You will love this new twist on an old classic! Potato Salad with jalapeno is exactly what you didn’t know you needed! Be prepared to wow your family and friends with this dish.
Potato Salad is one of those dishes that every pot-luck or barbecue has to have.
I’m sure everyone has their own favorite recipe. Probably passed down from their grandma or great-aunt.
But what if I told you that adding bacon and jalapeno to your potato salad would make it better than any other recipe you’ve tried?
I don’t know that I can ever go back to a “normal” potato salad after making and trying this spicy potato salad.
There is the perfect amount of kick and creaminess and will get your taste buds dancing.
I have gotten several compliments on this dish when I shared it with my family.
Not everyone will appreciate the little kick of spicy it brings but I think you’ll find that most people will love the fun flavor and twist.
What can I serve with this?
Just like a regular old potato salad, you can serve just about anything with it.
This is a perfect dish for a picnic, barbecue or pot-luck.
But in case you need some inspiration, here are a few of my favorite dishes that will pair quite nicely with it.
If you don’t have fresh jalapeno you could use canned, just be aware that the taste may differ slightly than what is intended.
And don’t forget to drain the excess liquid.
If you like extra spicy- try using serrano peppers in place of the jalapenos all together.
The recipe calls for Mexican shredded cheese. What I love about most recipes is that you can switch up the basic ingredients to fit your needs. Other cheeses you could use include:
- Cheddar cheese
- Pepper jack
- Mild Cheddar
- Anything you think would taste good!
Can I make the potato salad the day before? Yes. Be sure to cover it completely. It is best not to make it more than 1-2 days before consumption.
Is it okay to put warm potato salad in the fridge? Yes, it is okay to do that.
How long can it sit out without being in the refrigerator? From the food safety resource you have about 2 hours of safe eating in the 40-140F temperature range.
Is potato salad bad for you? Potatoes are loaded with nutrients including fiber, vitamin C and potassium – they’re also free of fat and cholesterol. However, it is high in calories so just be aware of that when consuming.
Can I double this recipe? Yes!
Jalapeno Popper Potato Salad
3 pounds small golden potatoes, microwave hatch chili ready to prepare.
1/2 cup diced cooked bacon.
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cumin
1/4 cup fresh diced jalapeno peppers
1 cup shredded Mexican 4-cheese blend
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 fresh jalapeno, thinly sliced
Prepare potatoes as directed.
Keep seasoning to the side.
In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, garlic powder, cumin, salt, hatch chilli seasoning packet, and pepper.
Dice the potatoes.
Add the potatoes, jalapenos, onions, shredded cheese, and crumbled bacon, in a large bowl.
Toss to combine.
Add the sauce mixture.
Toss to combine.
Sprinkle fresh jalapeno slices on top.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- 3 pounds small golden potatoes, microwave hatch chili ready to prepare.
- 1/2 cup diced cooked bacon.
- 1/4 cup diced red onion
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1/4 cup fresh diced jalapeno peppers
- 1 cup shredded Mexican 4-cheese blend
- 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 fresh jalapeno, thinly sliced
- Prepare potatoes as directed.
- Keep seasoning to the side.
- Let cool.
- In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, garlic powder, cumin, salt, hatch chilli seasoning packet, and pepper.
- Dice the potatoes.
- Add the potatoes, jalapenos, onions, shredded cheese, and crumbled bacon, in a large bowl.
- Toss to combine.
- Add the sauce mixture.
- Toss to combine.
- Sprinkle fresh jalapeno slices on top.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve
Other Salad Recipes:
- Easy Tortellini Pasta Salad
- Instant Pot Potato Salad
- Longhorn Steakhouse Salad
- Lime Jello Salad
- Blueberry Jello Salad
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Katie Clark is a mom of three with a passion for creating home-cooked meals every night for her family. She has learned the skill of cooking from the time she was young and comes from a long-line of women who love to cook. Over the years, she has developed this skill to not only help her family but thousands around the world with her popular copycat recipes, jello salads, and twists on traditional favorites. She has a degree in journalism and loves to help others succeed in getting dinner on the table!