Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

Servings: 24

Ingredients

  • 12 fresh jalapeño peppers, halved and seeded
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 12 slices bacon, cut in half
  • 24 toothpicks

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut the jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and center membrane using a spoon and a scraping motion. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before touching anything else (especially your eyes!).
  3. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic, and paprika together until combined. Spoon filling equally among all 24 jalapeño halves.
  4. Wrap each stuffed jalapeño with a half slice of bacon and stick a toothpick through the center to assure the bacon stays in place.
  5. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until the bacon is crisp to your liking. Consider turning the oven on broil for the last minute or two to finish. Serve immediately.

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