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17 August 2021

These grilled jalapeno poppers are stuffed with a mix of cheeses, crumbled bacon and seasonings, so easy to make, the perfect snack or appetizer! I love them.

Today we are making Grilled Jalapeno Poppers, my friends. Would you care for one?

Grilled jalapeno poppers are absolutely the perfect appetizer or party food ever conceived, essential for your next backyard barbecue. They’re the ideal bite! Spicy jalapenos are stuffed with a mixture of melty cheeses combined with crumbled bacon and wonderful spices.

One bite and you’re hooked for life. What’s not to love about a cheesy jalapeno with bacon? I can’t get enough of these.

I’ve been making jalapeno poppers for years. I make them so many different ways – oven baked, broiled, smoked – but jalapeno poppers on the grill are definitely a favorite.

So easy, so perfect – this is a recipe you’ll want to keep on hand.

Let’s talk about how we make grilled jalapeño poppers, shall we?

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers filled with melty cheese

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers Ingredients

  • Jalapeno Peppers. Yes, you will need jalapeno peppers to make jalapeno poppers. Of course you can use other peppers, but jalapenos are classic and perfect.
  • Bacon. I use regular sliced bacon, thin cut. You can use thick cut bacon for “more bacon!”
  • Cheeses. I’m using cream cheese and cheddar cheese, but you can use other cheeses. Melty cheeses work best.
  • Seasonings. I’m using chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and a bit of salt and pepper. Feel free to use your own favorite blend.
  • For Serving. Extra crumbled bacon, fresh chopped cilantro, spicy chili flakes.

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers on a platter, ready to serve

How to Make Grilled Jalapeno Poppers – the Recipe Method

Slice and Core the Jalapeno Peppers. Slice the jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise and core out the innards – seeds and membranes – with a small spoon or jalapeno corer. Wear gloves if needed when handling hot peppers.

Jalapeno peppers sliced in half

NOTE: If you notice a burning sensation on your skin from the pepper oils, see my post on How to Stop the Chili Pepper Burn.

Mike coring jalapeno peppers

Cook the Bacon. Cook the bacon in a pan over medium heat until the fat renders and the bacon is crisp, about 8-10 minutes. Drain the bacon on paper towels and let them cool. Crumble them into a mixing bowl, but reserve some for topping. You can easily include more bacon slices for this recipe if you’re looking for lots of bacon flavor. 6 slices is plenty, though.

Mix the Cheese Filling. Add the softened cream cheese, cheddar cheese and spices to the mixing bowl. Mix until well combined. It should be nice and creamy.

Grilled jalapeno poppers filling

Fill the Poppers. Fill each jalapeno slice with the spiced cream cheese mixture. I just spoon it into the jalapeno half to a smooth edge. The amount needed will vary based on the size of your jalapeno peppers. If you have extra left over, fill more jalapenos! Or, save it for another use.

Grill the Jalapeno Poppers. Heat a grill to medium heat and grill the jalapeno poppers for 10-15 minutes directly on the grill grates, or until the poppers are done to your liking. They will char and blacken a bit on the bottom on direct heat. Be careful not to let them burn.

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers on the grill

Garnish and Serve. Remove from heat and cool them just a bit. Garnish with extra crumbled bacon, red pepper flakes and fresh chopped cilantro, and serve them up.

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers on a platter

Boom! Done! Your grilled jalapeno poppers are ready to serve. Are you serving them up at a party? Or are you keeping them all to yourself? Let’s hear it! I hope you’ll share. Time to eat!

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • The Spices and Seasonings. You can easily use your own favorite seasoning blends to make jalapeno poppers. I often use my homemade Cajun seasoning blend, or this homemade Creole seasoning blend, but a simple mix of chili powders, garlic and cumin with a touch of salt and pepper is great. Use spicier chili powders to really heat things up.
  • The Cheeses. I often use a mix of cream cheese and some other shredded cheese, particularly cheddar cheese, though you can use others. Goat cheese is a great cheese for poppers, as it is creamy and softens up perfectly. Try Monterrey jack cheese, pepper jack, gouda or others. Use ghost pepper cheese for some real heat. I’ve made poppers with brie, blue cheese, gorgonzola and so many others. Again, melty cheese is best for poppers, but you can use a mixture.
  • Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers. If you prefer your grilled jalapeno poppers wrapped in bacon rather than stuffed with crumbled bacon, go for it! Instead of cooking down the bacon, wrap your halved jalapeno poppers each with a slice of bacon, then grill just until the bacon is crisp on the outside, usually 15-20 minutes. So easy! Definitely a favorite.

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers topped with crumbled bacon

That’s it, my friends. I hope you enjoy my grilled jalapenos recipe. The only grilled poppers recipe you’ll ever need! I’d love to hear how it turned out for you. Keep it spicy!

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Mike grabbing a Grilled Jalapeno Popper

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. 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.

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Grilled Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

These grilled jalapeno poppers are stuffed with a mix of cheeses, crumbled bacon and seasonings, so easy to make, the perfect snack or appetizer! I love them.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, jalapenos, poppers
Servings: 20 poppers
Calories: 116kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 jalapeno peppers
  • 6 slices thin-sliced bacon
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 8 ounces shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • FOR SERVING: fresh chopped cilantro spicy chili flakes

Instructions

  • Slice the jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise and core out the innards.
  • Cook the bacon in a pan over medium heat until the fat renders and the bacon becomes nice and crispy, about 8-10 minutes. Drain the bacon on paper towels and let them cool. Crumble them into a mixing bowl, but reserve some for topping.
  • Add the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and spices to the mixing bowl. Mix until well combined.
  • Fill each jalapeno slice with the spiced cheese mixture.
  • Heat a grill to medium heat and grill the jalapeno poppers for 10-15 minutes, or until the poppers are done to your liking.
  • Remove from heat, garnish with extra crumbled bacon, red pepper flakes and fresh chopped cilantro, and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 464IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 1mg

Spicy Grilled Jalapeno Poppers ready to serve