Move over leftovers! Get Spicy with #KraftEssentials: Bacon Ranch Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

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The Christmas leftovers are finally gone (except for whatever is in that little Tupperware container in the crisper), which means I get to shift my attention to my favorite part of the New Year’s celebration – the appetizers!

Each year, my husband and I ring in the New Year by popping a few bottles of wine while we watch the ball drop on TV. But the star of the night isn’t the vino, it’s the food. Even though it’s just the two of us, my hubby and I go all out by cooking up at least four different snacks to munch on. This year, I’ll be making Bacon Ranch Jalapeño Poppers, with a little help from Kraft.

Since I’d never made jalapeño poppers before, I whipped up a batch yesterday as a test batch to make sure everything would go well on December 31. The peppers were stuffed with a variety of Kraft products which I purchased at Walmart (see my shopping trip on Google+), including Kraft shredded cheddar cheese, Kraft mayo, Kraft ranch dressing, and Shake ‘n Bake (yep, made by Kraft). So much cheesy goodness!

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I also created a tasty southwestern dipping sauce, even though the poppers were delicious on their own! (See recipes at the bottom of this entry along with Kraft’s Holiday Family Table digital magazine filled with other tasty ideas.) They only take a few key ingredients.


Check out these beautiful peppers I got at Walmart!


Creating the cream cheese filling for the poppers was super easy. The only hard part was stopping my husband from eating all the bacon before I had a chance to mix it into the filling!


After stuffing each jalapeño half with filling and giving each one a quick dip in the Shake ‘n Bake topping, it was time to pop the poppers in the oven. Seriously folks, it’s that easy!

before baked

The final verdict on the jalapeño poppers was overwhelmingly positive. We’ll definitely be making them again tomorrow, along with several other snacks. As for the wine, I’ll probably pair these poppers with a biiiiig glass of wine. Cheers to 2014!

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Bacon Ranch Jalapeño Poppers
  • 8 Jalapeños
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar
  • 2 tbsp ranch dressing
  • 3 pieces of bacon, crumbled
  • 1 pckg Parmesan crusted Shake 'n Bake
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • --
  • Southwestern Dipping Sauce
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp creamy horseradish dressing
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • pinch of cayenne
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Slice jalapeños in half, lengthwise
  3. Remove seeds and membranes (wear gloves if you have sensitive skin)
  4. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray
  5. Place jalapeños cut side up on tray and bake for 10-15 minutes
  6. Mix cream cheese, shredded cheddar, ranch dressing, bacon, paprika and salt
  7. Stuff each jalapeño half with the cheese mixture
  8. Gently press the open side in the Shake 'n Bake to coat the cheese mixture
  9. Place jalapeño poppers on a baking sheet and cook for 15-20 minutes. During the last few minutes, turn the oven to broil to brown the topping
  10. --
  11. Southwestern Dipping Sauce
  12. Mix all ingredients until well combined


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  1. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    OMG yum!! These look divine. I love making appetizers and can’t wait to try this one

  2. My hubby would love these!

  3. i may just make these for my hubby for a surprise for new years. he LOVES bacon and poppers!

  4. We absolutely love stuffed jalapenos! They are perfect for New Years parties too! We are planning on having these for our New Years Party. So yum! I love your ingredients! Gotta try your recipe next.

  5. My husband will love this recipe, he has got a love affair with jalapeno and bacon 🙂

  6. Ooooh! I love jalapeno poppers! I will have to try out your recipe and share it with our neighbors who recently made some for us.

  7. These are fantastic looking!

  8. Great recipe. I need to print this one out, because my husband would LOVE them!

  9. I think I’ll take a dozen. LOL Great job on this recipe!

  10. These look so delicious! My husband loves jalapeños, have to show him this recipe! Love your photos too!

  11. Even though I am not a jalepeno gal, I have to admit that these look SO good!

  12. Wow these look divine! I want some right now!

  13. These look like the perfect New Year’s party appetizer! I am totally a jalapeno person. I didn’t think I’d like these until I tried them…and come to find out they are amazing!

  14. Looks really good and easy. I’ll have to try these. I love spicy food. So, these would be a hit with me.

  15. Oh, these look so delicious. I’m thinking they will be great at our Super bowl party!

  16. Amy Desrosiers says:

    My husband wishes I would make him these! Looks like a delish recipe!

  17. sounds spicy! Love bacon, sounds like a good mix of ingredients!

  18. This looks divine! I love the look on the plate, too! I’m sure they’ll be a HUGE HIT tomorrow night! Happy New Year to you!

  19. I used to love jalapeno poppers. These look amazing!

  20. I love poppers! Maybe it’s because everyone else in my family has trouble with spicy foods, so I know I’ll get them all to myself? haha…mom problems, you know.

  21. I am obsessed with poppers. They are so good. Pinning this!

  22. I’ve actually never tried to make poppers, thanks for sharing… I’m going to give it a shot!

  23. YUM! We are huge Jalapeno Popper fans and I cannot wait to make these!!

  24. Oh yeah, these would be a giant hit at my house. I’m SO making them; thank you!!!

  25. This recipe seems delicious. I would like to try it an surprise my husband one evening.

  26. I love jalapeno poppers! This recipe sounds really great and I love the addition of Bacon!

  27. Those look amazing. We love jalapeno poppers!

  28. These look so yummy. This would be something I could see myself making for me and the hubby.

  29. These look better than any restaurant ones I’ve ever had. YUMMY! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  30. Yum, those look yummy!

  31. Oh wow! Those look fantastic! #client

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