Bacon Cheddar Jalapeno Poppers

The first weekend of football is over and there is already plenty to talk about. First and foremost…. TEBOW! The magic of Tim Tebow occured last night and the Denver Broncos win on an 80 yard pass on the first play of overtime. Crazy! The question is, can they beat New England next week even though they lost to them in the regular season. New Orleans looked just as strong as they did during the regular season and they will be a force to reckon with if any team wants to beat them. The Texans won and Foster had a great game. Yates started his first playoff game and won. I imagine he never thought at the beginning of the season he would be the starting quarterback in the second round of the playoffs! Another game this weekend was the Falcons and the Giants. I have been a Falcons fan for more than 20 years and it was beyond frustrating to see them get destroyed yesterday against the Giants. The big question for the Falcons now is what changes need to be made in the offense. They are 0-3 in the postseason during the Mike Smith and Matt Ryan era and there are clearly some issues that need fixing. The problem though, is that Arthur Blank likes his ‘boys’ too much and is rarely willing to do what needs to be done. The New York Giants win and now they go against last years Super Bowl champs to see if Eli can be clutch again!

So, this is day 1 of the 12 days of Superbowl snacks and today’s offering is one with some kick. I love jalapeno poppers and can usually eat a plate of them. Typically poppers are deep fried but the ones in this recipe are baked. The peppers are stuffed with a mixture of cheese and bacon and then topped with crumbled bacon. Everything is better with bacon, right? For those who do not like hot food I have also got an alternative to these jalapeno poppers. The cheese and bacon stuffing is just as good in mushroom caps as you can see from the pictures below. I made some of both the jalapeno poppers and mushroom caps this weekend and they were both a huge success!

To bake the jalapeno poppers you need to create a holder for them. I used an aluminum lasagna pan by cutting cross marks in the bottom part of the pan as seen in the picture above.

Fold the corners of the cut marks down to create holes large enough to hold the peppers upright while baking.

Core the peppers and stuff them with the cheese and bacon filling. Top with some extra bacon crumble and bake in the oven at 350F for 15-20 minutes.

If you do not like spicy food then pop the stem off a mushroom and stuff them with the cheese and bacon filling and top with more bacon crumble.

Bacon and Cheddar Jalapeno Poppers

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These bite size jalapeno poppers are stuffed with cheddar and bacon and baked to perfection. These are the perfect party food for the big game.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 12 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 2 shallots , minced
  • 1 garlic clove , minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 10 slices cooked bacon , crumbled


  • Make the cheese filling by mixing the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, shallots, garlic, salt and paprika. Stir in some of the bacon crumble reserving some for the topping.
  • Core the jalapeno peppers and/or remove the stems off the mushrooms.
  • Fill the peppers and/or mushrooms with the cheese mixture and top with the remaining bacon crumble.
  • Bake in a 350F oven for 15-20 minutes.
  • Serve hot.


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  • These look great! I love homemade poppers! I make one that I haven’t made in years and need to make it again.

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  • Hi Steve, I love poppers. What pepper did you use,they look HOT! Lots of beer to chase them with?

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    • I used jalapeno peppers I bought from the local Asian store. They were a nice size and could hold a good amount of the filling. And, yes they had a good kick to them! 🙂

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  • Oh… my mouth is watering! Lovely, spunky little bites your jalapeno poppers make! Using the lasagna mold to hold them is brilliant too… I can’t wait to see what the other 11 Superblow snacks will be.

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    • Thanks Vivian. It is nice having that popper tray washed and put away in the pantry for another future use! 🙂

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  • Such a creative way to bake them! Hubs was just saying he wanted poppers for the Super Bowl.

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  • These look amazing!! I love you creative way of using the aluminum pan. Well done!! Have a great week! ~ Ramona

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  • Love stuffed chilis, and that aluminium pan is a stroke of genius.

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  • Cannot wait to try these. i think they’ll make great apps for an upcoming pizza night. LOVE jalapenos! LOVE mushrooms!!

    Drooling as I write…oh and LOVE the blog. Don’t ever stop. EVER…

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    • Thanks Katherine! Let me know how they turn out. Say hi to Jared.

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  • Sounds amazing! Can’t wait for the next recipe!

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  • Wow, these look completely awesome. I’ve made stuffed jalapenos before with just cream cheese and bacon, but I love all of your other additions in these – particularly the cheddar! I’m thinking that I’ll be trying these out soon – thanks!

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    • Thanks. The Shallots and garlic add a nice depth to the flavour of the filling. Hope you enjoy them when you make them!

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  • These would be great in the little “new” potatoes that come in the spring.

    OH YUM!


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    • Oooh now that is an idea… in new potatoes! YUM! 🙂

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  • This look amazing! I love everything about this recipe including the tray.

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  • Poppers are such a classic gameday food. I especially love smokin em on the grill.

    Looking forward to the entire series.


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    • Ohh smoking the poppers. I may have to try that sometime in my smoker .

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  • What a great idea, the holes in the aluminum tray!! They look great, thanks for sharing!

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  • These are awesome, Steve! My hubby would flip for these!

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  • Both versions look absolutely delicious! I’d say I’d go for the jalapenos though, I love spicy stuffed peppers 🙂

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  • OMG! Those look so yummy. I must try them tonight.

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  • What an ingenious way to cook these. I never would have even thought of that! As for the peppers themselves, what can I say but “omg, those look delicious!”

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    • Thanks Janet and yes they were delicious. 🙂

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  • Alright! Spicy and delicious! Sorry bud! I see your Falcons are out.

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    • Thanks Curt. Ya, the Falcons are out. Another year getting to the playoffs and losing in round 1. Oh well. Your Texans are still in though! And looking good

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      • Hey now, we did NOT lose in round one of the playoffs this time. If you’ll remember correctly, we beat the Seahawks in round one for the first playoff win of Mike Smith’s and Matt Ryan’s Atlanta career. 😉

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        • If you look at the date of this post it is from last year when we lost to the Giants in round 1. I am very well aware that we won this year and were very close to beating the 49ers. It is gonna be hard for me to watch the Super Bowl cause the Falcons are not in it.

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  • This is a very creative post. First, you have come up with a cheap item to cook them in. I am sure people have already purchased the special gadget just made for poppers. Also, I like that these are not split lengthwise-better to hold all that goodness in and to fill. You definitely prepared these nicely. They look delicious. Glad to have been privvy to this post-very well done!

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    • Thanks Tina. Yeah, I do actually like them stuffed whole like this otherthan lengthwise. The tray worked out great.

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    • 5 stars
      I love your pan cooker goodie. Will make and cook my poppers.. Thanks

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  • I LOVE your gizmo for cooking the poppers! That’s ingenious! 🙂 Great football watching food you have here! Might have to cook up those poppers for the next Saints game or the LSU game tonight. 🙂

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    • Thanks! Saints and LSU?? You would get along well with my dad! 🙂

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