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Jalapeño Poppers With Bacon-Cream Cheese Filling

jalapeño poppers with dipping sauce

The most commonly known chile outside of Mexico, spicy jalapeños are typically about 2 or 3 inches in length and have a bright green, grassy flavor. They are named after Xalapa Veracruz, the region of Mexico where they were originally cultivated. 

When jalapeños are smoke-dried, they are known as chipotles, but they are also delicious raw, roasted, or pickled. Try charring them and stuffing them with cheese, breading them, and then deep-frying them. I invented this. I call it a jalapeño popper.

-Chef Alex Stupak

(excerpted from Tacos: Recipes and Provocations, 2015, Clarkson Potter)

Available at Empellón Al Pastor (132 St. Marks Place)

Photo by Evan Sung