Jalapeño Snacks with Crispy Cheese on Flour Tortillas

Sneak Preview: Make these simple Jalapeño Snacks with Cheese and Flour Tortillas in a non-stick skillet. They smell so fabulous as the cheese browns, you won’t want to share.

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When paired with good quality flour tortillas, these Jalapeño Snacks with Crispy Cheese are irresistible.

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If you are looking for a quick and easy snack with pickled jalapeños at game time or midnight, use a raw or cooked flour tortilla, grill it with a little cheese and jalapeño until it’s golden brown and crispy, then slice in quarters to serve. So easy!

Thankfully, these are easy to make, too.  I had a little trouble getting pictures though.  I kept eating my models because they smell so good when they’re hot and crispy.

I got the idea for these jalapeño snacks from Lacey where I get my hair cut.  We were talking about our favorite things to buy at Costco when she mentioned their unbaked flour tortillas.  YES!  Me too!  I love them. If you don’t have access to these tortillas, you can use any store-bought tortillas or make tortillas yourself.

Anyway, she told me her husband likes to make midnight snacks with these tortillas. Although I’ve never eaten hers, this is my interpretation based on her description.

Ingredients and substitutions:

Only three ingredients are required. In addition to flour tortillas and cheese, you will need jarred pickled jalapenos.  Lacey put me on to Mezzetta brand Deli-Sliced Tamed Jalapeno Peppers.  I like their slightly crunchy texture and somewhat milder taste.

I’ve tried different cheeses including the Mozzarella that Lacey uses (it’s good), but my favorite is a Mexican cheese called Queso Quesadilla cheese, aka Asadero.  When cooked, the Queso Quesadilla turns brown and crunchy. Less cheese is better than more if you want it crispy.

How to make Jalapeño Snacks with Cheese and Flour Tortillas:

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Jalapeño Snacks with Cheese and Flour Tortillas Recipe

Paula Rhodes
These flour tortilla snacks are sprinkled with cheese and jalapeños then fried in a nonstick skillet until crunchy and crispy.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 6 mins
Course Snacks
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Servings 1 serving
Calories 282 kcal


  • 1 flour tortilla - cooked or uncooked
  • ¼ cup shredded Asadero - or Queso Quesadilla Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sliced pickled jalapeno peppers


  • If using uncooked tortillas, brown one side in an UNGREASED nonstick skillet over medium heat and turn over. If using previously cooked tortillas, lay a tortilla in a hot UNGREASED nonstick skillet.
  • Sprinkle cheese lightly over top of the tortilla, then chopped jalapeno peppers.  I use a teaspoon of peppers per tortilla but the amount is up to you. 
  • Allow the tortilla to heat until the cheese melts. Gently mash with a spatula, if necessary, to help the cheese melt.
  • Flip tortilla over so that cheese is now in contact with the skillet. Allow the tortilla to fry until cheese is browned and crispy.  It should be easy to scoop out when cooked in a nonstick pan. 
  • Use a pizza cutter or kitchen scissors to cut into wedges.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 585mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 455mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword jalapeño snacks, tortillas with cheese
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  1. looks absolutely delicious!

    Have a nice time!

  2. These so have “teenage swimmers hanging out at our house” written all over them. Stealing this one, looks easy, sounds easy, spicy, and manly…what’s not to love! Thanks.

    1. Kayte, Oh yes, your swimmers would love them although they might eat them faster than you could cook them. Perhaps you could get 2 skillets going at the same time. 🙂 They are so simple but kinda like pancakes–best eaten right out of the pan.

  3. Look how perfectly they have browned and crisped up! So appetizing. Yes, there has been lots of sports watching going on here too and I know these would be heartily welcomed 🙂

  4. Always love finding a creative snack idea to make with tortillas. These look great and I love the fact that they are quick and easy to make.

  5. TheKitchenWitch says:

    I’ve never heard of uncooked flour tortillas? Is there any difference? Anything crisp, cheesy and spicy has my name on it!

    1. Dana, they are the next best thing to homemade. Since they are from Costco, you get a huge package but I divide them up and freeze in smaller amounts. Still good. The flavor is much fresher and they’re flaky too. I’ve bought uncooked flour tortillas at Walmart too but they were not nearly as good and I’ve never bought them again.

  6. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit says:

    Sounds yummy- I’m partial to crispy browned cheese. 🙂 I’m also going to have to look for those Costco tortillas!

  7. Love how simple and wonderful this is. Tortillas are really great for so many things, such an overlooked item I think!

  8. Oh yum! I love the crispy cheese – they look amazing. Great photos too.

  9. the urban baker says:

    my kids are so into jalapeno’s right now. this is the perfect after school snack for them! yum.

  10. Yum, jalapeños are one of my favs. I’ve been thinking about posting one of my favorite jalapeño snacks, I will soon and maybe you can add it to your snack list too.

  11. Oh wow, Paula! This looks heavenly!! I’m salivating… Love the crispy crunchy cheese. And your step by step instructions are really cool. Great job!

  12. what a simple and tasty snack!

  13. Those look so simple and good! I love that crispy bit of cheese that browns on the pan when making grilled cheese. This is like having an entire sheet of it!

  14. would love to try the Asadero cheese any idea where to get it

    1. Do you live near a Hispanic neighborhood? I can buy it at the local grocery in my area.