Bacon jalapeno poppers are the perfect appetizer or snack. Creamy and melted cheese inside of a spicy jalapeno pepper wrapped in a piece of delicious bacon with the perfect amount of ranch seasoning. Dreams do come true, and you will find that out as soon as you bite into one of these bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers. This easy appetizer recipe is low carb, keto, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and Trim Healthy Mama friendly.
While you can run to the supermarket and pick up jalapenos all year round, I think there is nothing better than fresh homegrown peppers. First of all, it feels good to know that I am eating food that I have grown myself. Second of all, I love having fresh and healthy ingredients on hand. It saves me a trip to the store, and that’s always a bonus in my book!
Often when I have an abundance of jalapenos, I make my flavorful jalapeno popper dip recipe or jalapeno popper chicken salad. Both of which are incredibly amazing by the way. I wanted to try something different that mimicked the jalapeno poppers you get as an appetizer at your favorite restaurant, but better. So born was my scrumptious bacon jalapeno poppers. Let me just say that these are better than anything you could buy in a fancy restaurant!
Bacon Ranch Jalapeno Poppers
They are loaded with shredded cheddar cheese, cream cheese, ranch seasoning. The jalapeno and bacon add the perfect flavor combination to this appetizer. If you are looking for a dish to take to a potluck, backyard barbecue, or dinner party, you have just found a winner!
How To Prepare Jalapenos
If you haven’t worked with jalapenos too often, they can be a little intimidating the first couple times. I recommend making sure you are in a well-ventilated room when preparing them.
- First, wash the jalapeno and cut it in half. You can choose to leave the stem or remove depending on your preference.
- Then remove the seeds. (unless you want it to be super spicy, then you can leave some of them.)
- While running cold water, wash off the inside of the jalapeno. Be careful because they have an oil that really burns if it gets in your eyes or on your face. Make sure to wash your hands really good when you are done handling them.
How To Make Jalapeno Poppers
First, begin by mixing up the ranch seasoning. In a small bowl, combine ¼ tsp of each of these ingredients: garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, and dill. Mix together until combined.
Next, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and ranch dressing together until it’s smooth mixed well. Add dollops of the cream cheese mixture to the prepared jalapenos. Wrap each filled jalapeno half with a strip of bacon.
Bake for 35 minutes until the bacon is crispy and the jalapenos have softened.
How To Pick Good Jalapenos
Whether you are at the supermarket or picking the jalapenos from your garden, it’s nice to know what to look for. They should never be wilted, shriveled, or have brown or gray spots. You are looking for a firm texture and a bright green color.
Can I Make This Jalapeno Poppers Recipe On The Grill
Of course! Making the bacon jalapeno poppers on the grill is a great option, especially if are hosting a backyard barbecue. I recommend pre-cooking the bacon just a little bit. The reason why is that the jalapenos tend to cook faster on the grill, Plus, the grease from the bacon can cause the flames to flare up. You will need to cook the bacon wrapped jalapenos for about 12-18 minutes.
Can I Use Different Cheese When Making Bacon Jalapeno Poppers?
Absolutely! You can use any kind of cheese you like. Some ideas to try are mozzarella, pepper jack, Velveeta, swiss, or Colby Jack. The options are endless! The best part is that they all taste incredible so you can even make a variety.
How Do You Store Bacon Jalapeno Poppers?
You can store leftover bacon jalapeno poppers in the fridge in an airtight container. They will last around 5 days in the refrigerator if they are adequately covered.
Can I Freeze Leftover Jalapeno Poppers?
Yes, absolutely you can freeze jalapeno poppers. They actually make amazing snacks when you are meal planning or a fast and easy appetizer. Typically, I don’t cook them before freezing. Just prepare them as you normally would without baking. I have found the best way to freeze the bacon wrapped poppers is to place them flat on a large baking dish. Place them in the freezer for 1-2 hours until they are frozen. Then you can remove them and put them in a freezer bag or another airtight container. They will last around 10-12 months. When you are ready to serve, pop them in the oven frozen and bake them just like you normally would. Easy!
What To Serve With Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers?
You can eat these bacon jalapeno poppers as an appetizer, or they can be the main course. They are seriously so good; you could eat them for any meal! When eating them alone, you can dip them in ranch dressing or eat them the way they are. If I am making them as an appetizer, I will serve them with a protein like a steak, grilled chicken or salmon. They also pair nicely with a garden salad. Either way, they are so full of flavor you are going to be hooked.
More low carb appetizers:
- 4 jalapenos halved and seeded
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
- 1 tsp ranch seasoning
- 8 slices bacon 1/2 pound
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and ranch seasoning. Mix well. Divide between the prepared jalapenos. Wrap each jalapeno half in a strip of bacon. Place on a metal rimmed baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
- Bake for 35 minutes.