Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

    jalapeno poppers on a sheet of parchment paper

    If you like your game day eats a little hot and spicy, then you will love this jalapeno poppers recipe. Made with jalapenos, cheese, and bacon, these irresistible poppers are a favorite to munch on during football season.

    While jalapeno poppers are traditionally fried, this recipe is baked for a healthier finish. Not only that, but instead of wrapping the whole thing in bacon, the bacon is crumbled up and added to the filling for these poppers. Not only does this make the jalapeno poppers leaner, but this ensures that the bacon doesn’t overwhelm the whole dish and make you forget the real star of this recipe — jalapenos.

    Making these jalapeno poppers is really simple. The first thing you’ll want to do is look for beautiful, evenly sized jalapenos. This just makes for a better presentation of the finished recipe.

    Once you’ve got your jalapenos, you’ll simply cut them in half (vertically), gut out the seeds, then stuff them with the filling. We recommend wearing gloves to cut the jalapenos and gut them to avoid any tingling sensations on your skin from the spiciness of the jalapeno seeds.

    The filling for these jalapeno poppers is a simple mix of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and bacon. You’ll scoop about a tablespoon of this mixture into each jalapeno half, then top with parmesan crumbs. The jalapenos are baked until they’re cooked through, yet still firm, then served with cool and creamy sour cream for dipping.


    Cook time: 12 minutes
    Prep time: 20 minutes
    Idle time:



    1. Preheat the oven to 390°F. To a medium bowl, add the breadcrumbs, parmesan, smoked paprika, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
    2. To a skillet, add the diced bacon and cook over medium heat until crispy. Transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate.
    3. In a medium bowl, combine the crispy bacon, cream cheese, green onion, and cheddar cheese until smooth and well-blended.
    4. Fill each jalapeno half with about a tablespoon worth of filling. Flip each jalapeno upside down to cover the surface of the filling in the breadcrumb mixture.
    5. Place the jalapeno poppers onto a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for about 8 to 10 minutes, until they're heated through the center and just begin to bubble. Broil for another minute or two until the top is golden and crispy.
    6. Cool then enjoy with sour cream.

    Additional information

    Recipe adapted from dontgobaconmyheart.co.uk

    Born and raised in Southern California, Beeta has embraced a healthy lifestyle focused on farm-to-table cooking, natural products, and wellness routines. When she's not writing up recipes or discussing the latest natural living trends, Beeta enjoys spending time trying new restaurants, traveling with family and friends, and relaxing at home with her furry companion.