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! sallysbakingaddiction.com

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. 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. They are AWESOME. The heat is on!

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

Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños by sallysbakingaddiction.com

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

Also for game day: these Loaded Sweet Potato Skins!

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

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.

148 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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