These Cheddar Jalapeno Poppers with Sausage stuffed with cream cheese, cilantro, and nutty aged cheddar cheese are a great game day snack.

Top down shot of Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers with Sausage on baking sheet with cheese block and small jalapeño for garnish.

Don’t let the jalapeños scare you! These Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers with Sausage are one of my favorite appetizers. The creamy filling tones down the heat of the pepper, and once they are baked the flavor mellows even more. After all, how can you go wrong with an easy appetizer filled with melted cheese that you can eat without silverware? (Hint: You can’t.)

I took a little different spin from your traditional jalapeño popper recipe and made the filling with mild sausage, cream cheese and cilantro and then added Kerrygold Aged Cheddar Cheese for some nutty flavor. You won’t believe how tasty this combination is! Simply fill the jalapeño halves and then sprinkle a little more cheese on top.

Another bonus:  You can assemble these ahead of time and refrigerate until time to bake. But these poppers definitely taste best when freshly baked. Thank goodness I never have leftovers!

Still skeptical of the spice level? You can control (to some extent) how much heat is in these jalapeño poppers. Here are a couple of tips to tame the heat:

  1. Wash the peppers and slice in half. (Do not touch your eyes after you have jalapeño juice on them. Trust me, your eyes will sting for hours. Throw on a pair of gloves, just to be safe.)
  2. Use a small spoon to scrape out the insides of the pepper. The heat of the jalapeño is in the ribs and the seeds. Removing both of theses will make these snacks VERY mild.

Don’t get me wrong; if you want to make these Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers spicy, you easily can. Simply leave some ribs of the jalapeño intact or throw in a few seeds. Just make sure your friends are on the same page!

Top down shot of baked Cheddar jalapeño Popper with Sausage on baking sheet.

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Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers with Sausage

Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers with Sausage
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 12 ounces sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup shredded Kerrygold® Aged Cheddar Cheese (plus additional for sprinkling on top)
  • 15 small jalapeños, sliced in half and seeded


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Stir together sausage, cream cheese, cilantro and 1 cup cheese until combined.
  • Stuff 1 tablespoon of sausage filling in each pepper half and place on baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle a few shreds of Kerrygold® Aged Cheddar cheese on top of each pepper and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 50mg Sodium: 340mg Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Protein: 8g

Collage images of Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers on baking sheet garnished with fresh jalapeño and cheddar cheese.