With only 4 simple ingredients, these Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers are filled with creamy cheese mixture topped with an optional avocado slice and wrapped in crispy bacon.
These Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers make a great appetizer to any meal. With only 4 ingredients and little prep work, they come together in under 30 minutes.
The best part is that these savory morsels work for any diet. They are gluten-free, low carb, keto and GAPS compliant. And they are most of all delicious!
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
If you are looking for an appetizer for any occasion, make these Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers. They have an incredible combination of flavor (jalapeño + cheese + bacon = YUM!). The crispy bacon compliments the melted cheeses and zesty pepper in every bite.
What are Jalapeño Poppers?
Jalapeño Poppers are a popular American appetizer that boasts jalapeños, creamy cheese, and often bacon. Most restaurants with Jalapeño Poppers on the menu make them by dredging them in a breadcrumb-like mixture and deep-frying them. In fact, most frozen Jalapeño Poppers in stores are also prepared this way.
These homemade delicious and nutritious Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers are a much healthier option.
Using organic cheeses and pastured bacon, these Jalapeño Poppers can be enjoyed guilt-free. They are not dredged in any breadcrumbs or flour, making these gluten-free, grain-free and even low carb. These Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers are baked to golden perfection, making them a great alternative to the deep-fried variety.
Pastured bacon can come with a high price tag, but we're using only 5 strips of it in this recipe. Toxins are stored in fat tissues so it's important that you can get the cleanest bacon (bacon=fat) you can afford. We purchase our bacon from ButcherBox and it comes to our doorstep every month. You can check out my ButcherBox Review and see if it will serve your family.
Are Jalapeño Poppers spicy?
In short, Jalapeño Poppers tend to be on the mild side considering that jalapeños are a prime ingredient. However, I find that some jalapeño peppers have varying degrees of heat so that may vary.
That said, the cooking does significantly decrease the spiciness of the jalapeño peppers.
If you prefer to keep them mild, stick with regular cheddar and the heat from jalapeño peppers will dissipate with cooking.
If you want extra heat, use Monterey Jack or add a pinch or two of red pepper flakes to the cheesy mixture.
What are ingredients in Bacon Avocado Jalapeño Poppers
This tasty appetizer calls for only 5 ingredients.
- Fresh jalapeño peppers: find plump jalapeño peppers free from blemishes
- Cream cheese: you can use straight cream cheese or add flavor to it like garlic powder or red pepper flakes for extra heat
- Shredded cheese: cheddar will give bold flavor while Monterey Jack will give you an extra kick
- Avocado: this is optional but adds more creaminess and flavor to the poppers
- Bacon: what would jalapeño poppers be without that wrapped bacon
Common Questions for Bacon Jalapeño Poppers
Here are some common questions that one may have about making these delectable appetizers:
How long do Jalapeño Poppers last in the fridge?
If there are leftovers, Jalapeño Poppers can be transferred to an airtight container once completely cooled and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
Can you freeze Jalapeño Poppers?
These Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers are best eaten freshly prepared but if you are seeking to preserve them, you can do so by freezing them.
Keep in mind that freezing foods may alter the texture a bit.
To freeze, I recommend using the flash freezing method. Spread out the cooked and cooled jalapeno poppers on a baking sheet or a tray, making sure they do not touch. Transfer to freezer for 2 hours or until firm.
Remove the poppers from the sheet or tray and transfer to resealable freezer bags or freezer-safe container with tight-fitting lids. Don't forget to label the bag or container and return to freezer for up to 2 months.
How to reheat Jalapeño Poppers?
To reheat Jalapeño Poppers, set them on a small baking sheet in an oven on the bottom rack and broil on low for 5 minutes or until warmed through. If frozen, bake Jalapeño Poppers uncovered for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit or until warmed through.
Recipe for Jalapeño Poppers
Step 1: Prepare peppers by cutting them in half lengthwise. Remove the pith and seeds. Prepare the baking sheet by lining with parchment paper for easy clean up and setting a rack to raise the peppers. We love this stainless steel set but you can use a regular cooling rack.
Step 2: In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese and your choice of shredded cheese. Add in extra seasonings like garlic powder and red pepper flakes to taste if so desired.
Step 3: Fill each pepper with the cheese mixture. Top with avocado slice and wrap with bacon.
Step 4: Bake peppers in preheated oven until bacon is fully cooked and crispy.
Step 5: Remove from oven and rest for 5-10 minutes to allow cheese to settle. Enjoy warm or room temperature.
What goes well with Jalapeño Poppers?
These Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers are great as a snack or appetizer. But here are some main course meal suggestions:
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
- 10 jalapeño peppers
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 8 ounces cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 medium avocado optional
- 5 strips thin-cut bacon cut in half
- red pepper flakes, garlic powder, dried parsley optional
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper (for easy clean-up) and place a baking rack on top. Set aside.
- Wash and dry peppers. Cut in half lengthwise and remove pith and seeds.
- In a small bowl, combine cheeses and extra seasonings if using. Prepare avocado slices (if using) by cutting in lengthwise, removing the pit and skin, and slicing into thin slices. Cut bacon strips in half crosswise.
- Fill each pepper with the cheese mixture, top with an avocado slice, and wrap with ½ slice of bacon. Place peppers on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until bacon is fully cooked and crispy.
- Cool for 5-10 minutes to allow cheese to settle and transfer peppers to a serving platter. Enjoy warm or room temperature.
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