Baked Jalapeno Poppers

Whew… what a weekend! After 4 years of undergrad and 3.25 years of graduate school, I am finally done! I, along with 38 of my classmates, were awarded our doctoral degrees in physical therapy from the Ohio State University on Sunday. To celebrate, my family and Robert’s came down to Columbus for a fabulous homemade meal on Saturday evening. My dad brought a wonderful bottle of champagne (ok- technically sparkling wine since it wasn’t from Champagne, France) and we all enjoyed a delicious glass. Robert and my mom whipped up a delectable spread. It included grilled ribeye, panko-crusted Lake Erie perch, gulf shrimp with aioli sauce, tossed salad, corn on the cob, and these baked jalapeno poppers.Β  Robert made these bad boys and they were great. The jalapenos came from our garden and the filling’s main ingredients were cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and bacon (it’s okay- they’re baked ;)). I was very impressed with Robert’s cooking abilities; I could get used to this whole husband/chef schtick!

Of course, I can’t leave out the dessert. My mother-in-law made s’mores bars and Robert ordered a Dairy Queen ice cream cake with double fudge and cookie crunch. It was definitely a meal fit for a king!

Mom, me, Dad, and Robert (plus my crazed brother in the background)

Happy to be graduating!

The best in-laws a girl could ask for πŸ™‚

My mom and dad- I can’t thank them enough for all they have done

Began as classmates and ended as dear friends: Jess R, Me, Jess N, and Chelsea

Baked Jalapeno Poppers

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Yield: About 2 dozen poppers


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 pound fresh jalapenos, halved lengthwise and seeded (BE CAREFUL NOT TO TOUCH YOUR FACE WHILE CUTTING THE PEPPERS!)
  • 1/2 cup panko or dry bread crumbs


Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, cheese, bacon, and seasonings. Mix well. Spoon about 1-2 tablespoons (depending on the size of the jalapeno) of the filling onto each pepper half. Dip the filling side into panko or dry breadcrumbs. Arrange on a greased baking pan. Baked, uncovered for 20 minutes for hot poppers, 30 minutes for medium, and 40 minutes for mild (the longer you bake them, the milder they will get).

Source: Best of Taste of Home: The First Ten Years

25 Comments Add yours

  1. Stefanie says:

    Congrats on finishing!! I love poppers and these look amazing! Definitely gonna need to try these πŸ™‚

    1. Lolly says:

      Thanks, Stefanie! These poppers are one of our favorite snacks- I hope you like them.

  2. These poppers look delicious! And yes, baking instead of frying cancels everything else out, right? πŸ™‚ I definitely want to try these.

    1. Lolly says:

      Thank you, Heather! Baking instead of frying definitely cancels all the “bad stuff” out πŸ˜‰

  3. Selby @Selby says:

    Great post! Love the pics, too. So bummed I couldn’t be there…

  4. Ali B says:

    Congrats on graduating!! I’ve never had the desire to cook with jalapeno peppers for fear of burning my face/hands off and besides I can’t handle spicy food, but maybe I’ll cook these for about an hour to get them really mild. They look delicious! Congrats again and good luck with what ever comes next!

    1. Lolly says:

      Thank you, Ali! I have too often rubbed my eyes after cutting jalapenos and it didn’t go well πŸ™‚

  5. Ann says:

    Congratulations! The poppers look amazing! I bet you feel GREAT!

  6. These are always a favorite appetizer, great job recreating them! They look so delicious and perfect…and even a little healthier than usual!

  7. love that these are baked…i have a hard time justifying deep frying anything at home πŸ™‚ congrats on your graduation!

  8. Dawnie says:

    Congrats on graduating! What an amazing accomplishment. Plus those poppers look amazing!

    1. Lolly says:

      Thank you, Dawnie! πŸ™‚

  9. applec says:

    Congrats on the graduation. What does life have in store?… hmmmm… exciting isn’t it?!
    I’ve always loved poppers. Great recipe.

    1. Lolly says:

      Thank you! As long as everything goes as planned, I will start a job at an ouptatient neuro rehab clinic.

  10. Ann O'Neill says:

    Congrats! Love all the pics. Thanks for the great recipes… your sweet treats blog is awesome.

    1. Lolly says:

      Thank you, Ann! I’m so glad you stopped by and commented.

  11. khaki says:

    love all the pics of the fam,great pic of megs and micheal!! (!aka,mom and dad). congrats dear neice,you’re one in a million!
    I made this yummy bruchetta that was of all places inspired by airplane food. it used roasted red pepper and artichokes instead of the usual. Have you made ratatuoille(sp) yet?

    1. Lolly says:

      Thank you my dear aunt! The rataouille is on my list of recipes to make this week. I will let you know how it turns out! πŸ™‚

  12. Kelly says:

    Congratulations on graduating, how exciting!! This recipe is a great way to celebrate and I absolutely LOVE jalapeno poppers! πŸ™‚

    1. Lolly says:

      Thank you, Kelly! πŸ™‚

  13. Michelle O says:

    I have been CRAVING jalapeno poppers for weeks and I’m not sure why. I couldn’t give in though because I feel like they bad for you…BUT you have given me a good “meet you half way” solution πŸ™‚ I mean since they are baked they arent THAT bad πŸ™‚ Thank you. Great recipe. and Congrats on graduating!

    1. Lolly says:

      Haha- I tell myself the exact same thing. They’re baked! Who cares if there is bacon, cheese, and cream cheese πŸ˜‰

  14. Alida says:

    These look delicious! I love your tip about the longer you bake the milder they become…that’s helpful to know. Thanks for sharing!

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