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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

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Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers with Philadelphia cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and wrapped in crispy bacon are the appetizers everyone is returning for.

While we personally believe oven baked poppers are the best, we have included adaptations for grilling, smoking, and air frying so you can make poppers however you please.

bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers on a rimmed baking sheet.

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos Recipe

A perfect party appetizer and super popular on game day, this classic recipe is an all-time party snack favorite. 

Simple ingredients often make the best recipes, and these stuffed jalapenos are no exception. If you are scared of them bringing too much heat, don’t be. The cheddar cheese keeps this recipe downplayed, and removing the spicy jalapeno seeds keeps this recipe relatively tame.

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Jalapeno peppers – halved and deseeded
  • Cream cheese
  • Cheddar cheese (alternative choices: Pepper Jack, Colby Jack)
  • Bacon strips – Cut in half down lengthwise, this keeps the bacon piece smaller and easier to crisp up.
  • Optional: Cajun or Cayenne seasoning
popper ingredients.

How to make Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

Oven Method

Preparation: Preheat your oven to 400°F (204°C). Grease a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set it aside.

Prepare the jalapenos. Cut each jalapeno pepper in half lengthwise. Carefully scoop out the seeds and discard them. Consider wearing disposable gloves if jalapenos typically irritate your skin. Set the prepped jalapeno halves aside.

remove jalapeno seeds.

Cheese Mixture: In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese and cheddar cheese until well-mixed. If you’re adding seasoning, we suggest 1 tsp of either: Garlic powder, Black pepper, Cajun, or Cayenne directly into the cream cheese mixture.

Stuffing the Jalapenos: Use a tablespoon to fill each jalapeno half with the cream cheese filling. Be careful not to overfill. Press the filling into each jalapeno shell.

It’s often easiest to use your clean fingers to ensure the filling is smoothly distributed within the jalapeno halves.

use a tablespoon scoop to grab philadelphia cream cheese mixture.
jalapenos on a cutting board.

Wrapping with Bacon: Cut the uncooked bacon strips in half. Wrap each jalapeno half with a half-slice of bacon. Make sure to tuck the ends of the bacon securely around or underneath the jalapeno to prevent it from unraveling during cooking.

Place the bacon-wrapped jalapenos on the prepared baking sheet.

wrap a jalapeno with half slice of bacon.

Baking: Bake in the preheated oven for 15–18 minutes or until the bacon is fully cooked.

Depending on your oven and desired level of bacon texture, you might need to extend the baking time to 23 minutes to ensure the bacon is crispy.

cream cheese stuffed peppers wrapped in bacon.

Optional Broiling for Crispy Bacon Edges:

If you desire a crispier bacon finish, broil the baked jalapeno poppers for an additional 2-3 minutes. Watch them closely to prevent burning.

Grill, Smoked, Air Fry

For all methods, remember to adjust cooking times based on your specific equipment and desired level of doneness.

It is impossible to account for every brand, size, and heat level of all kitchen appliances, so the first time you make this recipe, please see if you need timing changes.

how to grill a jalapeno popper.

To adapt the recipe for bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapeño peppers to different cooking methods such as grilling, smoking, and air frying, follow these basic instructions for each method:

Grilling Instructions:

Tip: You can microwave the bacon for 2-3 minutes to render some of the fat off. 

  • Preparation: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat, around 350°F to 400°F. Follow the original recipe for preparing the jalapeños, stuffing them with the cream cheese and cheddar cheese mixture and wrapping them with the half slice of bacon. Secure the piece of bacon with toothpicks, if necessary.
  • Grilling: Place the stuffed jalapeños directly on the grill grates over indirect heat. Cover the grill. Grill for about 15–20 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy and the peppers are tender. If you want charred edges, move them over direct heat for the last few minutes. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.
  • Serving: Allow the poppers to cool slightly before serving, as the cheese filling will be hot. Remove any toothpicks if used.

Smoking Instructions:

  • Preparation: Set up your smoker according to the manufacturer’s instructions and preheat it to a low temperature, around 225°F to 250°F. Prepare the jalapeños as described in the original recipe.
  • Smoking: Place the stuffed jalapeños in the smoker on the grates, ensuring they’re not touching each other. Smoke the poppers for 1.5 to 2 hours or until the bacon is fully cooked and has reached your desired level of crispiness.
  • Serving: Let the jalapeño poppers rest for a few minutes after removing them from the smoker to allow the cheese to set slightly. Serve warm. 

Air Frying Instructions:

Are stuffed jalapenos spicy?

Here’s the good news: when you scoop out those seeds, you’re also ditching the intense heat.

What’s left is a milder jalapeno, perfect for stuffing with a creamy, cheesy filling and wrapping in crispy bacon. Trust me, these little bites of heaven will vanish before your eyes!

Cream Cheese Stuffed Popper Tips 

  • If you use too much filling mixture in the jalapeno and overfill, you will not have enough to finish. Remember that when the cream cheese melts, it will ooze out of the shell, so I do not recommend overfilling.
  • Add two tablespoons of grated Parmesan Cheese to the mixture.
  • As noted before, gloves help prevent jalapeno juice or peppers from accidentally getting into sensitive eyes or nostrils.

  • Stuffed peppers can be made with other peppers as well, so if you want SUPER SPICY, try hot peppers like serrano peppers or habanero peppers. If you wish to have mild or sweet peppers, try stuffed Pablano peppers.
  • To prevent the bacon strips from unraveling (if you are not good at tucking in those ends), use toothpicks to hold them in place. Make sure to completely discard the toothpicks before serving. 
baked jalapeno popper with bacon.

Variations for a Stuffed Jalapeno

Add pre-cooked crispy bacon bits, savory cooked sausage, or seasoned ground beef into the cream cheese mixture.

You can also test out other similar flavored recipes like Jalapeno Stuffed Chicken, Jalapeno Popper Dip, and a Halloween adaptation for Mummy Stuffed Jalapenos (Great for parties).

What to Serve with Jalapeno Poppers.

Serve with finger foods like pizza rollsdeviled eggsmini pigs in a blanketCaprese sliders, or a pile of ranch pickles.

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Cream Cheese Jalapeno Poppers + Bacon


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and crispy bacon is the appetizer everyone is going back for. Easily done in the oven, prep takes about 15 minutes, and cook about 15-20 minutes. Great game day appetizer recipe that everyone loves.

Ingredients
 

  • 6 whole jalapenos cut in half, deseeded
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices bacon cut in half lengthwise
  • Cajun seasoning optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 and grease a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Set sheet aside.
  • Slice each jalapeno pepper in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and discard. It's best to use gloves to avoid seeds or spices from getting into sensitive areas of the face accidentally.
  • In a small bowl, mix cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese. if you are adding seasoning, add Cajun or Cayenne directly to cream cheese to mix in.
  • Use a tablespoon scoop to scoop cheese into each pepper half, pressing the mixture in into the shell. Clean fingers are the easiest way to spread the cream cheese in the jalapeno shells. Be careful not to overfill.
  • Wrap one half slice of bacon around each pepper, tucking the ends in or under the jalapeno and place onto the baking sheet. If bacon ends are left out, they may unravel while baking. Using a toothpick to secure is fine as well just remove before serving.
  • Bake jalapeno poppers for 15-18 minutes or until bacon piece is done. Depending on the oven, you may need up to 23 minutes or so.
  • If desired, broil for ad additional 2-3 minutes to crisp and golden brown the bacon. Never leave broiler unattended as it can move quickly and burn when you least expect it.

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Notes

Jalapeno Popper Expert Tips
  • If you use too much filling mixture in the jalapeno and overfill, you will not have enough to finish. You can either smooth out and transfer to a new jalapeno or make more dip. Remember that when the cream cheese begins to melt, it will ooze out of the shell, so I do not recommend overfilling.
  • As noted before, gloves help prevent jalapeno juice or peppers from accidentally getting into sensitive eyes or nostrils. 
  • Stuffed peppers can be made with other peppers as well so if you want SUPER SPICY, try hot peppers like serrano peppers or habanero peppers. If you want mild or sweet peppers, try stuffed Pablano peppers. 
  • To prevent the bacon strips from unraveling (if you are not good at tucking in those ends), simply use toothpicks to hold in place. Make sure to completely discard toothpicks before serving.
What else can be added to a Stuffed Jalapeno? 
It’s fine to add bits of pre-cooked crispy bacon to the cream cheese mixture as well as cooked sausage or cooked ground beef. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2poppers | Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 1243mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

Nutritional Disclaimer: The nutritional data provided here is auto-calculated and intended for your convenience only. As it’s generated via automation, its accuracy may be compromised. For precise nutritional insight, please compute the values utilizing the actual ingredients in your recipe through your chosen nutrition calculator or application.

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2 Comments

  1. Carli Brown says:

    Please will yall post what temperature the oven needs to be set to?

    1. HI Carli, its on the recipe card in the post, right above this comment stream. There is a little printable, condensed version of the entire recipe with instructions that you can print (if you want). Thats with all recipe blogs just so you know for the future. Additionally, its listed in the article itself. The temperature is 400. Happy to Help!

      Trisha

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