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Pimento Cheese Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

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In the South, football is no joke, and neither is our food.

Anytime we get to create a recipe with Wright® Brand Bacon, we know it is going to be amazing. This easy recipe for Pimento Cheese Bacon Jalapeño Poppers is an instant classic for all of your parties, especially on game day. With only 8 ingredients, you are going to love this savory, salty + spicy appetizer. Seriously, can it get any better than homemade pimento cheese loaded on fresh jalapeños then wrapped with bacon?

A jalapeno pepper stuffed with pimento cheese and wrapped in bacon

 

Pimento Cheese Bacon Jalapeño Poppers, ya’ll.

In Tennessee, a tailgate party or homegate party does not happen without Wright Brand Bacon. Bigger, better bacon is always a winner at our house, especially when it involves a ton of cheddar cheese and jalapeño peppers.

When in doubt of what to make at your next football gathering, just grab some bacon. Trust me, everyone will be happy. You can find Wright Brand Bacon in the refrigerated section at your local Kroger.

 

A package of Wright Brand Bacon

 

Grab your favorite pimento cheese or make your own. We like to use homemade because we can use cheddar cheese. Most store bought pimento cheese varieties are made with processed American cheese. No shame in that, but it doesn’t hold up as a jalapeño pepper stuffing as well as our sweet-meets-sharp version.

A lotta cheese, some red bell peppers and a little mayo later and you have the cheese stuffing dreams are made of.

What? You don’t dream about pimento cheese? (You may want to get your priorities straight.)

Get everything you need for this Bacon Jalapeño Popper recipe at your local Kroger. 

 

A bowl full of cheddar cheese, peppers, mayo and spices

 

To control the level of heat in these Bacon Jalapeño Poppers, scoop out all of the seeds using a spoon. Be sure to get the membrane and white part in the peppers.

If you like yours super hot, leave some seeds. Me? I like to scoop them all out. I love the almost sweet flavor of roasted jalapeño peppers. (No worries, you will still get a spicy kick to pair with the sweet and salty pimento cheese stuffing.)

 

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Fresh halved jalapenos stuffed with homemade pimento cheese filling

 

Slice the Wright Brand Hickory Smoked Bacon in half lengthwise. You can use a whole slice if you want, but we wanted to get a nice crisp finish on our Pimento Cheese Bacon Jalapeño Poppers. So we cut it in half.

If you are grilling the Bacon Jalapeño Poppers be sure to wrap them super tight and cover the cheese. We opted to bake these in the oven on a wire rack. (Less cheese spillage = more yummy in your mouth.)

 

Pimento cheese filled jalapeno peppers wrapped in bacon, on a wire rack

 

Pop your Pimento Cheese Bacon Jalapeño Poppers in the oven for about 35 minutes on 375 F. Then turn the oven on broil for 3 to 5 minutes at the end to get a nice crisp.

Your cooking time will vary based on your oven and amount of bacon. Feel free to cook them as long as you’d like without burning. As long as you have the jalapeño poppers securely wrapped in bacon and turned open side up, they shouldn’t spill too much cheese.

 

Baked bacon wrapped jalapeno peppers

 

Cool slightly before serving. My kids love them dipped in sour cream to cool the spice. Me? I like my Pimento Cheese Bacon Jalapeño Poppers straight up.

 

Prepared jalapeno pimento cheese peppers on wooden platter

 

Aren’t these gorgeous? Seriously, game day recipes don’t get better than this.

 

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My new favorite game day recipe. Pimento Cheese Bacon Jalapeno Poppers.
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Pimento Cheese Bacon Jalapeño Poppers

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  • 12 slices Wright Brand Hickory Smoked Bacon
  • 12 fresh jalapeños
  • 3 heaping cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup red bell peppers small diced
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar optional
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place a wire rack over a baking pan.

  2. Combine the shredded cheese, mayo, diced red bell peppers, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and black pepper. Stir to combine well. Set aside.
  3. Cut jalapeños in half lengthwise. Scoop out the membranes and seeds using a spoon.

  4. Fill each jalapeño half way with the pimento cheese mixture.

  5. Slice the bacon slices in half lengthwise. Roll each cheese filled jalapeño pepper with a half slice of bacon.

  6. Place the bacon wrapped jalapeño peppers on the wire rack. Bake for 35 minutes at 375 degrees F. Turn the oven on broil, and broil for 3 to 5 minutes until the bacon is browned and the cheese is bubbly.

  7. Let cool slightly before serving.

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9 Comments

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    Monica | Nourish & Fete
    January 16, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    These sound delicious – so many great flavors happening here! I can definitely imagine these disappearing fast at a tailgating event!

    • Reply
      Teri
      January 16, 2018 at 2:56 pm

      Thank you, Monica. They did go quickly. 🙂

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    [email protected]
    January 16, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    I agree Football & especially the food you have with it are HIGH on the list. I love jalapeno poppers and your version sounds awesome.

    • Reply
      Teri
      January 16, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks, Stephanie. I’m crazy about jalapenos, too.

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    Sarah
    January 16, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Great pictures, the poppers look delish!

    • Reply
      Teri
      January 16, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      Thank you Sarah!

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    Hannah
    January 16, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Wow, these look delicious! I love bacon in every way, so I guess this is tasty and fun to eat! :))

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    Elizabeth Yontz
    January 17, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Girl!! These look AMAZING!! It’s only 9:30 AM but I’m wishing I had these for breakfast! haha 🙂

    • Reply
      Teri
      January 17, 2018 at 9:00 am

      I will not judge anyone for eating jalapenos + bacon for breakfast. 🙂

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