In Texas this time of the year Jalapeños are found in abundance at the grocery stores, farmers markets, and roadside produce stands. One of my favorite things to do with all these jalapeños is make jalapeño poppers. I mean you can never go wrong with a pepper stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon right? Now personally I like my jalapeño poppers on the spicy side (shocker I know). But you know according to all the “Doctors” on TV you should eat more spicy food as it boosts your metabolism. How does spicy food boost your metabolism?? Because when you eat something so spicy it lights a fire in your mouth you begin running around the house for 30 minutes trying to put the fire out. Then by the time you get the fire out you’re so full from all the liquid you just ingested that you’re no longer hungry. That’s how spicy food boosts your metabolism and keeps you skinny 😉
Truly though the key to spice is balance and that’s what makes these Spicy Smokin’ Chipotle Jalapeño Poppers work. The spice from the chipotle and the jalapeño is calmed down by the cream cheese and the sweet BBQ sauce. For the cream cheese chipotle filling in these jalapeño poppers I simplified things by using a packet of Homemade Gourmet Smokin’ Chipotle Dip Mix (it’s sold in the party dip trio pack) because then the spice level is just right and I don’t have to measure anything. The mix in some cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic, and green onions and I’m ready to stuff some peppers and have a party.
Note…. When I roast jalapeño poppers in the oven I cook them on wire baking rack set inside a metal sheet pan. Doing this helps get the bacon crispy and drains off the excess bacon grease.
Homemade Gourmet Smokin’ Chipotle Jalapeño Poppers
1 Packet of Homemade Gourmet Chipotle Dip Mix
1 – 8oz. Package Cream Cheese, at room temperature
1 Cup Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 Green Onion, minced
1 Clove Garlic, grated
10 Jalapeño Peppers, sliced in half and seeds removed
10 Strips of Bacon, cut in half
1/2 Cup BBQ Sauce
Pre-Heat the oven to 400 degrees Using an electric mixer beat together the room temperature cream cheese, the packet of chipotle dip mix, cheddar cheese, green onion, and garlic. Mix until well combined then cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to combine. Meanwhile slice the jalapeños in half lengthwise and with a spoon remove the seeds and ribs. (Wash hands immediately after slicing all the peppers, don’t touch you eyes. Wearing gloves are always a good idea when dealing with peppers.) After you have sliced the peppers fill each pepper with a spoonful of the chipotle cream cheese mixture, wrap each pepper with 1/2 a slice of bacon (not to tight) and secure with a toothpick. Bake the peppers at 400 degrees for 10 minutes then baste the top of the bacon with your favorite BBQ sauce (a slightly sweeter sauce works well with the spicy chipotle mix and the hot peppers). Place the jalapeño poppers back in the oven and continue to bake for another 10 minutes or until the bacon is crisp. Remove the poppers and baste one more time with the sauce and allow the jalapeño poppers to cool.