Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Recipe

Tanya Schroeder | Lemons for Lulu

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese gives you everything you like about your favorite appetizer in one fabulous sandwich. Fantastic!

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Photo

My favorite place to eat when I was in college was this dive Mexican restaurant. The food was greasy and the beers were cheap; it was the perfect place for college students. My friends and I would pretty much order the exact same thing each time we went there. We always ordered a pitcher of beer and jalapeño poppers. Literally an order of jalapeño poppers for each of us; we didn’t like sharing.

Those poppers were extraordinary. They were deep-fried and bursting at the seams with hot, melted cream cheese and cheddar cheese. I could eat my entire plate and still be hungry for more. That was the beginning of my long-standing love affair with jalapeño poppers.

I still think about those jalapeño appetizers. I don’t eat a lot of fried foods these days, so instead I get creative and make my own baked jalapeno poppers, popper mac and cheese or popper beer cheese whenever I need my fix. And now I have my latest creation; these jalapenño goat cheese sandwiches taste remarkably similar to those creamy poppers from my college days, but with a sophisticated little twist.

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Picture

These sandwiches combine spreadable goat cheese and cream cheese on soft artisan bread. Fresh jalapeños are sliced and placed right on top but the secret to making these sandwiches superb is the dollop of apricot jam. The spicy, creamy, sticky-sweet combination is outstanding! This sandwich is flavorful, bold and just a little messy, just the way I like it! While I do have measurements listed, as with most of my sandwiches you should adjust them all to your liking. The cheese mixture is generous as is the jam; reduce or increase them as you see fit. I used two large jalapeños for each sandwich, but I LOVE jalapeños.

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Image

Next time I make jalapeño poppers, I’m sneaking in some apricot jam and I might serve it with cheap beer too, just for memories sake.

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Pic

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Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Recipe

    2 Servings


  • 4 slices Artisan Style Bread, Such as Sara Lee
  • 2 teaspoons Butter
  • 2 ounces Soft Goat Cheese
  • 2 ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 2 jalapeños Jalapeños, Seeded and halved
  • 2 tablespoons Apricot Jam


  1. Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Spread one side of each bread slice with 1/2 teaspoon of butter. Place two slices of bread, buttered side down onto hot grill pan.
  2. Combine goat cheese and cream cheese in a bowl; divide mixture between the two bread slices. Place two jalapeño halves onto each bread slice and place a dollop of apricot jam on the jalapeños. Cover with remaining bread slice, buttered side facing up.
  3. Brown each side for 2-3 minutes. Serve immediately.


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Author: Tanya Schroeder
Recipe Yields: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 160
Calories 463

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g
  Saturated Fat 12g
Sodium 568mg
Total Carbohydrate 54g
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 17g
Protein 13g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Tanya Schroeder

About Tanya

Tanya covers every kind of meal on Lemons for Lulu. As our Sandwiches fanatic, she's going to wow you with Sandwich greatness, proving there's more to it than just bread, cheese, and meat.

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