One of my current addictions is a simple recipe my husband made that we call jalapeno coins. I originally tried making these for my Just Eat July challenge a couple of weeks back, but I never posted the recipe.

The hubby has now perfected the batter, so I thought I’d share. If you like spicy, this is definitely for you. But – even if you’re not huge into spicy but can deal with a little bit of spice, there are a couple of ways you can modify this to your liking.

Before making these, I actually never liked eating jalapenos. I always thought they were too spicy. But once cooked and with a little creamy sauce to dip in, the flavor is definitely worth the bite of the spice.

So crispy & full of flavor!

  • 2 jalapenos, sliced into 1/8 inch thick pieces
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. chili powder*
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8-1/4 cup cold beer of your choice*
  • Safflower or grape seed oil


1. Heat oil over medium heat to thoroughly coat entire bottom of frying pan. Make sure to use one of the two oils listed, as these are the best frying oils and good for high heat.

If you use something like olive oil, the oil actually breaks down and releases carcinogens, smokes, and burns your food.

2. Mix all the dry ingredients together, except baking powder. Slowly stir in beer until you get the consistency of thin pancake batter. Add baking powder to thicken and stir well.

3. Dip the sliced jalepenos into the batter, coating both sides well.

4. Using a fork, gently place the coins into the frying pan, working in batches of about 8 coins at a time (so you have time to flip them all). Flip over after bottoms have browned.

5. Remove after both sides have been browned. Transfer to a plate with a paper towel or two on it to absorb the oils.

6. After all the coins are done, lightly salt and enjoy with ranch, thousand island, or a sauce of your choice. Enjoy!

* Note: If you want this to be less spicy, don’t include the chili powder in the batter. Also, when selecting jalepenos, get ones that do not have lines or cracks going down the sides. Those are the extra spicy ones!

If you don’t have beer or just don’t want to use it, you can use cold water instead.

If you want to double this recipe, there should actually be plenty of batter leftover. Just add two more jalapenos.

This is definitely one of my favorite side dishes or quick appetizers. It’s one of the simplest things to make and requires very few ingredients. Something I want to try with these in the future: putting them on top of a burger! Mmm!

Questions for You: 

  • What level of spicy are you okay with? Or do you & spicy not mix altogether?
  • What’s one food you used to really hate but now enjoy so much?