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.

156 Comments

  1. I love stuffed jalapenos…I make them with pineapple cream cheese and that combination of spicy, sweet and salty from the bacon is so good. These are perfect for football watching.

  2. Isn’t it SO weird but awesome saying “husband?!”
    I actually fell in LOVE with jalapeno poppers on my honeymoon so this is fitting! 😉 But, wrapped in bacon? SOLD. Pinned!

  3. Some of the best recipes have originated from someone who was hungry and only had a few ingredients around! I’m not a tear-jerking spicy fan, though; could you use regular peppers to make these?

    1. Matea, are you familiar with those baby peppers they sell in stores? Mini orange, yellow, and red peppers often sold in big bags. Those would be great here! Or smallish regular peppers.

      1. I made these tonight, did a few with sweet mini peppers- they were delish!!! Love the flavor of the cream cheese mixture.

  4. These look awesome! Actually, I’ve had something almost exactly like this before, only it was smoked in a smoker. They are the ultimate party food!

  5. The first time I deseeded a jalapeño, I forgot to keep my fingers away from my eyes and you can bet I’ll never do that again… These look perfect for get-togethers! Bacon, cheese, and spicy peppers always pair well together. Thanks for sharing, Sally!

  6. Yum! This looks like a fantastic appetizer, Sally! I’ve never had a stuffed jalapeno before, so I’m loving the looks of this!

  7. I love jalapeno peppers wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cheese! And I love playing “Kitchen roulette” with stuff in your pantry and fridge!

  8. These look outstanding Sally! 🙂 I’m always looking for awesome football appetizers… my husband and his friends will just devour these! Thanks for sharing.

  9. These look incredible 🙂 If you love jalapeno poppers, I urge you to try out the kind I have on my blog. You use cream cheese with pineapple, put bacon on top and add a thin glaze of bbq sauce. It is a great combo of spicy, sweet and savory. 🙂

  10. This is one of those posts where I swear I wish I ate bacon! Because you made me a bacon believer with these things 🙂 I love jalepeno poppers, and that filling looks amazing. I love the step-shot collage, too! Pinned of course!

  11. I have too many bad memories of touching my face or going to the bathroom (TMI, but seriously!!!) after touching hot peppers. The burn. Oh God, the burn. It’s just awful! And I never seem to learn even in my old(er) age!

    I think the best salads/baked goods come from an empty fridge or a fridge “clean out”. Sometimes it’s the only way to really find out if two foods really go together well or not. Haha! It’s almost like cheese + jelly… You would never know until desperation strikes!

  12. Oh my gosh.. I love these. These would be so easy to make and I can just imagine all the awesome flavor from the bacon, cheese, and spices…. thanks to really pretty pics too! Football food, indeed. This is going on my ‘must make soon’ list. Thanks for sharing, Sally!

  13. Muchas Gracias….Sally! Yet another recipe I can sink my teeth into….carefully. And, I am so very careful when it comes to handling hot peppers. But handle them I do, because I love it HOT!!! Though not into football entertaining, this certainly would make a nice appetizer for get-togethers. I’ll add it to my cooking/baking to do list!

    1. Thanks Barbara! I had a horrible eye-scratching-jalapeño-guacamole-making incident two years ago. It was horrendous. Hope you try these!

  14. Oh my gosh, these sound AMAZING! I need them now! And yes, touching your eyes after slicing jalapeños is no good. I speak from experience.

  15. I love the bacon spin on this. I’ve had them without bacon and they were good but I can only imagine how amazing the bacon makes them taste. I love spicy things just like you so I will definitely be making these!

  16. These look incredible! My husband LOVES jalapeños, so I’ll definitely have to make these for him. Perfect game day food, although here it’s hockey, not football!

  17. We just made stuffed jalapenos last weekend for the first time. We didn’t do bacon, but did do cream cheese, ground chipotle, garlic and shredded cheese. Then we grilled them on the grill, and topped them with a little smoked paprika. SO delicious!

    Next time, must add bacon.

  18. Hunger is definitely the mother of all invention!!! Or at least a lot of the savory invention that goes on in this house! These stuffed jalepenos look perfect! I cannot think of anything more delicious or perfect for a football game than bacon wrapped cheese!! 🙂

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