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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 7 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 kcal
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.

  4. 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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!

      Reply

    • 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.

      Reply

      • 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!

          Reply

  • 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!

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  • 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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