Bacon Cheese Poppers Recipe
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Bacon Cheese Poppers Recipe

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Guests who head straight for a tray of jalapeno poppers will devour this crowd-pleaser just as fast. The blue cheese-flavored filling is wonderful, but it’s the slight crunch from bread crumbs and crumbled bacon that sets them apart from any other version.—Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:32 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 16 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • Sour cream or ranch salad dressing

Nutritional Facts

1 appetizer (calculated without sour cream or ranch dressing) equals 77 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 149 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise and remove seeds; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, beat the cheeses, bacon, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, lemon peel and chili powder. Spoon into pepper halves. Dip tops of stuffed peppers into bread crumbs.
  3. Transfer to two greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Serve with sour cream or ranch dressing. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Bacon Cheese Poppers in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2009, p214

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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Reviewed May. 5, 2013

"If you clean your Jalapenos under cold running water you will avoid the burn of your skin....Absolutely Amazing and very Delicious"

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

"My husband, 6 boys, relatives and myself can't seem to get enough of these jalapenos! The are beyond amazing! It's a little effort to prepare but well worth it. I get the men in the family to do the cutting and seeding of the jalapenos. Enjoy!"

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"Bacon is vegetarian????"

Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

"NOT vegetarian. Wrong category"

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