Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rattlesnake Bites

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Indulge in the spicy and cheesy goodness of Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rattlesnake Bites, a popular appetizer known for its kick of jalapeño heat and gooey cheese filling. This easy homemade version allows you to enjoy these flavorful bites anytime you crave a tasty and satisfying snack.

Why Make This Recipe

Making this recipe at home gives you the chance to enjoy the bold flavors of Texas Roadhouse Rattlesnake Bites without leaving the comfort of your kitchen. Impress your family and friends with these crispy, spicy bites that are perfect for parties, game nights, or simply as a delicious snack.

How to Make Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rattlesnake Bites


  • 1/2 cup pickled jalapeño slices, drained and finely diced
  • 4 cups (16 oz) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely ground cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Canola or vegetable oil, for frying
  • Ranch dressing or sauce of your choice for dipping


  1. Squeeze jalapeños to remove excess moisture and place on a paper towel-lined plate to dry.
  2. Mix cheese and diced jalapeños, then roll into 24 tightly compacted balls.
  3. Place the cheese balls on a baking sheet and freeze for 1 hour.
  4. Prepare three bowls for coating: one with flour, salt, and pepper; another with beaten egg and milk; and the last one with breadcrumbs, cornmeal, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
  5. Roll each cheese ball in flour mixture, then dip in the egg mixture, and finally coat with breadcrumb mixture.
  6. Heat oil to 300°F in a pan and fry the coated cheese balls in batches for 2-4 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Serve the Rattlesnake Bites hot with ranch dressing or your favorite dipping sauce.

How to Serve Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rattlesnake Bites

Serve these delicious bites hot and crispy as an appetizer or snack. Pair them with a cold beverage of your choice for a delectable treat.

How to Store Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rattlesnake Bites

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven to crisp them back up before serving.

Tips to Make Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rattlesnake Bites

  • Ensure the cheese balls are tightly compacted to prevent them from falling apart during frying.
  • Use caution when working with jalapeños and wash your hands thoroughly after handling them.
  • Adjust the amount of cayenne pepper based on your spice preference.


For a twist, you can try using different types of cheese like cheddar or pepper jack for a unique flavor profile. You can also experiment with adding diced bacon or cooked ground sausage to the cheese mixture for added flavor.


  1. Can I make these Rattlesnake Bites ahead of time? Yes, you can freeze the prepared cheese balls for up to a month before frying.
  2. Can I bake the Rattlesnake Bites instead of frying them? While frying gives the traditional crispy texture, you can try baking them at 375°F for about 15-20 minutes for a lighter option.
  3. How spicy are these bites? The level of spiciness can be adjusted by adding more or less jalapeños and cayenne pepper to suit your taste preference.

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