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Cheesy Jalapeno Potato Poppers {homemade tater tots} foodiewithfamily.com

Cheesy Jalapeno Potato Poppers

Rebecca Lindamood
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Use the leftover mashed potatoes to make these crunchy, creamy, utterly Golden-Brown-and-Delicious morsels of comfort food. That is the power of the potato, friends.


  • 6 cups leftover mashed potatoes cold
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack cheese
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper stemmed then finely minced
  • 4 green onions trimmed of the root ends and finely minced
  • 2 to 3 inches of canola or peanut oil in a heavy-bottomed high-sided pan
  • salt for sprinkling after frying


  • Mix together the mashed potatoes, beaten egg, grated cheese, flour, jalapeno pepper, and green onions until you have an even mixture. Set aside.
  • Heat the oil in the pan until shimmery or until it reaches 350°F on a deep-frying thermometer. Carefully drop spoonfuls or use a small cookie scoop to drop small rounds of the batter into the hot oil. Fry for 3 to 5 minutes, or until deep golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the Cheesy Jalapeno Potato Poppers to a paper-towel lined plate to drain and immediately sprinkle with salt to taste. Repeat with the remaining potato mixture in as many batches as needed.
  • Serve hot, or chill the leftover, fried Cheesy Jalapeno Potato Poppers on a sheet pan, then freeze until solid and transfer to a resealable zipper top bag.

To Reheat Frozen Cheesy Jalapeno Potato Poppers:

  • Place desired number of Cheesy Jalapeno Potato Poppers on a foil lined sheet pan in a preheated 400°F. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until hot all the way through.


Calories: 370kcalCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 13gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 200mgPotassium: 726mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 325IUVitamin C: 52.9mgCalcium: 204mgIron: 1.9mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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