Cheesy jalapeño popper potato skins

Cheesy jalapeño popper potato skins are a fantastic, easy appetizer or snack and will be the talk of your next party, guaranteed.


Cheesy jalapeño popper potato skins (1)

I have a problem. It’s called “Jalapeño popper addiction”. I can not get enough. I want to eat them everyday and in every possible way. How can you say no to cheesy, spicy, bacon-y goodness? And where I can, I like to shove jalapeño poppers into other recipes to make them even more awesome. Enter: jalapeño popper potato skins!

Crispy potato skins? Cheese, oozy filling? Bacon??? Let’s face it, we’re talking food dreams galore here. It also helps that this is such a simple recipe and that it’s guaranteed to impress. Not only is it the perfect snack to serve with drinks (if you can share), it’s also great served at room temperature which means its a perfect lunchbox filler (simply omit the chilies if you’re serving to kids). I seriously suggest adding all these ingredients to your shopping list because you really, really need these in your life.

Crispy potato skins

How to make potato skins?

Rub potatoes with olive oil and season with salt then bake until they are cooked through. Halve and scoop out the cooked potato flesh (perfect for mashed potatoes). Drizzle the potato skins with olive oil and bake for another 10 minutes until crisp. Fill with filling of your choice and bake until filling is hot throughout.

How do I make crispy potato skins?

By baking the potato skins before filling them, you can ensure the potato skins are crisp and golden.

Can potato skins be made ahead of time?

Absolutely. You can either prep the potato skins ahead of time and just fill and bake off before serving or you can finish the potato skins completely and just re-heat in a hot oven before serving.

Cheesy jalapeño popper potato skins

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Cheesy jalapeño popper potato skins

Cheesy jalapeño popper potato skins

Cheesy jalapeño popper potato skins

Cheesy jalapeño popper potato skins are a fantastic, easy appetizer or snack and will be the talk of your next party, guaranteed. 
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizers, jalapeño poppers, Potato skins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Calories: 187kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 12


  • 6 potatoes baked

for the filling

  • 1 cup plain cream cheese
  • 10 strips approximately 250g streaky bacon, chopped and fried until crisp
  • 1-2 jalapenos seeds removed (optional) and finely chopped
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt & pepper to taste

for the topping

  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese


  • Pre-heat the oven to 200°c.
  • Halve the baked potatoes and scoop out the flesh (use this to make the fluffiest mash).
  • Drizzle the potato skins with olive oil then place on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until crisp and golden.
  • In a bowl, combine all the filling ingredients (reserve some of the bacon to sprinkle on top).
  • Fill the potato skins with the filling then sprinkle with the reserved bacon and mozzarella cheese.
  • Place the potato skins on a baking sheet then place in the oven.
  • Bake the potato skins for 10 minutes until the cheese has melted and the filling is hot throughout.
  • remove from the oven and serve.


Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 446mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 15.1mg | Calcium: 197mg | Iron: 3mg


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  1. I truly believe you; I really need this “cheesy, spicy, bacon-y goodness” in my life, esp. inside crispy potato skin. This is such a mouthwatering recipe, and love it even more with your wonderful photos, Alida.
    I can’t wait to try it 🙂