My daughter Ellie loves bacon jalapeno poppers, and so do I. The fresh poppers at El Burrito Mercado that you can get in their deli are wonderful heated up at home. I had some farmers market jalapeño peppers that I was going to use to make quick pickled jalapenos (recipe in the “True North Cabin Cookbook”), but when she saw them on the counter during Game Day, she said you should make poppers, and I did! One of the tricks to this recipe and really any that calls for cream cheese is to amp up the savory quality and make the dish a bit lighter by cutting the cream cheese into half goat cheese, half cream cheese. I use The Humble Goat because it’s an award-winning Minnesota cheese (and I do their social media). You can even use one of their flavored versions here, like Garlic and Herb or jalapeño.
Give them a try and let me know what you think. I made mine in my air fryer but you can also use a conventional oven.
- 6 fresh jalapeños
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened
- 4 oz Plan, Jalapeno or Herb Humble Goat Cheese softened
- 12 slices of bacon regular sliced, not thick, cut in half
- 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
Homemade Ranch Seasoning
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/4 tsp dried dill
- 1/4 tsp Dried Parsley
- 1/4 tsp Dried Chives
- 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
- Pinch Black Pepper
Slice the jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and ribs. Leave the stems on. Discard the seeds and ribs.
Mix the softened cream cheese, Humble Goat cheese, homemade ranch seasoning spices, cheddar cheese in a small bowl.
Fill the peppers with the cheese mixture. Don't overfill, or the cheese will ooze out while baking.
Wrap a slice of bacon around the jalapeño and secure it with a toothpick.
Place the prepared jalapeños on a air fryer rack or basket which has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake at 400 for 10 minutes or until bacon is browned and crsipy
Serve warm or at room temperature.
For an extra cheesy situation, you can dip the filled poppers in extra cheddar cheese before wrapping them in bacon. Press down to make sure the cheese adheres to the popper.