Sweet & Spicy Jalapeno Poppers Recipe
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Sweet & Spicy Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

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There’s no faster way to get a party started than with these bacon-wrapped poppers. Make them ahead and bake just before serving. Even the hot pepper intolerant will love them.—Dawn Onuffer, Crestview, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 6 jalapeno peppers
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 bacon strips, halved widthwise
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili seasoning mix

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 66 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0g fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat.


  1. Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise and remove seeds; set aside. In a small bowl, beat cheeses until blended. Spoon into pepper halves. Wrap a half-strip of bacon around each pepper half.
  2. Combine brown sugar and chili seasoning; coat peppers with sugar mixture. Place in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  3. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until bacon is firm. Yield: 1 dozen.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Sweet & Spicy Jalapeno Poppers in Country Woman April/May 2010, p44

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StageLeftLaura 253719
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2016

"I make these allllllllll the time if I want to impress at a potluck or holiday event. I add a little cumin and garlic powder to the cream cheese mix and also do half cheddar half Monterrey Jack for the shredded cheese. I would ABSOLUTELY encourage you to bake these low and slow. They turn out much better for me at 300 and doubling the time. It also helps if you have a rack to cook them on over a pan so the drippings fall down and away. I also over-filled mine with cream cheese mix the first time and they kind of exploded so I remember not to over pack them. Now I've perfected "my take" on this they are always a hit!"

randcbruns 252614
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2016

"Everything is better with bacon and this is no exception. My family loves the sweet and spicy combo. This is a recipe that we enjoy making a lot."

mona4eyes 252543
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2016

"Yummy! Yum, yum, yum!"

Reviewed Jun. 28, 2016

"I fried the bacon and crumbled it into the cheese mix, and my family loved them"

JMartinelli13 249070
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2016

"I had to bake mine longer than what the recipe stated to get the bacon crispy, about 30 mins total. Love the sweet/spicy bacon with the creamy cheese mixture."

enderslove 246989
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2016

"My family didn't like these. They were very bland."

Ozarkagirl 239834
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

"I just made these for my family yesterday and and everyone loved them. I doubled the recipe and made the first batch exactly as written and then added 1 tablespoon real bacon bits to the cheese mixture in the 2nd batch. It's so easy to put together for a great appetizer. I plan to take 3 dozen to a dinner Christmas Eve. Great recipe!"

Kirkenslager 229888
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2015

"Quick, easy, & best of all....yummy!!!!"

gillidax 228518
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2015

"Excellent! . Everyone loved them. I cooked several without bacon for my vegetarian guest and he enjoyed them too."

holland.janet 226352
Reviewed May. 15, 2015

"I place my stuffed without Bacon wrapped peppers on a cookie sheet, freeze solid and then place in freezer zip lock bag for future use within three months. To bake: thaw peppers 7-10 minutes, wrap with Bacon or thin sliced deli-meats and bake as directed on a broiler pan since the peppers sit perfect in grooves without tilting or oozing melted cheese."

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