Creamy, spicy Jalapeno Poppers loaded with bacon, chicken and barbecue sauce, stuffed into a crispy wonton cup!
Can you believe I’ve never made a jalapeno popper?
I’ve actually never even eaten a jalapeno popper.
I’m not one for really spicy food, I guess, and the thought of stuffing a half a jalapeno in my mouth just never really seemed that pleasant. I generally don’t even cook with jalapenos. But I like cheese and I like BBQ Chicken (even if it’s BBQ Chicken Pizza on a Kebab)….
I can get a little crazy with the baking recipes in the fall and holiday season, so I wanted to create at least one or two appetizer recipes to bring in the New Year, just to make it up to you.
I was scrolling through my list of new recipe ideas and made my husband choose between two. Much to my surprise, he chose the jalapeno popper cupcakes. To my knowledge, he’s never had one either.
So I did a little research, and found that most recipes included only cream cheese, cheddar cheese, jalapenos and bacon. Seemed easy enough.
For someone who likes cheese more as an accessory, it just seemed like a lot to fill up a wonton cup with cream cheese and cheddar cheese. I had some chicken in the fridge, so I threw it in.
And barbecue sauce. Because chicken and cheese and bacon and barbecue sauce. Do I need any other reason?
And, obviously, jalapenos. Because without jalapenos it’s not really a jalapeno popper cupcake.
I was a little nervous biting into one, but they were totally delicious. I started with just one jalapeno for 16 cupcakes, and the spice was really mild. I added an extra jalapeno and there was a good amount of heat. You’re going to have to go by however much spice you like. The nice thing is because everything is cooked, you can taste it before you put it in the oven and judge how much you want in there.
*Recipe and photos updated Oct. 20, 2015
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BBQ Chicken Jalapeno Popper Cupcakes
- 30 small wonton wrappers about 2.5-3″
- 8 oz cream cheese 1 package
- 1 1/2 cups + ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
- 3-4 slices bacon cooked and chopped
- 1-2 jalapeno peppers chopped fine
- 3/4 cup chicken cooked and chopped
- Green onions
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add cheddar, barbecue sauce, bacon, jalapenos and chicken and beat until combined.
- Spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray. Line 15 muffin cups with a single wonton wrapper, letting the edges hang out over the sides. Spoon about 1 tbsp of cream cheese mixture into wonton wrapper.
- Top with a second wonton wrapper, turning it slightly so that the edges don’t overlap the first wonton wrapper (so you should have 8 wonton corners sticking out, giving you maximum crispy edges). Press down gently so that the filling in the bottom layer evens out.
- Spoon with 1 tbsp more filling and spread gently across the top. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until edges are golden. Let cool 5 minutes before removing from pan.
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Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
YUMMY! These looks fantastic and I’m the same way about spice!
Katalina @ Peas & Peonies says
Love all that cheese and the spicy jalapeño, the green color is also so vibrant and nice!
Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze says
Oh man I could get in trouble with these guys!! They look so perfect for a party or girls wine night!! Yum!!
Dorothy Dunton says
Hi Ashley! I usually eat so many appetizers around the holidays that I don’t have much room left for dinner! I make a baked jalapeno popper that is wrapped in, what else, bacon 🙂 and I always make sure to remove all the seeds and membrane because I like spicy, but not hurt yourself hot! Appetizers are so much more fun than a big ole plate of food!
Ashley Fehr says
I totally agree! Finger food is so fun and way less stress!
Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says
I have never had jalapeño poppers either! But that changes today because these little cupcakes look delicious.
Rachel @ Bakerita says
Wow, these looks amazing!! I’m typically not one for much spice either, so I love that these are adjustable in terms of heat. These look like one delicious appetizer 🙂
Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says
What an amazing looking appetizer, Ashely. I love spices, and JALAPENO POPPER CUPCAKES look so vibrant, delicious and flavorful.
This looks like a nice little recipe however I am missing the jalapeño part???? How can you call them Jalapeño poppers when there are no jalapeno’s in it?? Yes it has cream cheese but…….!
My bad — I mentioned the jalapenos in the post and forgot to include them when I wrote out the recipe! It’s fixed now — thanks for pointing that out!
Isadora @ she likes food says
I think I’ve only had a jalapeno popper once in my life and I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t super hot. I also don’t cook with jalapenos much because I am such a wimp when it comes to spicy food! These look awesome though and I think I can stand a little heat if it means that I get to each cheese and bacon! I hope you guys had a great Christmas 🙂
Thanks Isadora! I hope you had a great Christmas too!