Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers (Keto + Whole30)

These bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers are the perfect keto and dairy-free appetizer or snack. Can be cooked in the oven or air fryer. 

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Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Growing up, I loved going to Sonic and ordering their Crispy Jalapeno Poppers. Although those poppers are absolutely delicious, they are filled with a ton of calories and unwanted ingredients. Since switching to a healthier lifestyle, I wanted to remedy my craving and created these Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers that are dairy-free, keto, and Whole30 compliant.

Ingredients Needed

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapenos in the air fryer

Oven Method For These Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Cooking these Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers in the air-fryer is my favorite way to get them super crispy. However, if you don’t have an air fryer you can cook these in the oven.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat it with cooking spray.
  2. Cut the jalapenos in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and ribs. 
  3. In a medium bowl mix together the dairy-free cream cheese, diced onion, paprika, dairy-free mozzarella cheese, salt, and pepper. 
  4. Fill each jalapeno half with the cheese mixture. Cut the slices of bacon in half crosswise and wrap each pepper half in a slice of bacon, using a toothpick to secure the bacon.
  5. Arrange the peppers on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until bacon is crispy and browned.
Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers on a plate with ranch dressing

Tips & Tricks

  • Be sure to secure it with a toothpick if you are cutting the bacon in half. Securing the bacon will keep it in place because if not, as it cooks it will shrink and fall off the pepper. If you don’t want to cut the bacon, just wrap the whole slice around the pepper multiple times so it stays in place.
  • All air fryers are different so make sure to change your cook time to accommodate how crispy you like the bacon.
  • If you are not dairy-free. feel free to sub regular cream cheese and mozzarella.
  • These poppers pair perfectly with my homemade ranch dressing for dipping.
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ARE NUT CHEESES WHOLE30 COMPLIANT?

This is a question that is asked a lot by the Whole30 community. Below is the Whole30 creator’s answer:

“Nut cheeses and dips ARE compliant on the program, with a strong caveat that these should be used with caution, especially if you know you rely on cheese as comfort or stress-relieving food, OR if cheese is a trigger for other food cravings (like wine or crackers). As with Larabars or almond butter, Whole30 HQ and our Coaches all recommend that program participants use with caution, and think critically about whether including these foods in their Whole30 is a healthy choice, given their contexts and goals.”

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Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers


  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-25 minutes
  • Total Time: 9 minute
  • Yield: 12 peppers 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers are the perfect keto and dairy-free appetizer or snack. Can be cooked in the oven or air fryer. 


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Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon, cut in half
  • 6 jalapeños cut in half and seeds removed
  • 8 oz. of dairy-free or regular cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup dairy free mozzarella or regular mozzarella will work
  • 2 tsp coconut aminos
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons diced onions

Instructions

Air Fryer Method

  1. Cut the jalapenos in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and ribs. 
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the dairy-free cream cheese, diced onion, paprika, dairy-free mozzarella cheese, salt, and pepper. 
  3. Fill each jalapeno half with the cheese mixture. Cut the slices of bacon in half crosswise and wrap each pepper half in a slice of bacon, using a toothpick to secure the bacon.
  4. Spray the air fryer basket and arrange to where the peppers are not touching. 
  5. Cook at 390F for 10-15 depending on how crispy you like your bacon.

Oven Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat it with cooking spray.
  2. Cut the jalapenos in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and ribs. 
  3. In a medium bowl mix together the dairy-free cream cheese, diced onion, paprika, dairy-free mozzarella cheese, salt, and pepper. 
  4. Fill each jalapeno half with the cheese mixture. Cut the slices of bacon in half crosswise and wrap each pepper half in a slice of bacon, using a toothpick to secure the bacon.
  5. Arrange the peppers on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until bacon is crispy and browned.

Notes

  • If you are cutting the bacon, be sure to secure it with a toothpick. If not, as the bacon cooks it will shrink and fall off the pepper. If you don’t want to cut the bacon, just wrap the whole slice around the pepper multiple times so it stays in place.
  • All air fryers are different so make sure to change your cook time to accommodate how crispy you like the bacon.
  • If you are not dairy-free. feel free to sub regular cream cheese and mozzarella.
  • These poppers pair perfectly with my homemade ranch dressing for dipping.
  • Category: Side Dish/ Appetizer
  • Method: Air Fryer/Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers, Jalapeno, Keto Appetizer, Keto, Air Fryer

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