If you love jalapeno poppers, then you are going to love this Jalapeno Popper Soup! Loaded with vegetables and chunks of chicken, it is hearty enough to be served as a meal. In addition, the creamy broth has just the right kick to leave you ready for another bite!

This recipe serves six for just $1.36 per serving. The entire recipe costs $8.17 to make. 

The inspiration for this recipe comes from my Baked Jalapeno Poppers. A batch of Cheesy Green Chile Cornbread is the perfect complement to this soup. 

An overhead picture of the finished Jalapeno Popper Soup on a white bowl. The soup is garnished with sliced jalapeños, bacon, and cheese.

Jalapeno Soup

This soup has just the right amount of spice from the jalapenos and is full of veggies in a creamy, cheesy broth. And don’t forget the bacon! This soup is loaded with bacon, and we all know that bacon makes everything better. 

The ingredients come together to create a savory soup that is both hearty and comforting. There is nothing quite like a warm bowl of soup on a cold and chilly night.

The soup is made on the stove-top in about an hour. One cup of this spicy, rich, and creamy soup will leave you warmed up and wanting another bowl!

A ladle scooping up some of the finished Jalapeno Popper Soup recipe.

Ingredients and Cost

Per Serving Cost: $1.36

Recipe Cost: $8.17

  • 8 ounces bacon – $2.12
  • 5 jalapeno peppers – $1.00
  • ½ cup white onion – $0.18
  • 3 large garlic cloves – $0.15
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour – $0.05
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika – $0.01
  • 1 teaspoon cumin – $0.03
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt – $0.02
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper – $0.03
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth – $1.24
  • 8 ounces cream cheese – $1.00
  • 1 cup half-and-half – $0.75
  • 2 cups shredded chicken – $1.20

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.

An overhead picture of all of the ingredients needed to make this Jalapeno Popper Soup.

Instructions

  1. First, cook the bacon over medium heat for about ten minutes, stirring often. Place the cooked bacon on a paper towel-lined plate. 
  2. Next, keep two Tablespoons of the bacon grease in the pan and add the jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, and onion. 
  3. Saute the veggies for five to six minutes until the veggies are soft and then add the garlic, flour, salt, and spices. 
  4. Cook for another minute. 
  5. Add in the chicken broth and bring to a boil. 
  6. Once it is boiling, turn the heat to medium-low and stir in the cream cheese. 
  7. Keep stirring until it is completely melted. 
  8. Finally, mix in the half-and-half and the shredded chicken and cook for an additional ten minutes, before serving. 
  9. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with bacon, shredded cheese, sliced green onions, and sliced jalapenos (all optional). Serve.

A picture collage showing how to make the recipe.

RECIPE VARIATIONS

  • Chicken – You can poach or bake chicken fresh for this recipe, but it is also the perfect way to use leftover chicken. Shredding a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken is another easy way to get the chicken for this recipe. If you have leftover turkey you can use that instead of chicken.
  • Bacon – Topping this soup with bacon crumbles makes it so delicious, and adds a great texture to the soup! But that is an optional step. If you decide to skip the bacon then you can use 2 tablespoon of oil instead of the bacon grease.
  • Jalapenos – Jalapenos vary in heat. If yours are really spicy then use 4 jalapenos. If your jalapenos are on the medium-heat side, or you like things really spice, then add 6 jalapenos.
  • Half and Half – Using half and half gives the soup wonderful creaminess without going too overboard on the fat content. For an even creamier soup, use heavy cream instead of half and half.
  • Cream Cheese – Light cream cheese or Neufchatel can also be used.

Storage Tips

SERVE: You can keep the soup out for about two hours before it needs to be covered and stored in the refrigerator. 

STORE: Store your soup refrigerated in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

FREEZE: While this soup can be frozen it may separate due to the cream cheese and half and half. It doesn’t impact the safety or flavor of the soup, but it will not look as creamy and smooth. If you choose to freeze it then it will be good for up to 3 months.

Cook’s Tools

  • Slotted spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Chef’s knife
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Dutch oven
  • Ladle
A close up picture of the finished Jalapeno Chicken Soup.

Recipe FAQs

Is Jalapeno Popper Soup good for a keto diet? 

For Keto Jalapeno Popper Soup, make sure that you use full-fat cream cheese and use heavy cream instead of half and half.

Why isn’t my cream cheese melting?

Depending on how cold your cream cheese is when you put it into the soup, it may take 5 minutes or more to melt. It is normal for it to look like the soup has curdled while incorporating the cream cheese. It is just pieces of cream cheese that haven’t yet melted! Just keep stirring, and it will soon melt smoothly into the broth.

Can I use pickled jalapenos instead of fresh in Jalapeno Popper Soup?

Yes, while it would change the dish’s flavor, it still tastes great when you use pickled jalapenos in this soup!

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An overhead picture of the finished creamy Jalapeno Soup in a white bowl.
4.58 from 57 votes

Jalapeno Popper Soup

Recipe Cost $ 8.17
Serving Cost $ 1.36
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
6 people
If you love jalapeno poppers then you are going to love this Jalapeno Popper Soup! Loaded with vegetables and chunks of chicken it is hearty enough to be served as a meal.

Equipment

  • Slotted spoon
  • cutting board
  • chef's knife
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • liquid measuring cup
  • Dutch oven
  • ladle

Ingredients
 
 

Optional Toppings:

Instructions

  • Cook bacon in a Dutch oven or stock pan over medium heat, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease, then add the jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, and onion to the pan, along with the 2 tablespoons of grease. Sauté for 5-6 minutes, until the vegetables are soft, then add the garlic, flour, salt, and spices and cook an additional minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once it is boiling, turn the heat to medium-low and add cream cheese. Stir vigorously until the cream cheese is fully melted. Then add the half and half and shredded chicken and cook for 10 minutes, or until heated through.
  • Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with shredded cheese, chopped green onions, sliced jalapenos, and crumbled bacon (all optional).

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 860mg | Potassium: 508mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 877IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 2mg

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6 Comments

  1. Nancy Michaels says:

    This soup is soooo good!! It was a terrific way to use up rotisserie chicken and perfect for our first fall Sunday supper. I used 5 jalapeño peppers and thought it was perfect, but my husband said it could have been spicier. Difference in preferences. Best if you assemble all ingredients first. I will definitely make this again!

  2. CAROL SIMON says:

    What do think about adding shrimp instead of chicken?

  3. Very impressed with the recipe! The cream cheese does take a bit to combine but the flavor is very good. Paired it with beer bread!

  4. This was a big hit at my house! I topped it with shredded cheese, bacon and pickled jalapeños. Will definitely make again!

  5. This recipe was a huge hit, but it definitely didn’t cover 6 servings if it is a main dish. I split it among 4 people, and everyone wanted seconds! I thought 5 jalapenos would be too spicy, but once it’s cooked I feel like it could have used 1-2 more for some added heat. I made the cheesy green chile cornbread to go along with this, and the combination of the two was perfect!