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Jalapeño Snacks with Crispy Cheese on Flour Tortillas

If you are looking for a quick and easy fix at game time or midnight, these Jalapeño Snacks with Crispy Cheese on Flour Tortillas are a favorite. 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.

Updated 8/2019

Flour tortilla with crispy cheese and jalapeños on top
When paired with good quality flour tortillas, these Jalapeño Snacks with Crispy Cheese are irresistible.

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.

Recipe Inspiration

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.


Only three ingredients are required. In addition to flour tortillas and cheese, you will need jarred 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

browning tortilla in a skillet
flipping tortilla in skillet
finished tortilla with crispy golden cheese

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Jalapeno Snacks with Cheese and Flour Tortillas

Jalapeno Snacks with Cheese and Flour Tortillas

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes

A quick and cheesy hot snack for one


  • 1 flour tortilla (cooked or uncooked)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Asadero (or Queso Quesadilla Cheese)
  • 1 teaspoon sliced pickled jalapeno peppers


  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. Allow the tortilla to heat until the cheese melts. Gently mash with a spatula, if necessary, to help the cheese melt.
  4. Flip tortilla over so that cheese is now in contact with the skillet. Allow to "fry" until cheese is browned and crispy.  It should be easy to scoop out when cooked in a nonstick pan. 
  5. Use a pizza cutter or kitchen scissors to cut into wedges.

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Monday 1st of July 2013

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


Monday 1st of July 2013

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


Friday 5th of November 2010

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!


Wednesday 20th of October 2010

what a simple and tasty snack!


Tuesday 19th of October 2010

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!


Tuesday 19th of October 2010

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.