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Jalapeño Poppers

This jalapeño poppers recipe is one of the simplest party or game day appetizers you can make! These addictive bite-size treats are loaded with bacon, cheddar, and cream cheese.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword how to make jalapeno poppers, jalapeno popper recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 24 pieces
Calories 78kcal


  • 12 large jalapeno peppers 3"-4" length
  • 4 slices bacon cut into small pieces
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (block of Philly) softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup scallions chopped
  • 1 cup cheddar grated
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat your oven to 400F and move the rack to the top third of the oven.
  • Cook the bacon in a skillet until crispy (about 10 minutes).
  • Meanwhile, slice the jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and the ribs (leave some pith/membrane in for extra spice if you like). I recommend using rubber gloves when handling hot peppers.
  • Add the cream cheese to a medium bowl, along with the garlic powder, scallions, and cheddar cheese. Once the bacon is cooked, spoon it out of the pan and into the bowl (leave most of the bacon fat in the pan but adding a little to the cheese mixture adds more flavor). Mix/mash together until you've got a smooth mixture.
  • Spoon the filling into each jalapeno pepper half, pressing it down a bit so the surface is even for the panko topping.
  • Add the butter to a small bowl and melt it in the microwave, then stir in the panko. Sprinkle over each pepper half (I find it easiest to do this by hand).
  • Bake the jalapeno poppers uncovered for 20-25 minutes, season with salt & pepper if needed, and let them cool for a few minutes before enjoying.


  • Bacon is quite salty, so that's why I don't include salt in the filling. 
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 276IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg