Party Perfect Jalapeño Poppers

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Jalaeno poppers on a white plate

There’s no better way to get the party started than with a plate of jalapeño poppers. Always a crowd pleaser, these bite sized flavour bombs are loaded with spicy and cheesy goodness.

Makes: 20 jalapeño poppers
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes


  • 10 jalapeño peppers
  • 550 g / 2 cups cream cheese, softened
  • 125 ml / 1/2 cup prepared salsa or chunky tomato sauce
  • 100 g / 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 10 slices bacon, halved
  • 70g / 1/3 cup Mirage margarine
  • salt and pepper, to taste


    1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
    2. Bake the bacon on a parchment-lined tray for 15-20 minutes. Flip and cook for 5 minutes more. The bacon should be cooked, but not crispy. Cool bacon.

cooked bacon on a baking tray

    1. Slice the jalapeños diagonally and remove all of the seeds.

sliced jalapenos on a tray

  1. Mix together the cream cheese, salsa, cheddar, and margarine in a small bowl. Using a knife or spoon, fill the jalapeño halves with the cheese mixture.
    cream cheese, salsa, cheddar, and margarine in a bowl
    filled peppers
  2. Wrap each jalapeño half in one piece of bacon. Secure with a toothpick. Place on a baking tray lined with fresh parchment. Transfer to 350°F (180°C) oven and bake for 20 minutes, rotating the tray halfway through baking.
  3. jalapenos wrapped with bacon
  4. Allow poppers to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Chef Notes

  • If you would like to make this spicier, add your favourite hot sauce at Step 4.

jalapeno poppers served on a plate

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