Texas Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno poppers, what a welcomed sight at any party. Reminds me of our Texas Guacamole recipe; there just isn't ever enough. In this recipe, you'll see what makes them Texas Jalapeno poppers. In Texas, where things are bigger we wanted to go bigger in the flavor department. And that's just what we did with this recipe, added more big flavor with a touch of freshness.
Making the best Texas jalapeno popper always begins at the grocery store. Selecting the best jalapenos for your jalapeno popper recipe is the key. Do you enjoy your peppers hot or mild? Did you know there is a way to tell how hot a pepper is without even touching one? You can tell by the stems. Yep, that's right the stem. The more the stem curves the hotter the pepper. Pretty cool tip to share with your family and friends.
Check out this blog post to get an even more in-depth explanation on shopping for the right peppers and hotness.
Making Texas Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
Watch Our How-TO Video Below
Peppers hotness is measured by a scale called the Scoville Scale
Just look at the wide range of Jalapeno hotness in the chart below.
Jalapenos Scoville level (2,500 to 8,000)
When you clean the inside of a jalapeno pepper be sure to remove as much of the rib as possible. The white part is the (Rib) which is the hottest part of the pepper, not the seeds like most believe.
The Filling for Texas Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
Slice/dice the half of one onion very thinly. Take your time with this as you don't want large pieces of onion
Here's one of the key reasons this is called Texas Jalapeno Poppers. The addition of Serrano pepper. Yes, this pepper is hot, but if you shop for the ones with straight stems you're going to be great. Serrano's have a very fruity flavor profile that is quite special. If you don't like the addition of more heat, no problem, just don't add them. We still have one more ingredient that makes these Texas Jalapeno poppers.
Cilantro offers a nice pop of freshness. Did you know Cilantro is a plant grown from coriander seed?
Like Cilantro? Here are a few more reasons
The very cool ingredient used in our Texas Jalapeno Poppers recipe you won't see many other places is pimento cheese...MMM
BUTTER N THYME's Pimento Cheese Recipe
“The” Master’s Pimento Cheese Sandwich | Home of the $1.50 Sandwich
--- Today I decided to use HEB's Pimento cheese spread shown in image below ---
Can't make Texas Jalapeno Poppers without bacon. You could change out the bacon for prosciutto for a touch of elegance and fanciness
Start wrapping by the stem and try to keep the bacon flat without curling. Helps the bacon cook quicker and offers a nicer presentation
Fill as full as you can. Around 1 ½ tablespoons.
Texas Jalapeno Poppers
- 12 to 15 Fresh Jalapeno Peppers Sliced in Half lengthwise
- 8 oz Cream Cheese / 1 package
- Package of favorite Bacon
- 2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ½ teaspoon Sea Salt
- 4 tablespoon Pimento Cheese
- 1 to 3 teaspoon Serrano Peppers minced use more is you like spicy
- Juice from Half of one Lime You can squeeze more after cooking for a pop of freshness.
- 1 tablespoon Cilantro
- Half of one Onion Minced
- Slice jalapenos in half lengthwise. Try to preserve the stem for presentation. Remove everything stem or seeds. Make sure you remove all the white parts inside. That's what is actually hot in the peppers.
- In a large mixing bowl, add cream cheese, pimento cheese, onion, serrano, cilantro, garlic salt, lime, salt and mix well.
- Next, fill the jalapenos with the filling and wrap with bacon. Tip: Fold over the Bacon in half lengthwise and cut down the middle to split the bacon in half.Splitting the Bacon helps with the cooking of the bacon. Renders the fat out quicker and gives you more strips of bacon to wrap the jalapenos Watch the video above for technique. Sprinkle the tops of the jalapenos with fresh cracked black pepper.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cook for 30 to 40 minutes or until the bacon is cooked nicely. Use a roasting rack so the heat/air in the oven helps with even cooking