Jalapeno Poppers with Bacon – NatashasKitchen.com

Jalapeno Poppers are the ultimate appetizer. You’ll love these halved jalapenos stuffed with a rich cream cheese and bacon mixture.

Jalapeno poppers on a black plate with a small bowl or ranch dressing.

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Just like our Guacamole and Spinach Artichoke Dip, these bacon stuffed jalapeno poppers are such a hit at parties and they always disappear fast.

These are great paired with a dip like our popular Avocado Ranch or Jalapeno Ranch.

How to Make Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno Poppers use simple ingredients and are so EASY to make. It’s similar to our Cheeseball filling but stuffed into jalapeños.

  • Bacon: Cook the bacon using your favorite method. We just cut it into small pieces and cook on the stovetop until crispy. Once cooled, chop bacon into small pieces.
  • Jalapenos: Purchase fresh jalapenos. Cut in half and scrape out the seeds.
  • Make Filling: In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the filling.
  • Fill Jalapenos: Fill the halved jalapenos with the cream cheese filling, distributing the mixture evenly between the pepper halves.
  • Bake: Bake the jalapenos until the cheese is melted and is golden.
Step by step collage on how to make the filling for the jalapeno poppers.

How to Cut Jalapeños

Jalapeno Peppers are spicy! We highly recommend you wear kitchen gloves to clean the peppers to protect your skin from being burned.

  • Slice the jalapenos in half lengthwise.
  • Remove the seeds and membranes. TIP: You can leave in some of the membranes for extra spiciness.
Sliced and seeded jalapeños, parmesan cheese, and a bowl of the filling on a tray.

Pro Tip: If you love more heat in your jalapenos, you can leave in some of the membranes for extra spiciness.


You can assemble the jalapeno poppers up to 3 days in advance and keep them refrigerated in an airtight container. Bake or air fry per the instructions before serving.

Uncooked stuffed jalapeno poppers in a baking sheet topped with parmesan cheese.

Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

We love the air fryer for making quick and easy appetizers like our popular Air Fried Chicken Wings. You can make Jalapeno poppers in the Air Fryer in a single layer at 325˚F for 10-12 minutes.

Storing Leftovers

Once cooled, refrigerate for up to 3 days in an airtight container. To reheat, cover the dish with foil and cook until reheated through.

The jalapeno bites are not overly spicy and the perfect appetizer or side dish for potlucks and parties.

Jalapeno popper stacked on a plate. The best appetizer for parties.

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Jalapeno Poppers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Jalapeno poppers arranged on tray with ranch

The BEST recipe for Jalapeno Poppers. Sliced jalapenos loaded with a cheesy cream cheese and bacon mixture.

Author: Valentina Ablaev

Skill Level:


Cost to Make:



jalapeno poppers





Calories: 132 kcal

Servings: 12 servings (makes 24 poppers)

  • 12
  • 8
    cream cheese
    room temp
  • 1
    garlic clove
  • ¼
  • ¼
    ground black pepper
  • 3
    green onion
  • 1
    shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 8
    cooked and chopped
  • 1
    Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Halve the jalapenos lengthwise. Remove and discard the seeds and membranes from the jalapenos.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, green onion, shredded cheese, and cooked bacon for the filling.

  3. Fill the jalapeno halves with the mixture. Placed stuffed jalapenos on a baking sheet and bake at 400˚F for 18-20 minutes, or until the cheese melts golden in color.

  4. Placed stuffed jalapenos on a baking sheet and bake at 400˚F for 18-20 minutes, or until the cheese melts golden in color. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the poppers and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Jalapeno Poppers

Amount Per Serving

Calories 132
Calories from Fat 99

% Daily Value*

Fat 11g17%

Saturated Fat 6g38%

Cholesterol 31mg10%

Sodium 553mg24%

Potassium 74mg2%

Carbohydrates 2g1%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 8g16%

Vitamin A 514IU10%

Vitamin C 17mg21%

Calcium 94mg9%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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