These Jalapeno Poppers, wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cream cheese, cheddar cheese and ranch powder, are an easy and delicious appetizer you can make at home in your oven! I have tried several Jalapeno Popper recipes, but so far adding the Ranch seasoning mix and shredded cheddar to the cream cheese filling makes these the best!! You can serve these as a side to any meal or as an appetizer for a party. If you are hosting a holiday party, you may also enjoy Amish Soft Pretzel Garlic Knots, Mozzarella and Veggie Crostini, or Seafood cheeseball!
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Bacon Cheddar Ranch Jalapeno Poppers
- 8 by 8 inch baking dish (linked below)
- Piping bag (linked below)
- Mixing bowl (linked below)
- Paring knife (linked below)
- Plastic Gloves (linked below)
- 6 oz. cream cheese softened *see note.
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 Tablespoon Ranch Seasoning mix
- 10 slices bacon strips (uncooked)
- 20 medium sized Jalapeno peppers
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Combine the softened cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese and Ranch seasoning mix in a medium sized mixing bowl. Place the cheese mixture into a large piping bag.
- Remove the tops of the Jalapeno poppers with a pairing knife (be sure to wear gloves for this step) and core the centers of the peppers to remove the seeds. Fill the Jalapeno poppers to the top with the cheese mixture in the piping bag and then wrap the filled Jalapeno peppers with bacon strips.
- Place the Jalapeno poppers onto an 8 by 8 inch baking dish, then bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes until the bacon is cooked through and the peppers are soft.
Equipment for these Bacon Cheddar Ranch Jalapeno Poppers
- Baking dish I like to use my glass 8 by 8 inch baking dish for this Jalapeno Popper recipe.
- Piping bag Using a piping bag to fill these jalapeno poppers makes the filling process so much easier and less messy!!
- Mixing bowl A medium sized mixing bowl is what I prefer to use in recipes like these Bacon and Ranch poppers. Metal mixing bowls are my preference because of their durability.
- Paring Knife A small paring knife makes coring the Jalapeno peppers so much easier! I prefer the Rada brand (not and ad) and this brand can be found in a lot of Amish and Mennonite kitchens, because they have been so durable for us!
- Plastic gloves Plastic gloves are a must when coring spicy peppers such as these Jalapeno poppers. I have reaped the painful reward plenty a time for not using gloves while working with spicy peppers!
Only five Ingredients are needed for these Jalapeno Poppers! Bacon, Jalapeno peppers, cream cheese, Ranch Dips mix, and shredded cheddar cheese.
Step 1-2: Mix the cheese and Ranch mixture and then (using a piping bag and gloves), fill the topped and cored Jalapeno peppers.
Once again I recommend using plastic gloves for this process. Growing up as an Amish and Mennonite kid, I liked to pick fresh Jalapenos from our garden and fill them with a similar cream cheese mixture for Jalapeno poppers. I made the mistake of not using gloves (we didn’t really keep them on hand), and ended up with burns on my fingers and hands from where the seeds would contact the skin. Using dish soap and lots of scrubbing can help, but gloves are by far the best option to avoid burning your skin with the spicy seeds of the Jalapeno pepper.
Step 2 continued: Wrap the filled Jalapeno poppers with whole or halved bacon strips and pack them into the baking dish.
I feel privileged to live near a Mennonite Bulk food store that has weekly specials on deli meats and also frequently has good deals on bacon. If you have a bulk food store in your area be sure to watch their specials, you never know what goodies you may find!
Step 3: Bake the Jalapeno Poppers in the preheated oven until the bacon is cooked through and the peppers are soft. Cool slightly and Enjoy!
If you love cream cheese stuffed appetizers, you will also love these crab stuffed mushrooms!
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