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Sweet & Spicy Jalapeno Poppers

There’s no faster way to get a party started than with these bacon jalapeno poppers. Make them ahead and bake just before serving. Even the hot pepper intolerant will love them. —Dawn Onuffer, Crestview, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 6 jalapeno peppers
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 bacon strips, halved widthwise
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili seasoning mix


  • Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise and remove seeds; set aside. In a small bowl, beat cheeses until blended. Spoon into pepper halves. Wrap a half-strip of bacon around each pepper half.
  • Combine brown sugar and chili seasoning; coat peppers with sugar mixture. Place in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  • Bake at 350° until bacon is firm, 18-20 minutes.

Test Kitchen tip: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 stuffed pepper half: 66 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Carmen
    Jan 30, 2021

    Wow. I’ve never added brown sugar and chili seasoning. I’ve used a similar TOH recipe for years. Will definitely try this one.

  • Appy_Girl
    Sep 22, 2020

    Another Jalapeño offering. The brown sugar really put a twist on this one. It really takes down the heat from the jalapeño. While the chili powder says I’m here too. VFE

  • gunslinger
    Aug 4, 2020

    These are delicious! The brown sugar and chili seasonings take these to a whole new level of jalapeno poppers. They candy the bacon and add to the deliciousness.

  • katie2212
    Jul 3, 2019

    No adjustment. Perfect as is

  • gina.kapfhamer
    Oct 12, 2018

    These are always a win! Sometimes, when I don't feel like dealing with the jalapenos, or want to bring a less "spicy" option, I use mini sweet peppers instead. They're a totally different flavor but still really good!

  • Kelley
    Dec 22, 2016

    I'm sure these will be delicious but I'm stumped. How do you 'coat' them with the brown sugar/chili seasoning and get it to stick? I can see that I could sprinkle them with the mixture but from the picture it looks like they are actually 'coated'. Can someone advise?

  • StageLeftLaura
    Sep 5, 2016

    I make these allllllllll the time if I want to impress at a potluck or holiday event. I add a little cumin and garlic powder to the cream cheese mix and also do half cheddar half Monterrey Jack for the shredded cheese. I would ABSOLUTELY encourage you to bake these low and slow. They turn out much better for me at 300 and doubling the time. It also helps if you have a rack to cook them on over a pan so the drippings fall down and away. I also over-filled mine with cream cheese mix the first time and they kind of exploded so I remember not to over pack them. Now I've perfected "my take" on this they are always a hit!

  • randcbruns
    Aug 13, 2016

    Everything is better with bacon and this is no exception. My family loves the sweet and spicy combo. This is a recipe that we enjoy making a lot.

  • mona4eyes
    Aug 12, 2016

    Yummy! Yum, yum, yum!

    Jun 28, 2016

    I fried the bacon and crumbled it into the cheese mix, and my family loved them