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Jalapeño Mashed Potatoes with Cheese (No Gravy Needed)

Preview: These Jalapeño Mashed Potatoes with Cheese are similar to the Papas con Chile at Abuelo’s. You won’t need gravy because of the flavor in the cheese and jalapeños.

This recipe is inspired by the Papas con Chile at Abuelo’s, an upscale Mexican restaurant where they often serve them with Espinaca.

I make no claims that this is the recipe. Pretty sure it isn’t.  No matter. We still like them a lot.

Although these definitely aren’t low-calorie, they don’t need gravy. The cheese and spicy jalapeños take care of that. Play with the number of peppers to suit your tolerance for spicy heat.

These potatoes reheat beautifully making them perfect for a potluck or for taking to somebody’s house.  Play with the number of peppers to suit your tolerance for spicy heat.

jalapeno mashed potatoes ready to serve

How to assemble Jalapeño Mashed Potatoes with Cheese:

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1. Boil potatoes in a pot with water to cover.
2. Sauté green onions, peppers, and garlic in butter.
3. Add cream cheese, milk, and American cheese.
3. Drain cooked potatoes. Gently mix vegetable-cheese mixture from step 2 with the potatoes.
5. Serve.

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jalapeno mashed potatoes with cheese in a serving dish with a serving spoon

Jalapeño Mashed Potatoes with Cheese

Cheesy Jalapeno Mashed Potatoes (No Gravy Needed) are similar to the Papas con Chile at Abuelo’s. They can be made a day ahead of time.
Paula Rhodes
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Vegetables and Side Dishes
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 pounds red potatoes - scrubbed and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 green onions - white parts finely chopped, green parts sliced thin
  • ¼ cup red bell peppers - chopped
  • ¼ cup green bell peppers - chopped
  • ¼ cup green chilies - chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pickled jalapenos - finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic - chopped
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup shredded American cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  • Boil potatoes in large pot with enough water to cover. Reduce heat and simmer until fork tender.
  • While potatoes cook, saute green onions, all peppers and garlic in butter. Add cream cheese and stir till melted. Whisk in milk till smooth. Add cheese and stir gently until melted.
  • Drain potatoes and allow to set on the warm burner with the heat turned off for 5 minutes to dry them out. Use a masher to break up potatoes. Gently fold in cheese and vegetables. Season with salt and pepper.


Serving: 1gCalories: 235kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 6gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 760mgPotassium: 788mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 711IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 176mgIron: 1mg
Keyword jalapeño mashed potatoes, mashed potatoes with cream cheese, spicy mashed potatoes
Cuisine Tex-Mex
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Monday 7th of November 2011

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!! I was part of a cooking challenge this month for the ULTIMATE Mashed Potatoes, and I picked yours!! I believe these are the ULTIMATE!!! Come check out my post, and don't forget to vote (click like under the picture) for what you believe is the ULTIMATE Mashed Potatoes!! ;)

Chung-Ah Rhee

Tuesday 26th of April 2011

My boyfriend is OBSESSED with jalapenos so I'm super excited to make these for him! Thanks for the recipe!!

Vicki V

Thursday 27th of January 2011

I LOVE Abuelo's papas con chile, and so does my whole brood! I'll be trying this fo' sure! P.S. Sorry to hear about your dad.


Tuesday 25th of January 2011

Paula, This look delicious! Of course everything you make looks fantastic. I am so sorry about your dad. Are prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. Love to all!


Monday 24th of January 2011

look good, but i'll make mine minus the jalepenos. :)


Thursday 27th of January 2011

It's really not THAT hot. All negotiable, of course.