Beer-Battered Jalapeño Bites

Beer and spice and everything nice make these peppery bites utterly delicious. Serve with ranch dressing on the side for a cooling dip.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 20 min
  • Servings 8


cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
teaspoons baking powder
teaspoon table salt
bottle or can (12 oz) dark beer, chilled
Vegetable oil for deep frying
medium to large jalapeño chiles, cut into 1/4-inch rings
Coarse sea salt, if desired
cup ranch dressing

  • 1 In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, table salt and beer with whisk until smooth.
  • 2 In 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy saucepan, heat 2 to 3 inches oil to 350°F. Working in small batches, dip jalapeño slices in batter. Fry in hot oil about 2 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels; sprinkle with sea salt.
  • 3 Serve fried jalapeño bites warm with ranch dressing.

Expert Tips

Instead of ranch dressing, serve the bites with mayonnaise mixed with lemon or lime juice.

Club soda or seltzer water can be used in place of the beer for a nonalcoholic version.