Jalapeño Rice Poppers

Delight party guests with our quick and easy vegetarian Jalapeno Rice Poppers made with Success® Basmati Rice, jalapenos, cream cheese, and melty cheddar

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Servings SERVES 8
Ready in TOTAL TIME 35 mins


  • 1 bag Success® Basmati Rice
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp each chili powder, salt and pepper
  • ¾ cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 jalapeño peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges, for serving


  • Always a crowd-pleaser, these cheesy, rice-stuffed jalapeño poppers are perfect for your next barbecue or party!

  • Step 1

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

    Step 2

  • Meanwhile, mash 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 tbsp mixture into each jalapeño half. Arrange on parchment paper-lined baking sheet; sprinkle with remaining Cheddar.

    Step 4

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

    Recipe Tips

  • Wrap each popper with half a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick before baking if desired.

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 the always crowd-pleasing jalapeno poppers. We take this classic party favorite up a notch by incorporating our delicious Success® Basmati Rice for added substance and flavor, of course! And don’t worry, the added rice step is quick, simple, and well worth it.

Worried that your skills in the kitchen may not be the best? Don’t let that hold you back, this simple recipe has got you covered. All you need to do is cook the basmati rice and add it to the mixture of cream cheese, garlic, chili powder, cheddar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Once that is mixed well, spoon into seeded jalapeno halves, sprinkle with more cheddar cheese, and pop them into the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Easy enough, right? Make as few or as many 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.

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.