Whether you make these Keto Jalapeño Poppers with cream cheese, cheddar and bacon in the oven, grill or air fryer you’ll have a perfectly portioned, bacon-wrapped low carb, keto appetizer for game day with 1.5 net carbs.
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Ok, so I’m a little obsessed with wrapping food in bacon. It’s not a new phenomenon/trend: people have been going nuts with bacon for years – wrapping it around stuffed mushrooms – as I did here or creating bacon-infused Bourbon as seen on Southern Living. So yeah, bacon makes everything better – even Jalapeño Poppers which are nearly perfect already.
Are Jalapeno Poppers Keto-Friendly?
The short answer: yes. Jalapeño Poppers are keto-friendly. For the longer answer, I’ll breakdown the ingredients in this Keto Jalapeño Poppers recipe. One jalapeño contains .5 grams of fiber, 4 calories, and .5 net carbs. Cream cheese is also low carb, with less than 1 net carb per serving. Make sure you use the full-fat version — finally, cheddar cheese – another keto-friendly ingredient with 1.4 carbs per cup.
Carbs In Keto Jalapeño Poppers
If you use the full-fat cream cheese and cheddar – you’ll end up with 1.5 net carbs per popper.
Bacon-Wrapped Keto Cream Cheese Jalapeno Poppers
Here’s the thing about the ingredients: I used smokey cheddar cheese (it’s best to shred your own if you’re counting carbs because pre-shredded contains a few extra ingredients) but if you’re more of a mild or sharp fan – substitute it!
And for the bacon – if you want to use turkey bacon instead of pork – go for it! Either way, using thinner bacon makes the process of wrapping and baking/grilling/air frying easier.
Want something a little more filling? Add in browned sausage or ground beef or that leftover shredded chicken you have in the fridge!
VIP Jalapeño Public Service Message!
Please be careful when handling the jalapeños – you seriously may want to consider wearing gloves if you’ve picked a potent pepper (say that three times fast:) – you may get burned. The seeds & the membrane (AKA: white stuff inside) contains the heat – capsaicin. Use a knife/spoon combo or Jalapeño Pepper Corer (Yes, It’s A Thing) to remove the seeds and membrane – & – if you’re not gloving up – wash your hands as if you were a surgeon scrubbing in!!!!
Can You Make Keto Jalapeño Poppers Ahead
You can prep these Jalapeño Poppers ahead! Feel free to stuff the peppers and wrap with bacon 1 day in advance – as long as you keep them in the refrigerator.
Serve these bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers appetizer at your next holiday party or game day gathering & let me know how fast they disappear!
Macros: 168 Calories – 15.6 Grams of Fat – 5.2 Grams Protein – 1.5 Net Carbs Per Jalapeño Popper!:))Print
These Keto Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers are the perfect low carb appetizer recipe! Cream cheese and smoked cheddar stuffed jalapenos – wrapped in bacon – create the ultimate party appetizer or tailgate snack with 1.5 net carbs.
8 Jalapenos – Halved
8 Ounces Cream Cheese (softened)
12 Slices Bacon or Turkey Bacon
1 Cup Smoked Cheddar Cheese – Grated
- Preheat Oven to 400
- Cut jalapenos in half & remove seeds.
- Combine cream cheese and grated smoked cheddar.
- Using a spoon, fill each jalapeno with cheese stuffing.
- Wrap each with bacon – starting with the fattiest end and roll until jalapeno is wrapped
- Bake for 20-25 Minutes
For the Grill – 1 Hour
For best results, let poppers chill in the refrigerator for an hour before grilling
- Heat grill to 275 – 300
- Start with the cream cheese side down. You can use a skillet like this one or you can put the jalapenos directly on the grill (watch out for flare-ups when the cheese begins to melt!)
- Grill for 1 hour
Air Fryer – 20 Minutes
For best results, let poppers chill in the refrigerator for an hour before air frying
- Set Air Fryer to 325
- Spray basket with oil
- Place poppers in basket – try not to overlap
- Set timer for 12 minutes
- After 12 minutes do a quick check-in to see how poppers are progressing (cooking times will vary due to brand of the fryer)
- Cook for 8 more minutes
- Category: Appetizers
- Method: Oven, Grill, Air Fryer