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16 November 2018

These spicy bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers are filled with melty cheese and loads of spices. They’re the perfect party appetizer recipe. Watch them disappear!

Jalapeno poppers time, my friends. In my kitchen, it’s ALWAYS time for jalapeno poppers, especially when they’re stuffed with cheesy awesomeness and wrapped in bacon.

BACON!

As you already know by now, I have quite the obsession with all things jalapeno and all things poppers. #MikesJalapenoObsession. It’s been pretty well documented here, considering all of my Jalapeno Poppers Recipes on the site, and not to mention my cookbook dedicated to the subject – Jalapeno Poppers and Other Stuffed Chili Peppers, the Cookbook.

I just can’t help myself!

They really are the perfect party appetizer, holiday gathering starter, game day table centerpiece, you name it – if there is a party of any sort, you need jalapeno poppers there to make everyone happy. Like this recipe in particular. We’re talking easy, cheesy Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers and they’re every bit of fabulous as they sound.

YES!

These poppers are filled with a seasoned mixture of cream cheese and cheddar cheese, all stuffed into cored out jalapeno peppers than wrapped in smoky bacon and baked to crispy perfection. Oh baby.

Don’t they look great?

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers - Closeup on a Plate

I want to eat them all right now! The party peeps wouldn’t be very happy with me, though.

Let’s talk about how we make them, shall we?

How to Make Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers – The Recipe

First, slice open your jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise and scoop out the insides, making them hollow enough for your stuffing.

Slicing open the jalapeno peppers and coring them out

Next, mix your cream cheese, cheddar cheese and your seasoning mixture in a bowl, then fill each jalapeno pepper half with the spicy cheese mixture.

NOTE: Most of the jalapeno heat is in the cored out whitish innards, so if you’d like spicier jalapeno poppers, chop it up and mix it in with your cheese mixture.

Mix the stuffing then stuff the jalapeno poppers

Next, wrap each stuffed jalapeno boat with a slice of bacon. Pierce with toothpicks to hold the bacon in place for baking.

Wrapping the poppers in bacon and securing them with a toothpick

Sprinkle the poppers with extra chili powder and bake them about 20-30 minutes, or until the peppers soften and the bacon is starting to crisp.

Seasoning the jalapeno poppers and setting them into the oven

You can blast them with the broiler a couple of minutes at the end if you need to in order to get them as crispy as you’d like.

Remove from heat, cool slightly, and serve.

BOOM! Serve them up! It’s party time!

Check out my video below for a full demonstration of how to make bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers.

A Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper in my hand, with extras plated

Tips on Wrapping Poppers with Bacon

Sometimes the bacon can shrink up and partially fall off of the poppers, or they can get a bit soggy underneath. The key to achieving properly wrapped bacon is to use a large enough piece of bacon that wraps around properly. Note that the bacon will shrink up during cooking, so ensure a good wrap.

Second, make sure you cook them long enough. If the bacon isn’t very crispy, keep cooking until it is. You can also hit them in the broiler a few minutes to get that crispy bacon, or sear them on the grill to achieve the same effect.

If you fear the bacon will shrink up too much, use toothpicks to hold them in place. I’ve found, though, that the bacon holds together very nicely, but use your best judgement.

Extra Recipe Tips

As mentioned, most of the jalapeno heat is in the cored out whitish innards, so if you’d like spicier jalapeno poppers, chop it up and mix it in with your cheese mixture.

Also, you can conserve on bacon by slicing them in half and then wrapping the stuffed jalapenos. They’re still super tasty this way, though I prefer a lot of bacon in each bite. The choice is yours.

For the seasoning mixture, I used simple chili powder with garlic, salt and pepper, but try using a taco seasoning blend or a Cajun seasoning blend for flavor variations.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers - On a plate, ready to serve

Stuffing Options for Your Party Poppers

The beauty of bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers is – you can stuff them with pretty much anything you want! YES! I chose a mixture of seasoned cream cheese and cheddar cheese, but you can try other ingredients, such as cooked chorizo, shredded chicken, pulled pork, and even chopped shrimp.

So many ideas! I love it.

More Popular Jalapeno Popper Recipes

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers - On a plate

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

5 from 2 votes
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers - Closeup
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers - Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
These spicy bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers are filled with melty cheese and loads of spices. They're the perfect party appetizer recipe. Watch them disappear!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: poppers
Servings: 16 poppers
Calories: 151 kcal
Ingredients
  • 8 jalapeno peppers
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder + extra for sprinkling
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 16 slices bacon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice the jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise and scoop out the insides with a spoon.
  3. Add the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and seasonings to a bowl and mix well.
  4. Fill each jalapeno pepper half with the spicy cheese mixture. You might have some leftover, depending on the size of your peppers. Just distribute evenly.
  5. Wrap each stuffed jalapeno boat with a slice of bacon. Pierce with toothpicks to hold the bacon in place.
  6. Sprinkle them with extra chili powder and bake the jalapeno poppers about 20-30 minutes, or until the peppers soften and the bacon is starting to crisp. You can blast them with the broiler a couple of minutes at the end if you need to.
  7. Remove from heat, cool slightly, and serve.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Makes 16 bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers.

Nutrition Facts
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers - Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 151 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 229mg 10%
Potassium 103mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 10.9%
Vitamin C 10.1%
Calcium 6.3%
Iron 2.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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4 comments

  1. A classic! Everybody loves jalapeño poppers! I like the garlic ouch of your recipe very much! I used French cheese instead of cheddar: Raclette. Thanks for this Mike!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      I’d love to try this with Raclette. Sounds like a nice touch!

  2. Hi Mike!

    Great recipe and total BONUS for me was this is KETO!!

    Stumbled onto your website looking up pepper information and ran into this and had to try it tonight. Super easy to make, didn’t even have toothpicks and they held up fine. Instead of 350, I’d used the convection setting @325. Liked the broiling idea at the end to finish them. Cheers!

    Darren

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