Whenever football season approaches, my husband asks about "football food," and I start thinking of ways to wow the boys. So today, in the spirit of the upcoming football season, I made vegan jalapeno poppers. Since jalapeno poppers aren't technically vegan, I veganized them with a new vegan jalapeno popper recipe. As a result, the jalapeno poppers disappeared in minutes.
Because jalapeno poppers aren't typically considered vegan food, making healthy vegan jalapeno poppers is the best way to enjoy the foods we love without sacrificing health. With that being said, vegan jalapeno poppers are a much healthier alternative to eating traditional jalapeno poppers.
How to make healthy vegan jalapeno poppers
The first step in making delicious vegan jalapeno poppers is cutting and de-seeding the jalapenos. Although jalapenos have a reputation for being spicy, the actual spice comes from the seeds, which are removed prior to making the poppers.
To avoid burning the skin, eyes, or other parts of the body, always wear gloves. Then, cut the stems off the ends of the jalapenos and cut lengthwise down each jalapeno.
Next, using the gloves or the sharp edge of the knife, carefully remove the seeds and the veins of each jalapeno piece.
Now, set each carved-out jalapeno halves on a cookie sheet or sided plan to prevent rolling.
Vegan jalapeno popper cheese
- Raw Cashews
- Nutritional yeast
- White or yellow miso paste
- Lemon, juiced & zested
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Agar-Agar powder (flakes will also work)
- Adobo Chili pepper
Vegan Jalapeno Popper Breading Ingredients
- Nutritional Yeast
Once the cheese firms up in the refrigerator (about an hour) and hardens, it's time to fill the poppers. Using a spoon, fill each half of the carved-out jalapenos, and sprinkle with the bread topping.
Now, it's time to cook the poppers. To accommodate everyone's kitchen, I baked and air-fried the vegan jalapeno popper recipe.
Baking jalapeno poppers
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Using a silicone baking mat or parchment paper, line a baking sheet.
- Bake the jalapeno poppers for 16 minutes.
- Transfer to a serving platter and serve with your favorite vegan dipping sauce.
Air-fried Vegan Jalapeno Poppers
- Cooking in batches, place individual filled poppers in the base of the air-fryer.
- Cook at 325 degrees for 8 minutes.
- Repeat to cook all the poppers in a second batch.
- Choose your favorite dipping sauce and serve popper on a platter or plate.
- Always use gloves while cooking with jalapenos.
- When air-frying, remember the second batch cooks more quickly because the air-fryer is preheated.
- Try to select jalapeno peppers of similar size, so they cook evenly
- Prepare the poppers up to two days before cooking
- When freezing poppers, cook them first
What is the best dipping sauce for jalapeno poppers?
Well, my family loves Vegan Ranch Dressing, but if you aren't a ranch fan, there are many other dipping options.
- Mustard Dipping Sauce
- Vegan Thousand Island Dressing
- French Dressing
- Blackberry Dijon Sauce
- Maple Dijon Dressing
- Vegan Southwest Dressing
Are jalapeno poppers vegan-friendly?
- No, but making jalapeno poppers vegan is easy, and they taste cheesy and fabulous.
How long are jalapenos good for in the refrigerator?
- Fresh jalapenos last 1-2 weeks refrigerated.
Can I freeze jalapeno poppers after baking?
- Yes, I prefer to flash freeze the jalapeno poppers individually on a baking sheet. Then, transfer them to a freezer-friendly container or bag. Reheat individual poppers or several poppers at one time.
Looking for fun vegan snacks and appetizers? Check out these recipes!
- Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip
- How to Make Vegan Zucchini Fries With Homemade Dips - Breaded & Baked
- How to Make Vegan Portobello Mushroom Fries
- Tater Tot Nachos
- Greek Nachos
- Vegan Layered Greek Dip
- Vegan French Onion Dip
- Buffalo Cauliflower
- How to Make Meatless Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Avocado Hummus
- Skinny Vegan Potato Skins
- Mexican Meatballs
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂