Candied Bacon Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

OK, first and foremost, these are the bomb! These things are perfect for any get-together at any time of the year.

Candied Bacon Jalapeno Poppers lined up on a dark surface.

You have the spicy from the jalapeno, the tanginess of the sharp cheddar cheese, and the sweetness and saltiness of the candied bacon.

You also get the smoothness of the cream cheese, the baked wonton crunch, and the bacon chew.

All these flavors and textures come together in a perfectly delicious bite. You will feed on these. They are amazingly good!

Candied Bacon Jalapeno Poppers closeup

How To Make Candied Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

The first thing you want to do in making your jalapeno poppers is to make your candied bacon. This is a very easy step in the process and can be done beforehand to save actual cooking time.

Throw your bacon in a mixing bowl and add the brown sugar and fresh ground pepper. Mix gently to coat the bacon with the brown sugar. Sprinkle any remaining brown sugar over the bacon.

Then bake your bacon at 325ºF for 50-60 minutes. Once cooked, allow it to cool. Set aside two slices of bacon if you want to use a few pieces for garnish. Dice into small pieces and set aside.


Prepare your baking pan by covering it in aluminum foil. Use cooling racks to allow the fat from the bacon to drip through and keep it nice and crisp. Makes for easy cleanup.

candied bacon on a wire rack

While your bacon is cooking, you can now prepare your mix for your jalapeno poppers. Add the diced jalapenos, cheddar cheese, and cream cheese to a bowl.

You can also set aside some of the diced fresh jalapenos for garnish. When ready, add your diced bacon and combine.

You can prepare this jalapeno popper filling and refrigerate it until you’re ready to use it if you like.


Remove the seeds and membrane if you want this appetizer to be mild. If you want them spicier, seed the jalapeno, and leave a little membrane.

This membrane is where most of the capsaicin is in the jalapeno, so it is the hottest part of the pepper. Adjust accordingly to your taste.

Prepare a mini muffin pan by coating with non-stick spray and place a wonton wrapper in each hole. Add 1 tablespoon of the jalapeno popper filling into each wonton cup. If you have any extra, distribute them evenly.

wonton wrappers filled with jalapeno popper filling in a mini muffin pan.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and top with a few diced jalapeno and candied bacon, if you desire.

Candied Bacon Jalapeno Poppers on a piece of slate.

These jalapeno poppers, I promise, raise the bar. As earlier stated, you get so much flavor and texture in each bite. I highly recommend trying this one out, you will not be disappointed AT ALL!

I have to be honest, I made this last batch a little spicier than Leigh cared for. It was an accident, but it meant that they were all mine, and over the course of a handful of hours, they were all joyfully eaten by me.

They are easy to make, and it’s a great recipe.  It’s the perfect solution to any party food issue. Add it to your arsenal, you’ll love it.

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Candied Bacon Jalapeno Poppers lined up on a dark surface.

Candied Bacon Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

Jalapeno Poppers ramped up with candied bacon. Sweet, savory, spicy and all the wonderful various textures which gives you the perfect bite.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, candied, jalapenos, wonton
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Brad Harris


Candied Bacon

  • 12 Sliced Thick Cut Bacon
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper

Jalapeno Poppers Filling

  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 2 Jalapenos diced

Wonton Wrappers

  • 24 Wonton wrappers


Candied Bacon

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • Place 12 slices of bacon in bowl
  • Add brown sugar and fresh ground pepper
  • Stir until bacon is covered in brown sugar
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes
  • Allow to cool, dice into small pieces

Jalapeno Poppers Filling

  • Add diced candied bacon, diced jalapenos, cheddar cheese, and cream cheese to a bowl
  • Mix until combined

Making The Candied Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

  • Spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray to avoid sticking
  • Place one wonton wrapper in each cup, forming it to the cup gently, to prevent tearing
  • Add 1 Tablespoon Jalapeno Poppers filling to each cup, distribute evenly any extra filling if needed
  • Bake 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Remove from oven, add bacon and jalapeno garnish, if wanted.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Serving: 1Popper | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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