Monday, July 1, 2013

Jalapeno Popper Fillo Cups

Jalapeno Popper Fillo Cups

Date nights have been few and far between lately and Paul and I have slowly realized that, with summer travel, we have to just take them where we can get them.  One of our favorite date nights lately has been to a local micro-brewery called Prison Brews.  They have a really fun menu and I usually end up getting something different each time we go.  They have an amazing patio and even on the hottest days, it is pleasant to sit outside with an IPA and my sweet hubby.

Regardless of what we order for our meal (portobello salad, wood-fired pizza, chipotle black bean burger…seriously, it’s all good!) we always, 100% of the time, without a doubt order their jalapeno poppers.  From the looks of them, they are just like any other jalapeno popper.  But one bite and you realize there is a little something special going on.  The cream cheese filling inside is so creamy and flavorful and almost has a sweetness to it.  The batter is perfectly crispy and the cherry-on-top, if you will, is that they serve them with sweet chili sauce.  Yes, you read that right.  I thought it was quite strange at first but you just have to trust me here.

So of course, I have to recreate these flavors in my own kitchen because, well, I crave those babies.  And I really needed a fun new recipe to share for the 4th of July that is easy to make, easy to transport and easy to eat and this one fits all three of those.  I used Athens Mini Fillo Shells, created a super flavorful jalapeno filling with cream cheese-cheddar-garlic-onion, baked them up and dunked them in the best sweet chili sauce and I’d be lying if I told you that Paul and I didn’t eat these for lunch last weekend.  Because we so did.  And I’m not ashamed at all.

Athens Foods offer many different fillo (phyllo) products and I have loved playing around with these mini shells.  If you have any mini fillo shell recipes of your own, feel free to share them on Athens Foods’ social site!

Jalapeno Popper Fillo Cups

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Jalapeno Popper Fillo Cups

Yield: 30 fillo cups

Total Time: 20 min

A fun new take on the loved jalapeno popper - a savory & flavorful jalapeno cream cheese mixture is stuffed into Fillo cups and served with sweet chili sauce.


8 ounce cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup chopped jalapenos (about 4 fresh jalapenos, seeded & deveined)
1 green onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt & pepper to taste
2 packages Athens Foods Mini Fillo Shells
1/2 cup sweet chili sauce (found near the hot sauces in the grocery store)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the mini fillo shells onto a 9x13 rimmed baking sheet.

In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, jalapenos, green onion, and garlic until mixed well. Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Place about 2 teaspoons of the mixture into each fillo shell.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes until the filling is warmed through. Serve with sweet chili sauce.

Jalapeno Popper Fillo Cups

This post is sponsored by Athens Foods.  All opinions are my own. 


69 Responses to “Jalapeno Popper Fillo Cups”

  1. #
    ashley - baker by nature — July 1, 2013 @ 6:13 am

    Oh Cassie, I want to pop 15 of these in my mouth for breakfast! Love these 🙂

  2. #
    Rachel Cooks — July 1, 2013 @ 6:24 am

    These look awesome, Cassie! One of Ben and my favorite dates (before kids) was to go to a brewery and try some new beers. We need to get back on that bandwagon asap! 🙂

  3. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — July 1, 2013 @ 6:41 am

    Delicious- I wouldn’t be able to keep my hands off of them!

  4. #
    Tracey — July 1, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    I absolutely love those mini shells! I typically use them for desserts, but this is such a great appetizer idea! They sound irresistible 🙂

  5. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — July 1, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    You know how much I love fillo cups. 😉 These sound so good! And I LOVE the sweet chili sauce!

  6. #
    Stephanie Bates-Meuse — July 1, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    these sound good…i would add cooked. chopped bacon or chorizo

  7. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — July 1, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    I’m not even sure what a date night is lol I think we get one once or twice a year. But food like this makes staying home worth it!

  8. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — July 1, 2013 @ 7:35 am

    Oh man, I need to add these to my Fourth of July party food list!

  9. #
    Tieghan — July 1, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    Incredible!! I love these so much it is insane! Awesome job Cassie!

  10. #
    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — July 1, 2013 @ 8:17 am

    Oh my gosh! I’m bookmarking this for tailgating this fall. Love it!

  11. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — July 1, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    Jalapeno anything is AMAZING and I love these little cups.

  12. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 1, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    These look incredible, Cassie! I love that they’re so EASY too. Perfect for Fourth munching!

  13. #
    saly @ sallys baking addiction — July 1, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    Such an easy appetizer to throw together for guests or a girls night! I couldn’t love jalapeño/cheese mixed together more. And in fillo cups – perfect!

  14. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — July 1, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    My stomach is slapping my face right now. DYING.

  15. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 1, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    I was recently sent some phyllo cups and I’ve used them in a recipe already but need to try something else and these look perfect, Cassie!

  16. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 1, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    I love anything in a phyllo cup! Love these bites, Cassie!

  17. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — July 1, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    Do you hear my stomach growling?! Because it is. I want the whole batch please!

  18. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — July 1, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    Jalapeno poppers are only one of my favorite appetizers ever! And these little bites look perfectly poppable.

  19. #
    dixya| food, pleasure, and health — July 1, 2013 @ 11:54 am

    this is a pretty pretty appetizer

  20. #
    Mercedes — July 1, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

    I love this idea for an appetizer! There is something magical about creamy cheese with spicy jalepenos! And I will totally believe you that the sweet chili sauce would be great to dip these into!

  21. #
    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — July 1, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    These look awesome! Such a great idea!

  22. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — July 1, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

    Jalapeno poppers are one of my guilty pleasure foods! These look absolutely perfect, beautiful job.

  23. #
    Amy @Very Culinary — July 1, 2013 @ 5:24 pm

    Love. This.

  24. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — July 1, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

    Loving these apps! I can’t resist anything jalapeno popper.

  25. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — July 1, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

    Jalapeno poppers are so addicting and I’m sure these little cups are too!!

  26. #
    Jamie — July 1, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    Date night?! What’s that?! We need to have one of those soon. Jalapeno poppers are one of my favorite things! Love them in a little cup.

  27. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — July 1, 2013 @ 7:57 pm

    Great appetizer, Cassie! LOVE jalepenos! 🙂

  28. #
    Aggie — July 1, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

    I’m such a sucker for jalapeno poppers. LOVE them! These little fillo bites are awesome!

  29. #
    Joanne — July 1, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

    I will be popping these like it’s hot on the 4th! A good thing because…it absolutely will be. Hot, that is.

  30. #
    Sues — July 1, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

    These are beautiful! And I have a feeling my husband would go crazy for them!

  31. #
    Deborah — July 1, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

    I’m totally loving these, Cassie! I’m pretty sure I’d eat way too many, though. 🙂

  32. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — July 1, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

    I always have a package of fillo shells in my freezer. They thaw so quickly and perfect for virtually anything. My garden is filled with jalapeno. I definitely need to try these the night time we have friends over.

  33. #
    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — July 1, 2013 @ 11:43 pm

    I could eat a ridiculous amount of these – awesome filling Cassie!

  34. #
    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — July 1, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

    I love all of Athens phyllo products! I’m definitely serving these at my next dinner party!

  35. #
    Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon — July 2, 2013 @ 6:41 am

    I absolutely love jalapeno poppers! Need to try these, thanks for the recipe! Have a great 4th of July 😉

  36. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — July 2, 2013 @ 7:45 am

    Annnnd now I’m craving these too! Thanks a lot Cassie 😉

  37. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — July 2, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    Can I come over and gobble these up for you?!! HOLY GEEZ these look delicious!

  38. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 2, 2013 @ 4:48 pm

    I LOVE this recreation! Jason would go crazy over these – he’s obsessed with any kind of jalapeno popper!

  39. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — July 2, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

    Sweet heat with creamy jalapeno poppers sounds AWESOME. It reminds me of this breakfast joint in San Francisco called Dottie’s. If you ever go, you MUST order a side of their grilled cornbread with pepper jelly. The cornbread has jalapenos and cheese in it, giving it that little kick. And they serve it with a homemade pepper jelly which I could easily eat alone. I’m in love with these cups!

  40. #
    Cass @foodmyfriend — July 3, 2013 @ 5:13 am

    I wish we had a local brewery to have date night at! Ours are the same though.. how do we find time in this modern world? These look really yummy though 🙂 Great job!

  41. #
    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — July 3, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    I would have never thought to dip poppers in sweet chili sauce? How fun!

  42. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — July 3, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    Girl, I am crushing on this recipe of yours! I just adore fillo cups for speedy treats–savory or sweet. In fact, on Saturday, I posted my favorite sweet treat using Athens Fillo (Phyllo) Cups and used cream cheese in my filling, too! (Great minds think alike.) The sweet filling is super delish and so easy with just 2 ingredients…1 jar lemon curd and 1 brick of cream cheese. Then, I “Snickerdoodled” the fillo cups. NOM! Hope you check ’em out. Thanks for sharing your recipe for Jalapeno Popper Fillo Cups! I have plenty on hand and definitely will be making these this weekend! xo

  43. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — July 3, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    Oh! Have a wonderful Independence Day/4th of July celebration and a fab long holiday weekend! xo

  44. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion — July 3, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    This is for my next party… for sure!

  45. #
    Julia — July 3, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    The ol boyfriend and I go long periods of time without an actual date gets crazy and its hard to set aside the time. Going to a nice micro brew with fun and unique beer and food sounds like a blast. Jalapeno poppers have always been a favorite, the these fillo cups are perfect appetizers for the 4th! Have a great holiday, lady!

  46. #
    Jen @JuanitasCocina — July 3, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    I want these now…I may actually have to head back to the store!

  47. #
    Sofia Clara — July 3, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    perfect party food!

  48. #
    Jess — July 4, 2013 @ 1:40 am

    Oh my – what a great idea to serve jalepeno poppers with sweet chili sauce. Your local micro brewery sounds amazing, but I’m glad you shared a version of this treat that is so easy to make at home. Yum – I will definitely be trying this!

  49. #
    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — July 4, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    Oh I love little bites like this, Cassie! Actually I love to have things like these for dinner in the summertime when it’s so hot, you really don’t feeling like eating a meal. These look fabulous…especially dipped in sweet chili sauce! : )

  50. #
    Gerry @ foodness gracious — July 5, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    What a cool idea, I know I’d love these!!

  51. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — July 5, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

    I think the only way you could possibly improve upon jalapeno poppers is adding fillo cups. And you did it! These look so good!

  52. #
    Nessa — July 5, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

    These look to die for!

  53. #
    Technical-translations — July 8, 2013 @ 3:26 am

    I didn’t know to make that cup, you have explained this properly. Hope to do this today.

  54. #
    Heather — July 8, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    Oh my goodness, I would devour the entire batch. I wish I was kidding, but I’m so not – they look incredible!

  55. #
    Des @ Life's Ambrosia — July 11, 2013 @ 12:53 am

    In the words of Uncle Jesse…HAVE MERCY.

  56. #
    sheila — July 11, 2013 @ 7:17 am

    Oh my come to momma…these are right up my taste buds alley!

  57. #
    Meghan — July 14, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

    Oh boy, these are definitely a must make! Love it with the sweet chili sauce!

  58. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — July 15, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

    Oh man, these look fantastic!! Just my kind of snack 🙂

  59. #
    Kristen — September 10, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

    I love what you did with these Fillo cups, Cassie!

  60. #
    Cindy Asher — October 13, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

    Confused. One part says cream cheese mozzerella and the recipe says cream cheese and cheddar


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