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10 March 2021

My delicious pimento cheese jalapeno poppers recipe with sliced jalapenos stuffed with homemade pimento cheese, wrapped in bacon and grilled to perfection. Beware, they are addictive!

It’s jalapeno popper time in the Chili Pepper Madness kitchen, my friends. Would you care for one? Jalapeno poppers are always on the menu in our home.

They’re the perfect appetizer, always a crowd pleaser, and they’re so easy to make. Everyone loves jalapeno poppers! I recently made a big batch of my homemade pimento cheese recipe, and as much as we love slathering it onto crackers for a snack, we love it even more when used to stuff a spicy jalapeno pepper.

Yes! We’re talking Pimento Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers, and they are truly fantastic. 

What we’re doing here is whipping up creamy pimento cheese with two kinds of cheddar cheese, mayo and jarred pimentos, then stuffing each jalapeno with the mix. We’ll finish by wrapping them in bacon, then grilling them until the bacon is wonderfully crispy and the cheese is nice and melty.

Talk about addictive. Make these for your friends and you will be the star of the party. No joke, these are outstanding.

Let’s talk about how we make pimento cheese jalapeno poppers, shall we?

Pimento Cheese Jalapeno Poppers appetizer for serving

Pimento Cheese Jalapeno Poppers Ingredients

  • FOR THE PIMENTO CHEESE
  • Cheddar Cheese. I’m using a combination of both white and yellow extra sharp cheddar cheese.
  • Pimentos. Use jarred pimentos, drained.
  • Mayo. Duke’s Mayo is preferred, as it is a classic southern staple, but you can use your favorite.
  • Worcestershire Sauce. For depth.
  • Garlic. My own personal addition.
  • Cayenne Pepper. For a touch of heat. Use paprika for a milder pimento cheese.
  • Salt and Pepper. To taste.
  • Hot Sauce. Optional, for a touch of spicy goodness.
  • FOR THE JALAPENO POPPERS
  • Bacon. For wrapping the stuffed jalapenos.
  • Jalapeno Peppers. As many as you can fill.

Pimento Cheese Jalapeno Poppers with extra cheese

How to Make Pimento Cheese Jalapeno Poppers – the Recipe Method

MAKE THE PIMENTO CHEESE

Gently stir together the cheddar cheeses, pimentos, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, cayenne, salt and pepper in a medium-sized bowl.

Pimento Cheese ingredients in a mixing bowl

Taste and adjust for salt and pepper. Add in a dash or two of hot sauce to your preference.

Fold the mixture gently to combine.

Mixed Pimento Cheese in a mixing bowl

MAKE THE JALAPENO POPPERS

Slice the jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise and scoop out the insides.

Fill each jalapeno pepper half with the pimento cheese mixture. You might have some leftover, depending on the size of your peppers. Just distribute evenly.

Wrap each stuffed jalapeno boat with a slice of bacon. Pierce with toothpicks to hold the bacon in place if needed.

Pimento Cheese Jalapeno Poppers placed on the hot grill

Heat a grill to medium heat and grill the jalapeno poppers for 10-15 minutes, or until the bacon is nice and crispy to your liking. You can also bake the poppers for 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees F until the bacon is crispy. You can blast them with the broiler a couple of minutes at the end if you need to.

Pimento Cheese Jalapeno Poppers fresh off the grill

Remove from heat, cool slightly, and serve.

Boom! Done! Pimento cheese jalapeno poppers are ready to serve. They look delicious, don’t they? Stuffed with decadent pimento cheese, wrapped in delectable bacon. Doesn’t get any better than this, my friends.

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • The Jalapenos. Jalapeno peppers vary in size, so use your best judgment for this recipe. I usually get a good dozen or so filled with the pimento cheese.
  • The Bacon. I use a whole slice of bacon per popper, but you can use half a slice to stretch the bacon a bit further.

That’s it, my friends. I hope you enjoy my pimento cheese jalapeno poppers recipe. Let me know if you make it. I’d love to hear how it turned out for you. Keep it spicy!

Three Pimento Cheese Jalapeno Poppers, ready to serve

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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.

Pimento Cheese Jalapeno Poppers

My delicious pimento cheese jalapeno poppers recipe with sliced jalapenos stuffed with homemade pimento cheese, wrapped in bacon and grilled to perfection. Beware, they are addictive!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilling, jalapeno, pimento cheese, poppers, spicy
Servings: 24 poppers
Calories: 136kcal

Ingredients

FOR THE PIMENTO CHEESE

  • 1-1/2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded yellow cheddar cheese
  • 1 4- ounce jar diced pimentos drained
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise Duke's Mayo is a southern classic
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic optional, my personal addition
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder or to taste - use paprika for a milder version
  • Salt and pepper to taste about 1/2 teaspoon each
  • Dash of hot sauce optional - Crystal or Tabasco are great here

FOR THE JALAPENO POPPERS

  • 24 slices bacon
  • 12 large jalapeno peppers

Instructions

MAKE THE PIMENTO CHEESE

  • Gently stir together the cheddar cheeses, pimentos, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, cayenne, salt and pepper in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Taste and adjust for salt and pepper. Add in a dash or two of hot sauce to your preference.
  • Fold the mixture gently to combine.

MAKE THE JALAPENO POPPERS

  • Slice the jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise and scoop out the insides.
  • Fill each jalapeno pepper half with the pimento cheese mixture. You might have some leftover, depending on the size of your peppers. Just distribute evenly.
  • Wrap each stuffed jalapeno boat with a slice of bacon. Pierce with toothpicks to hold the bacon in place if needed.
  • Heat a grill to medium heat and grill the jalapeno poppers for 10-15 minutes, or until the bacon is nice and crispy to your liking. You can also bake the poppers for 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees F until the bacon is crispy. You can blast them with the broiler a couple of minutes at the end if you need to.
  • Remove from heat, cool slightly, and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 307IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg
Pimento Cheese Jalapeno Poppers

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