Your guests will go nuts for these creamy, spicy, and crunchy Bacon Wrapped Baked Jalapeño Poppers. Fresh jalapeños stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon, they’re the perfect Super Bowl food idea!
An Easy Jalapeño Poppers Recipe – With Bacon!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – bacon makes everything better. Honestly, I had no idea these cheesy jalapeno poppers could get any better – but, wrapping them in crispy bacon nailed it!
If you’re looking for the perfect spicy, cheesy, and crunchy bite-sized app to serve at your Super Bowl party, you can stop your searching here. These are guaranteed to be a fan favorite. Super Bowl food doesn’t get much better than these baked jalapeño poppers.
What Are Jalapeño Poppers?
Aside from being a party app favorite, jalapeño poppers are, traditionally, fresh jalapeño peppers filled with any mixture of cheese and spices. They can be fried, grilled, or baked.
Typically, fried jalapeño poppers are coated in breadcrumbs. Baked or grilled versions tend to be the healthier option as they are gluten free and low carb.
The Ingredients You’ll Need
The three main ingredients in this recipe are all packed with flavor: bacon, jalapeños, and cheese – there’s no way these poppers aren’t bringin’ it!
Additionally, you’ll need:
- jalapeño peppers
- cream cheese
- cheddar cheese
- onion powder
- garlic powder
- salt and pepper
How to Make Them
While I definitely crave some deep fried snacks from time to time, these bacon jalapeño poppers are packed with flavor and baked!
Start by getting my oven up to 400˚F degrees. Then, line the sheet pan with foil and coat it with cooking spray.
While the oven is getting to full heat, slice the jalapeños in half, lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and ribs. Next, mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Then, fill each jalapeño half with that creamy cheese mixture.
Next – bring on the bacon! Cut the bacon slices in half crosswise and wrap each pepper with one. Then, use a toothpick to secure the bacon to the popper.
Once all of my poppers are arranged on the prepared baking sheet, bake them for 20 to 25 minutes, or until bacon is crispy and browned.
Can I Make Jalapeño Poppers Ahead?
These baked jalapeño poppers are super convenient because you can prep them the night before, cover them and pop them in the fridge overnight and then bake them in the oven just before party time.
Since they are not breaded, you can also prep an entire batch ahead of time and freeze them! This makes them the perfect snack to have on hand for unexpected guests. I prep them and arrange them on my baking sheet. Then instead of baking, I pop the baking sheet into the freezer. Once they’re frozen, I place them in a freezer bag and store them for up to 3 months. When I find myself needing an app with no time to prep, I simply grab the bag, arrange them on a lined baking sheet and bake as directed above.
How to Store Jalapeño Poppers
Once your poppers are baked and cooled, you can refrigerate them in an airtight storage container for up to 2 days. You can also freeze them. Be sure to cool first, then place them in a freezer bag. They will keep for up to 3 months.
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
- 12 jalapeno peppers
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp salt to taste
- ¼ tsp black pepper freshly ground, to taste
- 12 slices bacon NOT thick cut
- cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 400˚F degrees.
- Line a sheet pan with foil and coat it with cooking spray.
- Cut the jalapenos in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and ribs.
- In a medium bowl mix together cream cheese, cheddar cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Fill each jalapeno half with the prepared cheese mixture.
- Cut the slices of bacon in half crosswise and wrap each pepper in a slice of bacon, using a toothpick to secure the bacon.
- Arrange the peppers on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until bacon is crispy and browned.
- Serve immediately.