With only 5 simple ingredients, these Jalapeño Poppers are filled with creamy cheese mixture topped with an avocado slice and wrapped with crispy bacon as it’s baked to perfection.
Everything is better with bacon, right? It’s amazing how much flavor bacon imparts on a stuffed jalapeño popper. Monterey Jack Cheese blended with cream cheese creates a lush filling for these zesty jalapeños while the bacon gives the perfect crunch and umami factor.
We love a lot of heat but if you find Jack cheese to be a bit too spicy, use regular cheddar cheese. I learned that some jalapeño peppers have varying degrees of heat so they vary. The peppers also loose some heat during cooking so if you prefer your jalapeño poppers to be on the zesty side, just use Monterey Jack cheese as some of the heat will dissipate.
For even more heat, throw in a pinch or two of red pepper flakes to help the cheese out. 😉 Did I mention, we love spicy foods? Whether or not you share out affinity towards hot foods, you will enjoy these easy poppers as an appetizer or snack. They can be dressed up or down however you wish. If making these for little ones with more mild taste palates, remove all the seeds well from the jalapeños before stuffing them and use a milder cheese.
Bacon Avocado Jalapeño Poppers
As with all my ingredients, I do my best to source clean products. That means organic or pastured dairy goods (for the cheese!) and pastured bacon. Pastured bacon is a treat for us because of it’s high price tag but because bacon is high in fat, you want that to be a healthy fat. Toxins are stored in fat tissues so it’s important that the bacon and other fats that we consume come from the healthiest of animals.
It’s not always financially feasible, so just do your best and read the ingredients. More and more retailers are paying attention to consumer demand and are sourcing farmers with eco-friendly practices to produce the best products. You want to also look for the sweetener used to cure the bacon. Some use organic brown sugar others don’t use any sweetener at all. In short, be smart about the bacon and read that ingredient list, the shorter the better. 🙂
Bacon Avocado Jalapeño Poppers
- 10 jalapeño peppers
- 8 oz organic cream cheese
- 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese or cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional for more heat)
- 1 large avocado, peeled, seeded and sliced
- 16 oz pastured thin-cut bacon*
- Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a baking rack on top to elevate the poppers.
- Rinse and dry the peppers. Half them lengthwise and scoop out the membrane and seeds.
- In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and hard cheese and red pepper flakes for more heat if desired.
- Fill halved peppers with cheese mixture, top with an avocado slice and wrap with bacon.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until bacon is cooked through and crispy. Broil for a quick minute to achieve that crispy top.
- Cool for 5-10 minutes to allow cheese to settle. Enjoy warm!
Stuffed foods are probably the most fun foods you can eat. They are so versatile and can be made in myriad of ways for different occasions. Stuffed Tex-Mex Acorn Squash and Classic Stuffed Cabbage Leaves can be prepared for dinner while other vegetables can be used for snacks like these jalapeno poppers. What is your favorite stuffed food?
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