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Want to make something new for lunch with your family? This Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich is different and so tasty. If you have those in your family that love the mild bite of Jalapeno Poppers, they will love this meal!
Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich
I’ve mentioned this a few times before but not so long ago, our little family owned and operated our own coffee shop. We sold my homemade baked goods, ice cream, coffee (of course!), and yummy grilled sandwiches.
We had several sandwiches that were pretty popular but I definitely think that the Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich was our best seller. With the flavors being a creamy blend of sweetness and spiciness, what’s not to love?
Ingredients for Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese
- Sandwich Bread. You can use your favorite kind of bread for this recipe whether it be Homemade Bread or bread from the store. Homemade Gluten Free Bread will also work. A thicker Texas Toast would be a really nice bread to use if you have it.
- Jalapeno Pepper Jelly. Again, homemade or store-bought is fine. We like to have a couple of jars of this that we make every year!
- Cream Cheese. Just plain cream cheese for this recipe.
- Diced Jalapenos. These are optional but can give your sandwich a little more kick if you are looking for that!
- Colby Jack Cheese Slices. Cheddar Cheese slices or another kind of cheese can be used as substitutions if necessary.
- Bacon. We use uncured bacon that we buy in bulk. You can make up a larger amount of bacon in your oven in advance if you plan on using it for different things throughout the week.
What to Serve with the Jalapeno Grilled Cheese
You could also serve it with a salad and homemade salad dressing if you want to lighten up the meal a bit.
Little House Living’s Tips and Tricks for Making Grilled Cheese
- Many components to this sandwich can be made ahead of time so that the prep work on the day of making it is very little. Prepare more bacon earlier in the week to reduce your cooking time. Have bread made, sliced, and frozen so you can pull it out faster.
- If you are making this meal for a picky or struggling eater, leave out the jalapeno pepper jelly (if they don’t like anything spicy at all) and use apricot jam instead. It won’t quite be a jalapeno popper grilled cheese but it will be close enough to what you are making for yourself with very little effort to change it to something else.
- If you know you need a quick lunch and have no time for prep, these sandwiches can be assembled the night before and then placed in an airtight container in the fridge until the next day to be grilled.
Instructions for Making Jalapeno Popper Sandwiches
Start by frying and cooking your bacon slices until you have nice crispy bacon. I do this on the stovetop, but you can use the air fryer, broil it, or cook your bacon however you usually do.
If you made extra bacon that you don’t plan on using on the sandwich, you can always chop it up into bits and use it for salads or soups later in the week!
Gather the rest of your ingredients. Take the slices of bread and spread cream cheese on one piece of bread and spread jalapeno pepper jelly on the other half.
On one side of the sandwich, layer a few half slices of the bacon and place a piece of the Colby jack cheese. Sprinkle on a few diced jalapeno peppers if you want a little extra kick! Put your sandwich together.
Warm up a griddle or a skillet, be sure and place a little bit of butter or oil in the pan so nothing will stick. Place your sandwich in the middle of the pan and spread a little more butter or spray a bit of oil on the top of the sandwich.
Place a grill press on the top of the sandwich. Cook the bottom of the sandwich for a few minutes until it turns brown and then carefully flip the sandwich. Put the grill press on top. Grill again for a few minutes until the cheese has melted inside the sandwich and the bread is golden brown.
Cut in half and serve warm and gooey. Yum!
We get all of our bacon in bulk, it’s definitely a big saving over the small packages in the store and our freezer is always filled!
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Jalapeno Popper Grilled Sandwich
- Sandwich Bread
- Jalapeno Pepper Jelly
- Cream Cheese
- Colby Jack Cheese Slices
Start by frying and cooking your bacon slices.
Once the bacon slices have cooked, let them cool and then chop into bits. You can always make up extras and use them to top salads or future sandwiches!
Gather the rest of your ingredients. Spread cream cheese on one piece of bread and spread jalapeno pepper jelly on the other half.
On one side of the sandwich sprinkle the bacon bits and place a piece of the Colby jack cheese. Put your sandwich together.
Warm up a griddle or a frying pan, be sure and place a little bit of butter or oil in the pan so nothing will stick. Place your sandwich in the middle of the pan and spread a little more butter or spray a bit of oil on the top of the sandwich. Place a grill press on the top of the sandwich. Cook the bottom of the sandwich for a few minutes until it turns brown and then carefully flip the sandwich. Put the grill press on the top. Grill again for a few minutes until the cheese has melted inside the sandwich.
Cut in half and serve warm and gooey. Yum!
Gluten Free Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese
Use gluten-free bread in this recipe instead of regular bread to make it gluten-free.
Dairy Free Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese
Use a dairy-free alternative cheese slice and a dairy-free cream cheese alternative or leave out the cream cheese and replace it with more jalapeno jelly or just a vegan buttery spread.
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This Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese recipe was originally posted on Little House Living in June 2019. It has been updated as of January 2023.