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Tortilla Chip-Crusted Baked Jalapeño Poppers

Tortilla chip crusted baked jalapeño poppers recipe that’s easy, amazing and better than the fried version! Perfect appetizer for entertaining and ready in around 30 minutes.

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

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Who here loves chips? *Everyone raises their hand*

Seriously though, everyone loves a good crunchy, perfectly salted tortilla chip. They easily complete sandwiches, make turkey chili 10x better than it already is and just so happen to be the perfect companion to guacamole.

When I was growing up, there were several ‘staple’ grocery items my Mom always purchased: sesame bagels with extra salty butter, crunchy carrots with hummus, leafy green salads, ice cream and… tortilla chips! She always had a bag of chips open and ready to be devoured. #ChipAddictSince1993

I’m curious: what’s your favorite tortilla chip? Personally, I love Way Better Snacks, Siete Grain Free Chips (OMG SO GOOD YOU MUST TRY) and of course, the original Sun Chips. We’re definitely a chip family over here. Every time I go over to Tony’s parents house, they have at least 6 bags of chips at their house.

baked jalapeño poppers on a baking dish

Personally I don’t know if I have enough self control to have that many bags of chips in my house at one time.

Of course, because we’re serious chip lovers over here I thought it would be fun to create an easy recipe for you. Say hello to these tortilla chip crusted baked jalapeno poppers that are way better than the fried version at Applebee’s. A delicious mouthful that you’ll want to devour ASAP after baking.

baked jalapeño poppers on a baking sheet

As you probably already know, jalapeño poppers are typically fried. While they’re a tempting appetizer at a restaurant, they also leave you feeling overly full. So then I thought, why not bake them? You’ll know the exact ingredients that are being used and they’re just as delicious (if not more).

There’s not artificial about them.

healthy baked jalapeno poppers on a plate

Tips for making these baked jalapeño poppers

These baked jalapeno poppers made the ultimate party appetizer or snack and just so happen to be a breeze to make. Here’s how to make them:

  • fill each jalapeno half with a lightened up cream cheese/cheese mixture. You can use a dairy free cream cheese and dairy free cheese if you’d like
  • drench each jalapeno popper in the egg coating
  • smash tortilla chips in a plastic bag, or in the chip bag itself, then pour into a bowl
  • dip each egg-coated popper crunchy tortilla chip crust, then bake, eat and enjoy!

baked jalapeño poppers on a baking sheet

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Tortilla Chip-Crusted Baked Jalapeño Poppers

5 from 5 votes
Tortilla chip crusted baked jalapeño poppers on a baking sheet
Course Appetizers, Game Day, Gluten Free, Healthy, Snack
Cuisine hispanic
Keyword baked jalapeño poppers, healthy jalapeño poppers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Serves 20
Tortilla chip crusted baked jalapeno poppers recipe that's easy, amazing and better than the fried version! Perfect appetizer for entertaining.


  • 10 Jalapeños, sliced in half, membranes and seeds removed
  • 40 of your favorite tortilla chips (I suggest a flavored version)*
  • 4 oz light cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk (regular milk also works)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor or blender, add the tortilla chips and process until they resemble fine crumbs (like bread crumbs). Transfer to a shallow bowl and set aside.

  3. In a separate bowl, mix together cream cheese, shredded cheese and milk until combined. Set aside.
  4. In another separate bowl, beat together egg and egg white. Set aside.
  5. Stuff each jalapeno half with cream cheese mixture. Do not overfill.
  6. Dip each stuffed pepper half in the egg mixture completely, then roll the pepper in the chip mixture and place pepper on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with each pepper.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Serve while the poppers are hot!

Recipe Notes

*My favorite to use here are Sriracha Way Better Snacks Chips, Garden Salsa or Cheddar Sun Chips and Nacho Siete Chips

Servings: 20 jalapeno poppers
Serving size: 1
Calories: 58kcal
Fat: 3.7g
Saturated fat: 1.4g
Carbohydrates: 4.5g
Fiber: 1g
Protein: 1.8g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

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