Baked jalapeno poppers not only taste amazing but with just four ingredients, it’s one of the easiest appetizers you can possibly make!
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Until a few years ago, I had never tasted baked jalapeno poppers…crazy right? I love appetizers and have made everything from sausage stuffed mushroom to puff pastry bites. However, until my uncle Ed brought a batch to a family gathering, I’d never known the pure joy of biting into a jalapeno popper! I realized that I’d seriously been missing out!
When we got back from vacation, I was still craving them and decided to whip up some of my own. I stuck to his basic cream cheese jalapeno recipe but changed out the sausage and added bacon instead. It was SO good and with just four ingredients, it’s super easy too!
Baked Jalapeno Poppers
Start by cutting the jalapenos in half and removing the seeds (this jalapeno pepper corer makes it easy). I like to multi-task so I had my bacon cooking at the same time.
In a small bowl, combine crumbled bacon pieces, cheddar cheese and softened cream cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix well.
Fill jalapenos with cheese and bacon mixture. If you really want to make things easy, this pepper popper pan, keeps all your baked jalapenos upright in the oven. Otherwise, if you have any jalapenos that won’t lay flat, you can just slice a little bit of jalapeno off the bottom.
Bake jalapeno poppers for approximately 20 minutes, until the cheese starts to bubble and turn golden. Sprinkle a few more bacon crumbles on top (because there’s no such thing as too much bacon) and serve.
This cream cheese jalapeno poppers recipe is so good that it’s quickly become one of my favorites! It’s hard to believe something this easy can taste so delish!
- 6 Jalapenos
- 6 oz Cream cheese
- 6 oz Cheddar cheese (shredded)
- 5 slices Bacon
- Preheat oven to 400 and spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Cook bacon on stove top or microwave. Set aside.
- Cut jalapenos lengthwise and remove seeds.
- Crumble four bacon slices.
- Combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese and bacon.
- Fill jalapenos with cheese and bacon mixture and place on baking sheet.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes.
- Crumble the remaining slice of bacon and sprinkle over the cooked jalapenos.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Saturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 388mgCarbohydrates: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 11g
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you make jalapeno poppers ahead of time?
Yes, that’s one of the reasons I love making baked jalapeno poppers for parties! You can make them the night before and refrigerate until you’re ready to cook them the next day. You’ll be so busy already, it’ll be nice to have one less thing to worry about!
How do you grill jalapeno poppers?
I haven’t tried grilling these myself but I’ve had grilled jalapeno poppers at a cookout and they were delish. You’ll need a jalapeno grill rack to keep them in place and it’s best to stuff them them upright for grilling. However, you can use the same ingredients as you would if you were baking them.
How can you make jalapeno poppers even more spicy?
You can spice these up even more by switching out the regular cream cheese with Philadelphia Cream Cheese’s Spicy Jalapeno flavor.
How long do you bake jalapeno poppers?
You’ll want to bake your jalapeno poppers for about 18-20 minutes.
Don’t be surprised if this appetizer recipe becomes your new favorite! Baked jalapenos don’t get much more mouthwatering than this and the bonus is that they’re so unbelievably easy to make! Just be sure to make plenty because these disappear fast!
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