Fried Jalapeno Peppers

Why didn’t I think of this before? Fried Jalapeños should have been one of the first things I did.

Jalapeños can be the rockstar of anything, so, these babies speak for themselves.


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I mean, I’ve candied them, I’ve made this soup out of them, I’ve even stuffed them in chicken.It would seem natural for me to want to do this. But it has taken me this long – not sure why.

What’s the core of this addiction, you ask? I have no idea. I want to pile them on nachos, put them on burgers, stuff them in quesadillas and sandwiches…eat them out of the jar. AND I like them hot, I never de-seed my peppers (unless I’m making them for Mark).

I love the heat, I tell you – Hot. Hot as hell. 

Hot as all get out.

Yes, that’s a southern saying.

You could say anything and add “and all get out” to it. Here kids- let me give you an example.

“Look at that dress – it’s as cute as all get out.”

Like how I school you on Southernism’s?? If you can’t take away something from this meek little blog, then I’m doing something wrong. Now, I am definitely not a Paula Deen, but there is some deep-rooted Southern in this girl.

Ready for the jalapeños?


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Of course you are. There are so many things you can do with these besides snacking on them. They are SO damn good on a burger, in a baked potato, on a taco salad or in tacos. 


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Ok, just so you know, the dipping sauce, as simple as it is, is just fantastic.


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Um, apparently my food has become manipulative;
It’s smiling at me. 

I can’t help it; they had me at hello.



Isn’t that cute? Doesn’t change the fact that I will inhale it.

Let’s do this – 

Fried Jalapeno Peppers


  • 1 lb jalapeno peppers, washed
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 4 cups canola oil, for frying
  • 1 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup enchilada sauce


  • Slice jalapenos into coins and set aside.
  • Whisk milk and egg together.
  • Mix the cornmeal through paprika in a large bowl.
  • Heat oil in a large dutch oven to 375 degrees (I had my heat on a little bit higher than medium-high).
  • To fry the pepper slices, dip them in the milk/egg, then dredge in cornmeal mixture. Drop into hot oil for about 45-60 seconds a piece, give or take, transferring to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
  • For the dipping sauce, combine ranch dressing and enchilada sauce.


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    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Susan H

    I had these several months back at a restaurant and fell in love. I finally made some this past Monday. I took four and some seasoned fish fry mix and mixed some water in to a batter, dipped them in and then fried. Very good. Also did some banana and Chili peppers but just split them in half. They were all good.

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  3. Anyonita

    When I was a kid, my dad and my brothers used to TORMENT me with jalapenos. I hated them and I hated anything spicy. Now? Can’t get enough of them! Can’t wait to try this! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers!

  4. Denise at BeBetsy

    You are eating jalapenos? hahahaha…. funny I am!

    They made me think of fried okra – my Oklahoma step father use to make that – but I think these would be better with icy cold brewskis!

    Come West why don’t you and hang with us? We would let you do ALL the cooking. 🙂 funny again!! Love you! XO

  5. Oh, my word! Frying jalapenos with corn meal! ‘Sort of like okra but with fire! Now that’s what I’m talking about. ‘Can’t want to make these for my husband! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    Thank you for hopping on board The Great Blog Train!

    1. Dixie Chik

      Thanks Marci!

    1. Dixie Chik

      I couldn’t!

  6. Debbie

    Girl- You are a woman after my own heart! Love jalapenos too!

    1. Dixie Chik

      Thanks for stopping by Debbie!!

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