Cheesy Samosa Jalapeno Poppers is an Indian twist to the favorite party appetizer. This is a vegetarian and gluten-free version made in the air fryer for samosa lovers. Don’t forget to check out the Halloween inspiration for these jalapeno poppers!

Indian cheesy samosa jalapeno poppers with tamarind chutney

I have been thinking about this recipe for a long time, as I wanted to share it for Halloween. I did not want the basic jalapeno poppers for which you can easily find 100’s of recipes. So here is an Indian fusion version of jalapeno poppers for all the samosa fans out there.

These Samosa jalapeno poppers have a spicy potato and peas filling. By the way, this filling is super versatile and can be used as a sandwich stuffing, or to make baked puff pastry turnovers too.

As these poppers have the spiced samosa filling, and jalapeños are spicy, these babies have a wonderful spice kick to them. Make sure to reserve them for the adults at the party.

Googly eyed jalapeño poppers for Halloween appetizers for potluck

This is such a wonderful appetizer and so easy to put together. Also, it is easy to prepare for a party, as you can make the filling the day before, and it just takes 10 minutes in the air fryer.

That said, this Indian fusion appetizer is great for any party – Super Bowl party, the upcoming Indian festive season when you will have lots of Diwali potlucks.

These stuffed jalapeno poppers are also vegetarian and gluten-free. You can make these vegan by skipping cheese or using vegan cheese.

Don’t forget to make your favorite Indian chutneys – Tamarind chutney and mint cilantro chutney to serve with these poppers!

Traditional Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno peppers are typically stuffed with a cream cheese filling, then breaded and deep-fried. You will find baked and air-fried variations of jalapeno poppers.

Here, I am sharing a fusion recipe for the Indian favorite Samosa and Jalapeno Poppers. A simple way to explain what these are like – jalapeno poppers stuffed with spiced mashed potatoes.

How to make Samosa Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers?

To make this Indian jalapeno recipe, we need to first prepare the samosa potato filling, and then prep and cook the jalapeños.

Make the Samosa Filling

Start with boiling the potatoes. My favorite way to boil potatoes is using an instant pot. You can boil using any method – just in a pot or in a stovetop pressure cooker.

Steaming potatoes in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Once, the potatoes are boiled and tender (check with a fork). Let them cool down, then peel and mash them. You can use a potato masher or mash with your hands.

Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Add cumin and fennel seeds. Once the seeds start to sizzle, add ginger, green chili, and hing (skip for gluten-free). Then add the boiled & mashed potatoes, green peas, and spices.

Samosa filling

Mix everything together and let it cook for 1-2 minutes on low heat. Remove the pan from heat and let the filling cool down a bit.

You can leave the filling a little chunky or mash it completely smooth. Make sure not to have any big chunks, as otherwise, it will be difficult to stuff the jalapeños.

Samosa potato and peas filling in a pan

This filling can be used for other things – samosas, sandwiches, potato fritters, or potato patties.

Oh…and you can also use a paneer filling for these poppers. Here in these paneer puff pastry posts, you can find the recipe for the paneer filling.

Prep the Jalapeños

Wash the whole jalapeños and wipe them dry with a paper towel.

Then, cut them in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. You can also remove the white membrane to reduce the spiciness of the jalapeño. Use a spoon to scoop out.

You can use gloves when handling jalapeños. If you don’t have gloves, then make sure to wash your hands well right after this step.

Jalapeños cut and deseeded

Stuff the Jalapenos

Spoon the filling into the empty pocket until it’s full. Then, press some grated cheese on top of the filling.

For vegan variation, you can skip cheese or use vegan cheese.

Jalapeños being Stuffed with spiced potatoes topped with grated cheese

Cook the Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

You can bake these poppers in the oven, or I love to air fry them. It is so convenient in the air fryer, and it takes less than 10 minutes, and there is no need to preheat the air fryer.

Once you fill all of the jalapeno poppers, place them into the air fryer basket and close it.  My 6qt air fryer fits five jalapeños at a time.

jalapeno poppers in air fryer stuffed with spiced mashed potatoes topped with cheese

Cook at 380F for about 7-10 minutes. I cooked for 8 minutes, including the preheating time. So, adjust based on your air fryer and preference.

Cooked air fryer jalapeno poppers - with vegetarian potato filling

Remove from air fryer and serve. You can top it with some chopped cilantro if you like.

If using a conventional oven, cook at 375F for 15-20 minutes.

How to serve Samosa Jalapeno Poppers?

As these are Indian-inspired poppers, I love to serve them with samosa chutneys – Tamarind Chutney and Green Cilantro Chutney.

Cheesy Samosa Jalapeno poppers with tamarind chutney and mint chutney

The chutneys can be served on the side, or drizzle some on the top.

Halloween-themed Jalapeno Poppers

Here is the original reason why I created this recipe. I wanted to share it for Halloween.

Aren’t these googly-eyed jalapeno poppers the cutest?

Cute halloween jalapeno poppers with eyes and nose

Use candy eyeballs and place two on each jalapeno. To keep the eyeballs still on the jalapeno, you can put a drop of chutney and place the eyeballs on it. Then, make a funny nose with a small drop of tamarind chutney.

These are a great Halloween party appetizers for adults. As I said, they are spicy!

I hope you make these fun samosa poppers for your next potluck, and don’t forget to share back pictures with #pipingpotcurry

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Cheesy Samosa Jalapeño Poppers

Cheesy Samosa Jalapeno Poppers is an Indian twist to the favorite party appetizer. This is a vegetarian and gluten-free version made in the air fryer for the samosa lovers. Don't forget to check out the Halloween inspiration for these jalapeno poppers!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 8-10 Jalapeños
  • 3 tablespoon Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon Oil, spray (optional)

Potato Stuffing

Instructions 

Make the potato stuffing

  • Peel the skin and mash the potatoes. Set aside for later.
  • Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Add cumin seeds and fennel seeds. Once the seeds start to sizzle, add ginger, green chili and hing. Cook for about 30 seconds.
    tempering spices such as cumin, ginger and green chili in oil
  • Add the boiled & mashed potatoes, green peas, salt, coriander powder, garam masala, dry mango powder and red chili powder. Mix everything well together and let it cook for 1-2 minutes on low heat.
    mashed potatoes topped with spices
  • Remove pan from heat and let the filling cool down a bit.
    Samosa potato and peas filling in a pan

Assemble the Jalapeno Poppers

  • Slice the jalapenos in half vertically to create 2 halves per jalapeno. Remove the seeds and the inside of the jalapeno. No need to remove the stem (leave it out when enjoying the poppers). Make sure to use gloves or wash hands right after handling the jalapenos.
    Jalapeños cut and deseeded
  • Stuff each of the jalapenos with the samosa stuffing mixture.
  • Press some grated cheese on top of the samosa filling.
    Jalapeños being Stuffed with spiced potatoes topped with grated cheese

Air Fryer Method

  • Load the poppers into the air fryer. Spray the poppers with cooking oil (this is optional). Close the air fryer.
    jalapeno poppers in air fryer stuffed with spiced mashed potatoes topped with cheese
  • Cook the poppers on 370F for 7-8 minutes. Remove from the air fryer and let them cool a bit before serving.
    Cooked air fryer jalapeno poppers - with vegetarian potato filling
  • Drizzle some tamarind and mint cilantro chutney before serving.
    Cheesy Samosa Jalapeno poppers with tamarind chutney and mint chutney

Oven Method

  • Place the stuffed jalapeños on a baking sheet keeping space between each. Bake at 400°F for 10-12 minutes.

Notes

Boiling potatoes for this recipe: I love to use my Instant Pot to boil potatoes. You can boil them on the stovetop in a pot or in a stovetop pressure cooker. 
Filling variation ideas: You can also do a paneer or tofu scramble filling for these poppers. Here is the paneer puff pastry recipe, where you can find the recipe for the paneer filling.
Halloween variation: Use candy eyeballs and place 2 of them on each jalapeno. To keep the eyeballs still on the jalapeno, you can put a drop of chutney and place the eyeballs on it. Then, make a funny nose with a small drop of tamarind chutney. Enjoy!  

Nutrition

Calories: 114kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 986mgPotassium: 103mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 558IUVitamin C: 38mgCalcium: 87mgIron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten-free, Vegetarian
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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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  1. Made these today, cooked potatoes in the pressure cooker, then mashed them. Then
    Sautéed all the other ingredients and added back the potato. Cooked in my air fryer 190c
    For 7 minutes. The flavour was fantastic, just enough spice. I just loved them. Thanks from an
    Grateful Aussie!