There’s something magical about the combination of spicy jalapeños, silky cream cheese, and crisp bacon. Classic jalapeño poppers are an easy snack—you just mix the ingredients, stuff the peppers, wrap the bacon, and bake. They’re a favorite at football tailgates, weekend barbecues, and every type of gathering in between. However, the flavors can also give new life to lots of dishes, from crowd-pleasing appetizers to creamy kid-friendy pasta dishes.
We took the simple ingredients of jalapeño poppers, which are full of meaty-cheesy flavor, and turned them into two exciting dinners and a supremely scoopable dip. We also perfected our Jalapeño Poppers recipe (we were all too happy to test the different varieties) in case you are looking for the best recipe for Jalapeño Poppers.
Ultimate Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
Some poppers recipes are overly complicated. Blue cheese probably doesn’t belong in these tasty snacks.
Some are just too simple. You do need more than cream cheese for maximum flavor satisfaction.
And any poppers recipes that don’t include bacon are simply wrong.
We took tips from our team’s favorite poppers to create the ultimate Jalapeño Poppers recipe. Cream cheese is here, as is cheddar. Green onions, which aren’t all that common in poppers, give the snack a fresh bite, but it’s the dipping sauce we think deserves the most attention.
The combination of spicy-sweet pepper jelly with these spicy-creamy snacks is unforgettable. Once you dip your first popper into the jelly-mustard mix, you’ll be hooked. We guarantee it.
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Jalapeño and Corn Popper Dip
Forget that tired, old, go-to dip you make for every occasion. Once you make and eat a scoop of this Jalapeño and Corn Popper Dip, you’ll be saying, “Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip who?”
The classic popper ingredients are here—cream cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, jalapeños, and bacon—but they’re joined by all the necessary ingredients for the perfect dip—sour cream, corn, onions, and crispy tortilla chips.
We’d recommend making a double recipe if you’ve got a larger crowd because this is going to go fast. It’s amazing out of the oven, but it also reheats well if you need to bake ahead of time for your soiree.
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Chicken and Jalapeño Popper Pizza
Once we made this pie, we wondered what took us so long to combine these ingredients on a bed of pizza dough. Instead of marinara, you’re using creamy whipped chive-onion cream cheese. This convenient option provides a bigger flavor impact than plain cream cheese, but you could mix your preferred pizza spices into plain cream cheese for a custom spread.
You’ll sprinkle popper-necessary bacon atop the cream cheese-covered crust. We add chicken to make this pizza a bit more hearty, and instead of cheddar cheese, we use mozzarella.
To make this more kid-friendly, push the jalapeño slices to one side so they can have a wedge that’s free of the spicy peppers. Keep in mind that the heat of a jalapeño is “killed” as it’s cooked, so after a turn in the oven, the petite green peppers may not have too much bite left.
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Jalapeño Popper Macaroni and Cheese Bites
Muffin-tin dinners are the ultimate in convenience, which is just one of the reasons you’ll love these Jalapeño Popper Macaroni and Cheese Bites. You’ll also love how versatile they are, and how they manage to pack loads of flavor in such small packages.
You can serve these cheesy bites at dinner when a side salad would complete the meal. You can serve these as between-game snacks for your busy kids. We also think no one would complain if these showed up at a birthday party or neighborhood gathering. They easy to eat, pack loads of flavor, and hit all the points of everyone’s favorite comfort food.
If you’re worried sensitive palates won’t appreciate the spicy-cheesy combo, just omit the jalapeños or substitute with green bell peppers. These bites are also a convenient make-ahead item when you know your week will be hectic. Make and bake, then refrigerate up to two days for an easy dinner, lunch, or appetizer.
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