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jalapeno poppers

(2 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Jana Crump-Aquino
Duluth, GA

These are fantastic! I took the basic idea from another recipe and adapted it to our tastes, making them easier to prepare.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Up your game day menu with these jalapeno poppers. They're a delicious twist on the traditional appetizer. The heat from the fresh jalapenos add a spicy kick. Then, you taste the savory ground beef mixed with gooey melted cheese. On top, are crispy bits of smoky bacon. The combination of textures and flavors is a fiesta for your taste buds.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(2 ratings)
yield 12 serving(s)
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For jalapeno poppers

  • 24 lg
    jalapenos; I get the largest I can purchase
  • 1 bag
    shredded Mexican style cheese (8 oz)
  • 1 lb
    ground beef
  • 1 bottle
    real bacon bits (8 oz)
  • 1/2 c
    Parmesan cheese

How To Make jalapeno poppers

Test Kitchen Tips
Jana suggests adding your favorite seasonings to the browned ground beef. We used taco seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Browning the seasoned ground beef.
    Brown the ground beef in a frying pan, using whatever spices your family likes. Make it as spicy/hot as you want, but it will go inside the jalapenos.
  • Removing jalapeno stems and cutting in half.
    While the ground beef is browning, remove the stems of the jalapenos. Cut in half lengthwise and remove seeds (or leave them in for an extra big kick!).
  • Boil the jalapenos in water for a minute or two.
    Boil the jalapenos in water for a minute or two to partially cook them. They can also be blanched in the microwave (whichever you prefer).
  • Draining the seasoned ground beef.
    Drain the browned ground beef.
  • Jalapenos on a baking sheet.
    Using a large baking sheet, with at least 1" high sides and lined with aluminum foil, spread out the jalapenos halves touching each other.
  • Ground beef stuffed into jalapenos.
    Spoon ground beef into jalapeno halves.
  • Jalapenos topped with cheese.
    Top with grated cheese. I just cover all the same and then use a pizza cutter to separate the melted cheese after baking. It makes it faster to prepare if you don't cover each individually.
  • Bacon bits added to the jalapenos.
    Then add bacon bits.
  • Parmesan cheese sprinkled over the jalapenos.
    If you like, you can also sprinkle Parmesan grated cheese on top.
  • Baking the jalapeno poppers.
    Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.
  • Jalapeno poppers out of the oven.
    The men especially in my family go crazy for these. I can never make enough! I have also adapted American green peppers for these for those who don't like real spicy. You can also spoon salsa and a dollop of sour cream when they come out of the oven.