Elote Jalapeño Poppers


A creamy corn mixture made with gut-friendly Greek yogurt just upgraded this popular party snack.

Elote Jalapeño Poppers

Victor Protasio

Total Time:
50 mins

Good luck keeping these jalapeño poppers around. This party snack and game-day favorite gets a major upgrade with an elote-inspired filling. Elote is the irresistible Mexican street corn that’s coated in mayonnaise and dusted with a generous amount of Cotija, a salty white fresh cheese. In these baked jalapeño poppers, corn is mixed with cream cheese, Cotija, mayonnaise, and gut-friendly Greek yogurt for a delicious creamy filling. Lime zest, garlic, and scallions uplift the savory filling with a touch of brightness, too. If you can’t find Cotija, crumbled feta is a great substitute.


  • 8 large jalapeños

  • 1 cup plain whole-milk Greek-style yogurt

  • 1/2 cup yellow corn kernels, thawed if frozen

  • 1/2 cup crumbled cotija or feta cheese

  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions

  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 3 cloves garlic, grated on a Microplane

  • 1 1/2 tsp. lime zest

  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, divided

  • Finely chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

  • Ranch dressing, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Halve jalapeños lengthwise, keeping stems intact. Use a sharp paring knife to remove seeds and membranes; discard.

  2. Stir together yogurt, corn, cheese, scallions, cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic, lime zest, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl.

  3. Arrange jalapeños, cut side up, on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Fill each jalapeño with a heaping tablespoon yogurt mixture; press filling until jalapeño is full and filling is slightly domed.

  4. Bake until golden brown and set, 18 to 22 minutes. If desired, broil until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, then sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with ranch dressing, if using.

  5. To make in an air fryer: Cook filled jalapeños at 375°F until browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Work in batches if needed to avoid crowding basket.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

135 Calories
10g Fat
6g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 135
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 341mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 116mg 9%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 136mg 3%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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