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Keto Appetizer Cheesy Bacon Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

This is a dreamy recipe if you're following a keto/low-carb lifestyle and are craving a cheesy snack. Try dipping it in my homemade ranch dressing to balance out the spicy flavor of the jalapeño!  
These go fast at parties, so you may want to double this recipe depending on how much other food will be there.
Author: Megan via Kelly the Kitchen Kop


  • 8-10 large jalapeños
  • 2-8 ounce cream cheese packages – sometimes I'll make my own raw milk cream cheese – it's so easy. First you make raw milk yogurt then just strain it through a cheesecloth. (I tie mine to a knob above my counter, and the whey drains into a bowl underneath.) After the whey drains out, what's left in the cheesecloth is cream cheese! It was so exciting the first time I did it and it tasted just like store-bought! (How sad that I was excited about that fact, it shows how warped I am!)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese – I use organic
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder to your taste
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon sea salt to your taste
  • 1 1/2-2 pounds bacon – best from a local farmer who raises pastured animals. If you don't have a good local source you can buy safe, healthy meat online here.


  • Cut jalapeños in half lengthwise and remove the seeds -- this is easy using a spoon.
  • Mix cream cheese and cheddar together, add garlic and sea salt. (I used my Bosch to make fast work of it!)
  • Stuff the peppers very full, wrap with a piece of bacon (or add pieces to the mixture if you'd rather, like I did in the picture above).  Place them on a cookie sheet (I line mine with parchment paper), and bake at 450* about 30 minutes, or until bacon is crisp.
  • Check out the pictures below...
    NOTE: Don't feel like frying bacon? Just wrap it around the popper and bake instead. Don't have any bacon? It's really good without too! I added a little melted bacon grease to the cheese mixture to give it more flavor.