Jalapeño Poppers with Bacon

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These jalapeño poppers are filled with a cream cheese mixture, topped with crumbled bacon pieces, and then baked to perfection. You won’t be able to stop at one! 

Appetizers are just what you need to start any party off right! If you want some more appetizer ideas then try this dip, these egg rolls, or this amazing cheesy bread. They will FLY off of your table!

A platter of jalapeño poppers with some dip.

Jalapeño Poppers Recipe with Bacon

The party just got started with these jalapeño poppers! Add a little heat to your party, then cool it down with a creamy cheese blend that is stuffed full in each jalapeño. Every bite will start with a cool, creamy stuffing and then end with a soft crunch and a little spice to wake you up! With the bacon crumbled in the mix, you will have a savory, spicy, and a little bit salty appetizer that will be the talk of any party!

Jalapeños are essential with this recipe. These are a little spicy, but they have a smooth, cool taste to bring down that heat with the cream cheese mixture. These jalapeño poppers are baked, not fried. By baking your jalapeño poppers, you will have a tender jalapeño rather than a crispy or crunchy one from being fried. I prefer to chop the bacon and crumble it. You can add ground meat or different seasonings and spices to these jalapeño poppers to make them more hearty and flavorful.

Ingredients You Need to Make Jalapeño Poppers

Jalapeños are essential with this recipe! If you want to remove some heat, then when you slice the jalapeno in half and remove the seeds inside. These are what hold most of the heat. See the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact measurements.

  • Jalapeños: Pick fresh, bright green and bigger than average jalapeños. Then they are easier to stuff and hold!
  • Cream cheese: Soften your cream cheese and add it to the mix. This helps cool down the spicyness of the jalapeño.
  • Garlic powder: This is a seasoning that adds to the jalapeño popper.
  • Salt and pepper: Add these to your preferred taste!
  • Cheddar cheese: Shred some of this up and add it to the cream cheese. It tastes so good!
  • Bacon: Pre-cook your bacon and then remove the excess grease. When you are finished cooking it then crumble or cut it into small pieces.
  • Green onions: Make these thinly sliced and then place them in the mixture.

How to Make Jalapeño Poppers

These only take a few minutes to whip up. They are so fresh and delicious that they will soon become your go-to appetizer for any get-together!

  1. Preheat oven and slice the jalapeños: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wearing gloves, slice each of the jalapeños in half lengthwise and then use a spoon to remove the seeds and veins.
  2. Combine filling mixture: In a medium sized bowl, combine the cream cheese, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cheddar, bacon, and green onions.
  3. Add mixture to jalapeños and bake: Spoon the mixture evenly in the jalapeños and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until the jalapeños are tender.
Slicing jalapeño peppers in half.

Tips for Making Jalapeno Poppers

These jalapeño poppers taste so good! Here are a few tips that you can try out to make sure that yours turn out just right.

  • Cutting jalapeños: Make sure to wear gloves while cutting jalapeño peppers. This will protect your hands from burning your skin.
  • How to slice your jalapeño: Slice them in half lengthwise and remove the rib and seeds for less spicy jalapeños. 
  • Control the spice level: Take out the rib inside the jalapeño and then remove all of the seeds for a less spicy jalapeño.
  • Bacon: Cook the bacon and drain the grease. Then, chop or crumble it into pieces. Use pre-cooked bacon or even crumbled bacon in a jar to speed up the process.
  • Cheese: Try blending cheeses together and changing the cheeses up. Add extra cheese on top to bake over the jalapeño poppers.
  • Crispier poppers: For a crispier jalapeno poppers, bake them on the top wire rack in the oven.
  • Different types of cooking jalapeño poppers: Grilling or using the air fryer are great ways to enjoy jalapeño poppers.
Cream cheese, cheese and bacon mixture.

What goes with Jalapeño Poppers?

These baked jalapeño poppers stand out on their own and can be eaten as-is but…If you want to take them to the next level and switch things up then try to add a dip!

Add a dip:  If you love to dip then try dipping them in a classic ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing, or a cilantro lime creamy dressing. These dressings will turn down the heat and help with the spice level!

Jalapeño poppers being stuffed with cream cheese, cheese and bacon mixture.

Different Stuffing Flavors to Try

There are so many ways of stuffing a jalapeño popper. I have a classic, simple way of stuffing my jalapeño poppers with bacon. You can create different flavors and fun ways to add to your baked, stuffed jalapeño popper with these varieties.

  • Cheese: Goat cheese, mozzarella, Colby jack or Monterey cheese.
  • Meat: Wrapped bacon jalapeños, shredded chicken, ground beef or crab meat.
  • Vegetables: Bell peppers, mushrooms, chopped onions.
  • Seasonings: Cayenne pepper, garlic salt or red pepper flakes.
Jalapeño poppers being baked.

How to Store Leftovers

These jalapeño poppers go fast and disappear quickly. I tend to double the batch before I take them to a party! If you end up having some leftovers then here is how you can store them to eat later.

  • Make the stuffing in advance: Add all the cheese, cream cheese and seasoning mixture together. Cover and place in an airtight container for 3 to 5 days.
  • Keep them in the refrigerator: Prepare your mixture and stuff each of your jalapeños. Before cooking them place them in an airtight container and refrigerate until you are ready to bake them. They will stay in your refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.
  • Can you freeze you jalapeño poppers? Yes! Stuff the peppers with the cheese mixture and then put them in an airtight container. Try not to stack them. You can freeze for up to 1 month. When you are ready to bake them then place them on a baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. There is no need to thaw them.
  • Warming up: Place them in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until they are tender and warmed through.

Jalapeño Poppers with Bacon

4.77 from 13 votes
These jalapeño poppers are filled with a cream cheese mixture, topped with crumbled bacon pieces, and then baked to perfection. You won't be able to stop at one! 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 20 jalapeños


  • 10 large jalapeños
  • 8 ounce cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 pound bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup green onions sliced


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wearing gloves, slice each of the jalapeños in half lengthwise and use a spoon to remove the seeds and veins.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the cream cheese, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cheddar, bacon, and green onions.
  • Spoon the mixture evenly in the jalapeños and place it on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until the jalapeños are tender.



Updated on January 19, 2022
Originally Posted on November 5, 2019


Serves: 20

Calories123kcal (6%)Carbohydrates1gProtein4g (8%)Fat11g (17%)Saturated Fat5g (25%)Cholesterol29mg (10%)Sodium223mg (9%)Potassium67mg (2%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A329IU (7%)Vitamin C9mg (11%)Calcium75mg (8%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword how to make jalapeno poppers, jalapeno poppers, jalapeno poppers baked, jalapeno poppers recipe
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made these for the first time. OMG! So delicious. I told my husband to try one & he said, “no I don’t like jalapeno poppers”. I said, “try one then”. I came back to the kitchen 2 hrs later and 5 were missing! He loves them now!!! Darn, I have to share. LOL! Thanks for the recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    I made the recipe almost as written but didn’t have enough bacon, so I used half bacon and half imitation crab. They were delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    Just made these for the 1st time for a birthday party, they were delish! They went real fast. Making them again for Labor day, but will double the recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    I love trying new jalapeno popper recipes and this one didn’t fail! Thank you so much and keep up the great work!

  5. Hello I was looking for a good popper recipe . I like talking recipes and adding my little twists to them . I used smoked garlic powder and added lime zest to the cream cheese and paired that with smoked Gouda cheese . And wrapped apple wood bacon around them . I’ve never made poppers so I needed a good base recipe and cook time . Thank you

  6. I love these but I like my food extremely hot so I take out the seeds but put half or more of them back into the cheese mixture and it works for me.

  7. A couple helpful hints for these babies. If you have a apple corer, uses to scrape the insides of the pepper after slicing. Seeds and membrane come out slick and easy. If you want to take some of the heat out of the Jalapenoe’s, soak in 7-UP (not diet) about 20 min. If you soak for 45 min. there is practically no heat left. DON’T DRINK THE 7- UP AFTERWARDS! HA HA

  8. 5 stars
    I made these this morning, and they turned out perfect! I much prefer the bacon done this way to the bacon-wrapped variants I’ve tried in the past.
    Getting the stems to come out pretty on both halves is a bit tricky for me, so, I just kept it intact on the one half and cut the end off entirely for the other half, then I left a little more heat in the ones with the stem as I was gutting them. That way, the stem becomes an indicator for people as to which ones are hotter. Worked out quite nicely!

  9. 5 stars
    Well we’ll well, I finally made them and they are delicious. I was a little confused about the cheddar cheese. Didn’t know if I should put it in the mix or on top after they were filled. I blended everything. Came out good and would make them definitely again like soon, next month. Sister is coming home and also a baby shower. Thanks again,

  10. 5 stars
    This recipe was great!! I had jalapeno peppers in my fridge but no raw bacon. I did however have some cooked bacon slices. I used this recipe and problem solved!! I definitely plan to make these again and again because they are keto friendly. I omitted the green onions but didn’t miss them. Thanks for sharing!!

  11. 4 stars
    Great flavors in this recipe, however the yield is massively off. You can easily fill 20 jalapenos with this amount of filling, even pretty large ones

    1. 5 stars
      Made them,substituted onion powder for chives. Used equal amount of onion powder and garlic powder. You can adjust according to taste.

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