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 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, halved widthwise
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili seasoning mix

Nutritional Facts

1 stuffed pepper half: 66 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 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° until bacon is firm, 18-20 minutes. 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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Kelley User ID: 8993493 258452
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2016

"I'm sure these will be delicious but I'm stumped. How do you 'coat' them with the brown sugar/chili seasoning and get it to stick? I can see that I could sprinkle them with the mixture but from the picture it looks like they are actually 'coated'. Can someone advise?"

StageLeftLaura User ID: 8927579 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 User ID: 828588 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 User ID: 6130314 252543
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2016

"Yummy! Yum, yum, yum!"

AUNTIENAA User ID: 6541581 249856
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2016

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

JMartinelli13 User ID: 92779 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 User ID: 5544956 246989
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2016

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

Ozarkagirl User ID: 5881259 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 User ID: 3123581 229888
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2015

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

gillidax User ID: 6983084 228518
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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