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Grilled Jalapeño Poppers

Julie Grice
These spicy little jalapeño poppers are quick to cook, making them a nice appetizer to serve as you wait for your entrée to finish grilling. The creamy and cheesy filling tempers the heat of the jalapeños, but if you’d like to make them a little milder, mini bell peppers or poblano peppers would work just as well.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Servings 8 servings


  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 slices bacon cooked, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/3 cup panko-style breadcrumbs
  • 18 jalapeño peppers
  • Vegetable or canola oil for brushing the peppers


  • Blend the cream cheese, bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions, smoked paprika and chili powder in a food processor or blender until fully combined. The mixture won’t be completely smooth.
  • Transfer the cream cheese mixture to a bowl and fold in the breadcrumbs.
  • Slice the tops off the peppers and scoop out the ribs and seeds.
  • Stuff the peppers with the filling and brush the outsides with oil.
  • Spread a piece of aluminum foil over the grates of a grill. Heat the grill to medium-high.
  • Grill the peppers, turning them every 2 minutes, until they are charred on all sides. Serve warm.


Recipe by Julie Grice, SavvyEat.com.
See more from the Summer 2014 issue, including a recipe for grilled pork chops.
Keyword grilled, jalapeno, popper