Cheesy Jalapeno Potato Bites

Cheesy Jalapeno Potato Bites are a fabulous appetizer or side dish filled with gooey cheese and jalapeno peppers.

Cheesy Jalapeno Potato Bites

I have been looking forward to this month’s Improv Cooking Challenge since the theme was announced last year. If you have read more than a few posts you will know that I love jalapenos and cheese.

It took me all of two minutes to decide what I was making because I’ve had these cheesy jalapeno potato bites on my to-blog list for a couple of years. They are inspired by something my all time favorite fast food restaurant has on their menu from time to time. Due to the fact that closest Del Taco location is in the Atlanta area, which is over 100 miles away, I knew that I needed to come up with a copycat for when the cravings hit.

These take just a handful of ingredients that are easy to find and are pretty simple to make. You need shredded hash browns, I used my homemade frozen hash browns, shredded cheddar cheese, diced pickled jalapeno, seasonings, eggs, and breadcrumbs.

You can bake or fry them depending on what your preference is on cooking technique. The baked ones are a little more fragile than fried and may fall apart.

5 from 1 vote

Cheesy Jalapeno Potato Bites

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Micha M


  • 3 cups shredded hash browns thawed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoon diced pickled jalapeno
  • 1 whole egg beaten

For the breading

  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs


  1. Combine the potatoes, salt, pepper, cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, and jalapenos.

  2. Pour the egg over the potatoes and mix well

For the breading

  1. Beat the  other egg with 1 tablespoon of water in a shallow dish

  2. Place the breadcrumbs in a shallow dish

Finish the dish

  1. Use a Tablespoon to shape balls of filling

  2. Coat in egg mixture then coat in breadcrumbs

  3. Shallow fry in oil for 4-6 minutes, turning if needed or bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes

More Appetizers for You to Try:

baked boneless buffalo bites

ham and cheese crescent roll ups

Tex-Mex Egg Rolls

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This post may be linked to these fabulous blogs as well as Weekend Potluck. and meal plan Monday and Whatcha Crockin’ Wednesday


  1. 5 stars
    What a fun appetizer Micha! Love these and I can’t wait to make them!!

  2. AND THEN SHE FRIED IT! Ohmygoodness Micha — I just want to start eating those & never stop!

  3. I’m definitely going to try my hand at these. They look DELICIOUS!

  4. Yes, I need those immediately! And I even have all of the ingredients currently in my fridge.

  5. I’ve got these on my to make list for a future Tapas or Boat Club or any potluck coming up. These would go over so well in my part of the world.

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