Cheeto-Crusted Jalapeño Poppers With Bacon

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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

Makes 16

  • 4 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 4 ounces or 1/2 cup chopped pimientos or roasted red pepper
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded smoked gouda
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 dash paprika
  • 8 jalapeños, stemmed, cut lengthwise, and with the seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 5 cups cheetos, 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.

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7 months ago Chris Glenn

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


about 1 year ago Bob

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.


about 1 year ago Bob

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


over 1 year ago High-Heeled Nana

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


over 1 year ago Laura Parke

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!


over 1 year ago Heather Nguyen

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


7 months ago Katy

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


7 months ago tejanosmom

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


over 1 year ago Rachel Kinney

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. :)


over 1 year ago Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)

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


over 1 year ago nannydeb

I'm in love.


over 1 year ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

omg sick. but in a good way.


over 1 year ago Scot Yates

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


over 1 year ago molly yeh

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!