These bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers are creamy, spicy and loaded with cheese. The perfect party appetizer!

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A plate of bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers served with ranch dressing.

I have to admit, I have a weakness for jalapeno poppers. As much as I love them, I’ve never made them at home, because I’m not a fan of deep frying in my own kitchen. These bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers are baked instead of fried, and let me say, they’re even better than the original! Who can resist fresh jalapenos stuffed with cheese, wrapped in bacon and baked to crispy perfection? Not me, that’s for sure. This is the ultimate party or game day snack along with other offerings such as antipasto skewers and slow cooker chicken wings!

Halved and hollowed out jalapenos on a sheet pan.

How to make jalapeno poppers

It probably won’t surprise you that the first ingredient in this recipe is jalapenos. I like to buy jalapenos that are about 3-4 inches long, you don’t want them to be too small or they’ll be hard to stuff. The jalapenos are sliced in half and the seeds and ribs get removed. Removing the seeds and ribs removes most of the heat from the peppers; if you like it spicier, leave some of the seeds and ribs in. The peppers are stuffed with a combination of cream cheese, cheddar cheese and spices.

A plate full of bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers with a side of ranch for dipping.

The final step in the process is the bacon. You definitely want to avoid thick cut bacon here as it’ll take a lot longer to crisp up in the oven. The jalapenos get wrapped in half a slice of bacon and then secured with a toothpick. You can remove the toothpicks before serving like I did here, or leave them in for people to grab off the party platter. Whatever you prefer!

A sheet pan with bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers.

I like to serve my bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers with a side of ranch for dipping, but honestly they’re awesome as-is too. This is one of those party snacks where everyone will be asking you for the recipe! You can even fill and wrap the jalapenos up to 8 hours before you plan to bake them, simply store them in the fridge until you’re ready to go. You might even want to consider making a double batch, these little guys disappear quickly!

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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

AuthorSara Welch
A plate of bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers served with ranch dressing.
These bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers are creamy, spicy and loaded with cheese. The perfect party appetizer!
Time
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Serves 12

Ingredients 

  • 12 jalapeno peppers approximately 3-4 inches long
  • 1 8 ounce block cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 slices bacon do not use thick cut
  • cooking spray

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil and coat it with cooking spray.
  • Cut the jalapenos in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and ribs. 
  • In a medium bowl mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, onion powder, salt and pepper. 
  • Fill each jalapeno half with the cheese mixture.
  • Cut the slices of bacon in half crosswise and wrap each pepper half in a slice of bacon, using a toothpick to secure the bacon.
  • Arrange the peppers on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until bacon is crispy and browned. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 362mg | Potassium: 113mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 505IU | Vitamin C: 16.6mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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  1. I like to kick this up a notch by creating a small trof in the cream cheese and filling it with jalapeno jelly and adding a medium deveined, tail off shrimp. Finish with the bacon wrap and cook as you like, oven, bbq however. Every asks for the recipe. Enjoy😊

  2. 5 stars
    These are INCREDIBLE and so easy to go overboard eating them! What is the serving size for the nutritional facts listed above?

  3. 5 stars
    I’m not a fan of deep-frying in my own kitchen either but these are right up my alley!! I can’t wait to try them!

    1. I’ve been making these for years, my husband and I love them. I will make them occasionally for our dinner, so yummy!

  4. 5 stars
    Yum thanks again dinner at the zoo! We’ve previously had jalapeno poppers from costco. I was nervous to try this – you know cutting my own jalapenos. But after using (costco) rubber gloves it wasn’t a problem at all. SO MUCH BETTER than the boxed popper variety from costco freezer section. DELICIOUS!

  5. 5 stars
    I just love it. What an awesome combination of Jalapeno and Bacon. Very creative and cheesy and yummy too.

    1. Oh what a great idea, I have been making them in the oven, never even crossed my mind to make them in my air fryer..thanks for the tip 😉

    2. When you cooked them in the air fryer did you just do them in batches? If you did, did you keep them warm in the oven or czn they be eaten cold?

      1. I only made a half batch and did them all at once in the air fryer. I suppose you could cook them in batches and keep them warm in the oven at a low temp.

  6. Beautifully cooked but needed more time I oven

    400° took me about 40 mins to get the bacon crispy. 20 mins bacon was soft. I usually cook on the grill and they come out beautiful and zero grease, I had to replace the foil half way through to remove the grease.