Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

The Wisconsin State Fair is at its full, Ferris wheel peak. The rides are whirring, and every deep fryer and strip of bacon north of Chicago has been commissioned to feed the hungry crowds. While the animals are cute and the rides are fun, FOOD is the most anticipated event. Today’s recipe for cream cheese-stuffed Bacon Jalapeño Poppers is inspired by the State Fair, but you don’t need to travel any farther than your kitchen to enjoy them. See the recipe in action in the below video!


Halved jalapeños stuffed with a decadent cream cheese, shredded cheese, and bacon filling, then sprinkled with Panko breadcrumbs and baked to golden, crispy perfection, these Bacon Jalapeño Poppers should come with a warning label: ADDICTION INEVITABLE. Take your first cheesy, creamy, and crunchy bite, and see if you don’t agree. I’m teaming up with my local grocery store, Pick ‘n Save, to share this recipe, and I’m excited for you to try it too!

If you like spicy, you will LOVE these Bacon Jalapeno Poppers! Halved jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese, shredded cheese, bacon, and garlic, topped with crispy bread crumbs, then baked to golden perfection. @wellplated

Like most state fair foods, classic stuffed jalapeño poppers are deep fried, but for the ease of at-home preparation (and to save room for my other state fair guilty pleasures—ahem, deep-fried Snickers bars), I decided to try baking the bacon stuffed jalapeños instead. The results were blue-ribbon worthy!

Bacon Jalapeno Poppers — the ULTIMATE appetizer recipe! Jalapenos stuffed with a bacon cream cheese filling, topped with crispy breadcrumbs, with even more bacon on top. TO DIE FOR. @wellplated

Not only are these Bacon Jalapeño Poppers just as addictive as the original recipe that inspired them, they are incredibly simple to prepare. Beat the cream cheese filling, half and stuff the jalapeños, then bake. No messy fryer or oily clean up required.

Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Poppers — Tender jalapeno peppers stuffed with a gooey bacon cream cheese filling, baked to crispy perfection, with more bacon on top! @wellplated

Ben has already requested these Bacon Jalapeño Poppers for every football game watch from season kick off through the Super Bowl, so I’m definitely glad they are a) easy, b) baked (my jeans agree), and c) EASY. You can even stuff the jalapeños a day in advance, then bake them just before serving.

Bacon Baked Jalapeno Poppers. ADDICTIVE. Tender jalapeno peppers stuffed with an irresistible bacon cream cheese filling. Baked to crispy perfection with even more bacon on top! @wellplated

Watch out funnel cakes: these Bacon Jalapeño Poppers are about to become the new fair favorite!

These Bacon Jalapeno Poppers are seriously addictive! So easy to make: Jalapenos stuffed with bacon cream cheese, then baked to crispy perfection. Everyone loves this appetizer recipe! @wellplated

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Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

If you like spicy, you will LOVE baked Bacon Jalapeno Poppers! Halved jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese, bacon and garlic, topped with crispy breadcrumbs.

Yield: 24 poppers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 strips of bacon
  • 12 small/medium-sized jalapeno peppers, split in half length-wise with seeds and membranes removed
  • 6 ounces light cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated pepper jack cheese
  • 2 small green onions, finely sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil, then place an ovenproof baking rack on top. Arrange the bacon in a single layer on the baking rack, then bake until crisp, about 12-15 minutes depending upon the thickness of your bacon. Remove from the baking rack to a paper towel-lined plate. Let cool, then dice into small pieces.
  2. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper or a silpat mat. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, grated cheese, 3/4 of the bacon, green onion, garlic powder, and salt. Spoon the filling into each jalapeño cavity. Arrange the peppers on prepared baking sheet, filling-side up.
  4. Sprinkle a small amount of panko on top of each jalapeno, then lightly coat the top of the jalapenos with cooking spray. Bake until the jalapenos are tender and the breadcrumbs are golden, about 15-18 minutes. If the panko isn’t browned to your liking when the peppers are soft, switch the oven to broil and broil for 1 minute or so watching VERY CAREFULLY to make sure the breadcrumbs do not burn (don’t walk away!). Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining bacon. Serve hot.

The Bacon Jalapeño Poppers can be prepared through Step 3 up to 1 day in advance. Sprinkle with Panko and bake just before serving.

All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 popper

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 89
  • Total Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg
  • Sodium: 236mg
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Protein: 5g

I’m sharing this post in partnership with Pick ‘N Save. As always, all opinions are my own and thank you for supporting the brands and companies that make it possible for me to provide high quality content to you!

About Erin Clarke

I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, lover of bourbon, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN...

12 comments

  1. Hey girl these look amazing! yummy!

  2. Love the video! these look fantastic!

  3. janine willingham Reply

    could you freeze these

    • Janine, I’ve never tried freezing, but I wouldn’t recommend it—I’m afraid it would negatively impact the texture of the peppers and cream cheese. You can prep them a day ahead though!

  4. These jalapeno poppers are next level- game food, right here!

  5. Omg yumm, these are like little spicy flavor bombs. I think I might might bookmark this recipe for when I cook an appetizer for guests (;

  6. We are kind of addicted to jalapeño poppers, so I can’t wait to give your recipe a try! 

  7. Erin, these look fantastic. Can’t wait to try at my next dinner party!

  8. This recipe is awesome and works terrific on the grill! 

  9. We absolutely LOVED this recipe. The flavor of the pepper came through and wasn’t overpowered by bacon and, more importantly, grease. YUM!

    Rating: 4
    • I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Wendy! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this wonderful comment.

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