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Jalapeño Cheese Crisps

Baked Jalapeno Cheese Crisps are the perfect low carb snack with less than 5 minutes of prep. Crispy, crunchy, cheesy, and slightly spicy, this 2 ingredient appetizer is the perfect finger food for any occasion.

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Cheese Crisps

As if cheese couldn’t get any better, along comes cheese crisps. Lacy thin crackers made just from delicious cheese and a slice of jalapeno. What could be easier or more delicious?

Enjoyed as a crackers, and because of their versatility, they can be transformed into tubes and stuffed with a delicious treat.

Or better yet, formed into a small bowl that can hold a variety of fillings to make the perfect finger food.

This low carb and keto snack can be enjoyed by everyone. Make them as a topping to your favorite salad or as a party appetizer for game day!

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With just 2 ingredients, there is no reason not to enjoy this easy recipe pronto!

Ingredients Needed

Mozzarella cheese – This is best as it melts great and has a neutral flavor.

Jalapeños – Fresh sliced peppers are best. Pickled ones have too much moisture.

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How to make Cheese Crisps

First: Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Second: Place 2 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese on the baking sheet leaving 2 inches between mounds.

Third: Place 1-2 jalapeno slices on top of cheese. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes until the center of the mound is melted and the edges are starting to brown.

Fourth: Remove pan from the oven. Let sit for 1-2 minutes.

Using a thin spatula, gently remove the cheese crisps to a paper towel lined plate and cool until slightly warm and crisp.

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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What is baked cheese really called?

Frico is the term for baked cheese but it’s really for larger portions of cheese. A thin frico, or cheese crisp, is really what we are talking about here.

Why are my cheese crisps chewy?

There might be two reasons. One, they are not thin enough. Make sure to level out the cheese so it makes a uniform layer round so it bakes evenly.

Two, you might be using too much cheese. I would stick to no more than 2 tablespoons of cheese for each mound of cheese.

Do they need to be refrigerated?

Because you are baking the cheese, they will last for up to a week at room temperature. Just make sure that you store them in a an air tight container.

How to store them

Best enjoyed right out of the oven (cooled slightly) as they are not as crispy when they get cold. But you can store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

To reheat, let them come to room temp and pop in the oven or air fryer for 1 minute.

Cheese Crisp Variations

  • mozzarella
  • asiago
  • colby jack
  • cheddar
  • romano
  • parmesan cheese

My favorite is sharp cheddar cheese with a sprinkle of taco or southwest seasoning.

Serve with salsa, sour cream, guacamole, or add as a topping for your favorite salad or soup.

jalapeno cheese crisp with bite missing

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • wear gloves when handling the peppers
  • you can bake the peppers ahead of time to temper them a little
  • switch up the flavor profile by adding your favorite seasoning blend
  • try fresno chilies or a sprinkle of crushed red pepper instead of jalapeno
  • use freshly shredded cheese not grated cheese. It tends to be powdery

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This 2 ingredient lacy cheese cracker is not only easy to make but they can be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you are following a low carb, gluten free, keto diet, you can enjoy these!

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Jalapeno Cheese Crisps

Yield: 6 crisps
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Baked Jalapeño Cheese Crisps are the perfect low carb snack with less than 5 minutes of prep.


  • 12 tablespoons mozzarella cheese (shredded fine)
  • 2 jalapenos (seeded, sliced)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone baking mat.
  2. Place 2 tbsp of mozzarella on the baking sheet spacing roughly 2 inches apart. Place jalapeno slices on top of cheese.
  3. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the center of the cheese has set.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool for 1-2 minutes. Remove to paper towel lined plate to crisp and cool slightly. Enjoy!


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 crisp
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 43Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 88mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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