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All the flavors of jalapeño poppers wrapped up into a tasty meatball with a surprise cheese-filled center. This is a family favorite!

Jalapeno popper meatballs on a white plate

What would you say if we took a normal meatball, changed things up, and turned it into a jalapeño popper meatball? That’s right, get ready to sweat because we’re making jalapeño popper meatballs in the kitchen today. It has diced jalapeño mixed in with ground meat and then stuffed with cream cheese in the middle. They are addictingly delicious, and a family favorite.

 These are surprisingly versatile. You can make these meatballs in bulk and freeze them, just add 10 to 15 minutes to the cooking time when you’re ready to cook. You can also easily turn them into a killer meatball sub. If you’re a bit nervous about the spice, you can use more or less jalapeño to your taste. No need to heat yourself out!

  • Meat options for Jalapeño Popper Meatballs:

    We love these meatballs with beef, but you can use pork, chicken, or really any ground meat.

  • How many jalapeños should I use? 

    If you want to make a mild and kid-friendly meatball, stick to 1/2 of one jalapeño. For medium heat, 1-2 jalapeños, and if you’re really wanting a good spicy kick, use 3 whole jalapeños. 

  • Serving Suggestions:

    These are hearty enough to serve plain as a main dish, but you can also also serve over rice or mashed potatoes. Our favorite way to eat jalapeño popper meatballs is on a sub with bbq sauce instead of marinara.

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other hearty ground beef recipes:

Jalapeno popper meatball cut in half with cream cheese oozing out

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Jalapeno popper meatballs on a white plate
All the flavors of jalapeno poppers wrapped up into a tasty meatball with a surprise cheese-filled center.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 white onion minced
  • 1 to 2 jalapenos minced
  • 3/4 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded cheese
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray a 9x13 pan or four sided baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine ground beef, onion, jalapenos, bread crumbs, cheddar cheese, milk, Worcestershire sauce, basil, and salt. Mix thoroughly until ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • Shape into 20 roughly shaped meatballs. Divide the cream cheese into 20 tablespoon-sized pieces, one for each meatball. Working one at a time, take a meatball and flatten it in the palm of your hand. Place a piece of cream cheese in the center and wrap the meatball around the cheese, sealing it inside the middle.
  • Place the fully shaped meatballs into the prepared baking pan.
  • Cook in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Serve hot.


Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 102mg | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 0.8mg
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Jalapeno Popper Meatballs
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June 22, 2020 8:34 am

I will definitely be making these. These are making my mouth water just looking at the pictures. YUMMMMMMM

June 15, 2020 2:30 am

Will definitely try them …looks delicious

June 17, 2020 7:13 pm

5 stars
Made this tonight and everyone loved them. I was careful with the jalapeños but will use 2 next time. Thank you for another great dinner idea

June 11, 2019 7:21 pm

These were really yummy! Forget to get a fresh jalapeno so used pickled ones and added an egg to the mixture. Bbq sauce was delicious with them! Definitely will make these again!

August 21, 2018 5:44 pm

5 stars
I made these with 1/2 cup almond flour instead of regular flour and omitted the milk to make them keto.
They were really good!

April 15, 2017 9:31 am

5 stars

Debbie Lintz
June 24, 2020 7:33 am

5 stars
I have celiac. I there something I can use in place of bread, or would it be okay to just leave it out?

June 15, 2020 5:00 am

5 stars

December 6, 2017 2:17 pm

5 stars
These meatballs are pretty amazing and the husband loved them. Thank you!

July 4, 2017 3:15 pm

5 stars
Coyld you use these in spaghetti

Carol L Stewart
July 20, 2020 10:01 am

The meatballs were fantastic. Fun to make

Flexitarian Meatball Fan
June 30, 2020 8:05 am

5 stars
We loved this recipe! So flavorful! We veganized it by using impossible beef, plain oat milk, vegan cheddar and cream cheese. They’re amazing on their own and even better with bbq sauce. Only trouble I ran into is I couldnt get 20 tablespoons out of the 4 oz of cream cheese so I did a teaspoon or so instead. I also worried a Tbsp would make the meatballs too big (we used 1 1/2 lb of the impossible beef vs. 1 lb) but looking at your pictures I may try the tablespoon next time.

chris Hansen
April 3, 2019 4:27 pm

Could I cook these on my smoker?

John Ernst
January 15, 2018 7:14 pm

This sounds great and I will try it this week – how do you think this would pair with fetuccine Alfredo?

Susan D.
September 11, 2020 6:12 pm
Reply to  John Ernst

When I think of Fettuccine Afredo, I think chicken or seafood. Parmagiana cheese and white wine. I guess you could eat Beef meatballs with Fetuccine but it isn’t my cupof tea.

December 8, 2016 10:37 am

I think this would be a great way to spruce up ground turkey. Did you serve this with any sauce? If you didn’t what would you recommend?

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