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Bacon and Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

Bacon and Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: 25 mins | Makes: 4 to 6 servings as an appetizer

A combination seen on burgers, baked potatoes, and even macaroni and cheese, smoky bacon and sharp cheddar are a natural fit inside a spicy chile. Surrounding everything with more cheese doesn’t hurt either.

This recipe was featured as part of our Jalapeño Popper Recipes photo gallery.

INGREDIENTS
  • 12 jalapeño peppers
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup cooked, crumbled bacon
  • 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 1 ounce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 toothpicks
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat the oven to broil and arrange a rack in the middle. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
  2. Lay a jalapeño on your work surface so that it sits flat without rolling. Make two cuts forming a “T” by first slicing down the middle of the chile lengthwise from stem to tip, then making a second cut perpendicular to the first about 1/4 inch from the stem, slicing only halfway through the chile (be careful not to cut off the stem end completely). Carefully open the flaps to expose the interior of the chile, and, using a butter knife or small measuring spoon, scrape the inside to remove the seeds and ribs. Repeat with the remaining peppers; set aside.
  3. Place the cream cheese, bacon, cheddar cheese, and salt in a medium bowl, season with pepper, and mix until smooth and evenly combined. Transfer the mixture to a quart-size resealable plastic bag, cut one bottom corner off to make a 3/4-inch-wide opening, and squeeze the mixture into the chiles until just filled (be careful not to overfill). Insert a toothpick widthwise through each chile to secure the flaps and filling. Place the filled chiles on the prepared baking sheet in two evenly spaced rows of 6.
  4. Broil for 4 minutes, rotate the pan, and continue to broil until the peppers are starting to char and the filling is browned and bubbly, about 4 minutes more. Remove from the oven and remove the toothpicks, if desired. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.