Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños

These bacon wrapped cheesy stuffed jalapeños are mega cheesy and perfectly spicy. They’re always the first appetizer to disappear whenever I bring them to a party!Incredible!! Very easy bacon wrapped jalapeños stuffed with a creamy cheese mix. These are so good! sallysbakingaddiction.com

These jalapeños you see today? They’re another football appetizer to add to your rotation. Loaded with all the things, you’ll love the combination of crunchy bacon, extra cheesy filling, and spicy jalapeños. Everyone flocks to these and always begs me for the recipe– ask and you shall receive!

Delicious for parties and celebrations, the Super Bowl, game day, and more, this easy appetizer couldn’t be simpler to make. Let’s get started.

These Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños Are:

  • Extra cheesy and spicy
  • Wrapped with bacon
  • Loaded with garlic
  • Spiced with paprika
  • Super simple to make
  • Always a crowd pleaser
  • A delicious make-ahead recipe
  • Great for game day
  • The first appetizer to disappear at a party
  • Addictive and delicious!

Stuffed Jalapeños Video Tutorial

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.

Ingredients for Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños

Today’s recipe is an adaption of a crowd-pleasing appetizer I’ve made many times. I typically follow a recipe from Philadelphia cream cheese– but this time, I mixed things up. Lots of bold, spicy flavors in each bite!

  • Jalapeños: Halved jalapeño peppers are the base of this recipe. The bigger the pepper the more cheesy filling to fit inside! I like to remove all of 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.
  • Cheese: We use a mix of cream cheese and shredded cheese for the filling. I used shredded cheddar cheese, but Mexican style or pepper jack is also tasty.
  • Garlic: 1 minced clove of garlic adds flavor to the filling.
  • Paprika: Smoked paprika adds spice and bold flavor to the filling.
  • Bacon: Each pepper is wrapped in bacon before baking.

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.

How to Make Them

Bacon wrapped cheesy stuffed jalapeños are incredibly easy to make– just as all football party food should be (looking at you beer cheese dip and sweet & spicy honey Chex mix). 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.

  1. Prepare the peppers. Cut the jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and center membrane.
  2. Make the filling. Combine both cheeses, garlic, and paprika together.
  3. Fill the peppers. Spoon the cheesy filling equally among all jalapeño halves.
  4. Wrap with bacon. Wrap a piece of bacon around each cheese-filled jalapeño. Stick a toothpick through the center to ensure the bacon stays in place.
  5. Bake. Bake the peppers until the bacon is crisp– about 25-28 minutes. You can even use the broiler for the last minute or two to really crisp them up.
  6. Serve!

Want to keep things spicier? While this recipe instructs you to remove the seeds, leave them in for extra spice.

Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños by sallysbakingaddiction.com

#1 Success Tip for Stuffing Jalapeños

Don’t touch your eyes. As you slice the jalapeños in half and remove the seeds and some of the membrane, be careful. I warn you and speak from experience. Don’t touch your face or eyes during this process– it could really burn!

PS: If you love jalapeño– which I’m assuming you do– try my jalapeño pepper jack turkey burgers sometime. Favorite non-beef burgers!

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Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 24 stuffed jalapeño halves
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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!


Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). 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.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: 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.
  2. Peppers: 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.
  3. Cheese: Mexican style or pepper jack shredded cheese is also tasty.
  4. Adapted from Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

Keywords: bacon wrapped stuffed jalapeños, cheesy bacon 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.
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.

152 Comments

    1. What I have always used are the canned pickled jalapenos which are not as hot and have a good flavor. Have to be a little more careful just because the are not as firm.

  1. In Mexico we enjoyed similar stuffed jalapeños but could never recreate their mild spice  because when we made them at home they were so hot we could barely finish them. Eventually  after persistent begging  the chef revealed that he simmered the seeded and deveined jalapeños in water for 5-10 minutes before stuffing and roasting them. All the great flavours without the tears!,

      1. Another great way I’ve discovered to kill the heat is to bake them for longer at a slower temperature. I usually cook mine on 350 F for about an hour or so and the heat is just right. And the longer and more thoroughly you cook the pepper, the less spice it will have.

  2. I made these and we just ate them. YUMMMMM!!!!! We will definitely be making them again and again. I used Jalapeños that we grew in our garden, and they were pretty mild, not light you on fire . I also used an Anaheim that we had. It was a completely different flavor, and not Nearly as good. I had a bite of one and my hubby at the rest of it. I won’t be doin’ that again!! Lesson learned.

  3. I made these and they were awesome. I like mine a bit hotter though. I also took some brown sugar, smoked paprika, chili powder, cyanne pepper and pepper flakes mixed it all up and dipped the bacon in it before wrapping. Turned out great.

      1. I used a C. of brown sugar, then 1 tsp of the paprika, chili powder, and cayenne pepper and 1 TBLS of the red pepper flakes. If you don’t like it that hot I would cut the measurements in half.

  4. Yum!! Just done a trial run of these in preparation for World Cup nibbles and they are definitely top of the list Thank you Sally

  5. Just made these! Delicious! Instead of wrapping them in bacon I just added the crumbled bacon to the cheese mixture. Amazing that way too!

  6. It was our last weekend up north for the season and my husband & I made your Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños. THEY WERE FANTASTIC! MARVELOUS! DELICIOUS! I just cannot find enough adjective to explains how awesome they were! Definitely broil them at the end – made all the difference. Thanks you so much, Sally! Love your site and all you do 🙂

  7. It was our last weekend up north for the season and my husband & I made your Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños. THEY WERE FANTASTIC! MARVELOUS! DELICIOUS! I just cannot find enough adjective to explains how awesome they were! Definitely broil them at the end – made all the difference. Thanks you so much, Sally! Love your site and all you do

  8. Made these for NYE came out great. Super easy recipe. I made as is with the addition of salt and pepper and fresh cilantro since I had it and saw the Philly cheese recipe had it

  9. Okay we tried to cut calories and used turkey bacon. DO NOT DO…it is not nearly as good. There was something about that carmelized fat that makes it so delightful.

  10. I made these and loved them. Only one problem that I had was the bottom of the bacon was not done enough. Tops were great and crispy. How do I fix that?
    I baked them on a rack in the baking sheet.

    1. I have had the same problem with bottoms not cooking. Even on a rack on baking sheet. Now I precook the bacon for about 10 mins and let cool before wrapping the peppers. Works well for me and cuts out a little of the grease.

  11. I am planning on making these as one of the apps for my wedding reception in 2 weeks. Can I make them a week ahead of time and freeze them? Also, there was a comment from Suzanne that you did not respond to, that now I am concerned about. She said the bacon on the bottom of the pepper was not cooked enough. Is there anything that can be done to fix that??? Thank you for this recipe! These look absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to serve them!

    1. Hi Tamara! I definitely missed that comment, but I’m happy to answer! First, make sure you’re baking them on a baking rack on the baking sheet so the undersides can cook. If you notice that the underside portion of the wrapped bacon isn’t cooking, turn down the oven heat and bake them for longer to ensure more even cooking.

    1. To reduce the grease produced I trim off the fattiest parts of the bacon, precook the bacon to about 1/2 done then put poppers on baking rack over baking sheet to hold poppers off grease puddle that forms below.

  12. I made these for the Superbowl using the small, sweet peppers since some of my family doesn’t like spicy. They were so good! Everyone commented on them and how wonderful they were. We even shared some with coworkers the next day and they asked for the recipe. I also made them the day before and refrigerated until they were ready to bake. Great recipe!!

  13. Made these this afternoon for a snack and they were delicious! The only thing I did different was I wrapped them in prosciutto instead of bacon because I had some on hand. Was Yummy! Will be making again and again. Thank you!

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