Mouthwatering Hot Poppers Recipe: Creamy, Spicy, Crispy


Hot poppers, with their tantalizing blend of creamy cheese, spicy jalapeños, and crispy bacon, are a beloved appetizer for any occasion. In this article, we’ll explore a mouthwatering jalapeño hot poppers recipe that promises to delight your taste buds.

Hot Poppers Recipe


  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper or aluminum foil
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon or piping bag
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
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  • 12 large jalapeño peppers
  • 8 oz (226g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (120g) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 6 slices of bacon, cut in half crosswise
  • Toothpicks


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  2. Cut the jalapeños in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and membranes using a spoon or knife. Be sure to wear gloves to protect your hands from the spicy oils.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Mix until well combined.
  4. Fill each jalapeño half with the cheese mixture, either using a spoon or piping bag for a neater presentation.
  5. Wrap each filled jalapeño half with a half slice of bacon and secure it with a toothpick.
  6. Place the bacon-wrapped jalapeños on the prepared baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy and the peppers are tender.
  7. Allow the jalapeño poppers to cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy them warm as a deliciously spicy appetizer or snack.


  • To reduce the spiciness of the jalapeños, you can soak them in cold water for 15-20 minutes before filling them with the cheese mixture.
  • For added flavor, you can mix in cooked and crumbled sausage or chopped herbs like cilantro or green onions into the cheese mixture.
  • Make sure to secure the bacon-wrapped jalapeños with toothpicks to prevent them from unraveling during baking.
  • If you prefer a crispy bacon texture, you can broil the jalapeño poppers for an additional 2-3 minutes after baking.
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Calorie Information

  • Each serving of two jalapeño poppers contains approximately 170 calories, with variations depending on the size of the peppers and amount of cheese and bacon used.

With each bite of these homemade jalapeño poppers, you’ll experience a burst of flavor that’s impossible to resist. Whether shared with friends or enjoyed as a solo treat, hot poppers recipe is sure to become a favorite in your culinary repertoire. Get ready to savor the irresistible goodness of hot poppers!

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