Green Chile and Cheese Sausage Poppers

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Green Chile Cheese Sausage Poppers feature green chiles, spices and hot Italian sausage. This is an irresistible and easy game day recipe, that will feed your hungry crowd!

green chile and cheese sausage poppers


Picking party food is tough for any occassion, but when you gather your closest friends and family you really want them to enjoy themselves.  My ‘crew’ is pretty laid back.  It’s all about the company with us.  But, lets say we are never hurting in the food department. 

Finger food is the perfect dinner for our parties. For our Christmas party I decided meatballs would be a great make ahead dish that could warm in the crock pot with little effort.  Boy, was I right. 

Green Chile Cheese Sausage Poppers

Being the over achiever that I am…  I made 2 batches of these Green Chile and Cheese Sausage Poppers.  Seriously.  200 meatballs.  I froze half and defrosted them as needed.  They are perfect even on their own, no dipping sauce needed.

You are going to love these.  The green chiles, spices and hot Italian sausage give these fantastic flavor that will keep them coming back for more.

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How to Make Crockpot Sausage Meatballs

This recipe is SUPER simple!

Empty 2 bottles of your favorite honey BBQ sauce with 5 diced chipotles peppers into a 5 quart crock pot. 

Then make the sausage meatballs and let them simmer in the sauce. That’s it!

bowl of sausage cocktail meatballs

They are fantabulous game day snack-attizers!!

If you have an extra slow cooker, I suggest making Hawaiian meatballs In another pot. They’re a big crowd pleaser, too!


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bowl of green chile and cheese sausage poppers

Green Chile Cheese Sausage Poppers

Donna Elick
These sausage poppers feature green chiles, spices and hot Italian sausage. This is an easy game day recipe to feed a hungry crowd!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 100 mini sausage cheese poppers


  • 3 cups biscuit mix, I used Bisquick
  • 1 pound uncooked Hot Italian Sausage, I used turkey
  • 4 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded, 16 ounces
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 can fire roasted diced green chiles
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, fresh ground


  • Allow sausage and cheese to sit out at room temperature for about 30 minutes before preparing.
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine sausage and biscuit mix, using hands. Mix with paddle attachment. Once ingredients are combined, add cheeses, chiles, milk and spices. Mix well with hands until completely combined.
  • Using a 1 tablespoon scoop or a heaping teaspoon, portion mixture and shape into balls, about 1” in size. Place them on parchment paper.
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from pan. Serve warm with sauce for dipping. Enjoy!


Serving: 1 | Calories: 51cal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 116mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Recipe inspired by several sources Betty Crocker and Paula Deen and AllRecipes

Originally published December 2012.

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  1. Oh my goodness, this post was made for me!! YUM!!

    I saw on Facebook that you're feeling under the weather… get well soon!! 🙂

  2. These look amazing is there a recipie for the top green chili meatballs? I would love to make these for our Christmas Party!!

  3. Omg Im sooo tired I kept looking and looking and theres the recipie sorry for my last post 🙂 These look amazing!!

    1. Yes, we make them ahead and freeze them. I use a gallon freezer bag and take out what I need and defrost it or microwave them.


    1. I love these on their own, but they are superb with bbq sauce or ranch! Thanks for asking.

      Have a great party.

  4. I made this last night for my family and some a group of friends They were absolutely delicious! Thanks!

  5. I am the hospitality chair for a service organization and fix food for a 'hospitality room' for quarterly meetings. I've made meatballs three times now- different types- and I was so excited to find these recipes. I made these green chile meatballs today and obviously did something wrong because they flattened out. They taste good, but don't look much like a meatball. I also made the balsamic glazed meatballs and they are delicious and look like meatballs. 🙂 Any ideas to keep the green chile mratballs round?

    1. I honestly have never experienced that. Perhaps the biscuit mix was not fresh or not thick enough. It should be nearly as dense as a meatball.

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