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Pepper Poppers Recipe

Pepper Poppers Recipe

These creamy stuffed jalapenos have some bite. They may be the most popular treats I make! My husband is always hinting that I should make a batch. —Lisa Byington, Johnson City, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 6 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged 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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 266136
Reviewed May. 20, 2017

"my husband was given a bacon wrapped jalapen? pepper popper a couple of years ago while [email protected] California beach resort. he adored it&was ever grateful for the campers' gesture of sharing. well he's now the camping sharer and looks forward to making these while we camp. THIS RECIPE is going to be a God send as much easier and betcha tastier as well. He'll make them today for cocktails in the afternoon- thank you Lisa Byingron, so very much appreciate this."

603linda User ID: 819056 258783
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2016

"I have been making these for parties for a long time and they are always the first things gone. I make them just as written and they are the the best."

Bahiya User ID: 8547112 257004
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2016

"Been making this since it first appeared. So good! The filling is also pretty tasty on its own. I've made it to serve with crackers."

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!"

pettymama User ID: 1026286 48481
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"I have made these many times for parties and I always receive compliments. I just sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top instead of rolling them."

kr313 User ID: 4663160 65167
Reviewed May. 27, 2012

"Excellent recipe! I made it for our memorial day cookout, and it was gone within 10 min!"

jomatt1950 User ID: 1263670 202764
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

"This is a favorite for our family-especially when we have fresh peppers from the garden. They can be made ahead and frozen."

searchme2 User ID: 3314267 23781
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"love it, we baked it for 40 min, and it still had some heat to it. But we couldn't stop eating them!"

kerrynjames User ID: 5662698 48480
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"These were a hit. We neglected to use the bread crumbs, but they still turned out quite tasty and my friends all loved them. I wouldn't change a thing!"

tllamar4 User ID: 5318534 48479
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2011

"I was looking for a recipe to use up the huge quantity of jalapenos I was getting out of my garden. My husband and I ate half of a cookie sheet before dinner. Delicious!"

MommyChef.88 User ID: 5690820 23777
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2011

"Extremely good. Honestly wouldn't make any changes to this recipe. I did boil the jalapenos though for like 5-7 minutes to take away some of the heat."

grothen User ID: 5874922 57176
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

"my family can't get enough of these

I used really long peppers and cut into thirds before rolling in the bread crumbs This was perfect for a large gathering. I took them into work and they were gone so fast some people didn't even get a chance to try them
has anyone tried to freeze these? cleaning them is such a pain but well worth it"

puffybloomers User ID: 1501090 24036
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"these really are good but to make them even better try those panko bread crumbs which you can get in any grocery store near the regular bread crumbs. makes a big difference"

becca5775 User ID: 2994496 57099
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"Here is another version of stuffed peppers that is also easy and delicious.

 Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers
Cream Cheese
Cut peppers length ways and clean out seeds and white membranes. I clean the membrane out because I do not care for really hot peppers but you can leave if you want.  Fill pepper halves with cream cheese level with pepper.  Cut bacon strips into thirds.  Wrap a piece of bacon around the pepper overlapping the ends.  I find that if the bacon sets for a short time it is easier to wrap bacon around the pepper by stretching it some.  Place in a greased cooking pan.  bake at 375 for approx 20 minutes or until bacon is done.  They will not last long so you better get you a few right out of the oven before anyone else appears. :)"

JGalindo User ID: 3357697 52486
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"These are delicious! I use canned jalapenos so all you have to do is warm them through thus saving time. Also, you don't have to worry as much about the spicy factor because the canned are more mild than fresh. Add a 1/4 tsp. of cumin for an added flavor profile. Enjoy!"

Katherine J User ID: 1389868 17820
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2010

"My whole family loves these. We make them a few times a year and alway double the recipe. It takes me quite a bit longer than 15 mins to put these together, but they are worth it."

pkinneberg User ID: 1085653 17819
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2010

"I have made these over and over again throughout the past several years. Everyone loves them! The longer you bake them, the milder they that enables you to make them to your liking. These are one on my FAVORITE recipes of all time!"

beltza User ID: 2199797 22976
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2010

"Have made many times! Fantastic!"

RStout User ID: 3080289 22975
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2010

"Have made them several times. Love 'em."

keverwann User ID: 1807985 57094
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2009

"We made it with 1/3 to 1/2 pound of cooked bulk sausage instead of the bacon. Turned out nicely. They were a bit too spicy, so I stuck them back in the oven for another 15 or so minutes and that baked a lot of the "kick" out of them. I wonder if they would taste good using banana peppers instead of jalapenos..."

carisa_johnston User ID: 4630287 57089
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2009

"i made these for my house warming party and they were the biggest hit and dissappeared very fast! The guys absolutely loved them."

justgottabezen User ID: 4387974 24032
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2009

"is this really spicy?"

justgottabezen User ID: 4387974 202763
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2009

"is this really spicy?"

VeraM User ID: 738270 29312
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2009

"Wonderful! Love these even though they're not deep fried. The best ever!"

ladyjanepr User ID: 4006449 57061
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2009

"These are wonderful and my brother went one step further and added some chopped pieces of shrimp...delicioso!

Jane Preston"

katejudy311 User ID: 3820802 57116
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2009

"All I can say is YUM! My husband said this was my best appetizer, ever.So easy and so tasty. Thanks for the great recipe."

charles coello User ID: 3504906 24026
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2009

"Excellent!!! Whenever we serve these they are a big hit, and never any leftover. The last time I made these for my son and his friends they ate them without baking them first."

KWK3MOM3 User ID: 3213747 47384
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2008

"These are amazing! I found this recipe in the magazine several years ago and I make them every 4th of July and when we have girls weekends. Everyone says they are the best they ever had!"

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