Pepper Poppers Recipe
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Pepper Poppers Recipe

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These creamy and zippy stuffed jalapenos may be the most popular treats I make. My husband is always hinting to me that I should prepare a batch. —Lisa Byington, Johnson City, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 pound fresh jalapenos, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • Sour cream, onion dip or ranch salad dressing

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 273 calories, 21g fat (13g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 454mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cheeses, bacon and seasonings; mix well. Spoon about 2 tablespoonfuls into each pepper half. Roll in bread crumbs.
  2. Place in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 15 minutes for spicy flavor, 25 minutes for medium and 35 minutes for mild. Serve with sour cream, dip or dressing. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Pepper Poppers in Taste of Home August/September 1998, p64

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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ebohuch User ID: 8820941 246852
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2016

"I had to (begrudgingly) leave out the bacon as well, but they turned out great and everyone loved them. I followed the advice in other comments to pack them close together and none of them tipped over or rolled out. Baked them for half an hour and there was still a nice kick to them."

etretired User ID: 8484659 231244
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2015

"My family wants them every get together. My husband loves them with ground turkey and rice."

nblackburn01 User ID: 8250688 226838
Reviewed May. 24, 2015

"I make something similar to these. I can't stress rolling them in bread crumbs before putting them in the oven. It keeps all the ooey-gooey filling in. I have also wrapped each of my poppers in bacon vs. adding it to the recipe for that bacon pop. These freeze well if made ahead of time."

Nan Mock User ID: 611392 221406
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2015

"We enjoyed these very much. My daughter made them and found the recipe to be very easy. She omitted the bacon (she's not a fan of it) but they were still quite tasty! The only problem she ran into was that some of the peppers rolled over on the sheet and the contents ran out. I think as long as we keep the peppers close together next time they will all stay up. Thanks for this keeper!"

egancm User ID: 1473730 17822
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2013

"Very yummy! Took them to a party and received many compliments and requests for the recipe."

7833louis User ID: 1040763 48482
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"These are always requested for every gathering I go to. I make without bread crumbs."

Elise123 User ID: 5856708 47386
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2013

"can't make enough of these. They leave the table so quickly! I have used 1/2 bread crumbs and 1/2 panko. Very good."

Peggie0203 User ID: 2074993 22977
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

"I used low fat cream cheese, cheddar and mozzarella, and turkey bacon. It brought the calorie count down to 151 per 3 poppers. I also used Panko bread crumbs. Perfect!!"

heishman01 User ID: 5338223 23782
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2013

"I made this wonderful recipe tonight for my husband, son and I. There were no leftovers - very delicious. Thank you for sharing. Will also make for party this weekend."

heatherapril User ID: 4480826 29518
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

"My mother-in-law requests I bring these to EVERY family get together thru out the year! My favorite time to make them is when I have fresh pepers from my garden.YUMMY!"

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