Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños.

Now that’s a mouthful. A heavenly cheese stuffed mouthful of bacon and jalapeño. 

Incredible!! Very easy bacon wrapped jalapeños stuffed with a creamy cheese mix. These are so good!

From pumpkin cheesecake to spicy stuffed jalapeños. My mind is everywhere this week. Just roll with the recipe randomness. These jalapeños you see today? They’re just another football appetizer to add to your rotation this year.

About to sit down to watch the Raven’s game two weeks ago, my husband (!!!) and I stood in front of the open fridge deciding what to make. Besides butter, leftovers, eggs, condiments, more condiments, so many condiments, and beer (desperately needed to go shopping) Kevin spotted three jalapeños. I spotted cream cheese. He spotted bacon. Wham, bam, three stuffed jalapeños, thank you ma’am.

Necessity hunger is the mother of invention.

If you like spicy, you will love these! Halved jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese, shredded cheese, paprika, and garlic and wrapped up with crispy bacon.

Today’s recipe is an adaption of a crowd-pleasing appetizer I’ve made quite a few times before. I typically follow this Philadelphia cream cheese recipe to a T and yes, it is so good. But this time, I added shredded cheese, garlic, and flavorful smoked paprika. Lots of bold, spicy flavors here.

Since I could only make three, I went to the store the next day at 7am and bought 15 jalapeños like a weirdo. Went home, made these, shot these, and ate these with dinner. I was wiping tears from my eyes after eating 2 of them. They’re so good, I cried.

KIDDING. They’re real spicy. Tear-jerking heat.

If you like spicy, you will love these! Halved jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese, shredded cheese, paprika, and garlic and wrapped up with crispy bacon.

These are easy, just as all football party food should be. It’s a simple mix of cream cheese, garlic, shredded cheese, and smoked paprika stuffed into sliced jalapeños. I like to remove all the seeds when I’m making stuffed jalapeños since they carry a lot of heat. Don’t fret– these are still plenty spicy without the seeds.

Do not touch your eyes during this process. Please don’t.

Wrap the stuffed jalapeños up with bacon, bake until the bacon is crisp, and serve. These jalapeños are a great make-ahead option, too. If you’re tailgating in the morning or hosting guests and don’t have time to prep that day – you can assemble the stuffed jalapeños the day before and bake right before serving.

The smoked paprika gives the creamy, cheesy stuffing so much flavor. I didn’t use it the first night I made these, and we both liked the 2nd batch much better.

These are AWESOME. The heat is on!

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PS: Dairy cools your tongue down after eating something spicy, so serving this cookie dough ice cream pie to guests afterward is just plain genius.

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Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños

If you like spicy, you will love these! Halved jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese, shredded cheese, paprika, and garlic and wrapped up with crispy bacon. Absolutely incredible!


  • 12 fresh jalapeño peppers1
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese2
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 12 slices bacon, cut in half
  • 24 toothpicks


  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (best for clean-up) or a silicone baking mat. Place a baking rack on top of the baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. Cut the jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise; remove seeds and center membrane. Set aside.
  3. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic, and paprika together until combined. You could also do this by hand using a rubber spatula. Salt to taste - I add just a pinch. Spoon filling equally among all 24 jalapeño halves.
  4. Wrap each stuffed jalapeño with a half slice of bacon and stick a toothpick through the center to assure the bacon stays in place. Place each on the baking rack and bake for 25-28 minutes or until the bacon is crisp to your liking. I like to turn the oven to broil for the last minute or two to get things extra crispy. Serve immediately. Cover leftovers and keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  5. Make ahead tip: jalapeño peppers can be stuffed and wrapped 1 day in advance. Refrigerate until ready to bake. You can also assemble and freeze up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bake as directed.

Recipe Notes:

  1. Instead of jalapeño peppers, try using those mini sweet peppers often sold in the produce section. Those a great option if you don't like super spicy.
  2. Mexican style or pepper jack shredded cheese is also tasty.

Adapted from Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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Also for game day: these Loaded Sweet Potato Skins!

Simply Loaded Sweet Potato Skins - what a great snack or side for game day!

And Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites.

Super crunchy Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites on These are SO easy and delicious!

And, of course, My Favorite (lightened-up) Pepperoni Pizza Dip!

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If you like spicy, you will love these! Halved jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese, shredded cheese, paprika, and garlic and wrapped up with crispy bacon.
If you like spicy, you will love these! Halved jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese, shredded cheese, paprika, and garlic and wrapped up with crispy bacon.


  1. These were delish!!! thanks for sharing. yummo!!

  2. Wow these look amazing! Perfect for football parties!

    Thanks for sharing Sally!

  3. Oh my goodness… I LOVE cheese, and jalapeños, and bacon… perfect combo!

    Going to have to try these bad boys out 🙂

  4. These look amazing! Want to make them for a party, (not at my own house) so I’m thinking I’ll probably bake them right before I leave but do you think they will be as good if they get cold? Any suggestions?

  5. If you like the idea of stuffed peppers but are nervous of the heat (or are unsure of your guests commitment to heat), parboil the peppers and then the bacon. This also reduces the cooking time and cuts down on the chance of smoke from the bacon. The cheese only needs to be baked untill it bubbles and the peppers will still brown up. I’ve had these stuffed with sausage too. Double pork. What’s not to love?

  6. We made these as our Christmas appetizers and they were a hit! So good and not too spicy! Looking forward to having more dinner parties to make them again!

  7. These are great! I’ve made bacon wrapped jalepenos for years. Never thought of adding something other than cream cheese! Another great recipe to add to my arsenal!

  8. Awesome. I made them tonight. I’m hoping my husband thinks they are too hot…lol. They really aren’t hot, they just have a slight kick to them.

  9. These look delish! I am a major jalapeño popper fan. Adding bacon? Yum! These are perfect for the Super Bowl this weekend!

  10. these were good made them today. However I would recommend latex gloves for prepping. Ended up burning my hand from jalapenos

  11. I am going to try these today for Super Bowl. I am going to put a twist and make some home made Jalapeno Jelly to dip them in. Adds a sweet hot twist. I will let you know if it’s a crowd pleaser.

  12. I make some that are very similar to this, but I roll them in a mixture of brown sugar and chili powder. You should try it. It caramelizes in oven, delish.

  13. Hi Sally,

    I made these peppers for a housewarming party, your triple-chocolate layer cake and your Funfetti cake for a retirement party, and the rainbow M&M cookies from your cookbook for a BBQ within the past 2 weeks. They are amazing! The M&M cookies are my go-to when I need to whip-up a dessert but don’t have time to soften the butter, and the chocolate layer cake is my absolutely favorite cake I’ve ever had! I know I have written to you a million times, but your recipes are unbelievable. I wish you would open up a bakery in Philadelphia!

    • Grace, I am seriously considering a bakery in Philly. Maybe not soon, but someday yes! Thank you for reporting back about these recipes!

  14. I made them… but the cheese mixture turned out looking like cottage cheese :-((( what did i do wrong?? They were good but the filing texture was horrible, i didn’t even want to offer it to my husband

  15. Thank you for such a simple yet super tasty recipie! Made a double batch for a family Easter lunch today and they were a HUGE hit. I’m sure I will use this recipe again and again. Next time I will make some with sweet peppers as well. That way everyone will get a chance to enjoy.

  16. Awesome recipe! I cook a lot and this was definitely a hit. I made the mistake of not wearing gloves while cleaning the jalapeños and my hands were on fire all day!!! Other than that, everything was perfectly explained and tasted awesome!!

  17. I make these all the time.  Let me give you guys a little tip to make them better.  When you wrap the bacon stretch it so it covers the whole jalapeño.  Also make sure you scrape the whole inside.  Not like the pic shown here. Take off the veins the whole inside with a spoon.  Makes them less spicy.  

    • Exactly how I make them. Usually I make the whole jalapeño not in halves. Definitely stretch the bacon to cover the whole jalapeño! So easy and delicious. 

  18. I stuffed my jalapeños with pimento cheese…absolutely delicious.

  19. Sounds a lot like Chrissy Teigen’s recipe!

  20. I made them but should have left a little of the meat either seeds or membrane in them. Not spicy enough for me but very delish!

  21. We made these and drizzled some pepper jelly over them.  Added that sweetness to the salt and spice.   

  22. Could these be made right Serrano peppers?

  23. I made these as written for my son’s 20th birthday, although I forgot to add salt… it was not missed. They were so, so delicious! Not a single one left over.

    They did take WAY longer to prep than I was expecting. That being said- I will make a double batch next time and freeze some. I also didn’t find them very hot so I will leave in more seeds and membrane too.

    Thank you for an awesome recipe!

  24. Thanks for this recipe.  Delicious. I brushed the bacon with a little maple syrup for that sweet savory twist that is so good.  Enjoying them during the football game of course. Go Pats! Wicked yummy!! 

  25. I took these to a church sponsored fun night and baking contest and I won 1st prize for appetizers.  (rather you won first prize).  I am featuring them on my blog today for my Windsday Pinsday where I share my favorite pins. I did acknowledge the origin and website in my blog. You can check it out at [email protected] to make sure I did not infringe on any copyright laws.  Thanks for the delicious recipe.

  26. These were a hit at Thanksgiving!!!! Went traditional and followed the recipe to the tee, but I think next time I’ll add some sorizio to the filling!!! YUM!

  27. I add finely chopped red bell peppers to the cream cheese mixture. These are a hit in our house!

  28. Been making stuffed jalapeños for years! So easy and delicious especially on the grill. 
    Cut jalapeños in half
    Fill with cream cheese or mozzarella cheese stick pieces
    Wrap the jalapeño with bacon 
    Use a toothpick to hold bacon in place 
    Grill and enjoy!!! 
    They’re also sold at our local grocery store ready for the grill or oven. 

  29. These are so super yummy. Wanna make it a step easier? I’ve instead of wrapping it in bacon, filled it with the cheese mix of choice then pressed the cheese side into a bowl of (real) bacon bits then baked according to the directions. Lazy? Perhaps. Just as good? Fo sho!

  30. Holy Cow! When we make these we mix in half a can of crushed pineapple into the cream cheese…. you must try it… it sounds strange, but tastes divine! 

  31. These were soooo good!!! I halved the recipe because I didn’t have many jalapeños. It took longer to prepare than I anticipated but they were definitely worth it. They were not too spicy for us. I want to make them again ASAP and for everyone I know! Thank you for the recipe! 

  32. We have made them several times…so yummy! One night we ate so many, we had to skip dinner 🙂

  33. I make the bacon wrapped poppers and cook in a Traeger Smoker with Mesquite pellets. They are always a hit. I will try the jack cheese, garlic and smoked paprika next.

  34. AHHHHH-MAAA-ZING!!! Although I probably should not have eaten as many as I did. I follow a paleo/primal diet (I do add cheese – that’s what I do different), so these were a nice treat to have. The problem was that I ate 10 halves while waiting for my bratwurst to BBQ!! Good thing I have an iron gut!
    Super tasty, thanks for the recipe!

  35. I make ones similar to these, I use the mini sweet colorful peppers and stuff with cream cheese mixed with Sambal (the red chili paste in small jar) and either wrap with Bacon or put small piece on top. Then bake. Delish

  36. Is there any way i could cut and prep the peppers the night before or would that ruin the crispiness of the peppers the next day?

  37. THANK YOU for using smoked paprika!!! I see so many popper recipes without it and it really is so key here. These are amazing, thank you from the bottom of my gut.

  38. I made this but the cheese spilled out while in the oven and couldn’t get bacon to crisp up even under broiler 🙁 

    • I’m making these later today I thought of maybe cooking my bacon halfway before wrapping them that might be easier… I guess I’ll find out

  39. Can these be served at room temp. or served immediatly

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