Jalapeno Mashed Potato

Monkeypod Kitchen, a casual restaurant featuring fresh farm-to-table food and Hawaiian-themed cocktails, is one of my family’s favorite place to eat at while in Hawaii. (Pro Tip: Happy hour is the best time to dine here!) My all time favorite dish at this restaurant is their jalapeno mashed potatoes. Although it is a side dish, it goes well with virtually any entree whether its meat or seafood.

Taking inspiration from similar recipes on the internet, I took a stab at making it myself. Don’t be afraid of this dish; It isn’t spicy! Plus, you can always add as much jalapenos to your liking. Hope you enjoy it!

Bonus: Pair this recipe with Mashed Potato Breaded Drumsticks to make a sMASH’n meal!

Serving Size: 3-4 People


  • 1 Jalapeno, seeded and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic, peeled
  •  8 Small to Medium Idaho Potatoes, peeled and quartered into even sizes
  • 4 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 1 Cup of Milk (Almond Milk works just as good!)
  • A pinch of Salt (Optional)


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the potatoes and boil until potatoes are soft but not falling apart in the water. This takes about 8-15 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes.
  2. In a blender, combine the jalapeno, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and garlic. Blend until it becomes pasty. Place mixture to the side.
  3. Once the potatoes are done, place them into a large bowl. Add the butter and milk to the potatoes. Using a fork or mixer, mash the potatoes until the butter melts and no chucks of potatoes are left. [If you like your mashed potatoes extra creamy, add more milk until desired creaminess is reached.]
  4. Lastly, combine the jalapeno mixture to the mashed potatoes. Adding salt is optional.
  5. Pair with a delicious piece of steak, pork chop, or fish and enjoy!




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