you can't beat Stuffed Jalapenos Speaking of game day appetizers. Each jalapeño popper is filled with a cream cheese filling and then wrapped in bacon for the perfect delicious texture.
Why You'll Love These Stuffed Jalapeños
The start of game day isn't complete without some freshly roasted jalapenos.
- Great for parties. Double or triple the recipe so everyone can enjoy these addictive Cheesy Jalapeños.
- simple. Stuff the peppers, wrap them in bacon, and grill them in one go!
- One mouthful. These Stuffed Jalapeños are a one-bite appetizer that's easy to eat while walking or watching TV.
- TEX MEX. Nothing says Tex-Mex in one bite like bacon, jalapeños, and cream cheese.
what do you need
The cream cheese and lime filling adds a bright, creamy flavor to every bite. Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact quantities.
- black pepper – They need to be fresh peppers, not canned.
- cream cheese – Choose full-fat or low-fat cream cheese.
- cheddar cheese – Shredded cheddar or queso fresco will work.
- Salt – Kosher salt works best for this.
- Garlic powder – Fresh garlic is a great substitute.
- bacon – Feel free to use thick-cut bacon.
How to Make Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeños
Make sure the bacon is firmly set so that every bite is crispy. Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post for more detailed instructions.
- clean them up. Use a spoon to remove seeds and ribs from jalapeños. If you like your peppers extra spicy, leave them in.
- Make the filling. Mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, salt, and garlic powder until well combined.
- Fill them. Using a spoon, add filling to each jalapeño until filled. Don't add too much or it will melt and overflow.
- Wrap the jalapenos. Roll each stuffed pepper with half a bacon strip. Secure it with toothpicks.
- Bake them. Place jalapeños on a baking sheet, cheese side up. Preheat oven to 400°. Cook the jalapenos for 25-30 minutes or until tender and crispy.
Tips and variations
If the peppers are evenly sized, you can decorate them however you like!
- Make them cheesier. Stir 1/2-1 cup of shredded melted cheese into the filling for a cheesier texture.
- Add protein. Mix 1/2 cup of ground sausage, ground beef, pork, or turkey into the cheese mixture to make your jalapeño poppers more hearty.
- Choose uniform sizes. The jalapeños need to be large (similar in size) so they cook evenly. This will also allow you to add enough filling.
- Make them sweet and salty. When ready, drizzle hot honey over the top for a sweet and savory flavor.
- Add spices. 1/2-1 teaspoon ground cumin, chili powder, paprika, Cajun seasoning, or taco seasoning will bring more flavor to every bite.
- Make it buffalo style. Add 1/2-1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning to the cream cheese mixture, along with 1/2 cup shredded grilled chicken and 3-4 tablespoons buffalo sauce.
What to Serve with Bacon Stuffed Jalapenos
These easy stuffed jalapenos are the perfect game day or picnic appetizer. Serve with other finger foods to complete the meal.try mine chicken tenders, Buffalo Wingsor Honey BBQ Chicken Wings.You can also go to mine Game Day Charcuterie Board.If you prefer French fries, you can try mine Air Fryer Zucchini Fries or Sweet Potato Fries Served with dipping sauce.
Keep some in the freezer for a last minute appetizer!
- refrigerator: Store them in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- refrigerator: Assemble them as usual, but do not cook them. Place them on a baking sheet and freeze for 1-2 hours or until firm. Transfer them to a freezer-friendly bag or container. Freeze for up to 2 months. Grill directly after freezing, adding 10-15 minutes to cooking time.
- To reheat them: Place them in the microwave in 30 second increments until hot. You can also heat them in the oven at 300°F for 15-20 minutes.
More appetizers to try
This smoked jalapeño recipe is paired with crispy bacon and a cilantro cream cheese filling for an easy Tex-Mex appetizer.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Line a baking sheet with foil. Use a spoon to remove seeds and membranes from jalapeños. Unless you want the jalapenos to have more flavor, leave them in.
- In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, salt, and garlic powder.
- Add cream cheese mixture to each jalapeño pepper.
- Wrap each jalapeno with half a slice of bacon and secure with toothpicks.
- Place jalapenos, cheese side up, on a lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until peppers are tender and bacon is crispy.
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