Easy Jalapeno Poppers with Rice and Bacon

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Enjoy the classic jalapeno poppers appetizers without getting flamed by the heat. In this easy jalapeno poppers recipe, rice and dairy tame the flames, while bacon keeps it flavorful.

I love, love, LOVE jalapeno poppers. But, sometimes they can be so flaming hot that it can give me a tummy ache if I eat too many. Recently, I decided to experiment and see if I could create an easy jalapeno popper recipe that was packed with flavor but didn’t punch me too hard in the gut.

I knew dairy would soften the blow as would brown rice. So I played around and came up with these delicious bites filled with rice, two cheeses, bacon, and cilantro. Yum! You’re going to love these for your next game day or other family get-together!

Easy Jalapeno Poppers
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

An easy jalapeno poppers recipe with bacon and rice to tame the heat!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy appetizers, jalapeno poppers
Servings: 8
Calories: 326 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1 dozen jalapeno peppers split and seeded
  • 6 slices bacon chopped, cooked until crisp, and drained
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice cooled
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Lay the peppers on a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the bacon, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, rice, cilantro and cumin. Stir well to combine.
  3. Fill peppers with the cheese and rice mixture, dividing it evenly.
  4. Bake peppers for 10 to 15 minutes until peppers are soft and filling is hot and bubbly.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Jalapeno Poppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 326 Calories from Fat 192
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21.3g 33%
Saturated Fat 11.3g 57%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 502mg 21%
Potassium 242mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 21.3g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1.4g 6%
Sugars 0.9g
Protein 13g 26%
Calcium 11%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

What’s YOUR favorite game day snack?

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. I love poppers too. I’ll have to give these a try. They look great!

  2. Aleisha says:

    I’ll be baking sugar cookies to decorate, gingerbread, pretzel treats, and who know what else!

  3. RLR says:

    Oooh – poppers are my favorite! Definitely going to give these a try!

  4. I am a doula and recently someone said they had a friend who ate like 14 poppers and went into labor. She tried it, but she did not go into labor!! But she enjoyed them!!! I will never look at them quite the same!
    I love them and actually recently was planning on making some! I will have to try these!

  5. Heather Perine says:

    Made these for a Friendsgiving…and OMG first of all SOOOOO good. And second of all, everyone was loving them and wanted the recipe! They aren’t too spicy because of the rice. Someone said its like jalapeno poppers and arancini balls got together and made these. Haha I couldn’t agree more! p.s. super easy to make too 🙂 thanks for the recipe Jessica!

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