst
  • 1 Small finely chopped onion
  • ½ Finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 Small finely chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons sherry
  • ½ Teaspoon garlic salt
  • Fresh chives
  • Party toast

Combine all ingredients except chives and toast; blend well.

Cover and let stand 1 hour; sprinkle with chives.

Serve with toast or crackers; makes about 3 cups.


Jalapeno Nachos RecipeJalapeno Nachos Recipe

When you learn how to make jalapeno appetizer recipes consider if your guest will be seated or standing. Guest should have the option to be seated to enjoy this appetizer.

  • 4 Ounces pork sausage
  • 1 ½ Cups canned beans (Chili or black beans)
  • 1 ½ Cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 ¼ Cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Bag tortilla chips
  • 2 Sliced green onions
  • 1 Large seeded tomato chopped
  • ½ Cup thinly sliced jalapeno peppers

Preheat oven to 400F degrees.

Cook and stir sausage until crumbly and done; set aside.

Drain beans and heat in a small saucepan over low heat until warm.

Pile tortillas chips high on a large oven proof platter.

Scatter beans and then the cooked sausage over the chips.

Top with onions, tomato and jalapeno peppers.

Mix cheeses in a small bowl; sprinkle over top.

Bake 5 to 8 minutes until cheese is bubbly; serve immediately.

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