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Jalapeno poppers are one of our favorite appetizers, so I came up with a deliciously baked recipe with bacon added in! Enjoy this Baked Jalapeno Poppers recipe today! I have added the instructions if you would prefer to substitute sausage.
Baked Jalapeno Poppers With Bacon and Cream Cheese
I love Jalapeno Poppers. My favorite ones are always the ones with the Cream Cheese…add in some bacon and YUM! I don’t know about you, but whenever I wrap anything in bacon, the bacon never crisps up as much as I want it too unless I cook it ahead of time. So, with my homemade baked Jalapeno Poppers recipe, I decided to add the bacon right in with the cream cheese.
If you are a fresh baked jalapeno poppers fan too, you have to try out this recipe. It’s easy, it’s only THREE ingredients and there is no deep-frying! Might as well save on the mess and the calories when we can.
I used 5 slices of bacon, after they are cooked nice and crispy (and cooled down!), I just used my fingers to crumbled up the the bacon into small bits. Once the bacon is crumbled, I mixed the pieces directly in with the cream cheese. I used one package of cream cheese. Once you have the cream cheese and bacon mixed, set that aside and get started on getting the seeds out of those jalapeno peppers. Simply cut the jalapenos in half and use your fingers to scoop out the insides and the seeds. You can wear gloves while doing this, but if you choose not to be sure to wash your hands when you are done. And definitely don’t touch your eyes! OUCH! You can also work on your jalapeno peppers while you bacon is cooking, but be careful not to burn it. Once bacon starts to crisp, it goes to done pretty darn quick.
The seeds are the hot part of the jalapeno, so make sure to remove them, especially if you don’t like super spicy. I left a few miscellaneous seeds in a few of mine and WOW those bites made me break out in a sweat!
Again, make sure to not touch your face, eyes, nose etc. while you are cutting and stuffing the jalapenos – that “spicyness” will sting your eyes and everything else – so wash those hands good! I also don’t recommend licking your fingers after you have stuffed the peppers either 😉
Now, here’s how make these baked jalapeno poppers with cream cheese and bacon, make sure to Print It and Pin It so that you can make these poppers again and again.
Baked Jalapeno Poppers with Bacon and Cream Cheese
- 10 fresh jalapeno peppers
- 1 8 oz package of cream cheese I use the 1/3 less fat option
- 5 pieces of bacon cooked crispy and crumbled
- Once the bacon is cooked, mix the bacon bits and cream cheese in a medium bowl
- Cut the jalapenos in half and remove all the seeds - using gloves if desired
- Take equal amounts of the bacon/cream cheese mixture and stuff your pepper halves
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 mins
I hope you enjoy these Fresh Baked Jalapeno Poppers with Cream Cheese and Bacon as much as we do!
You can substitute the bacon in this recipe for sausage too. I actually do that quite frequently as well. If you prefer baked jalapeno poppers with cream cheese and sausage, simply cook the sausage and mix that with your cream cheese. Allow the mixture to cool slightly before stuffing your jalapenos. I always use one 16 ounce hot breakfast sausage, I have found that the Tennessee Pride brand is the spiciest, which is what we like. I will normally cook the breakfast sausage, drain the grease and then add the cream cheese right to the pan. When it’s warm the cream cheese melts easily and you got yourself one delicious stuffing for your baked jalapeno poppers without bacon. Don’t get me wrong, we all LOVE bacon, but sometimes it’s sausage that I have in the refrigerator 😉
Looking for another easy appetizer recipe? Check out my Grape Jelly Meatballs! They are a family favorite 🙂