Grilled Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers {The Improved Recipe

These grilled bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers are stuffed with two different cheeses, wrapped in bacon and grilled until crispy and bursting with flavor! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Tomorrow is the first day of fall. To celebrate, get outside and fire up the grill, because you are going to want to make some of these grilled bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers.

Warning!! Once you take a bite of one of these babies, you will become addicted!

My love for jalapeño poppers was introduced by my sweet mama. I find it hard to believe my mama turned me onto jalapeño poppers, because I didn’t grow up with a lot of spicy food. On Christmas Eve, instead of a traditional-style meal, mama likes to make different types of heavy appetizers and finger foods. She started doing many years ago, when our family Christmas meal seemed to be just a repeat of Thanksgiving, a month prior. My family enjoys this Christmas tradition even today. Her jalapeño poppers are part of the this Christmas tradition. She fills the jalapeños with a basic cream cheese filling, sprinkled with cheddar cheese and bread crumbs mixture, baked in the oven until the cheese is bubbling hot and a nice golden brown. They are delicious and my family gobbles them up.

It was a few years ago on “Staycation“, when the grilled bacon wrapped version of the jalapeño poppers donned our grill for the first time. They were out of this world delicious and it was hard to wait for them to cool enough before popping them in our mouths and not burn our tongues.

These grilled bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers are stuffed with two different cheeses, wrapped in bacon and grilled until crispy and bursting with flavor! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Since then, I have learned new ways to introduce flavors to food and I have come up with an improved recipe for these jalapeño poppers. Like the filling for the zesty cheese stuffed mini peppers the filling for these grilled bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers is made with both extra-sharp cheddar and cream cheese, lime zest, cumin, onion and garlic powder and lime juice. The jalapeños are sliced in half lengthwise, stuffed with this zesty cheese mixture then wrapped in bacon. With the addition of new ingredients they are practically bursting with the flavor!

Here’s the improved recipe that we make now:

These grilled bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers are stuffed with two different cheeses, wrapped in bacon and grilled until crispy and bursting with flavor! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers | Servings: 4-6 | Time: 40 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 large jalapeño peppers, whole
  • ½ cup cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • juice of ½ a lime
  • 6 slices of bacon

Directions:

Preheat a charcoal or gas grill to high.

Prepare the peppers: Wash and drain the peppers well. Cut the stem off each jalapeño; cut in half lengthwise. Using a small spoon, scrape out seeds and membranes.

Lay the halves aside, but paired together. This makes it easier to pair them back up after stuffing.

In a small bowl, mix cream cheese and cheddar cheese, garlic and onion powders, cumin, cayenne pepper, lime zest and lime juice, until well blended.

Stuff the jalapeño halves, by spooning the cream cheese mixture into both halves of each jalapeño slice. Stick jalapeño back together again, wrapping each whole pepper with a slice of bacon to hold it together.

Use a wet toothpick to secure the bacon, if needed.

These grilled bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers are stuffed with two different cheeses, wrapped in bacon and grilled until crispy and bursting with flavor! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Arrange bacon-wrapped poppers on a grilling tray or directly on the grate, over medium heat. Grill turning occasionally, until the bacon is crispy and the pepper is cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes. 

Don’t worry, some of the cheese may come out while cooking. It’s fine… We use a metal grilling tray for these. It makes grilling these even easier and corrals some of that oozing cheese from dropping through the grate. 

Caution: The filling is hot! Cool at least 5 to 10 minutes before serving.  

These grilled bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers are stuffed with two different cheeses, wrapped in bacon and grilled until crispy and bursting with flavor! | TheMountainKitchen.com

These grilled bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers are stuffed with two different cheeses, wrapped in bacon and grilled until crispy and bursting with flavor! | TheMountainKitchen.com

I hope you will enjoy the improved version of the grilled bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers this beautiful fall season. They are perfect for watching football games on t.v. and perfect for gatherings of friends and family.

Have a great weekend!

p.s. Jose is producing, but his peppers are not large enough for Jalapeno Poppers. His babies were pardoned from this meal!

These grilled bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers are stuffed with two different cheeses, wrapped in bacon and grilled until crispy and bursting with flavor! | TheMountainKitchen.com
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Grilled Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
These grilled bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers are stuffed with two different cheeses, wrapped in bacon and grilled until crispy and bursting with flavor!
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Author: Debbie Spivey
Ingredients
  • 6 large jalapeño peppers whole
  • ½ cup cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup extra-sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • juice of ½ a lime
  • 6 slices of bacon
Instructions
  1. Preheat a charcoal or gas grill to high.
  2. Prepare the peppers: Wash and drain the peppers well. Cut the stem off each jalapeño; cut in half lengthwise. Using a small spoon, scrape out seeds and membranes.

    Lay the halves aside, but paired together. This makes it easier to pair them back up after stuffing.

  3. In a small bowl, mix cream cheese and cheddar cheese, garlic and onion powders, cumin, cayenne pepper, lime zest and lime juice, until well blended.
  4. Stuff the jalapeño halves, by spooning the cream cheese mixture into both halves of each jalapeño slice. Stick jalapeño back together again, wrapping each whole pepper with a slice of bacon to hold it together. 

    Use a wet toothpick to secure the bacon, if needed.

  5. Arrange bacon-wrapped poppers on a grilling tray or directly on the grate, over medium heat. Grill turning occasionally, until the bacon is crispy and the pepper is cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Don't worry, some of the cheese may come out while cooking. It's fine... We use a metal grilling tray for these. It makes grilling these even easier and corrals some of that oozing cheese from dropping through the grate. 

Caution: The filling is hot! Cool at least 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

5 thoughts on “Grilled Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers {The Improved Recipe

  1. Wondering if you have ever tried this on the broiler setting in your oven. We purchased some that were pre-stuffed and wrapped from our Kroger meat counter. Husband did not like them, but I did. He grilled them outside but did not like the fact that so much bacon grease dripped into the grill, so we are thinking that the next time I want them that we may try the broiler method. Just curious as to whether you have done this, and if so how they turned out for you.

  2. Girl, it’s going to be 93 degrees in Chicago today – I think I could just cook these on the sidewalk! Lol! These look fantastic! Also – I ADORE your Christmas tradition and just may steal the idea, as apps are my favorite!

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