Easy Smoked Jalapeno Poppers (Bacon Wrapped Recipe)

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Smoked Jalapeno Poppers are absolutely “popping” with flavor! It’s nothing to joke about — tangy cream cheese, sharp cheddar, spicy chili powder, smoked paprika, fresh scallions, and cilantro are all packed together inside a smoked jalapeno, then wrapped in bacon. Different flavors and textures explode in your mouth with each and every bite!

smoked jalapeno poppers on board


A couple of hot peppers stuffed with cheese, scallions, and herbs…what could be better? 

This recipe will walk you through how long to smoke jalapeno poppers, plus some important recipe hacks to keep them in one piece.

The cream cheese mixture in these jalapeño poppers is what makes these such a classic appetizer.

I love the little extra kick from the hot peppers, but I think that adding the cream cheese makes such a huge difference.

There are some people that will use only sharp cheddar cheese inside these delicious jalapeno poppers, but I’m a huge fan of the cream cheese filling ingredients. 

This recipe is my favorite appetizer to make for parties, game day, or just because! 

smoked jalapeno popper ingredients on tray

Smoked Jalapeno Poppers

Appetizers may be the start of the meal, but they’re usually everyone’s favorites! 

And these smoked bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers are one of those shareables that I can guarantee everyone will enjoy.

You can also make smoked jalapeno poppers on the grill as a spicy side with other BBQ favorites. 

We have an easy air fryer jalapeno recipe too! Prefer a bready appetizer? Try out some jalapeno popper pretzel bombs instead!

There are a ton of bold flavors in this dish, and they go together so well! I recommend trying them out in some other dishes…perhaps a main course? 

A delicious twist on smoked stuffed jalapenos is this creamy, crazy flavorful one pot pasta dish!

cheese filling for jalapeno poppers

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Jalapenos – The star of our dish! When removing the stems and seeds, wear gloves and thoroughly wash your hands afterward. 

    Those juices and seeds hold all of the spice, and you don’t want to accidentally touch your face, your pets, or other items in your kitchen with those oils on your fingers.
  • Bacon – Use uncooked bacon for easier wrapping, and to take on all of the smoky goodness from the smoker. 

    I really don’t recommend using precooked microwave bacon. The strips of bacon can be thick-cut bacon, or thin. Just choose your favorite bacon or try new bolder flavors.
  • Scallions – If you don’t like the very distinct flavor that scallions have, try chives or shallots! 

    Either will add that sharp, oniony flavor that we’re going for. You can also leave them out entirely.
  • Cilantro – I know not everyone likes cilantro, so feel free to use flat-leaf parsley instead
  • Chili Powder – I like to use New Mexico chili powder for authentic chile heat, without the extra seasonings you find in regular chili powder. 

    But if all you have is the regular blend, that’s totally fine!
  • Smoked Paprika – I don’t recommend substituting regular paprika for smoked paprika. 

    The smoked kind really has that, well, smoky flavor that defines this dish! It’s a must-have for this smoked jalapeno recipe.
  • Cream Cheese and Cheddar Cheese – I like to keep things easy and classic with these two cheeses! 

    But almost any other shredded cheese can be swapped in for the cheddar. Feeling even more adventurous? Try feta or goat cheese!

For a little bit of heat, you an always add some cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes into the filling. It’s a game changer in the cooking process  and the spice level!

I love adding simple ingredients for extra flavor here and there. It’s a simple way to keep this smoked jalapeño popper recipe tasting fresh and new! 

sliced jalapeno ready to be stuffed

Smoked Jalapeno Tips and Tricks

Even though there are simple steps to making this great appetizer, there are a few tips to keep in mind.

Before you know it, this smoked jalapeno poppers recipe will be done and ready to enjoy. 

  • Close the peppers tightly. 

Before you start smoking jalapenos, soak some toothpicks in water and stick them right through your fresh jalapeño peppers. 

This will ensure your smoked bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers don’t fall apart.

  • Shred the cheese fresh. 

You can really notice the difference when you use freshly shredded cheese versus the bagged stuff. It melts easier and has a sharper, more distinct flavor.

  • Use room-temperature cream cheese. 

Save your forearm by letting the cream cheese come to room temperature before attempting to mix up the filling for your smoked stuffed jalapenos.

jalapeno halves with filling wrapped in bacon slices

Storing and Reheating Leftovers

I’ll be absolutely shocked if you have any leftover smoked jalapeno poppers! When I break these out, they’re gone in minutes

If you do somehow have leftovers, just keep them in an airtight container in the fridge, for up to 3 days.

To reheat, pop those poppers back in the oven at around 350-400°F, until the bacon crisps back up and they’re warmed through to the center. 

Or, if you have an air fryer, that would be a fantastic way to reheat your smoked bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers.

You have options when it comes to reheating this easy appetizer. Any option above will be the best choice – and those little bites will be warmed up and ready again in no time! 

jalapeno poppers in smoker

Smoked Stuffed Jalapenos FAQ

How long to smoke jalapeno poppers at 225?

It takes just about 2 hours and 30 minutes to smoke 24 jalapenos at 225°F. Pay attention so that the jalapeño popper filling doesn’t spew out. You want to be sure that the bacon is cooked, and the peppers are soft for the best results. 

Are jalapeno poppers spicy? 

They are a bit spicy — after all, you’re biting right into a pepper! However, there are plenty of things that help to tone these bad boys down. 

The cream cheese in the smoked jalapeno filling, for starters, dulls a whole lot of that heat. The bacon is the first thing you bite into as well, and the fat in the meat helps a bit.

You’ll also be removing the seeds from the pepper when making this recipe, and those are really the hottest part. So you shouldn’t find these smoked jalapeno poppers overwhelmingly spicy at all!

While you might get a spicy bite, the other ingredients help to calm down the heat level a bit. 

What do you dip jalapeno poppers in? 

You have a couple of options! I recommend trying out my simple and light blue cheese dip, some zesty cilantro lime yogurt sauce, or a spicy chipotle lime mayo

They’re all quick and easy to whip up and are perfect dips for so many appetizers. 

showing center of bacon wrapped jalapeno popper

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Easy Smoked Jalapeno Poppers (Bacon Wrapped Recipe)

Donna Elick
Smoked Jalapeno Poppers are a spicy, creamy, one-way ticket to the perfect appetizer! This recipe is savory and smokey both inside and out!
5 stars from 2 reviews
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Method Smoker
Servings 24


  • 12 jalapeños
  • 12 strips of bacon
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon New Mexico chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


  • Preheat the smoker to 225°F.
  • Using a hand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the cream cheese in a medium size mixing bowl. Add the spices and shredded cheese, then mix again to combine.
  • Fold in the scallions and cilantro with a rubber spatula.
  • Cut the ends off of the jalapenos, halve, and remove membranes and seeds with a spoon.
  • Fill each jalapeno halve with cheese filling, smooth flat, and wrap with a half piece of bacon.
  • Place directly on the grill plates and smoke for 2-1/2 hours, or until the bacon becomes crispy.

Donna’s Notes

Use blocks of cheese instead of pre-shredded cheese.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 111cal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 151mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally Published July 2022, updated and republished May 2024

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