Baked jalapeno poppers not only taste amazing but with just four ingredients, it’ll become one of your favorite easy recipes. Simple and delicious, it’s the perfect party appetizer for any occasion!
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Of all the things I’ve made for get-togethers, this baked jalapeno poppers recipe is always one of the favorites! I love appetizers and am always mixing it up with different recipes, from sausage stuffed mushroom to puff pastry bites.
However, these easy baked jalapeno poppers are always such a huge hit and probably one of my most popular appetizer recipes. Even if you’re not a fan of spicy food, these you’ll love these. They have a little heat without going overboard.
Make these next time you need the perfect game day snack or you’re just getting together with friends on a Friday night. It’s also a great low carb option for those guests who are watching their diets.
How To Make Baked Jalapeno Poppers
The best part of this recipe is that you just need four ingredients: fresh jalapeno peppers, cream cheese, cheddar and bacon.
Start by cutting the jalapeno peppers in half and removing the seeds (the best way to do that is with this jalapeno pepper corer). I like to multi-task so I had my bacon cooking at the same time.
In a large bowl, combine crumbled bacon pieces, sharp cheddar cheese and 6 ounces cream cheese (you can also use your stand mixer or food processor). Add salt and pepper to taste and mix well.
Scoop the cream cheese filling into each pepper half and place them on a baking sheet lined with foil.
You could also use this pepper popper pan. It keeps all your baked jalapenos upright in the oven. Otherwise, if you have any that won’t lay flat, you can just slice a little bit of jalapeno off the bottom.
Bake the poppers for approximately 20 minutes, until the cheesy filling starts to bubble and turn golden brown. Sprinkle a few more bacon crumbles on top for a crispy topping (and also because there’s no such thing as too much bacon)!
One bite of the hot gooey cheese and you’ll want to make these every chance you get! It’s hard to believe something this easy can taste so delish!
I’ve made this cream cheese jalapeno poppers recipe with crumbled sausage too and they’re every bit as good.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you make these 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?
We’ve even made 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 so the creamy cheese mixture doesn’t spill out onto the grill. Grill them over indirect heat for about 10-12 minutes.
How can you make them 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. You can also switch from making these jalapeno poppers with bacon and use hot sausage instead.
How do you make jalapeno popper dip?
Instead of filling them, chop your fresh jalapenos into small pieces and mix them into the cheesy filling. Place in an oven-safe shallow dish and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
This is seriously the best appetizer and if you bring these baked jalapenos to a party, it’s the easiest way to get invited back! I’ve seen recipes with more ingredients like garlic powder, green onion and even panko crumbs but why mess with perfection!
Baked jalapenos make the perfect bite size food and if you bring them to parties, it’s the easiest way to get invited back!
- 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
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