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What To Serve With Jalapeno Poppers – 39 BEST Side Dishes

If you’re wondering what to serve with your jalapeno poppers, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 39 of the most popular side dishes for jalapeno poppers.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes to serve with jalapeno poppers are pulled pork sliders, buffalo wings, and carne asada nachos. You can also serve a side of mac and cheese, spinach artichoke dip, or cilantro lime slaw. For more options, there’s pizza,  squash puppies, and bacon-wrapped shrimp.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Buffalo wings

Jalapeno poppers are a game day classic, and so are these finger-lickingly good buffalo wings.

The wings are baked to crispy perfection and then coated with a sticky and fiery sauce.

To balance all the spice out, serve the wings with creamy ranch or blue cheese dipping sauce.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a garunteed crowd pleaser.

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Pulled pork sliders

Pulled pork sliders are a fun and tasty party dish that never disappoints.

You get tender meat covered in rich barbecue sauce and aioli, sandwiched by two fluffy buns – what a feast!

These bad boys come together in less than 15 minutes too (as long as you’ve got pre-cooked pulled pork).

Why we love this recipe: the small portions make sure your guests will have plenty of room for your jalapeno poppers.

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Chicken pesto pizza

Jalapeno poppers make a great entree or side for a tasty pizza.

You can go for any flavor you like, but my favorite pizza is a chicken pesto pizza.

It’s not traditional.

But I just love the mix of melty mozzarella and salty ricotta alongside a vibrant pesto sauce.

Psst… my second favorite is pepperoni.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a fun way of making use of leftover chicken.

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Guacamole is normally served with chips for dipping – but there’s nothing stopping you dipping jalapeno poppers in the guac instead!

It will provide a great cooling contrast against the heat of the jalapeno.

Guacamole is super easy to customize too. Add tomatoes for sweetness, chili peppers for spice, and fresh herbs for tang.

Why we love this recipe: it celebrates fresh, clean ingredients.

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Bacon-wrapped shrimp

Another delicious finger food are these bacon wrapped shrimp.

The sweetness of the shrimp goes nicely with the crispy bacon that’s wrapped around it, and then you get another touch of sweetness from the brown sugar rub.

Psst… for maximum flavor, serve it with some garlic sauce.

Why we love this recipe: bacon makes everything better!

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Carne asada nachos

Looking for the best nachos to serve with your jalapeno poppers?

Well, the search is over because these carne asada nachos will steal the show every time.

They’re loaded with juicy meat, creamy avocado, sharp cheddar, bright pico de gallo, and luscious queso.

What more could you want?

Why we love this recipe: they’re based on everyones favorite – Mexican street tacos.

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Mozzarella cheese sticks

Mozzarella cheese sticks are an addictingly yummy side for get-togethers.

Why? Because who wouldn’t want a plate of crunchy golden sticks filled with gooey, stretchy cheese on the inside?

The cheese pull enough to sell most people.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a cheesy dish that can do no wrong.

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Corn salsa

If you’re looking for something bright, crunchy, and juicy, check out this corn salsa.

It’s a simple mix of corn, red pepper, and tomatoes. Plus some fresh herbs and a dash of lime juice.

Pro tip: aim to make corn salsa at least 30 minutes early to allow the flavors to really blend.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a tasty summer side.

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Mac and cheese

Homemade mac and cheese is the epitome of comfort food.

It’s warm, cheesy, and full of carbs.

What more could you need to cheer you up on a cold day?

And it makes a great side for jalapenos poppers. The two dishes just work together.

Psst… fancy combining them? Try this jalapeno popper mac and cheese.

Why we love this recipe: it has a gluten-free version.

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Squash puppies

Squash puppies are hush puppies, made of… you guessed it… squash!

The yellow squash gives them a sweeter taste, but this is balanced out by the addition of some spicy cayenne pepper.

Serve a bowl of these on the table next to your jalapeno poppers and watch them disappear within minutes.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a creative spin on your classic hush puppies.

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Cocktail meatballs

One of my favorite snack foods are mini meatballs.

In this recipe everything is made from scratch, so you know exactly what’s gone into the meatballs.

And you can tailor the sweet, sticky, addicting sauce to your liking.

Why we love this recipe: it’s freezer-friendly.

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Spinach and artichoke dip 

Swap your normal tomato or BBQ sauce for something a little different.

This dip is a comforting mixture of spinach, artichokes, and cheese – it has grassy undertones and is filled with nutrients.

Plus you can serve it hot or cold!

Why we love this recipe: it’s great for sharing.

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Cilantro lime slaw

If jalapeno poppers are already creamy enough for you, then try something light and refreshing like this cilantro lime slaw.

The citrus flavor will cut right through the heavy popper filling.

Psst… for a spicier slaw, add a seeded chili pepper.

Why we love this recipe: it’s mayo-free but still nice and creamy.

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The best dishes to serve with jalapeno poppers

  • Buffalo wings
  • Pulled pork sliders
  • Chicken pesto pizza
  • Guacamole
  • Bacon-wrapped shrimp
  • Carne asada nachos
  • Mozzarella cheese sticks
  • Corn salsa
  • Mac and cheese
  • Squash puppies
  • Cocktail meatballs
  • Spinach and artichoke dip
  • Cilantro lime slaw

What To Serve With Jalapeno Poppers

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your jalapeno poppers.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: jalapeno poppers side dishes, what to serve with jalapeno poppers
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 100kcal


  • 1 portion jalapeno poppers


  • Prepare your jalapeno poppers according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: buffalo wings, pulled pork sliders, chicken pesto pizza, guacamole, bacon-wrapped shrimp, carne asada nachos, mozzarella cheese sticks, corn salsa, mac and cheese, squash puppies, cocktail meatballs, spinach and artichoke dip, and cilantro lime slaw.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 100kcal

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