Spice Up Your Taste Buds: Vegan Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

Ladies and gentlemen, gather round for a delectable treat that will undoubtedly tantalize your taste buds. I present to you, the Vegan Jalapeno Poppers Recipe. This recipe is no less than a masterpiece, and I am excited to guide you through the process of creating these mouth-watering poppers.

For years, Jalapeno Poppers have been a popular appetizer in cuisine around the world. However, this Vegan Jalapeno Poppers Recipe takes things up a notch with its unique combination of flavors and healthy alternatives. The poppers are filled with a flavorful vegan cream cheese made from soaked cashews, cheddar cheese, and nutritional yeast. The cashew cream cheese stuffed inside fresh halves of jalapeño peppers gives the poppers a sharp zing.

This dish is perfect for those who prefer not to consume animal products but still want to indulge in a spicy creation that is packed with flavor. This recipe is easy to follow and is great for novice cooks who want to try something new in the kitchen while being mindful of their dietary restrictions.

So, if you want to impress your family and friends with a unique and tasty appetizer that is simple yet sumptuous, then look no further than this Vegan Jalapeno Poppers Recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Vegan Jalapeno Poppers
Vegan Jalapeno Poppers

My dear culinary enthusiasts, allow me to introduce to you a dish that will revolutionize the game of appetizers: Vegan Jalapeno Poppers!

Not only is this recipe dairy-free and gluten-free, it is also bursting with bold flavors and textures in every bite. The combination of zesty jalapeno peppers and creamy vegan cream cheese stuffed inside creates an explosion of flavors in your mouth that will leave your taste buds dancing.

What’s more, this recipe offers the perfect balance between spicy and savory, making it an ideal option for anyone who loves a little kick in their food. Whether you’re serving this as a side dish or party appetizer, these poppers will never cease to impress your guests.

And for those who are health-conscious, you’ll be delighted to know that these Vegan Jalapeno Poppers are air-fried instead of deep-fried, which means less oil and less guilt! Plus, the filling is made up of cashew cream instead of traditional cream cheese, making this dish a healthier option without sacrificing any flavor.

In essence, with its combination of bold flavors, incredible textures, spicy yet savory appeal, and healthy ingredients, this Vegan Jalapeno Poppers recipe is simply irresistible. So go ahead and give it a try – I guarantee you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 Get ready to spice up your life with these vegan jalapeno poppers!
Get ready to spice up your life with these vegan jalapeno poppers!

Ingredients for Vegan Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this easy Vegan Jalapeno Poppers Recipe:

  • 12 jalapeño peppers, halved and deseeded
  • 8 oz vegan cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked for 4 hours or overnight, drained
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups bread crumbs (use gluten-free if needed)
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley (optional)

For the dip:

  • 8 oz vegan sour cream (or use vegan cream cheese mixed with lemon juice)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, diced (optional)

You can also add your favorite vegan shredded cheddar cheese or pepper jack cheese to the filling if you like. Tofutti is a great vegan cream cheese brand to use.

The Recipe How-To

 These poppers are so tasty, even non-vegans will love them!
These poppers are so tasty, even non-vegans will love them!

Now that we’ve covered why you’ll love this vegan jalapeno poppers recipe, let’s dive into how to make it. Despite the list of ingredients, trust me, making these stuffed peppers is quite easy. It’s just a matter of preparing each step and not getting overwhelmed with the number of ingredients involved.


To begin with, you will need to gather all the ingredients mentioned in (3) the ingredient list section. Ensure you have everything on hand and pre-measured.


Start by slicing the jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise and remove any seeds or veins. Now imagine these halves as tiny canoes waiting to be filled with deliciousness!

The Filling

In a food processor, blend raw cashews, vegan cream cheese, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, and some freshly squeezed lemon juice until smooth. Once blended, transfer the mixture into a piping bag with a large open star tip.

Piping the cheese mixture into the jalapeño halves will ensure that every piece gets an equal amount of filling.

Stuffing and Breading

Pipe the mixture into each jalapeño half until fully filled. Next, mix together some breadcrumbs along with more nutritional yeast for an extra cheesy texture, and some 1 tablespoon of flour. Dip each stuffed pepper first in flour, then in non-dairy milk, and finally coat well with breadcrumb mixture.

You can choose to bake or air-fry your jalapeno poppers by following any of these two methods:


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the breaded jalapeño poppers onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for approximately 20-30 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

Air Fryer:

Alternatively, if you have an air fryer handy, place the breaded jalapeño poppers in a single layer on a basket of an air fryer preheated at 375 F for about 10 – 12 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

Whatever method you use will result in delicious vegan baked or air-fried jalapeno poppers that everyone can enjoy.

Don’t worry if your jalapeño poppers are not as crispy as you’d like them to be on their first try; practice makes perfect! And remember my motto when it comes to cooking: “The recipe is merely a suggestion.”

Substitutions and Variations

 Beware: these poppers are addictively delicious.
Beware: these poppers are addictively delicious.

Dearest readers, allow me to present to you a few suggestions for substitutions and variations that can be made to this delightful vegan jalapeno poppers recipe. Whether you are looking to switch up the flavors or adapt the recipe for specific dietary needs, these options are sure to please.

Firstly, if you prefer a gluten-free option for the breading, you can substitute the breadcrumbs for almond flour or crushed cornflakes. Simply dust each jalapeno popper with your preferred gluten-free bread substitute before air-frying or baking to crispy perfection.

For those who are allergic or intolerant to cashews but still desire that creamy texture in this delicious recipe, fret not! You can substitute the raw cashews with soaked and peeled sunflower seeds or blanched almonds. These make a great alternative for anyone looking for a nut-free option.

For the cheese filling, instead of using vegan cream cheese, you can experiment with different brands of vegan cheese to find one that suits your tastes. From smoky cheddar to tangy gouda, feel free to mix and match the perfect cheeses to make your favorite flavor combos.

If you’re feeling adventurous and want a little kick in these jalapeño poppers, add some diced pineapple onto the filling mixture. This sweet and spicy combo is sure to thrill your taste buds.

Lastly, if you want a crispy outer layer without using breadcrumbs or flour, coat each jalapeño popper with a thin layer of seasoned cornmeal or coconut flakes that have been finely crushed in a food processor.

I do hope these substitutions and variations will inspire you to get creative in the kitchen and make this easy vegan jalapeño poppers recipe truly your own.

Serving and Pairing

 Vegan food never looked so good! Check out these jalapeno poppers.
Vegan food never looked so good! Check out these jalapeno poppers.

Now that your vegan jalapeno poppers are ready, it’s time to serve them up! These spicy delights are perfect for any occasion – from a casual get-together to a formal dinner party.

As an appetizer, these poppers are sure to wow your guests with their vibrant colors and bold flavors. Serve them with some fresh vegetables like sliced cucumbers or carrot sticks for a healthy snack. You can also pair them with a variety of dips like salsa or guacamole for an extra zing.

If you’re looking for a main course, consider pairing your poppers with a side salad or quinoa for a more balanced meal. The creamy vegan cream cheese filling of these poppers makes them extra satisfying.

If you’re serving alcohol, try pairing your jalapeno poppers with a crisp white wine or a light beer that won’t overpower the spiciness of the dish.

No matter how you choose to enjoy these vegan jalapeno poppers, there’s no denying that they are both delicious and versatile. So go ahead and explore different ways to serve and enjoy them!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 You won't believe these poppers are vegan until you try one!
You won’t believe these poppers are vegan until you try one!

My dear friends, I understand the importance of preparing ahead of time to counter the rush of the moment. These vegan jalapeno poppers can be made ahead and stored for later use in your refrigerator or freezer.

To make them ahead of time, follow the recipe instructions until step 7, then let them cool down to room temperature. Pack them in an airtight container, and keep them in your refrigerator for 3-4 days or in your freezer up to 3 months. To reheat them, you may use an oven or microwave.

If using an oven, preheat it to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the poppers on a baking sheet and bake for around 10-12 minutes if they are thawed, or around 20-25 minutes if they are frozen.

If using a microwave, microwave them until hot through and through by first heating for about 45 seconds, checking and stirring and then heating again for another 45 seconds.

However, I must advise that reheating them in a microwave oven may compromise their texture. Therefore, my recommendation is to use an air fryer at a temperature of 375 degrees Fahrenheit for around 5 minutes.

Do not forget to relish this vegan delicatessen with ease as you fancy!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Say hello to your new favorite appetizer: vegan jalapeno poppers.
Say hello to your new favorite appetizer: vegan jalapeno poppers.

As a vegan chef, I always strive for perfection in every dish that I create. When it comes to making jalapeño poppers, there are a few tips and tricks that can help you achieve the perfect results every time. Here are some tips that will make your vegan jalapeño poppers unbelievably delicious.

1. Don’t skip soaking the cashews

Soaking the cashews is an essential step in this recipe as it helps to create the creamy vegan filling for your jalapeño poppers. Make sure to soak your raw cashews for at least 4 hours or overnight before using them in this recipe. The longer you soak, the creamier your filling will be!

2. Mix up the spices

While this recipe calls for garlic powder and onion powder, don’t be afraid to experiment with other spices like paprika or cumin. These spices can add additional layers of flavor to your vegan cream cheese filling.

3. Use bread crumbs for extra crunch

If you want your jalapeño poppers to have an extra crunch, try using bread crumbs as a coating before air-frying or baking them. You can use gluten-free bread crumbs if you’re looking for a gluten-free option.

4. Choose the right vegan cream cheese

Not all vegan cream cheeses are created equal, so make sure to choose one that is thick and creamy for the best results. Tofutti is my personal favorite brand that I use in this recipe, but you can use any vegan cream cheese that you prefer.

5. Slice jalapeños uniformly

When slicing your jalapeños, make sure to slice them lengthwise and remove all seeds for a milder taste. To ensure uniformity in size, you can use a mandolin slicer.

6. Serve hot and spicy!

Jalapeño poppers are meant to be served hot and spicy! Enjoy them straight out of the oven or air-fryer with some vegan sour cream or guacamole on top.

Follow these tips and tricks to get perfect results every time with this easy and delicious vegan jalapeño poppers recipe!

Bottom Line

my dear readers, I hope this vegan jalapeno poppers recipe has tempted your taste buds and convinced you that plant-based food can be just as delicious and satisfying as its non-vegan counterpart.

By using vegan cream cheese and cashew cream, these jalapeno poppers are not only creamy and flavorful but also cruelty-free and sustainable. Plus, you can easily customize the recipe to your liking by adjusting the level of spiciness or adding your favorite herbs and spices.

Whether you serve them as an appetizer, a snack, or a side dish, these jalapeno poppers are guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. So why not give this easy vegan recipe a try and see for yourself how tasty and exciting plant-based food can be? Your taste buds (and the planet) will thank you.

Vegan Jalapeno Poppers

Vegan Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

Delicious lactose-free jalapeno poppers perfect for parties!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 24 poppers
Calories 77.5 kcal


  • 12 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 cup vegan cream cheese (rice milk cheese usually tastes best) or 1 cup lactose-free cream cheese (rice milk cheese usually tastes best)
  • 1 cup rice milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • oil (for frying)


  • Remove the tops of the jalapenos and slice lengthwise. Remove the seeds and ribs inside. Fill the jalapenos with the cheese.
  • Pour the milk into a bowl, and pour the flour into a separate bowl. Dredge the jalapenos in the milk followed by the flour. When they are well-coated, dry for about ten minutes.
  • Dip the jalapenos in milk again and then into a bowl of the breadcrumbs. Let dry and repeat.
  • Pour the oil into a large skillet. Let oil heat up, and fry jalapenos for three minutes on each side. When done, place on a paper towel to absorb excess oil. Cool before serving.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 33gCalories: 77.5kcalCarbohydrates: 15.3gProtein: 2.4gFat: 0.6gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 66.5mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 1.2g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Cheese, Easy, Free Of..., Lactose-free, Vegan
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