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Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno Poppers - fresh and plump jalapenos sliced in half and filled with a a rich, creamy and cheesy filling. These Jalapeno Poppers are BAKED and can be wrapped around with bacon or topped with crispy Panko breadcrumbs. A fantastic party appetizer or game day food!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 poppers
Calories 156kcal
Author Imma


  • 5 strips regular bacon , chopped (see notes 3)
  • ¼ cup onions , finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) minced garlic
  • 1 small green onion , finely chopped
  • 5-6 plump jalapeno peppers
  • 4 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 2 ounces sharp cheddar or gouda cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter , melted
  • ¼ cup Panko breadcrumbs


  • In a medium saucepan, add bacon over medium. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, until bacon is brown and crisp. Drain oil and leave a tablespoon spoon.
  • Add onions, garlic, and green onions, and stir for about a minute. Do not let it burn. Remove from the pan and place in a large mixing bowl to cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment or foil paper then grease with a cooking spray.
  • Wear gloves and cut jalapenos in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and ribs - to create a vessel. Set aside while you prepare the filling.
  • Add cream cheese, and cheddar cheese to the bowl of onion mixture. Mix until fully combined. Add in bacon. Fill each jalapeno half with the cheese mixture.
  • Arrange the poppers on the baking sheet about 1 inch apart and bake for 20-25 minutes until tender and top browns up.
  • Let it cool about 10-15 minutes before serving.

If topping with bread crumbs

  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add in the breadcrumbs and garlic toss together until slightly brown. Add in parsley, if desired. Use the breadcrumbs to top poppers before baking, optional.


  • Try to use gloves (latex or any type of protective gloves) when cutting and gutting the peppers. very spicy peppers can cause your fingers to burn, it won’t be horrible but a bit uncomfortable.
  • Poppers topped with breadcrumbs will take about 5 minutes less cooking time in the oven.
  • If you are cooking for people who cannot tolerate any spice you can also make these using baby bell peppers.
  • Some people test jalapenos for heat before buying, some are extremely hot while others have so little heat. If there is little or no heat, they will not be hot because physical heat such as baking or frying kills most of the peppers’ spiciness.
  • Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Serving: 1popper | Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 75mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Vitamin C: 8.6mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 0.2mg