Cheesy Jalapeno Mashed Potatoes (No Gravy Needed)

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Try these with creamed spinach.

Health issues in the family have a way of rearranging priorities.  Things like powdered sugar donutssalad in a jar, and homemade Greek yogurt seem pretty insignificant by comparison. After a bad fall with serious repercussions, my father has gone to the top of the list this past week.

Nevertheless, life goes on and we still have to eat.  Mashed potatoes, please.

This recipe is inspired by the Papas con Chile at Abuelo’s, an upscale Mexican restaurant where they are often served with Espinaca. I make no claims this is the recipe. Pretty sure it isn’t.  No matter. We still like them a lot.

Although these definitely aren’t low-calorie, they don’t need gravy. Doesn’t that count for something?

(Note to Staci: These potatoes reheat beautifully making them perfect for a potluck or taking to somebody’s house.  Play with the amount of peppers to suit your tolerance for spicy heat.)

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Cheesy Jalapeno Mashed Potatoes (No Gravy Needed)
Recipe type: side dish
  • 2 pounds red potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 green onions, white parts finely chopped, green parts sliced thin
  • ¼ cup red bell peppers, chopped
  • ¼ cup green bell peppers, chopped
  • ¼ cup green chilies, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pickled jalapenos, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped (still good if you leave it out)
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup whole milk (I use ¼ cup skim milk + ¼ cup cream)
  • ½ cup shredded American cheese (1 cup if your pants are too loose)
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Boil potatoes in large pot with enough water to cover. Reduce heat and simmer until fork tender.
  2. While potatoes cook, saute green onions, all peppers and garlic in butter. Add cream cheese and stir till melted. Whisk in milk till smooth. Add cheese and stir gently until melted.
  3. Drain potatoes and allow to set on cooling burner for about 5 minutes to dry them out a bit. Use masher to break up potatoes. Gently fold in cheese and vegetables. Season with salt and pepper.

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Kayla November 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!! I was part of a cooking challenge this month for the ULTIMATE Mashed Potatoes, and I picked yours!! I believe these are the ULTIMATE!!! Come check out my post, and don’t forget to vote (click like under the picture) for what you believe is the ULTIMATE Mashed Potatoes!! 😉


Chung-Ah Rhee April 26, 2011 at 9:54 pm

My boyfriend is OBSESSED with jalapenos so I’m super excited to make these for him! Thanks for the recipe!!


Vicki V January 27, 2011 at 6:52 am

I LOVE Abuelo’s papas con chile, and so does my whole brood! I’ll be trying this fo’ sure! P.S. Sorry to hear about your dad.


Sandy January 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm

This look delicious! Of course everything you make looks fantastic. I am so sorry about your dad. Are prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. Love to all!


Susie January 24, 2011 at 5:09 pm

look good, but i’ll make mine minus the jalepenos. 🙂


Paula January 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm

It’s really not THAT hot. All negotiable, of course.


TheKitchenWitch January 24, 2011 at 9:18 am

I’m so saddened by news that your dad is feeling poorly–I hadn’t heard!

These potatoes are the stuff of dreams–they’ve got everything I love in them. I must bookmark this recipe for the next time disaster strikes and I need comforting. The way things have been going, it should be in a day or two. ((you and your dad))


Paula January 24, 2011 at 8:39 am

I’m sorry to read about your Dad’s accident. Hopefully he will have a full recovery. Such an interesting combination here in your mashed potatoes. They look great.


Nina January 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Paula, these look delicious–cheese and Jalapeno–what a great combo for mashed potatoes. Prayers for your Dad’s speedy recovery. xo


Der January 23, 2011 at 5:17 pm

YUM! I absolutely love potatoes in any form….cooked or raw or french fried.
So my mouth is watering immensely as I look at the pictures and read the recipe!


Betty @ scrambled hen fruit January 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Those potatoes are so full of flavor I’m sure they wouldn’t need gravy. 🙂 I’d have to use only 1/2 cup of cheese though, because unless I go out and buy a new pair, my pants are definitely not too loose. Prayers for your Dad’s recuperation!


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