(Lighter!) Jalapeno Poppers

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Everyone will love this Lighter Jalapeno Poppers recipe! It’s super easy to make, lighter on calories, but these stuffed jalapenos are packed with great flavor and crunch!

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It’s that time of year again. The kids are going back to school, the weather is cooling down, and the summer is drawing to a beautiful close….

…and everyone’s jalapeno plants are going absolutely CRAZY.

(Can I get an “amen” from all of you gardeners?)

I’m sure you have already made lots of salsa and chile con queso. But for those of you looking for a way to use up more of those tasty peppers, I would like to offer my favorite take on a classic — Lighter Jalapeno Poppers!


(Lighter!) Jalapeno Poppers Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

These little guys pack all of the delicious cream cheesy, bacon-y, crunchy, and jalapeno-y flavor of traditional jalapeno poppers. But with a few little secrets, this recipe for jalapeno poppers is considerably lighter.

How is that, you ask?

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First off, there’s no deep-fat frying in mi casa. I don’t really like the flavor or the fat, and let’s be honest, I live in a loft and would probably burn the building down with that much hot oil! So these little baked jalapeno poppers are made in the oven (that’s right – Gimme Some Oven!). And then they are topped with a bunch of crunchy, toasted Panko breadcrumbs.

Second, I go for light or non-fat cream cheese whenever I can. And with all of the extra flavor in these, you can’t even taste a difference.

Finally, as much as I like just anything wrapped round and around with bacon, that limits my ability to enjoy multiple jalapeno poppers without feeling like I’m going to, well, “pop”. So I cooked up some bacon in the microwave between paper towels, to cut back on some grease. And then mixed the bacon into the breadcrumbs for a better portioned taste of bacon on top. De-lish.

(Sidenote, my 4-legged photo assistant might have eaten my bowl of bacon bits when I stepped out to get the mail before photographing these. Look at those guilty eyes!! I think he should audition for a Beggin’ Strips commercial.)

(Lighter!) Jalapeno Poppers Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

All that said, I absolutely love these lighter jalapeno peppers. They are perfect for snacking, perfect for entertaining during the big game, and perfect for using up your plethora of jalapenos. They also happen to be a perfect spicy appetizer for a baby shower! And I am so thrilled that today I get to join some amazing bloggers in celebrating an amazing blogger and mama-again-to-be — Aggie from Aggie’s Kitchen!

I’m sure many of you have seen many of Aggie’s delicious and beautiful recipes all over the web and Pinterest. (If not, I highly recommend starting with her Green Power Salad and Red Wine Berry Spritzer!)  But in addition to being a wonderful cook and blogging friend, she is also getting ready to be a mom of three! This little one is going to be so lucky to join their family and have Aggie as a mom!!

So to celebrate, a bunch of bloggers are hosting a virtual baby shower for Aggie. I have listed all of the recipes below, along with my Lighter Jalapeno Poppers recipe. (Which — since Aggie is Italian as are many of these recipes — you can easily make Italian by swapping the smoked paprika for some thyme, and cheddar for Mozzarella. Just another fun option!)

Lots of great recipes for a great blogger. We love you Aggie!

Enjoy, folks!

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(Lighter!) Jalapeno Poppers

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 18-20 jalapeno poppers 1x


These Lighter Jalapeno Poppers still pack all of the great flavor and crunch of traditional jalapeno poppers…but have a fraction of the fat!


  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 8 ounces whipped cream cheese (I used low-fat)
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar or Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika (or thyme, for an Italian twist!)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 10 jalapeños, halved lengthwise and seeds removed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together cream cheese, shredded cheese, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper (to taste).
  3. In a separate bowl, toss together Panko and half of the bacon bits.
  4. Spoon the filling into each jalapeño cavity. Then top each jalapeno with a spoonful of the Panko and bacon bit mixture. Place on prepared baking sheet, cavity side up. Mist each of the jalapenos with olive oil (you can use a Misto) or cooking spray. Bake until the filling is melty and the Panko is golden, about 15-20 minutes. (If the Panko starts getting too brown too early, place a sheet of aluminum foil lightly on top of the jalapeno poppers.)
  5. Remove from oven, and sprinkle with additional bacon bits. Serve immediately.

Surprise Baby Shower For Aggie

Sundried Tomato Hummus from Robyn of Add a Pinch
Melon & Prosicutto Balls from Paula of bell’alimento
Bruschetta from Sheila of Eat2gather
Jalapeno Poppers from Ali of Gimme Some Oven
Grilled Naan White Pizza Bites from Jamie of Mom’s Cooking Club
Watermelon Feta Bites with Basil Olive Oil from Sandy of Reluctant Entertainer
Pesto Caprese Fried Wontons from Julie of The Little Kitchen
Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Crostini from Cheryl of TidyMom

Toasted Coconut Milkshakes from Bev of Bev Cooks
Lemon Cream Soda from Angie of Eclectic Recipes
Peach Sorbet Bellini and Spritzers from Shaina of Food for My Family
Non Alcoholic Berry Spritzer from Lisa of Jersey Girl Cooks
Virgin Peach & Raspberry Bellinis from Milisa of Miss in the Kitchen
Italian Basil Sparkling Lemonade from Marly of Namely Marly
Italian Sodas from Laura of Real Mom Kitchen
Cafe Mocha Punch / or Iced Cafe Mocha from Amy of She Wears Many Hats

Italian Chopped Salad in a Jar {with Creamy Caesar Dressing} from Brenda of a farmgirl’s dabbles
Caprese Salad with Mozzarella Crisps from Christine of Cook the Story
Pesto Pasta Stuffed Tomatoes from Suzanne of Kokocooks
Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad from Liz of The Lemon Bowl
Herbed Israeli Couscous Salad with Tomato and Mozzarella from Rachel of Rachel Cooks
Chickpea, Avocado, & Feta Salad from Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod
Lentil and Chickpea Layered Salad from Lisa of With Style & Grace

Chicken Cacciatore from Meagan of A Zesty Bite
Zucchini, Bell Pepper & Edamame Stir-Fry from Cassie of Bake Your Day
Potato-Crusted Vegetarian Quiche with Zucchini, Tomatoes & Feta from Dara of Cookin’ Canuck
“Straw & Hay” Tagliatelle in Cream Sauce from Flavia of Flavia’s Flavors
Grilled Italian Chicken with Veggie & Bow Tie Pasta from Katie of Katie’s Cucina
Grilled Naan Pizza with Summer Veggies & Turkey Sausage from Kelley of Mountain Mama Cooks
Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Panini from Kathy of Panini Happy

Fresh Blueberry Shortbread with Lemon Cream Frosting from Sommer of A Spicy Perspective
Crostata di Mango from Lora of Cake Duchess
Italian Ice from Kristen of Dine & Dish
Roasted Banana and Nutella S’mores Bruschetta from Jenny of Picky Palate
Italian Cream Cake from Deborah of Taste and Tell
Panna cotta from Leslie of The hungry housewife
Fortune Cookies from Shari of Tickled Red
Baby Vanilla Bean Scones a la Starbucks from Tara of Unsophisticook

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83 comments on “(Lighter!) Jalapeno Poppers”

  1. These look delicious. I love that you lightened them up a little, too :)

  2. One thing I missed about my garden this year is all the jalapeños!! These look amazing Ali! Thank you so much for being a part of my sweet surprise! xo

  3. Ali, these poppers are PERFECTION! I always struggle with jalapeno popper photos but you have really captured the essence of this. Amazing. And I love the lightened-up version. That just means I’ll have twice as much as I would normally have!

  4. OMG I had to laugh at your assistant!! I had that happen once, my 2 little ones don’t bother my food, but one time the german shepherd was in the house and I happen to be shooting on the kitchen floor, I steped into the other room to grab something and came back to a brownie missing off the styled try on the floor!! ……..had I been gone longer, she would have eaten all of them!

    Love the poppers!! I might make them for a party next week!

  5. Love love love the lightened up version. And our 4 legged assistance aways try to sneak in on our work!

  6. Well, if I was your assistant, I’d be stealing, too. :) These look so good – love the crunchy topping!

  7. Can the poppers be frozen before baking to be enjoyed later.

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  9. It All sounds Delightful!!! How does one get the recipes? I am going to make the poppers fo our sq. dance group, know they’ll love em, especially because they’re light. Thank you!,

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  11. I followed the recipe exactly and they were amazing. When I was making them my husband seemed indifferent to them, but said they were absolutely amazing and wished that I had made more. Thank you for making a lighter non deep fried version. These are actually better tasting than the typical jalapeno poppers that are deep fried.

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  17. I love Jalapeno Poppers, when I was introduced to them they were wrapped in Bacon, they were amazing.  However, I am thrifty so I made mine using cream cheese, with a small strip of turkey bacon on top instead of wrapped.  The next time they were with Shrimp laid on top, I used a toothpick to poke holes in the Jalapeno for the liquid to run out, YUM!
    Tonight I found your recipe, who knew it was the light version? I have always done something similar yet not with bread crumbs, I have Panko, and Cornmeal crumbs with seasoning.  What I did was stuff the cut peppers minus their seeds with the Cream Cheese, and slid a loaded pie plate into the oven.  I also was cooking Barber’s Raw Stuffed Chicken Breasts, “Cordon Bleu”.  They are on another glass pie plate.  I had three extra poppers so placed those with the Chicken.  After 20 minutes at 350 degrees I removed them to place slivers of Sharp Cheddar Cheese and the crumbs.  On three of them I put Feta Cheese to see how I liked that.  It is to be very cold tonight in Florida, so I am heating my little home to keep the Chill out by baking in the oven !  
    Glad I am not in New York, they are getting a record breaking Blizzard tonight!  I bet they would love some Poppers!  I smell them, have to check and make sure they are okay!  Cheers!

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  25. Wow these Jalapeno Poppers looks simply wonderful! perfect idea.

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