These Keto Friendly Jalapeno Poppers are a spicy favorite at our house. They will warm you up on a chilly night and the leftovers make a super easy, portable lunch the next day.
They also make a great low carb appetizer for parties. When you are trying to lose weight on the Ketogenic Diet, it’s important to make sure you have low carb options during holiday gatherings. If you are going to a potluck, make sure that you bring something you can eat just in case. Or check out how you can cheat on Keto and Get away with it (occasionally).
It’s a drag to blow a whole days worth of carbs unless you find something you really can’t pass up. And, it’s important to know when to cheat…it really is okay sometimes.…these snacks weigh in at 1 net carb each.
- You should coat the baking sheet with a thin layer of oil.
These poppers are wrapped in bacon and for some reason bacon tends to stick. You don’t want to risk these coming unwrapped while trying to pry them off of the sheet.
- Before making the cream cheese mixture try to let everything come close to room temperature.
It will be easier to blend evenly. Once finished, pop them back into the fridge to cool for 15 minutes if you have time, it will make spooning the ingredients in easier.
- Use rubber or latex gloves if you can when working with jalapenos.
The oil soaks into your skin and is difficult to remove. This is especially important if you wear contacts.
- Cut the slices of bacon in half before wrapping.
This gives the right ratio of bacon to popper. It’s easiest to cut the crosswise (this works fine). But if you cut them lengthwise they look prettier. I would do this for a special occasion, like a party. But I usually take the easiest route if they are just for us.
- Fresh Jalapenos vary greatly in terms of spiciness.
Usually the larger varieties are milder. If you choose any with red on them than watch out…..they’re hot. I also find that the longer these hang out in my fridge, the hotter they get. Try to choose the freshest peppers your grocers have to offer. These are the firm, shiny ones.
In one batch you can have one pepper that tastes like a zesty bell and the next can taste like it was grown in the fiery depths of hell.
There a ton of sciency type explanations for this but using a cheese with a strong flavor like sharp cheddar cuts the spiciness and adds delicious flavor to the milder peppers in your bunch.
If you do want to substitute cheddar for another cheese, choose one like Monterrey Jack or something with a stronger taste.
- Jalapenos also come in a variety of sizes depending on your geographical location and time of year. Try to judge how much of the mixture you are stuffing into each half so that you don’t run out.
Don’t wrap the bacon around your pepper until you are finished stuffing them in case you need to make any adjustments.
- Cook the bacon in a pan until warmed but still floppy before wrapping the poppers of you like your bacon crispy. It just speeds up the cooking time so that your peppers don’t burn by the time your bacon crisps.
- You can put them under the broiler for a couple of minutes at the end of the cooking time if you like but watch them closely. Bacon can burn quickly.
- Serve these with sour cream and your favorite hot sauce for something extra special.
Keto Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers (Gluten Free)
Keto Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
- 3 Eggs
- 8 oz Cream Cheese
- 3 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Green Onions
- 2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic
- 1 Teaspoon Paprika
- 16 Fresh Jalapeño Peppers
- 1 Pound Bacon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a large mixing bowl thoroughly mix eggs, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, green onions and garlic.
- Half the jalapeños lengthwise and use a spoon to deseed. Leave the stem on to create a cup so the cheese does not run out during cooking.
- Spoon cheese mixture into jalapeño halves.
- Wrap each stuffed jalapeno with bacon and place in a baking pan. Each popper should be wrapped in a half slice of bacon, so you should cut the pound of bacon cross-way before wrapping.
- Bake for 45 to 55 minutes until bacon is done.
I have been making these Jalapeno Poppers for years, way before the KetoDiet entered my life. But I still love them just as much. Now that I am not pairing them with carbs they actually help me keep on track with my goals.
They are heavy in fat and are part of the Easy Keto Lifestyle that I am adopting. Now that I am getting used to how I am supposed to eat, I can track things like calories and macros less often. Especially since this is a dish that I am familiar with.
I am in no way telling you not to keep track of your calories, fats and carbs. I am just saying that it gets easier with time to know what your body needs as well as know what to avoid.
If I am planning on having a few of these as my lunch or dinner course I balance them out with a leafy green salad or vegetables sauteed in coconut or olive oil.
Today is Halloween and tomorrow I plan on firing up the test kitchen to find some other appetizers that can made quickly and without a fuss to take to the holiday gathering that are rocketing up on us.
As the seasons get busier, it’s important to have an arsenal full of Keto Recipes and foods that will continue to support your weight loss goals for the New Year …
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