Jalapeno Popper Potato Salad – Barefeet in the Kitchen

Jalapenos and cheddar cheese make this Jalapeno Popper Potato Salad a guaranteed win. With a creamy, spicy dressing and smoky bites of bacon and egg throughout the salad, it’s a crowd favorite.

Creamy jalapeno potato salad topped with bacon crumbles, cheddar cheese cut into matchsticks, green onions, and jalapenos, served in a wide white bowl with a blue and white checkered towel

Jalapeno Popper Potato Salad

I’ve been playing with the idea of combining the spicy flavors of jalapeno poppers with the creamy goodness of potato salad for some time now, and I’m glad to say that this recipe is a hit.

While traditional jalapeno poppers are made with cream cheese, we weren’t big fans of the cream cheese flavor in the first recipe attempt I tested for this potato salad.

So, in lieu of the cream cheese, I’ve bumped up the cheddar cheese here and the potato salad earns two thumbs up from everyone now.

Close-up overhead shot of jalapeno creamy potato salad topped with bacon, cheese, green onions, and jalapenos, served in a wide white bowl with a blue and white checkered towel

If you want some extra heat, toss in a generous portion of sliced jalapenos in addition to the finely chopped jalapenos in the dressing. I typically add an additional 2-3 tablespoons of sliced jalapenos to our salad.

Be aware that the heat in this salad will increase after resting overnight in the refrigerator. When I tasted the salad again after storing it for the night, my tastebuds were surprised – and this officially became my oldest son’s favorite potato salad due to that extra heat.

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Jalapeno Potato Salad

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this recipe:

  • Red potatoes
  • Mayonnaise
  • Canned jalapenos
  • Juice from jalapenos
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Bacon (optional)
  • Eggs
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Green onions
Near close-up of creamy jalapeno potato salad topped with bacon, cheese, green onions, and jalapenos, served in a white bowl

Start by placing the potatoes in a large pot, and cover fully with water. Boil over high heat until fork tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and let cool. 

Combine the mayonnaise, jalapenos, juice from the jalapenos, bacon grease (if desired), salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.

Add the potatoes, then stir to coat. Add the bacon (if desired), eggs, and cheese to the potatoes, and stir to mix well.

Sprinkle with green onions and stir to combine. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Wide shot of creamy jalapeno potato salad with bacon, cheese, green onions, and jalapenos, served in a wide white bowl with a blue and white checkered towel

Spicy Potato Salad

Looking for a different spin on classic potato salad? Salami, mozzarella, pepperoncini, olives, red onions, and potatoes are tossed with a garlicky vinegar and oil dressing to make this tangy Antipasti Potato Salad.

If tart flavors aren’t doing it for you, over the years this has become our go-to favorite Classic Potato Salad. The recipe might have some competition, though: this Dill Pickle and Bacon Potato Salad is rapidly becoming one of our recent favorites.

What’s not to love about a fully loaded Ranch Potato Salad filled with bits of bacon and chunks of egg?

Fresh corn and tender potatoes are tossed in a creamy spicy sauce to create this Mexican Street Corn Potato Salad.

When I say that this Garlic Lover’s Warm Potato Salad is a garlic lover’s dream come true, I am not exaggerating. This easy recipe combines garlicky roasted potatoes with fresh herbs to create an unforgettable side dish.

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Servings: 10 servings

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  • Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Boil over high heat until fork tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and let cool. 

  • Combine the mayonnaise, jalapenos, juice from the jalapenos, bacon grease, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine.

  • Add the potatoes and stir to coat. Add the bacon, eggs, and cheese to the potatoes. Stir to mix well.

  • Sprinkle with green onions and stir to combine. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

If you want some extra heat, toss in a generous portion of sliced jalapenos in addition to the finely chopped jalapenos in the dressing. I typically add an additional 2-3 tablespoons of sliced jalapenos to our salad. Be aware that the heat in this salad will increase after resting overnight in the refrigerator.
While the optional bacon isn’t a requirement for this potato salad, we enjoy adding it. 

Calories: 295kcal · Carbohydrates: 26g · Protein: 9g · Fat: 17g · Saturated Fat: 4g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g · Monounsaturated Fat: 4g · Trans Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 127mg · Sodium: 411mg · Potassium: 635mg · Fiber: 3g · Sugar: 2g · Vitamin A: 234IU · Vitamin C: 28mg · Calcium: 37mg · Iron: 2mg

Close-up overhead shot of creamy jalapeno potato salad topped with bacon, cheese, green onions, and jalapenos, served in a wide white bowl with a blue and white checkered towel

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