Jalapeño Mashed Potatoes with Cheese (No Gravy Needed)

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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

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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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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.
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.


Nutrition Facts
Jalapeño Mashed Potatoes with Cheese
Serving Size
Amount per Serving
Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Author: Paula Rhodes
Course: Vegetables and Side Dishes
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keywords: jalapeño mashed potatoesmashed potatoes with cream cheesespicy mashed potatoes
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  1. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit says:

    Those potatoes are so full of flavor I’m sure they wouldn’t need gravy. 🙂 I’d have to use only 1/2 cup of cheese though, because unless I go out and buy a new pair, my pants are definitely not too loose. Prayers for your Dad’s recuperation!

  2. YUM! I absolutely love potatoes in any form….cooked or raw or french fried.
    So my mouth is watering immensely as I look at the pictures and read the recipe!

  3. Paula, these look delicious–cheese and Jalapeno–what a great combo for mashed potatoes. Prayers for your Dad’s speedy recovery. xo

  4. I’m sorry to read about your Dad’s accident. Hopefully he will have a full recovery. Such an interesting combination here in your mashed potatoes. They look great.

  5. TheKitchenWitch says:

    I’m so saddened by news that your dad is feeling poorly–I hadn’t heard!

    These potatoes are the stuff of dreams–they’ve got everything I love in them. I must bookmark this recipe for the next time disaster strikes and I need comforting. The way things have been going, it should be in a day or two. ((you and your dad))

  6. look good, but i’ll make mine minus the jalepenos. 🙂

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. Chung-Ah Rhee says:

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

  10. 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!! 😉