Crispy Jalapeno Cheese Snacks

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With all the baseball and football on TV these days, it’s high time I showed you my new favorite game-watching snack.

  • It’s manly.
  • It’s spicy.
  • It’s easy to eat.

Thankfully, it’s easy to make, too.  Had a little trouble getting pictures though.  I kept eating my models because they smell so good when they’re hot and crispy.

I got the idea for these snacks at the beauty salon from Lacey.  We were talking about our favorite things to buy at Costco when she mentioned their unbaked flour tortillas.  YES!  Me too!  Love those things and I’ve written about them before– Jelly-Cheese Quesadillas and Brisket and Pepper Jack Quesadillas.  Anyway, she told me her husband likes to make midnight snacks with these tortillas. Although I’ve never eaten hers, this is my interpretation based on her description.

Only three ingredients required. In addition to flour tortillas and cheese, you will need jarred jalapenos.  Lacey put me on to Mezzetta brand Deli-Sliced Tamed Jalapeno Peppers.  I like their slightly crunchy texture and somewhat milder taste.

I’ve tried different cheeses including the Mozzarella Lacey uses (it’s good), but my favorite is a Mexican cheese called Queso Quesadilla cheese, aka Asadero.  When cooked, the Queso Quesadilla turns brown and crunchy. Less cheese is better than more if you want it crispy.

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crispy jalapeno cheese snacks finished in skillet

Crispy Jalapeno Cheese Snacks

flour tortillas (cooked or uncooked)
shredded Asadero or Queso Quesadilla Cheese (approximately 1/4 cup cheese per tortilla)
sliced pickled jalapeno peppers

First: If using uncooked tortillas, brown one side in UNGREASED nonstick skillet over medium heat and turn over. If using previously cooked tortillas, lay tortilla in hot UNGREASED nonstick skillet.

Second: Sprinkle cheese lightly over top of tortilla, then chopped jalapeno peppers.  I use a teaspoon of peppers per tortilla but the amount is up to you.  Leave it off completely for pepper-haters.  Allow tortilla to heat until cheese melts. Gently mash with a spatula, if necessary, to help cheese melt.

Third: Flip tortilla over so that cheese is now in contact with the skillet. Allow to “fry” until cheese is browned and crispy.  It should be easy to scoop out when done in a nonstick pan.  Use a pizza cutter or kitchen scissors to cut wedges.

Serve immediately.  Best when hot!

More ideas for jalapeno lovers …

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Bites

Easy Nacho Meat and Cheese Dip

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

billie July 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm

would love to try the Asadero cheese any idea where to get it


Paula July 1, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Do you live near a Hispanic neighborhood? I can buy it at the local grocery in my area.


Eva November 5, 2010 at 8:33 am

Those look so simple and good! I love that crispy bit of cheese that browns on the pan when making grilled cheese. This is like having an entire sheet of it!


Jaime October 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm

what a simple and tasty snack!


Karen October 19, 2010 at 9:09 am

Oh wow, Paula! This looks heavenly!! I’m salivating… Love the crispy crunchy cheese. And your step by step instructions are really cool. Great job!


Suzanne October 19, 2010 at 2:00 am

Yum, jalapeños are one of my favs. I’ve been thinking about posting one of my favorite jalapeño snacks, I will soon and maybe you can add it to your snack list too.


the urban baker October 18, 2010 at 11:16 pm

my kids are so into jalapeno’s right now. this is the perfect after school snack for them! yum.


Pam October 18, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Oh yum! I love the crispy cheese – they look amazing. Great photos too.


Amanda October 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Love how simple and wonderful this is. Tortillas are really great for so many things, such an overlooked item I think!


Betty @ scrambled hen fruit October 18, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Sounds yummy- I’m partial to crispy browned cheese. 🙂 I’m also going to have to look for those Costco tortillas!


TheKitchenWitch October 18, 2010 at 8:32 am

I’ve never heard of uncooked flour tortillas? Is there any difference? Anything crisp, cheesy and spicy has my name on it!


Paula October 18, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Dana, they are the next best thing to homemade. Since they are from Costco, you get a huge package but I divide them up and freeze in smaller amounts. Still good. The flavor is much fresher and they’re flaky too. I’ve bought uncooked flour tortillas at Walmart too but they were not nearly as good and I’ve never bought them again.


Paula October 18, 2010 at 7:05 am

Always love finding a creative snack idea to make with tortillas. These look great and I love the fact that they are quick and easy to make.


ldh October 18, 2010 at 6:49 am

Look how perfectly they have browned and crisped up! So appetizing. Yes, there has been lots of sports watching going on here too and I know these would be heartily welcomed 🙂


Kayte October 17, 2010 at 4:27 pm

These so have “teenage swimmers hanging out at our house” written all over them. Stealing this one, looks easy, sounds easy, spicy, and manly…what’s not to love! Thanks.


Paula October 18, 2010 at 6:46 am

Kayte, Oh yes, your swimmers would love them although they might eat them faster than you could cook them. Perhaps you could get 2 skillets going at the same time. 🙂 They are so simple but kinda like pancakes–best eaten right out of the pan.


Paula October 17, 2010 at 7:50 am

looks absolutely delicious!

Have a nice time!


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