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Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese

The most indulgent comfort food there is! See how easy it is to veganize this popular favorite!

Course Main Dish, Sandwich
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Keyword vegan grilled cheese, vegan jalapeno poppers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches
Calories 528 kcal
Author Anjali Lalani


For the Herb Cream Cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Slice the fresh green jalapenos lengthwise, de-stem, remove the inside white parts, and scrape off the seeds as best as you can.
  3. Toss the jalapeno halves with a little olive oil to coat, a little salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Place the jalapeno halves cut side face down in a single layer on the parchment paper.
  5. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the jalapenos start to blister and blacken slightly. When they are done, remove them from the oven and let them cool completely.
  6. While the jalapenos are baking in the oven, prepare the Herb Cream Cheese by combining all the ingredients listed above in a small mixing bowl and set aside or store in the fridge until ready to use.
  7. To prepare the sandwich, spread a generous layer of the Herb Cream Cheese on two slices of sourdough bread. Cut the slice of vegan Follow Your Heart American Cheese Slice in half.
  8. Working on one slice of sourdough bread, place/align half the slice of American Cheese on the right half of the bread. Next place a layer of the roasted fresh green jalapeno halves (~4-6 halves depending on size of jalapenos and bread). Next place the other half of of the slice of American Cheese on the left half of the bread on top of the jalapeno slices. 

  9. Close the sandwich by topping with the other slice of bread with the herb cream cheese spread on it. Note that the reason for slicing the cheese in half and it's placement is to help the sandwich stay together after grilling and melting the cheese.

  10. Heat a pan on medium heat. Lightly butter one entire side of the sandwich. Once the pan is hot, place the sandwich, butter side down. Grill until bread is golden brown. Press down on the sandwich lightly, then butter the top side of the bread, flip the sandwich over and cook until second side is golden brown and the cheese is completely melted.
  11. Repeat with the remaining slices of bread to make a total of 4 sandwiches.
  12. Slice the grilled cheese in half, and enjoy with your favorite hot sauce or as is!

Recipe Notes

Pre-Ahead Tip - Roast the fresh green jalapenos and make the herb cream cheese ahead of time and store in the fridge until ready to assemble the sandwich.


Vegan Cheese - I highly recommend using Follow Your Heart American slices (not the block) for the vegan cheese layer. If you have another favorite cheese slice, feel free to use any alternate brand/cheese. American, Cheddar, or Jack cheese would all work with this sandwich.

Nutrition Facts
Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 528 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Sodium 1040mg 43%
Potassium 250mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 82g 27%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 5g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 9.5%
Vitamin C 51.6%
Calcium 9.3%
Iron 29.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.