Bacon Cheese Poppers

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min.

Makes

about 2-1/2 dozen

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
Bacon Cheese Poppers Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 16 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup 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 zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Sour cream or ranch salad dressing

Directions

  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 zest and chili powder. Spoon into pepper halves. Dip tops of stuffed peppers into bread crumbs.
  3. Transfer to 2 greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Serve with sour cream or ranch dressing.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 77 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 149mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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