Jalapeno Pesto and Garlic Spicy Grilled Cheese

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Delicious grilled bread slathered in seasoned garlic butter with jalapeno pesto and cheese. 

jalapeno pesto garlic spicy grilled cheese

A spicy grilled cheese sandwich for a quick meal

Grilled cheese sandwiches a popular go to and I’m always looking for ways to mix things up.  This recipe entails delicious grilled bread slathered in seasoned garlic butter with jalapeno pesto and cheese.  I used my Jalapeno Pesto recipe for this spicy sandwich.

garlic bread grilled cheese stacked

I used fresh ingredients to make the garlic butter and jalapeno pesto. If you have left over jalapeno pesto it is a great way to add flavor to pastas, pizzas and other dishes.

Need something to serve with this? How about: masala fries

Here is another grilled cheese idea: Spicy Inside Out Grilled Cheese


  • Sliced bread – sourdough is always great for grilled cheese!
  • Cheddar cheese or mozzarella
  • Jalapeno pesto – recipe link here
  • Garlic cloves
  • Butter
  • Italian seasoning

Making spicy grilled cheese

Making it vegan

  • Substitute butter for Earth Balance or vegan butter substitute
  • Substitute cheese for vegan alternative
  • Jalapeno pesto can be made with nutritional yeast instead of parmesan. More info on the post for the pesto recipe.
jalaepno pesto grilled cheese on a white plate on a wooden board.

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Jalapeno Pesto Garlic Spicy Grilled Cheese

Shilpa Joshi
Delicious grilled bread slathered in seasoned garlic butter with jalapeno pesto and cheese. 
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course brunch, dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 1 sandwich
Calories 259 kcal


  • pan


  • 2 slices bread
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • ½ tsp italian seasoning use dried parley as alternative
  • 1-2 tbsp jalapeno pesto link in notes below


  • Make batch of jalapeno pesto. Link in notes below.
  • Crush garlic clove. Mix with room temperature butter and Italian seasoning.
  • Slather fresh garlic butter on one side of two slices of bread.
  • Heat pan on stove and put one slice butter side down. Top with jalapeno pesto and cheese. Add other slice of bread on top.
  • Grill until browned and heated through. Enjoy!


Click here for jalapeno pesto recipe
Note: the pesto recipe makes more than enough for one grilled cheese.  You can use the extra in pasta, pizza and many other dishes.


Calories: 259kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 6gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 391mgPotassium: 102mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 350IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 93mgIron: 2mg
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