Jalapeno Cheddar Potato Bites are possibly the BEST invention ever. I wouldn’t really call them an invention since jalapeno cheese tater tots have been there forever, but I recently realized that it’s quite easy to make at home. These easy jalapeno popper bites are best suited for those that can handle spice but can be simply altered for less heat too. Scroll down for Jalapeno Cheese Bites recipe.
These little treats are super simple to make and can be great on party tables or even for a picnic! Jalapeno Poppers will also go really well with salads such as this Asian Coleslaw
How to Make Jalapeno Cheese Bites?
The first step to making jalapeno popper bites recipe is to boil the potatoes and mash them. These potatoes play an integral part in binding the balls together.
Next, mix the jalapenos, cheddar cheese spread, corn, and the mashed potatoes in a bowl. It is always good to have a set of mixing bowls so that you don’t have to wash one after each use. In this recipe of Cheddar Jalapeno Bites, for example, we use two mixing bowls.
In the other bowl, mix the mozzarella cheese, oregano, chili powder, and flakes with breadcrumbs. Then, mix the two mixing bowl mixtures and form little jalapeno cheese ball bites of your required size. I like to keep these only bite-sized but you can make them bigger if you like.
In a small bowl, put some flour and water mixture which will hold the breadcrumbs together. Then coat the balls in breadcrumbs and fry the cheese jalapeno potato bites!
Pair it with a dip of your choice or just enjoy it as it is!
Jalapeno Cheddar Potato Bites Recipe Step by Step
Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers
- Pressure Cooker
- Mixing Bowls
- Frying Pan
- 6 russet potatoes
- 250 grams mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup jalapeño cheddar cheese spread
- 1 can boiled corn
- 2 cup breadcrumbs
- 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup pickled jalapeños chopped finely
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 3 tsp chili flakes
- 3 tsp oregano
- 2-3 tbsp water
- Salt to taste
- Oil for frying
- Spring onions to garnish
- In a pressure cooker, boil potatoes
- Once cool, peel and mash the boiled potatoes with a potato masher
- In a large mixing bowl, add mashed potatoes, jalapeños, cheddar cheese spread, corn, and mix well
- In another mixing bowl, add mozzarella cheese, oregano, chili powder, chili flakes and 1 cup of breadcrumbs and mix thoroughly
- Add the cheese mixture to the potatoes and make small balls of the mixture
- In a small bowl mix flour and water and cover the ball in the flour mixture
- Coat it in the remaining breadcrumbs
- Add oil to a frying pan on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, fry the bites and make sure they don't break
- Garnish with spring onions and serve hot with chili sauce or any sauce you like
Note for tasty jalapeno popper bites: If you don’t have jalapeño cheese spread, any other cheese spread would work fine too but you might have to add in more jalapeños.
If you do not have pickled jalapeños you could just put raw ones or make them by soaking raw jalapeño slices in a mixture of vinegar, salt, sugar, and water overnight. This just adds more flavor to the jalapenos and is completely optional.
If you make breadcrumbs at home, then make sure they are roasted. I use the American Garden Breadcrumbs as it is easy to use and readily available.
How to Serve Jalapeno Cheese Ball?
These cheesy jalapeno bites can be served with sauces of different kinds. Serve them with readymade sauces like these mentioned below or go old school with a homemade sauce mixing mayo and some herbs.
Healthy Jalapeno Poppers:
For a healthier version of jalapeno cheese tater tots, try baking them! I haven’t tried it yet but it should be possible since everything fried can also be baked to lessen the calories.
In this case, you can avoid the flour and water mixture. Line the balls on a baking sheet and bake for about 10-15 minutes with the oven set at 200ºC to make baked jalapeno bites.
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