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5 from 2 votes

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers: Spicy jalapenos are stuffed with a smoky cream cheese filling, wrapped in bacon, and grilled to perfection for one spicy, creamy bite that is sure to light any appetite on fire!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 88kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey


  • 6 large jalapenos sliced lengthwise, seed and ribs removed
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 6 strips bacon cult in half


  • Prepare charcoal grill to medium heat (or gas grill.)
  • Pre-cook bacon on paper towel lined plate in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Combine cream cheese with paprika, garlic, onion powder and salt.
  • Fill the cavity of each jalapeno with the cream cheese mixture.
  • Wrap a slice of bacon around each jalapeno. You can secure with a toothpick if needed--I have found I don't need one.
  • Place on grill over direct heat, for 10-15 minutes, or until bacon is crispy on the bottom. (Will be less time on a gas grill.)
  • If you would like bacon crispier on the top--pop under broiler for 1-2 minutes. But pre-cooking the bacon, usually eliminates that step.
  • Alternatively, you can wrap the bacon around the jalapenos without pre-cooking and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes--the bacon fat will render directly into your jalapeno, making it super tasty.


Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 259mg | Potassium: 98mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 335IU | Vitamin C: 10.1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 0.2mg