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Sweet & Spicy Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

Sweet & Spicy Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

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. YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

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.

Reviews for Sweet & Spicy Jalapeno Poppers

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randcbruns
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."

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mona4eyes
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2016

"Yummy! Yum, yum, yum!"

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AUNTIENAA
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2016

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

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JMartinelli13
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."

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enderslove
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2016

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

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Ozarkagirl
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!"

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Kirkenslager
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2015

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

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gillidax
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2015

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

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holland.janet
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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GirishKatta
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"Nice recipe"

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marketgirl
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"These were absolutely wonderful! I made them according to the recipe and they turned out great! I've made them several times and brought them to parties and every time I get requests for the recipe. It's also the appetizer I get the most requests to bring to a party. I didn't use chili powder but rather bought the dry packet of chili seasoning (as that was what I assumed the recipe was suggesting) and mixed that with the brown sugar. I think it adds a lot more depth of flavor than chili powder alone."

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No_Time_To_Cook
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"These were great... used chili powder. Probably could have used less brown sugar, but other than that, they were a hit."

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KellyAA6
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2014

"Awesome :) I used a 4 cheese Mexican blend, little fresh grated parmesan, added a few dashes Worcestershire sauce and 4-5 drops Frank's to the cream cheese, parcooked the bacon and put a strip on top to cover cream cheese vs wrapping, mixed 2 heaping tsps Brown sugar with some chili powder and sprinkled on bacon to kinda glaze the 18 poppers I made. Huge hit and has already been requested for the next party."

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Jeanetteq85
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2014

"Great recipe, but PLEASE wear gloves !!! Lesson learned as I had a scratch on my ear and reluctantly scratched and it burned all morning and as for my hands they are still burning, but dipping them in a small glass if milk did help take a small amount if the burn away."

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nosreg
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2014

"very nice food...lamia jud uie..hehe"

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Marykauhi
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014

"These are real winners. I made some without the sugar and just rolled them in chili powder for one son who has to limit his sugar intake. He ate one with sugar and preferred those without the sugar. Next time I will fry the bacon slightly before making the poppers since it was a little under done for my taste."

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Marykauhi
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014

"These are real winners. I made some without the sugar and just rolled them in chili powder for one son who has to limit his sugar intake. He ate one with sugar and preferred those without the sugar. Next time I will fry the bacon slightly before making the poppers since it was a little under done for my taste."

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Countryladybug
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014

"these are really great, tasty and you can't eat just one, I have put these in the grill as well gives it a great flavor."

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Stefini19
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2014

"I make these tasty treats anytime we are having appetizers!"

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hbcrossing
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"Do we use fresh jalepenos or canned. I have never cooked with Jalepenos before."

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Brenda MH
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2014

"These have a lot of potential but they weren't quite perfect. I thought "chili seasoning" meant the packets of seasoning mix, such as McCormick's- I wish I had used chili powder instead, I didn't think that the flavor of chili seasoning went very well with the brown sugar. I had a ton of brown sugar mixture left over so next time I'd make half the amount.

I also really agree with other user's comments about pre-cooking the bacon, and cooking the poppers on a rack in the pan."

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Bonito
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014

"These are amazing and easy to do but I would wear a mask and use gloves, and I found slightly cooking the bacon before wrapping made the appetizers even better"

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cindiak
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2014

"These were fantastic. The combination of sweet and spicy really made them great. Our guests wiped them out in no time."

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shirleyfr
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2013

"We thought this was absolutely delicious. I well wear gloves and a mask the next time I double this recipe."

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4412critter
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2013

"I normally don't like hot things but the picture looked so appitizing...Even had a left over one for breakfast these are great and I did precook the bacon"

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terrri1113@gmail.com
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2013

"These were delicious. My whole family enjoyed the sweet with the spice."

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ms.ryan
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2013

"Easy and delicious recipe! I used onion and chive cream cheese and it tasted amazing. Next time I'm going to try cooking bacon a little bit before wrapping jalapeño."

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summyb
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2013

"I've made these many times, and they're so good. Thin bacon works best. I just noticed the comments about chili seasoning. I didn't know that there was such a thing, and simply used chili powder which worked just fine."

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cheriwinkle
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2013

"Try Caroline Munoz's Chili Seasoning recipe here on the TOH site."

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ProVenki
Reviewed May. 27, 2013

"test"

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twistedgourmet
Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"Absolutely amazing! Great combination of sweet and spicy makes this the best poppers I have ever eaten, not to mention it was a hit with family friends. I followed some of the advice and used Pepper Jack cheese, and turkey bacon that was already cooked. Doubled the recipe and left the seeds in half of the poppers for extra kick. I also agree that using a rack, instead of a flat baking sheet, is a great idea. Bon Appetit!"

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DViola
Reviewed May. 21, 2013

"Was a hit during our party."

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Moonbeam81
Reviewed May. 20, 2013

"Delicious! Used turkey bacon instead and it worked out great."

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Raygina
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2013

"We made these for a family gathering. The people who liked hot things thought they were mellow but those of us who are pepper wimps thought they were really good. The flavors go together well."

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annie1992
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2013

"My husband loved these. However, the statement that "even the hot pepper intolerant love them" is not true. I took one bite and that was enough, I'm a hot pepper wimp. My husband was happy enough to eat my share!

mas, I used Penzey's chili powder for the "chili seasoning" in the recipe."

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mas4144
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2013

"I have not tried this recipe yet because I am not sure what "chili seasoning" is. Is it chili powder? Can somebody please help me. Also something I found when making jalapeno poppers, after removing the seeds and membranes put the peppers in boiling water and blanch them for a few minutes and drain them and then stuff them."

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mamaknowsbest
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2013

"Best peppers ever made! Stop looking for another recipe-- this is the one. Everyone loves. Also great- make ahead in morning then when people arrive put in oven. Makes house smell good too. Plus, everyone very impressed."

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bdoll01
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2012

"These are great, I usually don't go for spicy but my husband make them and I had to try it, I love them. I wanted him to make more. They are so tasty. Our friends loved them also."

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LucyNC2012
Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"These were great! The combination of sweet and spicy was perfect! I strongly recommend wearing gloves when making these though-I did not follow this advice, and my hands burned for the rest of the day."

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tngirl77
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"I MADE THIS BACK IN THE IN SUMMER FOR A COOKOUT AND EVERYONE LOVED THEM. WILL DEFINATELY MAKE AGAIN...THANKS FOR A NOTHER GREAT RECIPE."

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macaroni girl
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"So good - these were devoured very quickly!"

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RHergenroeder
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2011

"I made this for a family cookout and everyone loved them!"

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jackie.baker
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2011

"Everyone loved them, even those people who stay away from "hot" foods. I made sure that I removed all of the seeds and membranes. I pre-cooked the bacon a little too."

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bwingrove28
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"Love, love, love this recipe and so does my family!"

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joannrandall
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

"I have made these numerous times at my house and also to take to parties. My only issue is keeping them hot when I take them places. I like them best right out of the oven, and don't want to ruin them by putting them in a crock pot to transport them. Does anyone have any transport ideas for me so I can take them places and kept them warm? We also like them with some heat so I always leave seeds from about 3 (doubled recipe) of the jalapenos for a little bit of a kick, but not too hot!"

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lovealwaysbrenda
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2011

"i liked these alot and i dont like anything hot! my husband didnt like that they were sweet but everyone else loved them!"

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Bergie_the_Swede
Reviewed May. 16, 2011

"Soooo good!"

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qhouseocean
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"these are great!!!! all my guests request them..they even good cold"

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CKueser
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"Fantastic and so flavorful. We added some seasonings (chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, brown sugar, Tabasco, and lime juice) to the cheese mixture. Also, we added chili powder to the brown sugar mixture. And broiled them for a couple minutes after the cooking time for added crisp to the bacon. Phenomenal!"

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joannrandall
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"These were a huge hit at a party I hosted a couple of weeks ago. I had taken them out of the oven and gone downstairs to grab something, coming back up to find half of them already eaten! I even doubled the recipe! I already have plans to make them for a superbowl party! They are sweet and spicey, and easy to make! Love them!"

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OhYummy!
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"Excellent recipe! Rave reviews & recipe requests @ a recent get-together. Easy - I cooked the bacon & added it to the cream cheese mixture, dipped it face side-down into brown sugar / chili powder. Baked it in advance, then warmed up for 10 minutes. Will be making again :0."

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sallyjojo
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"Made this for New YEar's Eve. I used precooked bacon so I didn't have to worry about whether or not it was done and cooked them on the grill. They were great and the bacon was nice and crispy."

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pinkpotatoes
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

"I used parchment and racks in my baking sheet plus I added about 15-20 minutes cooking time to make sure the bacon (mine was fairly thick) was cooked well. I love them!"

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nancye49
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2011

"Will make many more times. Next time I will double. And I uesed a rack inside the pan to make sure the bacon cooked all around. My oldest grandson did not like the sugar/chili topping so next time won't put any on his poppers. Served with tortilla soup. Wonderful. Nancy"

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hoosyermama
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2011

"I really changed this recipe by eliminating the bacon altogether, as we are trying to limit our intake of processed meats. I simply filled the peppers with the cream cheese/cheddar mixture, and sprinkled the sugar/seasoning mixture on top. They were excellent! Wish I had made more- a group of college boys finished these off in no time flat."

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tsrobins
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"Wow! Very easy and unbeleivably tasty."

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casymoffit
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"Easy to make and had a great taste!"

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wombatt
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"why couldn't you use turkey bacon???? or there is also a vegie bacon i hear is realy good its in the produce part of the store"

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Gayle Smith
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"Does anyone have a kosher replacement suggestion for the bacon?"

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Lina51
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"Absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!"

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maggieaw
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"WOW- unbelievably good! Next time I make these I will use a rack inside the pan to cook these on. I also cooked them 10-15 minutes longer than the time shown in recipe- I like the bacon a bit crispy. So good- I am sure to make these when I need a delicious appetizer."

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plumcrazy__Alta
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2010

"I think my sons would love these so will try them soon, thanks"

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senouen
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2010

"These were excellent. Easy too."

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wombatt
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2010

"sadie7......yes it is"

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sadie7
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2010

"chili seasoning is chili powder?"

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lorettasylvia
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2010

"WOW. . .These were great and so tasty. The wire rack was a good tip (makes the poppers cook evenly). I also pre-cooked the bacon a bit. Wonderful and a real crowd pleaser. Thanks for recipe as everyone loves them!

Loretta"

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extendedheart
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2010

"I love poppers!!! this recipes sounds wonderful. though i have not tried it yet and i will. baking them on a wire rack over the pan (as a reviewer commented) and using thinner bacon will actually do the job of creating a crispy bacon without the cheese oozing out."

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kewestby
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2010

"Cook the bacon till crisp, cool, then crumble. Add to cheese mixture. Fill peppers with mixture and dip the tops in sugar/seasoning mixture. Continue as stated. No burnt bacon. Yum!"

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sboik
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2010

"I use the pre-cooked bacon strips and it turns out perfect every time. No burning. No oozing cheeses."

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TiramisuQueen
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2010

"This is good but what I do is substitute procutto instead of the bacon and you never have undercooked bacon or definitely pre cook bacon....."

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tagmrg
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2010

"I have found that using the very thin sliced bacon and baking these on a wire rack set on a cookie sheet will cook the bacon thoroughly. These are delicious."

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beltza
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2010

"By the time the bacon was done on top, the bottoms were burnt. The cheese was oozing out so I didn't want to turn them over for fear the rest would ooz out. After cutting off the burnt part, the poppers were tasty so I think I might try them again but will at least partially cook the bacon first. I think I'll put on foil too because it was a mess to clean."

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dierich
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2010

"This recipe is SO good! I added pepper jack cheese for a little kick. My family loves these poppers."

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elainemariekelley
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2010

"these are excellent"

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smfousek
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"The best poppers ever!"

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wintercool97
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2010

"These are without a doubt the best peppers I have ever had!! Love, love, love the sweet with the bacon and cheese. I have made them twice this week alone!"

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Summy
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2010

"Insanely addicting! I partially cook the bacon first. Even people who don't like hot stuff, love these."

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elainemariekelley
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2010

"very tasty you will want to double the recipe because they go to fast!"

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