Jalapeño Poppers

The perfect party appetizer.

jalapeno poppers

Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
24 appetizers

Jalapeño poppers are an iconic appetizer, finger food, and party snack loved by pretty much everyone. If you’re a fan of the traditional deep-fried version you find at certain fast-casual restaurants, you are definitely going to love this homemade version. They are so easy and absolutely delicious—you may never want to order them out ever again.

Fresh jalapeños make these homemade poppers really, well, POP! Slightly spicy, tender baked jalapeños with a creamy, cool cream cheese-and-Cheddar filling make for the ultimate flavor combo. Mix in some smokey, salty bacon pieces, and top them off with crispy, buttery panko bread crumbs for a super satisfying crunch. Baked until melty, gooey, and golden brown, you’ve got yourself a mouthwatering, crowd-pleasing, hits-all-the-points snack.

Manage the spiciness level by removing all the membrane or pith and seeds for a more mild jalapeño, or leave some in for some extra heat. For sensitive palates, add some extra coolness by serving your poppers with ranch or blue cheese for dipping.


  • 12 large jalapeños

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled

  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced

  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs

  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set aside.

  2. Wearing gloves, slice the jalapeños in half lengthwise. Remove the membrane and the seeds; discard.

  3. In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, bacon, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and green onions until well combined. In a separate bowl, combine panko and melted butter.

  4. Fill jalapeño halves with cream cheese mixture, and top with panko mixture. Place stuffed jalapeño halves on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

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