Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Recipe

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All the flavor of a bacon-wrapped jalapeño popper in a grilled cheese sandwich.

Recipe Details

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Recipe

Active 25 mins
Total 25 mins
Serves 1 serving


  • 2 jalapeño peppers

  • 2 slices bacon, sliced in half crosswise

  • 2 slices hearty white bread, such as Pepperidge Farm or Arnold

  • 2 teaspoons butter

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 2 slices American or cheddar cheese

  • Kosher salt


  1. Place jalapeño peppers directly over a gas burner, turning occasionally, until charred on all sides, about 5 minutes total. Alternatively, place under a preheated broiler as close as possible to the heat source, turning occasionally, until charred on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer charred jalapeños to a sheet of aluminum foil and wrap tightly to seal. Let rest five minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, place bacon in a large nonstick or cast iron skillet and cook over medium-low heat, turning occasionally, until crisp all over, about 8 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and bacon fat to a small bowl.

  3. Unwrap jalapeños. Peel skin and discard. Remove stems and seeds. Split each pepper in half lengthwise.

  4. Wipe out skillet and return to medium heat. Melt butter until foaming subsides. Add both bread slices and cook, swirling occasionally, until pale golden brown on bottom side, about 2 minutes.

  5. Transfer to a cutting board toasted-side-up. Place cheese slice on top of one slice, followed by bacon slices and jalapeño peppers. Place cheese slice on top of other slice of bread and spread cream cheese over it. Close sandwich.

  6. Add half of reserved bacon fat to skillet and heat over medium-low heat. Add sandwich and cook, swirling occasionally, until deep, even golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove sandwich using a flexible metal spatula. Add the remaining bacon fat. Return sandwich to skillet cooked-side up. Season with salt. Cook, swirling occasionally, until second side is deep, even golden brown and cheese is thoroughly melted, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
770 Calories
56g Fat
38g Carbs
30g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 770
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 56g 72%
Saturated Fat 30g 151%
Cholesterol 156mg 52%
Sodium 1353mg 59%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 17mg 83%
Calcium 563mg 43%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 403mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)