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Putting a spin on a classic with these Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Corn Jalapeño Poppers…with creamy, cooling cilantro lime ranch. Spicy jalapeños stuffed with cheesy cheddar corn “dip”, then wrapped in bacon, and oven-roasted until the cheese has melted and the bacon is crispy. Serve these summery jalapeño poppers with a cooling cilantro-ranch to tame the heat. These poppers make for a fun and delicious summer appetizer that’s equally great for upcoming fall game days.

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Cheesy. Cheddar. Corn. Stuffed. Jalapeño. Poppers…and wrapped in bacon too! The combination of cheesy corn, spicy jalapeños, and crispy smoky bacon is just too good to pass up. Especially when summer corn is in season, I mean, right? Yess! If you dislike bacon, I’m so sorry, but for those of you who enjoy bacon, these are truly delicious.

PS. I do have to add that if you really do hate bacon, these are still great without. I don’t want anyone to not be able to make these cheesy poppers.

So my mom has been encouraging me to make jalapeño poppers since last fall. She loves them. Peppers plus cheese, and more times than not, wrapped in bacon. A simple and perfect flavor combination.

I don’t have a recipe for a classic popper here on HBH, but a couple of weeks ago, these cute little peppers came out of my kitchen. I’ve now decided that these corn stuffed peppers are actually better than the classic. Apparently corn is the KEY to an incredible popper. That may be a little bold to say, but take a second to think about these flavors all put together.

Yep, so delicious.

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The story behind the poppers.

Sometimes recipes come to be in fun ways and involve someone from the family telling me to make a certain dish. Or sometimes it’s something very random, like a color I’m drawn to, or some tomatoes on the counter. And sometimes it’s just a matter of me just racking my brain for new and exciting ideas to share.

But other times? Recipe titles just flow into my headspace and I immediately become excited about the sound of the flavors together.

I realize this makes no sense, but it’s a crazy thing my brain does.

Which is where these poppers come in. I was jotting down ideas for summer corn recipes when I suddenly had the thought to stuff jalapeño peppers with corn and wrap them in bacon.

Cheesy cheddar corn stuffed jalapeño poppers, as my mind silently, but excitedly, said to me. It’s not the most creative concept, but it sure is delicious. Think melty sharp cheddar cheese with sweet corn, spicy peppers, and crispy smoky bacon. Yummm.

Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Corn Jalapeño Poppers before baking

Here are the details…

These are very quick and simple to make. You need a sheet pan, a ton of jalapeños, and just a few other ingredients.

Start by halving those spicy peppers and getting rid of the seeds.

Mix together lots of sharp cheddar cheese, summer corn, and fresh chives. Stuff the cheesy corn into the jalapeño. Wrap each jalapeño in a thin slice of salty, smokey bacon. And then bake…and that’s pretty much it.

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Make that cilantro ranch.

Not all poppers are served with a dip, but personally I think everything can be made better with a little sauce/dip action. The flavors here just needed something creamy and cooling. So I decided on a little ranch…but not your average ranch.

I used fresh cilantro, chives, and plenty of lime in place of the usual herb mix. This is the perfect sauce to balance the heat of these cheesy peppers.

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I’m very much looking forward to serving these from now through the fall months. They make a great summer appetizer that easily transitions into fall entertaining and Sunday game days at home.

Or just simply make them, and enjoy!

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Looking for other summer appetizer recipes? Here are a few ideas: 

Garlic Parmesan Herb Butter Polenta Fries with Lemon Aioli 

Mac and Cheese Stuffed Oven Fried Zucchini Bites 

Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates with Rosemary Honey

Peach Thyme Tarts

Lastly, if you make these Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Corn Jalapeño Poppers be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Corn Jalapeño Poppers with Cilantro Lime Ranch.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 236 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 ears corn, kernels removed from the cob
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 12 jalapeños, halved
  • 6 slices thin-cut bacon

Cilantro Lime Ranch

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, cheddar, pepper jack, corn, cilantro, chives, garlic, and a pinch each of salt and pepper.
    3. Halve the jalapeños, then scoop out the seeds. Stuff each half with the cheesy corn mix, then wrap with 1 half slice of bacon. Place the jalapeños on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 20-25 minutes, until the cheese has melted. At the end of cooking, switch the oven to broil, broil for 1-2 minutes to crisp the bacon.
    4. Meanwhile, make the ranch. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and shake or stir until creamy. 
    5. Serve the poppers warm with cilantro lime ranch for dipping. Enjoy!

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    1. Hey Sarah,
      I would just assemble your poppers and then bake once you are ready to serve. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  1. 5 stars
    These are sooooo good!!! I made these months ago and I’m making them again for Easter. I just love your recipes. Thank you SO much for doing what you do and making our days delicious! ♡

  2. This is my 2nd time making these and it is the second of many more. A friend of mine doesn’t eat pork 😔 and I won’t touch faux bacon so I leave it off if she is a guest. I opted for Fire Roasted Corn from TJ’s as seasonal is gone by with. I sprinkle with a bit of smoked paprika and this recipe is marvelous. With bacon or without. As someone said, double and save unused portion. I stir it into just finished rice, add it to an outlet (but first I lay down thin slices of tomato), I saute up dice onion and pepper and brown off hamburg and add drained tomato and then add that to med shells, tossing this over the top and stirring in to melt. Its fantastic.

  3. 5 stars
    These were so good and the perfect way to use up the jalapeños I got at the farmer’s market this weekend! I love the freshness of the jalapeños with the creamy, cheesy corn mixture. Definitely a great appetizer to share!

  4. 5 stars
    This is my new addiction. I really enjoy these poppers. Instead of bacon I use thin slices of prosciutto. It crisps in the first cook. No need to broil. Also, I got a batch of really spicy jalapeños from a local farm. My fingers felt the burn for a couple of hours after. Wore gloves this time. Also froze half the recipe. Will be interested to see how they turn out. Thanks for sharing this!

  5. 5 stars
    These were the best jalapeño poppers I’ve ever made! The corn & cilantro made for a nice twist. The filling was so delicious and reminded me of corn dip we used to enjoy at football tailgates. Yum!

  6. 5 stars
    Made these ahead of time for a boat in concert. Popped them in the oven quick for a reheat….What a hit they were!
    As always your recipes are always amazing!! Thank for sharing your gift of food 😊

  7. 5 stars
    All of your recipes are speaking to my soul lately and are just as good as they look and sound! You have been helping to keep me sane and full with the most delicious food. My family and I thank you 😊

  8. 5 stars
    Absolutely amazing recipe! They were a huge hit at my friend’s birthday dinner. Gone in five minutes haha.

    1. Amazing! Thank you so much for trying this recipe, Abby! I am thrilled this turned out so well for you! xTieghan

  9. These look great! I unfortunately can’t have cream cheese so I’m wondering what I can use instead? I am able to have hard cheeses and many other forms of dairy to a certain degree so a different dairy solution would also be ok.

    1. Hey Jennifer,
      Unfortunately for this recipe I would recommend using another soft cheese in place of the cream cheese. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  10. These look like the perfect way to use the jalapenos in my garden! Do you think they would freeze well?

    1. Hey Emmaline,
      Yes you could assemble these and then freeze in an airtight container. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  11. 5 stars
    Soooo good!!! I had more mixture than peppers and just baked it in a bowl to serve with tortilla chips. Ahhhmazing!

  12. Just made these and while they look and smell delicious, the filling all sort of… melted out! I’m not sure what happened?! Any advice?

    1. Hey Dana,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try! Next time I would recommend using larger jalapeños if you can get them and be sure not to over stuff them. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  13. 4 stars
    I made this…everyone loved it! Question: should it be 12 pieces of bacon? Seems like if you cut the 12 jalapenos in half that would be 24 halves and you would need 1/2 piece of bacon for each, thus 12 pieces of bacon?
    Just checking!
    Thanks for this great recipe!
    Kimberly

  14. These were absolutely delicious, despite the fact that the filling mostly ended up outside of the jalapeños in the bottom of my pan. Any idea what I could do to fix this next time? Love your recipes and beautiful food photography!

    1. Hey Melanie,
      Thanks so much for trying the recipe, next time try searching for larger jalapeños and make sure you aren’t overstuffing them. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  15. I would love to make these for a cook out next week. Do you think they could be prepped the night before and then thrown in the oven?

    1. Hey Ellen,
      Yes that would be totally fine to do! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  16. 5 stars
    I made these tonight and they are genius. Best stuffed jalapeños I’ve ever had. My bacon unfurled, so they weren’t so pretty. I guess need to work on my bacon wrapping technique, but the peppers with dip tasted sublime. Thank you for a glorious recipe!

  17. 5 stars
    I know this is an ‘appetizer’ but I halved the recipe & made it for dinner. OMG both my husband & I loved it! Absolutely delishous – didn’t change a thing. Will most definitely make over & over! Thanks for the twist on poppers!

    1. Hey Ellie,
      That would be totally fine to do! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  18. Wow I am totally making this for the next event I go to! (hopefully that won’t be too far away) They look to die for

  19. 5 stars
    This is going to be the perfect appetizer for my Dad’s birthday! Everyone is going to love them, I’m sure.

  20. We have done this at my cafe for a long time. Double or triple the cream cheese-corn mixture. It makes a great pizza topping with sliced Jalapeno peppers and crumbled bacon.

  21. Can’t wait to make these! While making g my grocery list I noticed you have 12 jalapeños halved (24) and 6 slices of bacon that you cut in half (12). That doesn’t add up. I assume you mean 12 slices of bacon?

    1. Hey Kim! Yes, that is correct! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  22. Oh my! These looks INCREDIBLE. What a perfect appetizer for a Sunday football with the family or a fun appetizer for summer cook outs. My boys will love this. Cannot wait to try. As always, thanks T!

    1. Aw thank you!! I am so glad you have been loving my recipes, Ting Ting! I hope you continue to! Have an amazing rest of your week! xTieghan