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Spicy Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Yesterday was National Grilled Cheese Day. If all was straight and clear in my world, this post should have been planned, written and executed at least a day or two ago. But that’s not how my life rolls..ha! Do any of you all have that kind of perfect, planned life? Where lists are made, then followed and checked off? Does not happen here!

Spicy Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Dr. A loves himself some grilled cheese. What is there not to love? Two slices of bread, slathered in butter, with slices of gooey cheese melted to perfection. That is where all of this grilled cheese business started for us. However, as we were “growing up” we graduated to more “gourmet” grilled cheeses. The breads changed, the quality of cheese got better, and some fillings were added. Now we have numerable different grilled cheese involving permutations and combinations of these three entities.
The grilled cheese “recipe” that I am sharing toady is one of those. The recipe is simple and comes together quickly. As I have mentioned a few times before (like in this recipe and in this), in simpler recipes, the quality of ingredients plays a very important role. So choose wisely.

Spicy Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I would use a heartier and somewhat crusty bread for this sandwich, unlike the more traditional white bread. The contrast between the buttered, crusty bread is a great contrast with the gooey cheese inside. Layers of spiciness come from jalapeno cream cheese, pickled jalapenos and pepperjack cheese.

Sicy Grilled Cheese sandwich
4.84 from 6 votes

Spicy Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Layers of gooey spiciness with a crunch of red onions between two slices of crusty bread slathered with butter and toasted or grilled. Heaven!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1


  • 2 slices of whole wheat or other crusty bread I used honey oat wheat
  • 1 teaspoon jalapeno cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon butter at room temperature
  • 2 slices pepper jack cheese
  • Pickled jalapeno slices to taste
  • Red onion thinly sliced to taste


  1. Set a heavy bottomed skillet or grill pan on medium high heat. While the pan is heating, lay the slices of bread on a board and spread each one lightly with butter. Flip the slices and spread each one with the jalapeno cream cheese.
  2. Lay the slices of pepper jack cheese over the cream cheese. You might have to tear down the cheese slices, depending on the size and shape of your bread slice. The idea is to completely cover the surface of the bread with pepper jack cheese. Lay as many slices of pickled jalapenos and red onions as you like. I try to distribute them evenly so that you get some in every bite. Cover with the other slice of pepper jack, followed by the other slice of bread, cream cheese side down.
  3. When the skillet is hot, lower the heat to low and cook the sandwich for 2 to 3 minutes each side, checking in between to check until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted. After the first flip at 2 minute mark, I strongly recommend covering the sandwich with a dome or the pan with a lid, This helps in melting the cheese nicely. Turn the heat off and allow the sandwich to cool for a minute. Cut in half and serve warm.

Sicy Grilled Cheese sandwich

national grilled cheese day or not, I hope you will give this recipe a try.

Love- Vaishali.

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Tools used:

Cast iron pan (I use this one)

Knife and chopping board

Measuring spoons (Cuisinart )

Spatula (this kind)



  1. Ina Wrobel

    April 14, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Delicious, perfect for breakfast

  2. Stephanie

    May 8, 2018 at 9:23 am

    I am a grilled cheese fanatic so this looks fantastic. Will definitely need to try it out. Can I ask which recipe plug-in you use? I don’t love the one I have! 🙂

    1. Vaishali

      May 8, 2018 at 9:40 am

      Thanks Stephanie. I use the WP Recipe Maker Plugin. It’s relatively easy to use and I’m definitely on the creatively challenged side so it helps me a lot..:P

  3. Sarah

    May 8, 2018 at 9:58 am

    I am going to have to try this!! I LOVE grilled cheese and I love some spice! 😃 great job and cannot wait to try it! I’ll come back and rate when I try it!

    1. Vaishali

      May 8, 2018 at 10:05 am

      yayyy…Thanks Sarah..:)

  4. Veronica Mendenhall

    May 8, 2018 at 11:00 am

    I love a good grilled cheese and this one this so yummy! Can’t wait to try it!

    1. Vaishali

      May 8, 2018 at 1:53 pm

      Thanks a lot Veronica..:). Please let me know if you try it..:)

  5. Lindsey

    May 8, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    This sounds absolutely amazing! What an awesome spin on a classic comfort food. I cannot wait to try!

    1. Vaishali

      May 8, 2018 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks Lindsey. I agree, though nothing beats a gooey grilled cheese on white bread, this is welcome twist..:)

  6. Tricia

    May 8, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Such a great twist on a classic! My husband loves spicy food so we’ll have to make this soon!

    1. Vaishali

      May 8, 2018 at 10:41 pm

      Thanks Tricia. Mine does too…:)

  7. Rachel

    May 8, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Paired with a nice tomato soup or bisque and I’d be in heaven. Would have never thought to add jalapeno cream cheese, but it sounds amazing. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Vaishali

      May 8, 2018 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks Rachel. Yeah, jalapeno cream cheese definitely adds a layer of cheesiness and spice to this grilled cheese.

  8. Katie

    May 8, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    5 stars
    I love grilled cheese! That looks amazing. I’m going to have to try it!

    1. Vaishali

      May 8, 2018 at 10:37 pm

      Thanks a lot Katie..:)

  9. Meghna chakraborty

    May 18, 2018 at 12:16 am

    5 stars
    Hi 👋 Vaishali!
    Such an amazing grilled sandwich! Looks delicious and super quick recipe too , will surely try it out 🙂

    1. Vaishali

      May 18, 2018 at 12:19 am

      Thanks Meghna. Yes, we also love it in our family.

  10. Bibi on Board

    May 18, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Thank you for the nice recipe 🙂 I love cheese and we love the spicy stuffs with my Husband! Now we have one more idea what to take to job 😉

    1. Vaishali

      May 18, 2018 at 9:42 am

      Thanks Bibi on Board. I totally agree on taking this for lunch because it tastes just as good when cold.

  11. Cassie

    May 18, 2018 at 6:04 am

    This sounds amazing! I know what I’m making this weekend

    1. Vaishali

      May 18, 2018 at 9:43 am

      Thanks Cassie. Please let me know if you try it..:)

  12. Anna

    May 18, 2018 at 11:44 am

    I love spicy food, so these toasts are perfect for me:)

    1. Vaishali

      May 18, 2018 at 11:49 am

      Thanks Anna. Some spice here and there never hurt anyone..:P

  13. Bethenewyou4you

    May 18, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    5 stars
    Really it’s mouth watering!

    1. Vaishali

      May 18, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks a lot. I looked at the pictures just now and think that I might have to fix one fr myself too..ugh..:P

  14. Casey

    May 18, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    5 stars
    I am loving the use of jalapenos! I make a jalapeno popper grilled cheese, but I cannot wait to try this one!

    1. Vaishali

      May 18, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks Casey. jalapeno popper grilled cheese sounds good..what do you add to make it pop/crunch?

  15. Phoebe

    May 18, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    SOunds so I think I’m ok with the pepperjack but not with onion and jalapeno but your pictures make it look appealing!

    1. Vaishali

      May 20, 2018 at 11:50 am

      Phoebe – I agree – this grilled cheese is layered with spicy elements. For sure skip one or two if you desire..:)

  16. Heather

    May 19, 2018 at 10:41 am

    I bet the combination of the cheese and spice is amazing.

    1. Vaishali

      May 20, 2018 at 11:50 am

      It is Heather. We love it..:)

  17. Elizabeth

    May 21, 2018 at 6:20 am

    5 stars
    Mmm what a gorgeous grilled cheese idea! i love pepper jack cheese – this sounds heavenly!

  18. Krish

    July 29, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    4 stars
    Looks yummy…worth trying..

  19. Raychal Asuras

    February 28, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Wow this sounds & looks delicious!

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