Have you ever had a side dish that you just couldn't get enough of? That's how I feel about these bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers! They're delicious, creamy and satisfy that crunch craving I have too. I have to keep myself from eating the whole pan every time. They're so yummy.
There are so many ways to make this dish and everyone has their own favorite way. I tend to go plain Jane here. Cheese, cream cheese, jalapeñns, and bacon. But, this time we added a few extras that made them pretty darn yummy. So, I want to share that with you today!
Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos
This is one of those sides that we don't have too often in our house. It's not because it's hard to make or anything like that, but I honestly never remember to grab the ingredients.
We try to keep our sides pretty simple and I never think to add these as a side option on our meal plan.
Well, after making these this last time I'm definitely going to make sure we have them at least twice a month! Both my husband and I love them and they're perfectly keto!
Lay out all your ingredients and get ready to go!
And, let me tell you something, trying to keep kids from touching sliced peppers is NOT an easy task. My husband ended up with pepper juice in his eye, so I didn't want that to happen to either of the kids.
Thankfully, other than my husband, nothing happened with the kids or myself. Though, it did suck for my husband a little.
Make sure to chop and clean out all the seeds from your peppers. If you don't clean out all the seeds you'll have some reallllyyy spicy peppers on your hands when you're done.
Also, make sure you wash your hands probably 4 times after you get finished scraping out the seeds. The juices from the jalapenos can linger and if you touch your eyes, nose, mouth or *ahem* other things. It will not be pretty if you don't clean them good.
So, make sure you wash your hands really well.
After your cream cheese is thawed out you want to combine the cream cheese and shredded cheese. If you don't want to add shredded cheese that's fine. You can just mash up the cream cheese to prepare for stuffing the peppers.
But, the shredded cheese makes it so amazing. Not to mention, I can't get enough of the creaminess of this combination.
Feel free to play around with the recipe though. Try it with shredded cheese, without, or with a few different kinds.
Get a Little Creative With Your Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos
Then, once you've mixed those two you can add any seasoning that you'd like to add. We added 3 teaspoons of Hidden Valley Ranch Dry Dressing. It adds a little something extra to the mix. I probably won't add this next time because it is extra carbs.
It's not a whole heap once it's split 2 or 3 ways, but some folks might gawk at the numbers.
So, think about different options here. Maybe you add some other spices like a chipotle or chili powder? Or, maybe on top of everything (the bacon too) you can drizzle on some sort of dressing to make it a bit sweet. Make your own to make sure it's keto friendly.
Once all of those are combined really well it's time to start stuffing your peppers! This part is pretty fun.
Just dig in and get your hands dirty with this! Don't worry about making it pretty in the pepper. That's sort of a moot point since it will melt anyway.
Try to be sparing at first just in case you don't have enough or some peppers were bigger around than others. We had some pretty wide peppers this time. But, our mixture was able to fit in them all thankfully.
Watch out for sneaky hands!
Even though the peppers are hot, the cream cheese mixture is still tasty enough for some to try to snag a little taste. And, we need all the cream cheese stuffing as we can get for this stuff. My husband said it was payback for the pepper juice getting in his eye. ?♀️
Guess he didn't get enough pepper juice the first time.
Get Them Peppers in the Oven!
The last step is adding the bacon and any other seasonings that you want to add. We topped ours with a garlic seasoning mix we had on hand. It came out a little salty, so we'll adjust the seasoning some next time.
Then all you need to do is stick them in the oven and cook them until the bacon is done! It will be about 30-35 minutes until the bacon is done on about 375 degrees. But, keep an eye on the bacon.
If the bacon doesn't seem like it's quite done after the timer goes off then let it sit in the oven a little longer. You want the bacon to be pretty done. This allows the spiciness of the peppers to die down before you eat them ;).
So there you go! Creamy and a tiny bit spicy, but oh so delicious. These bacon wrapped jalapenos are sure to be a hit with your family!
Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos
- 8.0 ounces Philadelphia Cream Cheese
- 10.0 whole Jalapeno Peppers
- 2.0 ounces Finely Shredded Cheese
- 12.0 tsp Ranch Dressing Seasoning
- 6.5 slices Bacon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Take the cream cheese out to come to room temperature
Cut jalapenos in half and scrape out seeds
Mash shredded cheese into cream cheese
Add ranch seasoning to cream cheese and shredded cheese mixture and combine
Cut bacon slices in half
Spoon cream cheese mixture into jalapeno halves
Wrap jalapenos with half a slice of bacon
Lay on a baking sheet and put in the oven
Bake for 30-40 mins (or until bacon is completely cooked)
Do you have a favorite Stuffed Jalapeno Popper recipe?
Here's a recipe by Keto Connect where they added some ground beef to the jalapenos!
I plan on trying that recipe next time. In this case, I guess bacon wrapped jalapeños can be a meal rather than a side! And, I'm not mad about that either.
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