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texas jalapeno poppers

Texas Jalapeno Poppers

Steven Pennington
Award-winning Texafied game day appetizer. Make a double batch for the win.
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes
Course Party / Appetizer
Cuisine Texan / Southern
Servings 24
Calories 84 kcal

Suggested Equipment

Cook Sheet
Wire Rack


  • 12 peppers Jalapenos
  • 1 package Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese / 1 package
  • 4 Tablespoon Pimento Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Serrano Peppers / Add more to up the spice level
  • 2 teaspoons Adobo Sauce / Optional
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Salt
  • ½ medium Onion Minced
  • 1 juiced Lime You can squeeze more on top after cooking for a pop of freshness.
  • 1 Tablespoon Cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon Sea Salt


Cleaning and Preparing The Jalapenos

  • Wash and dry the jalapenos
  • Slice jalapenos in half lengthwise. Try to preserve the stem for presentation.
    Clean the inside and make sure to remove all the white parts inside. Which is called the rib. That is the super spicy part of the jalapeno.

The Filling

  • In a large mixing bowl, add cream cheese, pimento cheese, onion, serrano, cilantro, garlic salt, lime, salt and mix well.
    Optional: Add adobo sauce to create a deeper flavor profile. Or make two batches of each option.
  • Bacon Tip: Fold over the Bacon in half lengthwise, then cut down the middle to split the bacon in half.
    Splitting the Bacon helps with the cooking of the bacon. This helps render the bacon fat out quicker.
    Secondly gives you more strips of bacon to wrap the jalapenos
    Sprinkle the tops of the jalapenos with fresh cracked black pepper.
  • Fill each jalapeno with around 2 tablespoons. Try to add as much as you can without overfilling.
  • Use a cookie sheet with a wire rack on top. This will give you the best finished texture. The oven's heat can then get underneath the jalapeno poppers.
    If they are just laid out on the cookie sheet the bottoms will be moister than the rest of the popper.


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cook for 30 to 40 minutes or until the bacon is evenly cooked.



Texafied Bonus Round
  • Feeling like adding more heat/spice I suggest using some poblano and habanero.
  • The poppers freeze well.
  • The addition of shrimp works excellently.
  • They are safe on the countertops at your party for up to 4 hours
  • Add goats cheese to add a level of tang (not a Texas thing)
  • Mix in chopped brisket for a real surprise your guest will freak out over.
Here's Our Homemade Adobo Sauce Recipe
Party platter with jalapeno poppers layout out on top of Cheetos.


Serving: 24poppersCalories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 2.1gFat: 6.18gSaturated Fat: 3.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.68gMonounsaturated Fat: 2.1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 186mgPotassium: 57mgFiber: 1.6gSugar: 1.4gVitamin A: 67IUVitamin C: 0.41mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Jalapeno Poppers, Texafied, Texas Jalapeno Poppers
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