Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

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Grilled Jalapeno Poppers! Delicious fresh jalapenos filled with a gooey cheesy filling and wrapped in bacon! Amazing!! #jalapeno #grill #jalapenopopper

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers are the perfect snack and appetizer!  Fresh jalapenos are stuffed with a mixture of cheeses and seasoning and wrapped in smoky bacon.

These easy poppers are then grilled (or baked) until the bacon is crisp and the cheese is perfectly melty.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers! Delicious fresh jalapenos filled with a gooey cheesy filling and wrapped in bacon! Amazing!! #jalapeno #grill #jalapenopopper

I absolutely adore jalapeno poppers in any way, shape, or form including  Jalapeno Popper Dip to Jalapeño Cheddar Stuffed Burgers. And of course what doesn’t taste amazing wrapped in bacon? I could pretty much eat these bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers at any meal and I especially love this version using fresh jalapenos and bacon (and skipping the breading).

How to Make Jalapeno Poppers

When cutting jalapenos, I very strongly suggest wearing gloves as the oils in the peppers can really affect (and burn) your skin if you’re cutting several peppers.

To reduce the heat from jalapenos (and other spicy peppers), be sure to remove all of the seeds and membranes as that’s where the capsaicin is contained (which is what makes them spicy).  You can use any peppers in this recipe including sweet baby red & yellow peppers if you don’t like spice or would like to have another option for those that don’t eat spicy foods.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers are delicious with creamy cheese in a fresh jalapeno and wrapped in crispy bacon.

Can you Freeze Jalapeno Poppers?

Absolutely!! Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers are the perfect snack to have on hand for unexpected guests.  I often make a couple of large trays and freeze them (before cooking).  Once frozen I move them to a sealed container (or freezer bag) and store them for a few months.

When guests pop by, pour a pitcher of mojitos, heat up the grill and throw these on right from frozen.  The perfect summer snack!

How to Cook Jalapeno Poppers

We most often cook these on the grill in the summer, and while you can cook them directly on the grill, a grill mat helps keep the bacon from flaring up. I use grill mats for so many things from burgers and veggies to Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin.  They reduce flare ups, keep things from slipping through the grates and clean up like a dream.

To grill jalapeno poppers from frozen, we turn the grill down and cook them low and slow to ensure the middle heats & melts.

In the winter, we bake this jalapeno poppers recipe in the oven.  Preheat to 425 degrees, place on a parchment lined pan and bake about 18-23 minutes or until bacon is crisp and cheese is melted. So easy!

Need More amazing Jalapeno recipes?

Here are some of my other favorite recipes with a spicy kick of jalapenos:

  1. Jalapeno Popper Dip:  This has been the a top on my blog for years and years (and is my daughter’s favorite recipe on the whole site).
  2. Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball Recipe:  This cheeseball is the perfect make ahead snack and everyone always loves it!
  3. Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Chicken Breasts:  Jalapeno Poppers make a great snack… but in this recipe you can enjoy them as a complete meal!

I hope you enjoy these bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers as much as we do!

4.86 from 7 votes
Review Recipe


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 jalapeno poppers
Author Holly
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Delicious jalapenos stuffed with a gooey cheesy filling and wrapped in bacon! These are grilled until the bacon crisps and the cheese melts .. and are out of this world!


  • 6 whole jalapeno peppers
  • 6 oz cream cheese the block, not the spreadable
  • 1 green onion finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1.5 oz sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 12 slices bacon

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  1. Cut the stem off each jalapeno and cut in half lengthwise. Using a small spoon, scrape out seeds & membranes.
  2. In a small bowl combine cream cheese, green onion, garlic powder and cheddar cheese. Stuff into the jalapeno halves.
  3. Wrap each jalapeno completely with bacon ensuring the cheese is covered. Secure with toothpicks.
To Grill
  1. Place jalapenos on grill cut side down and grill just until bacon begins to crisp (about 6 minutes). Gently loosen bacon from the grill and flip jalapenos over. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook an additional 10-12 minutes or until bacon is cooked and cheese is melted.

To Bake
  1. Preheat to 425 degrees, place on a parchment lined pan and bake about 18-23 minutes or until bacon is crisp and cheese is melted.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 155, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 221mg, Potassium: 66mg, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 4g, Vitamin A: 5%, Vitamin C: 0.2%, Calcium: 4.1%, Iron: 0.9%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. This recipe is a winner!! My husband LOVED them. My only issue is I lost so much of the cheese filling during baking, regardless they were amazing! Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. My husband who was terrified of jalapenos loved these! Of course I had to “convince” him to try them. He has NEVER willingly eaten on until tonight and said “You will making these again!” Thanks.

  3. A tip for less spicy jalapeño poppers is to soak the jalapeños after you cut and seed them for about 30 minutes. Takes essentially all of the heat out and them, but still have marvelous flavor! 

    1. Christine, are you using regular cream cheese? Spreadable or low fat may melt out more quickly. One suggestion may be to precook your bacon a little so it will crisp up more quickly. Hope that helps!

  4. I like to use Turkey bacon also :). I put on 450 degrees or high heat on grill o crisp bacon quickly. We enjoy a little crisp to the jalapeno. SO yummy :)

  5. I was just wondering if I could use the pre cooked bacon? If so how would I make it on the grill without burning the bacon. Thank you

    1. I have only prepared this recipe as written, if you decide to try it with the pre cooked bacon let me know how it turns out.

  6. What temp should the grill be on? I don’t want to burn them! Also, do I place them directly on the rack or on a grill pan? Thanks!

    1. I do these directly on the grill. I frist crisp the top and then continue to cook over a low or medium low heat (depending on your grill). You want to make sure they have time to cook without burning.

  7. These are f*ing amazing! I use a mixture of jalapeños, mini bell peppers and Anaheim chilies. I also use a mixture of bacon and turkey bacon. The turkey bacon seems to hold up better and the strips are wider so they hold in more of the cheese mixture. I have yet to figure out how to keep the cheese filling from spilling out all over my BBQ…

    1. So glad you love them, they’re one of my favorites too! I love the idea of using different peppers (my husband doesn’t like spicy as much as I do)!

  8. I made these the other night and OMG they were beyond amazing. Super easy too. I used trader Joe’s black forest bacon and it was perfect! I highly recommend these. Easy enough for a weeknight. I am making them again this week!

  9. These look so good and I’m growing my own ‘mild’ jalapenos (we’ll see how MILD they really are one of these days. ) I would just like to tell you how much I enjoy your recipes and to tell you how HAPPY I am that it is SO EASY to print your recipes. Thank you so much for that.

  10. Holly, thanks so much for sharing your awesome Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Poppers with us at Full Plate Thursday today! Have a really fun day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  11. This looks just like our recipe but, we add roasted garlic, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, chopped chives and we par-cook the bacon so it doesn’t get burned on the grill. We found so jalapeno holders so we can just cut the tops off the peppers so the cheese doesn’t ooze out.

    1. You sure can! Either broil them or you can bake them at 400 degrees for about 18 minutes or until the bacon is crisp.

      1. If you cook them low and slow….350 degrees for about 50 minutes, they will be flavorful, but not spicy hot. I think the longer they cook, the more flavorful they become.