Jalapeño Rice Poppers

Delight party guests with our quick and easy, vegetarian Jalapeño Rice Poppers made with Success® Basmati Rice, jalapeños, cream cheese and melty Cheddar cheese.

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Jalapeño Rice Poppers

Cooking time
PREP TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 10 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 30 mins


  • 1 bag Success® Basmati Rice
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 jalapeño peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • lime wedges


  • Always a crowd-pleaser, these cheesy Jalapeño Rice Poppers are perfect for your next barbecue or party!

  • Step 1

  • Preheat oven to 400˚F. Prepare rice according to package directions. Allow to cool completely.

    Step 2

  • Meanwhile, stir together cream cheese, garlic, chili powder, salt and pepper until smooth. Stir in rice, 1/2 cup Cheddar and olive oil.

    Step 3

  • Pack 1 tablespoon of mixture into each jalapeño half and arrange on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining Cheddar.

    Step 4

  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden, cheese is melted and jalapeños are tender. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Party Poppers

Whether it’s football Sunday at your place, a summer barbecue with friends, family game night or any other social gathering, you can’t go wrong with crowd-pleasing jalapeño poppers. We take this classic party favorite up a notch by incorporating our delicious Success® Basmati Rice for added substance and flavor! The added rice step is quick, simple and well worth it.

Even if you’re not a kitchen pro, this simple recipe is easy to whip up. Simply cook the basmati rice and add it to a mixture of cream cheese, garlic, chili powder, Cheddar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Once that is well combined, spoon the mixture into seeded jalapeño halves, sprinkle them with more Cheddar cheese and pop them into the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Easy enough, right? Make as few or as many poppers as you need in no time and watch them disappear just as fast as you make them! Serve alongside a delicious Garden Spinach Dip and you’re set for any guests.

Bake ’em with Bacon

Offer both vegetarian and meat options to your guests by wrapping some of the poppers with half a slice of bacon and securing with a toothpick before baking.

For a plant-based main course, you can offer this vegan meatloaf.