Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños

Spicy, cheesy, and creamy bacon wrapped cheesy stuffed jalapeños are always the first appetizer to disappear whenever I bring them to a party. They’re perfect for celebrations, Super Bowl, game day, and more.

bacon wrapped cheesy stuffed jalapeños

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


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
  • Great for game day
  • The first appetizer to disappear at a party

bacon wrapped cheesy stuffed jalapeños

Stuffed Jalapeños Video Tutorial


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Today’s recipe is an adaption of a crowd-pleasing appetizer I’ve made many times. I typically follow a recipe from Kraft, but decided to spice it up. Now there’s even more bold and spicy flavors in each bite.

  • Jalapeños: Halved jalapeño peppers are the base of this recipe. The bigger the pepper, the more cheesy filling you can 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 use shredded cheddar cheese, but Mexican-style or pepper jack are also tasty. (By the way, if you love cream cheese based appetizers, try my crab dip next.)
  • Garlic: 1 minced clove of garlic adds a hint of flavor.
  • Paprika: Smoked paprika adds spice and bold flavor.
  • Bacon: Each stuffed pepper is wrapped in bacon before baking.

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Overview: 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. You can even use the broiler for the last minute or two to really crisp them up.

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

#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 can 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

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

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!


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 are also tasty.
  4. Adapted from Kraft.

Keywords: bacon wrapped stuffed jalapeños, cheesy bacon jalapeños

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  1. I may have to make these tonight! The boyfriend has been feeling a bit down lately, and I think bacon and spicy is the cure!

  2. 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.

    1. I have to try that next!

    2. Great Idea!

  3. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    These are a must for game days! Always a hit! Pinned!

  4. Natalie @ Never Serious Blog says:

    Oh man – the paprika! That sounds SO good!

  5. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says:

    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!

    1. very fitting indeed Taylor. And yes, it’s weird!

  6. 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.

  7. Danielle @ Chits and Chats and Chocolate says:

    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!

    1. mmm, now that sounds incredible

  8. Heather @ Shards of Lavender says:

    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!

    1. Heather, I feel your pain. I had a horrible mishap with rubbing eyes/making spicy jalapeño guacamole. Never again. NEVER.

  9. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

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

  10. Lauren @ Hall Nesting says:

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

    1. kitchen roulette – yes! Sometimes the best, most creative recipes come from it.

  11. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps says:

    Definitely a crowd pleasure, and for good reason!! That bacon looks so crisp!! Mmmm

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

  13. Thank you – these sound good.

  14. 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. 🙂

    1. Sounds incredible Ali!

  15. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    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!

  16. 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!

    1. the burn!!! I know. I know. And I personally love cheese and jelly together. =)

  17. Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl says:

    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!

  18. Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl says:

    P.S. ‘Husband’! That must feel so cool and strange at the same time!

    1. SO WEIRD! But awesome. Thanks Sarah!

  19. 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!

  20. The crusted chicken bites look so yummy! I will definitely try the Jalapenos! They look delicious.
    XO
    Miri

  21. These are so perfect for game day, they look incredible!

  22. These look so good and are making my mouth water so bad!!

  23. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar says:

    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.

  24. Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina says:

    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!

  25. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. says:

    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!

  26. 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.

    1. mmm I have to try them on the grill sometime.

  27. pam (Sidewalk Shoes) says:

    Pinned!!! I can’t wait to try this. We love heat!

  28. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    Oh, Sally. These need to happen!!

  29. These look delicious! I can’t wait to make them!!!

  30. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking says:

    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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