Baked Jalapeño Poppers: 3 Ways

Baked jalapeno poppers 3 waysThere’s something about jalapeño poppers that just feel like summer to me. Maybe it’s because you can easily transfer them to the grill if you’re not interested in turning your oven on. I don’t know.

There are about five hundred and seventy-three ways to make jalapeño poppers (maybe more), including turning the whole thing into a dip. So I thought I’d share a handful of my favorite ways.

Baked jalapeno poppers 3 ways First of all, these are all baked. So you don’t have to get your frying pot out, which is the last thing I’m in the mood to do if it’s summer (except for maybe funnel cake—my nemesis). As you might already know, I eat mostly vegetarian. And lately I’ve been avoiding dairy during the week (just changing up my routine for the better for a few months). If you have any restrictions like me, you’ll be happy to know that we’ve got options for all of them. 

We’ve got dairy.
We’ve got non-dairy.
We’ve got meat.
We’ve got vegetarian.
We’ve even got a vegan option that’s really good!

The only thing I don’t have is a non-spicy version. You ready to make some jalapeño poppers???

How to make the best jalapeno poppersFor all of these variations, we’re going to start the same: prepping our peppers. Your goal is to cut them in half, and then remove all the seeds and any large veins that the seeds were attached to. You get to practice your knife skills here. Really be diligent about getting those seeds and veins out because these can become too spicy to enjoy quickly, especially if your peppers are on the large size.

One option is a traditional (creamy) filling. Here’s my favorite (makes enough to fill 8-10 large jalapeño peppers that have been cut in half):

8 oz softened cream cheese
2 oz shredded pepper jack (or cheddar) cheese
1 tablespoon mayo
a little salt + pepper

Stir together and fill the empty pepper halves. Top with crushed potato chips. 

How to make the best jalapeno poppers I think my favorite variation is to skip the creamy filling and simply fill the jalapeño halves with a small slice of fresh pineapple. You can wrap this in either bacon or facon. Jalapeño and pineapple are my favorite pizza tops (go sweet heat!), so it’s no wonder I love this combo for jalapeño poppers.

How to make the best jalapeno poppers If you’re feeling lazy, you can also just choose to fill the jalapeño halves with string cheese (or any stick cheese you like), then wrap in bacon or facon. Too easy!

Now we bake these at 400°F. The bacon or potato chip versions can bake for 20-25 minutes. The facon version cooks a little faster, so you want to keep an eye on it and only cook for 10-12 minutes so you don’t burn the facon. 

Baked jalapeno poppers 3 ways Make these for your next get together. Just be sure to make plenty because they are addictive. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • What a pretty appetizer to serve! Prosciutto would work lovely, too!

    Juju Sprinkles

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  • I brand I use is just OK to me, as it has lots of ingredients I don’t recognize/can’t pronounce so that’s usually something I prefer to avoid when possible. Do you have a homemade facon you make??? I’d love to know more!


  • You had be at bacon! I love the cream cheese too 🙂 I’ve never made these on my own, but these would be great at an upcoming backyard party that I’m hosting. Thanks for sharing!

    <3 Lisa

  • Jalapeno poppers are the best! I like to use cream cheese mixed with goat cheese for filling and wrap them in bacon! I’ll have to try your pineapple version! Yum!

  • Never thought of doing jalapeño poppers before but these look so good I think I will try!
    What kind of facon are you using? That stuff isn’t always vegetarian. Ever make your own?

  • Yum! Jalapeño poppers are my favorite! I usually just use cream cheese and wrap with bacon, but these all look good!


  • These look delicious! I’m a huge fan of the Jalapeño poppers that you can buy frozen but these look a lot healthier!

  • Jalapeno poppers are my fave. I’ve never added mayo to my cream cheese… I MUST TRY!

  • We just had jalapeño + pineapple pizza with jalapeño cheese/sauce on our trip to Alaska last was yum… gotta try these, my husband loves jalapeño poppers..


  • The bacon wrapped and creamy filling version has long been my favorite, but they are murder on my stomach since I don’t handle dairy well. The pineapple instead of dairy is a great idea! I am going to try that!

  • This looks like a very good snack ^_^

    Laila | Townhouse Palette

  • I totally love Jalapeños! I have to try these recipes

  • Love the pineapple idea!! Dairy doesn’t suit everyone, but we get raw pastured milk from a local farmer, and that’s a delicious option with a lot of health benefits.

  • Yum definitely gonna try these out

  • We’re growing jalapeños in our garden this year and all my husband keeps talking about is ways to make poppers. Saving this! He’ll love these ideas!

  • I love jalapeño poppers! All of these options look great!


  • These look so delicious! I never thought of adding pineapple into a pepper but it actually sounds quite good!

    Mocha and Moccasins

  • Oh my! These look great! I’m totally making these for our next barbeque!! 🙂

  • I need these, like, now! So simple to just put a stick of cheese in there, and I never thought of using pineapple!

  • Oooh we love the idea of filling with pineapple! Such a great idea!
    ♥Heather and Melissa

  • These look delicious! I haven’t had these in awhile.


  • These look amazing! Such a fun appetizer. I’d probably eat an entire plate myself!

  • These seem so delicious!!!I really liked the pineapple idea and I will definetely try them out, thanks! It works on bbq too, right?

  • These so look delicious and perfect as fun little appetizers for any upcoming gatherings! I love the idea of filling them with pineapple and wrapping with bacon, will definitely have to try this out!

  • I see these things all over Tumblr but still haven’t got around to trying them!

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