Abuelo's Jalapeno Cheese Fritters Recipe

Abuelo's Jalapeno Cheese Fritters are really easy to make at home. They do take a bit of time but the prep is not hard and the results are delicious -- and plentiful.  Our Abuelo's Recipe for their Jalapeno Cheese Fritters tastes just like the real thing.

Abuelo's Jalapeno Cheese Fritters Recipe

Makes about 80 fritters

  • 1 (8 ounce) package Cream Cheese, softened
  • 24 ounces Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 24 ounces Monterrey Cheese, shredded
  • 8 ounces fresh Jalapenos, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Lawry’s seasoning
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1.5 quarts bread crumbs
Egg Wash
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup water


In a mixing bowl, place softened cream cheese, shredded Monterrey, Cheddar, deseeded jalapenos and seasoning, mix well. Using a level tablespoon as measurement, measure cheese fritters. Roll into balls and place on a plate or sheet pan and set aside. Prepare breading station.

Breading Station:  In a 1/2 size foil pan place flour. In another 1/2 size foil pan, crack eggs add water. Whip to create egg wash. In another 1/2 size metal foil pan place bread crumbs. Place an empty 1/2 size foil pan next to the bread crumbs. Place the unbreaded cheese balls next to the flour. Start breading procedure.

Breading Procedure:  Place 20 cheese balls into flour. Toss gently to coat. Shake off excess flour and place cheese balls into egg wash. Cover cheese balls completely with egg wash. Transfer cheese balls to bread crumbs. Toss gently to coat. Shake off excess bread crumbs and return cheese balls to egg wash. Return cheese balls to bread crumbs. Toss gently to coat thoroughly. Place on sheet tray lined with parchment paper.

Frying Procedure:  Heat counter top fryer or frying pan filled with oil to 360 degrees. Fry cheese balls for about 1 1/2 minutes on until golden brown. Place fritters on a plate lined with paper towel to absorb excess grease. Serve immediately with ranch dressing for dipping.

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Photo of Cheese Fritters is by Bob Rudis - http://rudis.net/pelican/ - and is used by permission under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0) License.

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