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Jalapeno Poppers with Bacon

Jalapeno Poppers are the ultimate appetizer. You’ll love these halved jalapenos stuffed with a rich cream cheese and bacon mixture.

Jalapeno poppers on a black plate with a small bowl or ranch dressing.

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Just like our Guacamole and Spinach Artichoke Dip, these bacon stuffed jalapeno poppers are such a hit at parties and they always disappear fast.

These are great paired with a dip like our popular Avocado Ranch or Jalapeno Ranch.

How to Make Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno Poppers use simple ingredients and are so EASY to make. It’s similar to our Cheeseball filling but stuffed into jalapeños.

  • Bacon: Cook the bacon using your favorite method. We just cut it into small pieces and cook on the stovetop until crispy. Once cooled, chop bacon into small pieces.
  • Jalapenos: Purchase fresh jalapenos. Cut in half and scrape out the seeds.
  • Make Filling: In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the filling.
  • Fill Jalapenos: Fill the halved jalapenos with the cream cheese filling, distributing the mixture evenly between the pepper halves.
  • Bake: Bake the jalapenos until the cheese is melted and is golden.
Step by step collage on how to make the filling for the jalapeno poppers.

How to Cut Jalapeños

Jalapeno Peppers are spicy! We highly recommend you wear kitchen gloves to clean the peppers to protect your skin from being burned.

  • Slice the jalapenos in half lengthwise.
  • Remove the seeds and membranes. TIP: You can leave in some of the membranes for extra spiciness.
Sliced and seeded jalapeños, parmesan cheese, and a bowl of the filling on a tray.

Pro Tip: If you love more heat in your jalapenos, you can leave in some of the membranes for extra spiciness.

Make-Ahead

You can assemble the jalapeno poppers up to 3 days in advance and keep them refrigerated in an airtight container. Bake or air fry per the instructions before serving.

Uncooked stuffed jalapeno poppers in a baking sheet topped with parmesan cheese.

Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

We love the air fryer for making quick and easy appetizers like our popular Air Fried Chicken Wings. You can make Jalapeno poppers in the Air Fryer in a single layer at 325˚F for 10-12 minutes.

Storing Leftovers

Once cooled, refrigerate for up to 3 days in an airtight container. To reheat, cover the dish with foil and cook until reheated through.

The jalapeno bites are not overly spicy and the perfect appetizer or side dish for potlucks and parties.

Jalapeno popper stacked on a plate. The best appetizer for parties.

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Jalapeno Poppers

5 from 18 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Jalapeno poppers arranged on tray with ranch

The BEST recipe for Jalapeno Poppers. Sliced jalapenos loaded with a cheesy cream cheese and bacon mixture.

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $9-$12
Keyword: jalapeno poppers
Cuisine: American
Course: Appetizer
Calories: 132
Servings: 12 servings (makes 24 poppers)

Ingredients

  • 12 jalapenos
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temp
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp green onion chopped
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Halve the jalapenos lengthwise. Remove and discard the seeds and membranes from the jalapenos.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, green onion, shredded cheese, and cooked bacon for the filling.
  3. Fill the jalapeno halves with the mixture. Placed stuffed jalapenos on a baking sheet and bake at 400˚F for 18-20 minutes, or until the cheese melts golden in color. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the poppers and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Jalapeno Poppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 132 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 553mg24%
Potassium 74mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 514IU10%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Raleigh
    August 30, 2021

    These were very good!! BUT make sure to be careful when touching your face, my brother and I were crying our eyes out for 45 mins and could not get any relief from rinsing with water and even cool milk!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 30, 2021

      Hey Raleigh! Absolutely! I always handle these with gloves to be safe! I’m so glad you loved this recipe!

      Reply

  • Donna white
    August 14, 2021

    Where can I find your recipe for the best baked mac and cheese. Had alot of cheese and you layer the sauce

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  • Priscilla Artavia
    August 13, 2021

    Love the recipe, but, how can I handle the jalapeños? They are just way too spicy, almost not able to eat them. I´m a huge fan… greetings from Costa Rica!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 13, 2021

      Hi Priscilla, make sure you are wearing gloves and make sure to scrape out the membrane and seeds. I’m glad to hear you like jalapenos!

      Reply

  • Sophia
    August 12, 2021

    These are the best jalapeño poppers I’ve ever had!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 12, 2021

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review, Sophia!

      Reply

  • Yarko
    July 25, 2021

    We made these on a charcoal grill, sprayed a vegetable bbq cooking pan w/ olive oil spray. Cover to reach as close to 400 degrees as you can get, turn pan (or in our case do-si-do 2 pans) after grill reaches 375-400 for a few minutes… When the cheese tops start to brown (1 rotation – maybe 20min total for us), you’re done. Ours slid right off the stainless grilling pan onto a serving dish. The ones that turned over didn’t stick (ie sufficiently but lightly browned). Tongs come in handy. One lesson we learned is to not overload the poppers with cheese – about even with the popper side is sufficient / better.

    The mods we made to this recipe:
    – no Parmesan;
    – 1/2 mild cheddar, and 1/2 made up of (about 3/4 sharp white cheddar, 1/4 blue cheese)
    – 2 cloves of garlic
    – himalayan salt and pepper straight from grinders (probably about 2-3 x more pepper than called for)

    Left over filling can be used on crackers.

    That’s it.
    Maybe the best poppers I’ve ever had – enjoy!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 26, 2021

      Very nice feedback, thanks for sharing that with us! I’m glad the modifications that you made worked out well too.

      Reply

      • Laurie
        August 7, 2021

        Can these be frozen? If so should they be cooked first or not. Thanks!

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          August 7, 2021

          Hi Laurie, I haven’t tested that to advise. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

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  • Jaymie
    July 19, 2021

    These are amazing and an awesome quick dish! We don’t eat pork so I omitted the bacon. I also left some of the membrane and seeds of the peppers to give it a little kick and it was perfect! One more confession…I prepped these 7 days, SEVEN, one week in advance haha and they were still PERFECT!! Cheese can last forever anyway so there was nothing wrong with them hanging out in the fridge until I needed them 🙂 For those who like to prepare in advance, I thought that would be useful information 🙂 Thanks for the awesome recipe!! Totally a keeper.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 19, 2021

      You’re welcome, Jaymie! I’m so so happy to hear that!

      Reply

  • Courtney
    July 11, 2021

    These were phenomenal!! I didn’t have cheddar cheese so I used cream cheese, 1 cup parmesan and 1 cup triple blend cheese and I also only scraped a little of the insides of the jalapeños. They turned out amazing and we couldn’t stop eating them!! So yummy thank you for the recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 12, 2021

      Yay, that is fantastic and great to hear that it was a sucess! Thanks for your good review, Courtney.

      Reply

  • Becky saunders
    July 4, 2021

    These were excellent. The only thing I did different was omit the salt because my bacon had enough of it and I added a couple more pieces of bacon. Will definitely make again. My first food review. Love your videos.
    Will try more of your recipes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 4, 2021

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a review here, Becky. I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Beth Ann
    June 18, 2021

    I going to try these as a main dish by adding shredded leftover chicken!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 18, 2021

      Yum! That sounds delicious! I’d love to know how you like that!

      Reply

  • Dave
    June 11, 2021

    Just made these as an appetizer and they were fantastic!! Everyone loved them! All agreed they were the best we have ever had. Thanks for sharing!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 11, 2021

      Aren’t they the best! I’m so happy you also enjoyed them, Dave!

      Reply

  • Laurie
    May 25, 2021

    We cannot eat spicy foods but love the taste of jalapeño. Is there a way to do these? Sound and look so delicious.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 26, 2021

      Hi Laurie, naturally they will be spicy, but the filling and bacon help that. Make sure to follow all the steps in properly cleaning out the jalapeno 🙂

      Reply

  • Irina
    May 3, 2021

    Hi Natasha can I substitute jalapeño peppers for regular mini peppers?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 4, 2021

      Hi Irina, I honestly haven’t tried that yet to advise. But I think it will work well too. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes.

      Reply

  • James Holtry
    April 3, 2021

    Spray foil with olive oil spray, put peppers on foil and grill on low until cheese is nice and creamy and peppers soft. Leave some seeds in the pepper if you like them hot.

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  • Shazia
    April 3, 2021

    Can you prepare & freeze these & bake them at a later date?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 4, 2021

      Hi Shazia, I haven’t tested that to advise. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

      Reply

  • Suzanne
    April 3, 2021

    Was wondering if they can. Be pan fried instead? I don’t have a oven 😭

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    • Natasha
      April 3, 2021

      Hi Suzanne, I haven’t tested it to say for sure, but it may work covered on a skillet. You might google some instructions for that. Also, we have air fryer instructions above if you have an air fryer.

      Reply

  • Beverly
    April 3, 2021

    I make mine like this but add a medium piece of pre cooked fajita chicken meat in the bottom. One that fits the pepper without being to large, I sometimes have to cut it to fit good. Then put the cheese mixture on top and around the meat.

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  • Randi
    February 27, 2021

    Hi, I don’t have green onions but would really like to make these tonight. Would you replace with another onion or ingredient or just make them without?

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    • Natasha
      February 28, 2021

      Hi Randi, it would work with chives or even leaving out the onion would be ok.

      Reply

  • Inna
    February 24, 2021

    Hello Natasha, I wonder if I can make these in an air fryer? And if so, would it be the same amount of time?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 24, 2021

      Hi Inna that is a great question. I haven’t tested that in an air fryer to advise. If you experiment, I would love to know how you like that.

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      • Stacey
        September 13, 2021

        These were amazing, so quick and eat and I air fried them for 9-10 minutes! Thank you!

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          September 13, 2021

          You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Stacey!

          Reply

  • Olga
    February 13, 2021

    These are dangerously addictive! Very quick, easy, and keto friendly. What else can you ask for!? Your recipes never fail. Thank you.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 13, 2021

      Aww! Thank you for that wonderful compliment, Olga. I’m glad you’re enjoying our recipes.

      Reply

  • Brooke H
    February 7, 2021

    Love these! Jalapeno poppers are a Super Bowl tradition at our house, and I like that these are less mess and use less bacon than the typical bacon-wrapped poppers. Thanks!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 7, 2021

      Hello Brooke, awesome! I’m glad you loved it.

      Reply

  • Debbie
    February 5, 2021

    These were delicious! I could have eaten the whole batch by myself!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 5, 2021

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite!

      Reply

  • Tim
    February 2, 2021

    I have been doing this recipe for years but I add grated cheese to the cream cheese mix and then I add dill weed in as well. The rest of the recipe is the same. Everyone loves them! 😁👍

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 2, 2021

      Aren’t they so good! I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe, Tim!

      Reply

  • Liz
    January 31, 2021

    These jalapeño poppers are the best! Made them for a party and they didn’t last 5 minutes, now make them at home for a weekend snack for the family!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 31, 2021

      That is awesome, Liz! I’m happy to hear that, thank you for your good feedback!

      Reply

  • Jim
    January 27, 2021

    They are great done on a gas grill

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 27, 2021

      Yes! Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • VALERIE
    January 26, 2021

    Absolutely scrumptious! My husband loves finger foods and we’ve been enjoying your pizza dough recipe with lots of different toppings. After we saw the Jalapeno Poppers, I knew I had to give them a try! They were a big hit. Not too spicy but so full of flavor. Thanks again for another wonderful recipe.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 26, 2021

      Fantastic review! Thank you for sharing that with us, Valerie.

      Reply

  • Faye F
    January 24, 2021

    Hi wondering if you have or thought of creating a cookbook, be a go to for many 💙 Your recipes tried and true!Thank You ❤️🇨🇦

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 24, 2021

      Hello Faye, I am currently working on a cookbook. I’ll definitely share it with everyone when it’s done!

      Reply

      • anna
        February 22, 2021

        i want one of your cook books cant wait anna i made your butter crust apple pie it was delicious all your recipes are easy and true and so good, im 74 and the first pie i ever made, i have made alot of your recipes because i know they will turn out and be good thanks so much

        Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          February 23, 2021

          I am already working on a cookbook, thanks for patiently waiting! I hope you’ll love every recipe that you will try.

          Reply

    • JUDY GUMM
      May 30, 2021

      SO TRUE WISH YOU WOULD CREATE A COOK BOOK ALSO, NATASHA, I LOVE ALL OF YOUR RECIPES AND HAVE MADE ALOT ALWAYS SO PERFECT, NEVER FAIL AND LOVE THE WAY YOU EXPLAIN INSTRUCTIONS SO GOOD, PIE DOUGH, APPLE,ECT. FIRST TIME I EVER MADE DOUGH OR A PIE AND I’M 74 LOL, TRYING THE POPPERS RIGHT NOW, LOVE, LOVE YOUR RECIPES AND LOVE WATCHING YOU MAKE EVERYTHING,YOU ARE SO CUTE AND FUNNY AND ENTERTAINING, THANKS I’M JUDY FROM OHIO

      Reply

      • Natasha's Kitchen
        May 30, 2021

        I’m working on it, Judy. I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try!

        Reply

  • Nancy
    January 23, 2021

    By the directions you’ve got it listed twice to bake these?

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    • Natasha
      January 25, 2021

      Hi Nancy, thank you so much for pointing that out. I have updated it.

      Reply

  • Hallam
    January 21, 2021

    Made these tonight and they turned out so delicious! Followed the recipe except I had the smoker going with a chunk of mesquite in it so threw them in. Wow great flavor will make again. Wanting to try the chicken lasagna next.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 21, 2021

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • John J Harrison
    January 18, 2021

    Made these poppers for the football weekend, fantastic. Bacon into the mixture great idea, no more wrapping. John

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 18, 2021

      That’s nice to know. I’m glad you liked it, thanks for sharing!

      Reply

  • Sherrie
    January 16, 2021

    Made these for football day and what a hit!!! YUM!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 16, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Hana
    January 15, 2021

    Can you do a red velvet cupcake or cake

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    • Natasha
      January 15, 2021

      Hi Hana, I have that on my to-do list. Thank you for the request.

      Reply

    • Kathy samsky
      February 6, 2021

      Did you see that she has a red velvet cake? I saw a video for it.

      Reply

  • Sara
    January 14, 2021

    Hi natasha can you try turkish simit and I hope my suggestion and do it in a video

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    • Natasha
      January 15, 2021

      I will have to look that up. Thank you for the suggestion.

      Reply

      • JUDY GUMM
        May 30, 2021

        HI NATASHA, COULD YOU MAKE A ROAST THAT IS A BEEF ROAST WITH A PORK ROAST ON TOP, SOMEONE TOLD ME THERE GRANDMOTHER ALWAYS MADE THIS AND IT IS CALLED LION ROAST, AND SO FLAVORFUL AND MAKES THE GRAVY SO GOOD, SOUNDS GOOD, HOPE YOU MAKE IT SOME TIME ON A VIDEO, THANK YOU JUDY FROM OHIO

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          May 30, 2021

          Thanks for your suggestion, Judy. I’ll take note of that. In the meantime, you may check out my Roasted Beef Tenderloin recipe.

          Reply

  • Oksana
    January 13, 2021

    I wonder if it’s really spicy?

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    • Natasha
      January 13, 2021

      Hi Oksana, it really depends on the jalapenos. Some are spicy and sometimes they are very mild. Most of the ones at the grocery store are fairly mild-moderate spiciness. Also, baking removes some of the spiciness and if you want less spice, be sure to remove and scrape out the seeds and the white stuff inside the jalapenos.

      Reply

  • James Boudreau
    January 13, 2021

    I use an apple corer to clean the pepper cores

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    • Natasha
      January 13, 2021

      That is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Rose
      January 15, 2021

      Ive been making these for years! I include some cumin, chili powder, some homemade spicy chili powder. For ease, i use bacon pieces (for salads) and also mix in shredded cheese into the mixture. After I fill the peppers I sprinkle any leftover bacon and shred cheese on top.

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        January 15, 2021

        Yum! Thank you so much for sharing that with us, Rose!

        Reply

  • Asia
    January 13, 2021

    I normally wrap them in bacon. If I do it this way not so much bacon and looks so much easier. Thanks for the recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 13, 2021

      You’re welcome! I hope you love this recipe!

      Reply

  • Teresa
    January 12, 2021

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. Looks yummy and nutritious!

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    • Natasha
      January 12, 2021

      Thank you Teresa! I hope you love this jalapeno appetizer.

      Reply

      • anna
        January 13, 2021

        Natasha you are the best cook I know I have never been disappointed in any recipe I’ve tried I love to watch you and you are very intertaining also so cute, I made your butter pie crust and the first time I ever made a pie crust and I’m 74 years old, and loved it, thank you so much for sharing your recipes, I have learned so much from you!!!!! don’t stop ever your friend anna…..

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        • Natasha
          January 13, 2021

          Awww thank you for that wonderful feedback. Thank you so much Anna!

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  • Katie
    January 12, 2021

    Looks so delicious! Can’t wait to try this one with my family.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 12, 2021

      Hi Katie, please try! I hope this becomes your new favorite at home.

      Reply

  • Betsy
    January 12, 2021

    Super delicious! Perfect appetizer for game day! The guys are going to LOVE these for the Super Bowl!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 12, 2021

      Hi Betsy, that sounds fun! I hope these will become a hit and your new favorite at home!

      Reply

    • James and Pam
      January 16, 2021

      We have made this for decades with bacon and wrapped around them but after seeing your recipe this looks much more tastier have all the ingredients going to make them Today 🙂 we made so many of your recipes the truth is we like 99% of them Thank you so much ❤️

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        January 16, 2021

        Thank you for that wonderful feedback! I hope you give this a try soon! It is so so good!

        Reply

  • Sara Welch
    January 12, 2021

    Gave these a try with dinner and they did not disappoint! Loved all the flavor with a kick! Easily, a new favorite!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 12, 2021

      Thank you so much for your great review, Sara! I’m glad you loved this recipe.

      Reply

  • Anna
    January 12, 2021

    Looks delicious! I’ve tried these before except that I didn’t put bacon. I bet they’d taste amazing with it!
    Also, an of topic question, are there gonna be bloopers this year?

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    • Natasha
      January 12, 2021

      Thank you Anna! I hope you try these jalapeno poppers with the bacon in them also. We are working on a bloopers video and hopefully will have one posted next week. I’m glad you enjoy those.

      Reply

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