Baked Jalapeno Poppers with Bacon

Baked Jalapeno Poppers with Bacon

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Try Baked Jalapeno Poppers with Bacon when you’re craving a little heat in an appetizer. Or a Sonic snack… Seriously, though, these little poppers are so delicious. Cheesy, seasoned, spicy, plus the deliciousness of bacon! 

(Recipe modified with new photos on 9/17/22.)

If you have a garden or even plant in pots, you may have an abundance of jalapeno peppers, and you may be wondering what to do with them. This is a great recipe to resolve that problem! Simply double or triple this recipe to serve the amount of people needed. And remember that most people will eat more than one or two.

Serve Baked Jalapeno Poppers for Family Gathering or Potluck Dinner

Whenever I take Jalapeno Poppers to a family gathering or potluck, there are few left over, if any. And while they take a little effort to make, they are so worth it. Plus, there is no messing frying involved. Just pop them in the oven until they are sizzling and golden brown on top. Yummy! After all, it’s not always possible to drive to Sonic! 

 

Sonic Ched “R” Peppers

Okay, I admit it–I am a Sonic-Addict. I love Sonic cheeseburgers and fries. I adore their chicken dinners. Their onion rings. Mozzarella Sticks. And yes, their Ched “R” Peppers. They are so good! Oh, and I can’t leave out their Cherry Limeades and Ice Cream Blasts. Or how about their Root Beer Floats?!! Or their Chili Cheese Coney Dogs. Oh my!

My husband gives me a hard time about wanting to eat at Sonic. In fact, Sonic was the first place we ate on our honeymoon. But in my defense, it WAS late and Sonic was the only place open! However, the apples didn’t fall far from the tree, as all of our daughters love this drive-in restaurant as much as I do.

Unfortunately, when you live in the country like I do, it’s not always possible to satisfy these cravings with a quick run to Sonic. See the following Sonic-Version Recipes for you to make at home: Mozzarella Cheese Sticks, Beer-Battered Onion Rings, and Homemade Cherry Limeades.

 

Ingredients Needed to make Jalapeno Poppers

(See the full recipe at the bottom of this recipe.)

  • jalapenos – jumbo, if possible. (15 of them)
  • cream cheese, softened
  • cheddar cheese, grated
  • mayonnaise
  • Louisiana hot sauce
  • dried parsley
  • garlic powder
  • kosher salt
  • fried bacon pieces
  • Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • olive oil baking spray

Directions for Making This Recipe

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean-up later.

 

Prepare the Ingredients

Slicing the Jalapeno Peppers

Prepare the jalapeno peppers by slicing them in half and removing the seeds and membrane. *Please wear plastic gloves when working with jalapenos, and do not touch your face.

I learned my lesson well the first time I worked with hot peppers that it was necessary for me to wear plastic gloves to protect my hands from the burning sensation. My hands burned for hours! Not fun! Some people can get by with not wearing gloves. Ree Drummand at the Pioneer Woman comes to mind. But not me.

Shred the cheddar cheese with a box grater.

In a large skillet, cook the bacon. Allow to cool and then crumble into small pieces.

A great time-saver for cooking bacon is to prepare extra when you’re making breakfast. Then crumble the extra bacon into small pieces and place in a covered container. Refrigerate until ready to use.

 

Prepare the Poppers

Par Bake the Sliced Jalapeno Poppers to Ensure Tender Peppers

Place the halved jalapenos on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes to soften. Increase baking temperature to 375. Allow to cool slightly before the next step.

Mix Together the Cheese Mixture and Generously Fill the Sliced Jalapenos

Meanwhile in a large mixing bowl, combine softened cream cheese, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, parsley, garlic powder, and salt. Mix by hand with a fork until thoroughly combined and smooth. Stir in crumbled bacon and mix well. Spoon filling into cooled jalapenos.

Sprinkle Topping with Bread Crumbs and Spritz with Baking Spray

Sprinkle with bread crumbs, pressing lightly into the filling. Spray tops with vegetable oil.

Baked Jalapeno Poppers Ready to Serve

Bake at 375 degrees for 18-22 minutes, until topping has a golden brown crust. Serve warm.

Serve Baked Jalapeno Poppers for Barbecues or Your Next Potluck

The next time you’re hit with a craving for a jalapeno popper, try this baked version. It’s much easier than those that are deep fried. This recipe gets rave reviews any time I make them. It’s perfect for when your peppers are taking over your summer garden. And it makes 30, so it’s great for family gatherings or potluck dinners.

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Recipe for Baked Jalapeno Poppers with Bacon

Baked Jalapeno Poppers with Bacon

Here's an easy recipe to make with your garden jalapeno peppers.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Cream Cheese, Garden Jalapenos, Jalapeno Peppers
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 37 minutes
Total Time: 57 minutes
Servings: 15

Equipment

Knife Set
Stainless Bowls
Parchment Paper
Baking Sheet

Ingredients

  • 15 large jalapeno peppers
  • 6 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 6 oz. sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup Italian flavored bread crumbs
  • olive oil baking spray

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Prepare the Ingredients

  • Slice jalapeno peppers in half and remove seed and membrane.
    - Be sure to use plastic gloves when working with hot peppers.
  • Shred cheddar cheese with a box grater.
  • Cook bacon until browned. Allow to cool and then crumble into small pieces.

Prepare the Poppers

  • Place sliced jalapenos on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes to soften. Remove from oven. Increase oven heat to 375 degrees.
  • Meanwhile in mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, dried parsley, garlic powder, and salt. Mix with a fork until thoroughly combined and smooth. Add crumbled bacon and mix well.
  • Spoon filling into cooled jalapenos.
  • Sprinkle with bread crumbs, lightly pressing into filling. Spray tops with olive oil baking spray. Bake at 375 degrees for 18-22 minutes, until tops are a golden brown crust. Serve warm. Makes 30 appetizers.

Notes

*Please wear plastic gloves when working with jalapenos, and do not touch your face.

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 534mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 543IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 1mg
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