Cheeto-Crusted Jalapeño Poppers With Bacon Recipe on Food52 (2024)


by: molly yeh



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  • Makes 16

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Author Notes

I take my game day food seriously and you should, too. It's not every day we can get away with frying all the things and washing them down with beer. So let's go all the way. Let's put bacon in everything. Let's use Cheetos to coat jalapeño poppers that are stuffed with cheese, bacon, and peppers.

Go team! —molly yeh

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What You'll Need

  • 4 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 4 ouncesor 1/2 cup chopped pimientos or roasted red pepper
  • 6 ouncescream cheese
  • 1 cupshredded smoked gouda
  • 1/2 cupshredded sharp cheddar
  • 1 dashcayenne pepper
  • 1 dashpaprika
  • 8 jalapeños, stemmed, cut lengthwise, and with the seeds removed
  • 1/2 cupflour
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoonsmilk
  • 5 cupscheetos, ground in a food processor
  • Oil, for frying
  1. Make the filling by combining the first seven ingredients.
  2. Stuff the jalapeño halves with the filling and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
  3. Set up three bowls. In the first, mix together flour with a pinch of salt and a few cracks of pepper. In the second, beat the eggs with the milk, a pinch of salt, and a few cracks of pepper. In the third, place the cheeto crumbs.
  4. Coat the stuffed peppers in flour, the egg mixture, and then the cheeto crumbs. Deep fry at 365º F for two minutes each or bake at 350º F for 30 minutes.


  • American
  • Milk/Cream
  • Cheese
  • Vegetable
  • Fry
  • Winter
  • Hors D'Oeuvre
  • Appetizer
  • Snack
  • Side

Recipe by: molly yeh

molly yeh recently moved from brooklyn to a farm outside of grand forks, north dakota, where her husband is a fifth generation farmer. she writes the blog my name is yeh.

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16 Reviews

Erica February 6, 2018

Can these be made in the morning (or afternoon) and bought to a party a few hrs later? How long would you think they hold their crunch?

Josh E. September 4, 2015

Could you make these the night before and then bake off the next day?

Chris G. February 6, 2015

Not to lecture, but to stay out of trouble with FritoLay® when you use a product name like Cheetos® you really should use the "®" sign when you use their specific product. (such as Cheetos®) I copied the mark from their web site, because I could not remember how to do it from the keyboard.
Also, I have a question, you did not mention what kind of Cheetos® you used?
Baked, crunchy, regular or Jalapeno Flavored Cheetos®???? Thanks
Chris Glenn

Bob June 7, 2014

This were the first dish emptied at our wine tasting. Everybody loved them. A big success. Next time I am going to add some garlic and onion to the cheese.

Bob June 6, 2014

Gonna make this for a Texas wine tasting tonight. I know these will be a huge hit. Will report back tomorrow.

High-Heeled N. April 13, 2014

CAN.NOT. wait to make these! (I gave up all dairy and grains for Lent).

Laura P. February 5, 2014

These were sinfully amazing! I don't have a food processor so I threw the cheetos in a large ziploc bag and used a rolling pin to crush them - successfully!

Heather N. February 3, 2014

I made these for the super bowl and I baked them. SOOOO tasty!!

Katy February 4, 2015

Hi Heather, how long/what temp did you bake them at?

tejanosmom February 4, 2015

350 for 30 minutes, according to the recipe. Thinking of going the baking route myself. They sound sooo wonderfully naughty!

Rachel K. January 30, 2014

These look so good! Would they be worth making baked? I love fried foods, just don't enjoy the smell it leaves behind in the kitchen, curtains, my clothes, etc. :)

Allison (. January 28, 2014

This is pretty genius. Maybe cheetos are the new panko!

nannydeb January 28, 2014

I'm in love.

mrslarkin January 28, 2014

omg sick. but in a good way.

Scot Y. January 25, 2014

Step 3 ...beat the eggs with the milk...
What milk? It's not listed in the ingredients.

molly Y. January 25, 2014

oh no, i'm so sorry about that! thanks for pointing that out. i just added it to the ingredients, it's 2 tablespoons of milk. and any kind of milk will do!

Cheeto-Crusted Jalapeño Poppers With Bacon Recipe on Food52 (2024)


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