Upload yours jalapeño poppers wrapped in bacon with a maple syrup glaze before baking to create the most epic flavor profile of sweet, savory and spicy.
When you think of a classic bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers recipe, you think of sliced jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese and then wrapped in bacon. Well, we’re here to share our secret that turns these from delicious to EPIC delicious.
The answer? Maple syrup! Before baking it in the oven at 400ºF, brush a little maple syrup over the bacon. I kid you not, it is life changing. The slight sweetness brings out the savory flavor of the bacon and pairs beautifully with the stuffed jalapeños.
What you need for Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
- Cream cheese
- Greek yogurt
- Garlic powder
- Thickly sliced bacon
- maple syrup
You’ll notice that we also used some Greek yogurt, which is different from the classic version. It makes the filling so creamy!
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- Make it spicier: Instead of crushing the jalapeños completely, leave a few seeds, which will add some spice.
- Use a flavored cream cheese: get fancy and use a veggie cream cheese or really whatever you have on hand.
- Swap maple for honey: we have also made these with a little honey instead of maple and it is delicious. PS: try our hot honey for a spicer twist!
Can you make bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers in the air fryer?
Spray the bottom of your fryer basket and then place the poppers on top. Be careful not to overfill the basket. Air fry at 400ºF for 15 minutes. Check the bacon and continue cooking until it reaches the desired texture.
Bacon Wrapped Appetizers
You can definitely make them the day before. Simply assemble these jalapeño poppers on a baking sheet, then cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. When you are ready to cook, follow the baking instructions on the recipe card.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
We love serving these bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers as appetizers on Thanksgiving, game day, or any other celebration. You can serve them on their own, but we like to dip them in our Roasted Garlic Caramelized Onion Dip.
Preheat the oven to 400℉.
Cut each jalapeno in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and white bits from the pit. Set aside. We recommend wearing gloves if you have them, as jalapeños can sometimes be extremely spicy.
In a small bowl, add the cream cheese, Greek yogurt and garlic powder. Stir to combine. Transfer the mixture to a plastic bag and cut the edge of the bag at a corner.
Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the mixture onto each jalapeño half.
Wrap 1 piece of bacon around each jalapeño, making sure the seam meets the back of the jalapeño. We place them next to the sea in a tray.
Brush the tops of the poppers with maple syrup.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the bacon is crisp and the jalapenos are cooked.
Tips & Notes
- Make these spicier without removing all the seeds and white pith.
- Skip the sweetness by skipping the maple syrup.
- These can be assembled a day ahead and baked before serving.
- This recipe was updated on November 9, 2023.
Calories: 124kcal Carbohydrates: 4G Protein: 3G Fat: 10G Fiber: 0.3G Sugar: 2G
Photo: The photos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden Skillet.