Crab Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Raise your hand if you’ve had this happen: you pick up a lovely little Jalapeno Popper. What looks to be a perfect bit of deliciousness. And that first bite is crunchy raw jalapeno, then bacon pulls off in a chunk, and adding insult to injury, slaps you in the chin with some kind of random, greasy, molten cheesiness. Bummer.

Crab Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
Crab Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

It doesn’t have to be this way! Roast those babies, low and slow. And I mean really give them some lovin’ in the oven. Let that jalapeno slowly cook away into a beautiful spicy sweetness, let the bacon render over this flavorful crab filling and you’ll be rewarded with the best darned popper you can imagine.

When I say give them some time, I mean REALLY give them time. An hour to an hour and a half on a rack in the oven at 275 degrees F., then a brief kiss from the broiler does the trick. If you don’t have the time, you can go with a standard 375 degrees F. for 20 to 25 minutes and it will still be good. But for a great Jalapeno Popper? It’s worth the extra hour. (If you’re smoking anything, try tossing these in, too. Maybe with some apple wood.)

Crab Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
Crab Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Look for your jalapenos at Aldi where packages of about a dozen are always inexpensive. This recipe uses eight (16 halves) so be sure to have another use for the rest (if nothing else, roast, peel, de-seed and toss in the freezer for salsa, later.) And the bonus, here: cheap, thin bacon (16 slices to a pound) is really your friend when wrapping (and eating 🙂 )

A block of cream cheese and about 1/2 of a cup crab, or any other “add in” is a pretty standard proportion to fill the 16 jalapeno halves just a bit above the top, but this always varies. The nice part of this is, because you don’t need a lot of the crab, it’s doable even on a budget. Even fresh crab, at this small amount, is still budget friendly. Shrimp would be great in these, too.

Crab Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
Crab Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Crab Stuffed Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

  • Servings: 16 poppers
  • Time: varies
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 8 ounce block cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 6 ounce can crab meat, drained, and picked over for any errant shell
  • 1 to 1 1/4 teaspoons Old Bay or my home-made Old Bay Seasoning Substitute
  • 1 pound thinly sliced bacon (16 slices)
  • 8 Jalapenos, cut in half lengthwise, seeds & ribs removed

Mix together cream cheese and crab meat. Add Old Bay to taste. Refrigerate while you prepare the jalapenos.

Cut Jalapenos in half (if you lay the jalapeno down then turn it by 1/4, so the down side is now vertical, and then make your slice from the top to the bottom, you’ll always have a jalapeno that will lay nicely, cut side up.)

Remove ribs and stems – a spoon works nicely. Fill with the mixture so it mounds just slightly above the top. Wrap with the bacon, overlapping each wrap by a little. Place all on a rack over a foil lined sheet pan.

Bake at 275 F. degrees (no need to preheat) for an hour to an hour and a half on a rack about 8 inches from the broiler. When the bacon has rendered and picked up a little color and the jalapenos are tender, turn the broiler on high for a few minutes to give the bacon and the cheese a little extra color.

If grilling, use indirect heat and cook with the lid on, if smoking, aim for a temperature of about 275 to 300 degrees F.

from the kitchen of http://www.frugalhausfrau.com

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Nutrition Facts
Servings 8.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 373
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28 g 43 %
Saturated Fat 14 g 69 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 95 mg 32 %
Sodium 1393 mg 58 %
Potassium 35 mg 1 %
Total Carbohydrate 6 g 2 %
Dietary Fiber 0 g 2 %
Sugars 3 g
Protein 22 g 44 %
Vitamin A 7 %
Vitamin C 28 %
Calcium 2 %
Iron 6 %

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43 thoughts on “Crab Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers”

    1. Thanks, and you, too, Rhonda! I was very surprised at how much my Dad loved them…we ate so many and then it was like, well, we might as well have these last couple! I hardly ever think to make appetizers, but that and some chili…

  1. i havd my own version of jalapeño poppers, but I’ve never thought to roast them slowly like you have. I’ll have to try that next time. With the crab and bacon, these poppers sound amazing!!

  2. I make a different version of jalapeno poppers but Mollie you sure have outdone yourself with these. I mean crab and then wrapped in bacon. Peppers are plentiful right now – I should have some in my garden but instead the plant produced Thai peppers. I hate that when plants are mismarked. Happy Fiesta Friday and thanks for sharing…

    1. Oh bummer!! We had two really severe heat waves after planting and have one lone habanero that made it…we literally could not keep up with the watering they needed…but the tomatoes are making up for it. Can’t wait to see what you make with your hot little Thai pepper, tho!! 🙂

  3. Mmmm! These sound great! That really is low and slow. I’ll have to give that a try next time. We hardly ever actually do them in the oven, almost always on the grill. But it is convenient to just pop them in sometimes. Next time I’m committing to the long bake and see how ti goes!

    1. I appreciate the reblog!! I love these, btw, and want to have them every day now. Kind of like a kid that wants to wear their Halloween costume every day the following week!! 🙂 Or watch the same movie over and over….

      1. I know the feeling I made them for the first time the other week and my grandson loves them..keeps asking me to make more and as he loves bacon I know he will love these…Thank you 🙂

          1. I agree mine try everything and my grandson can be a nightmare if I ever ask him what he wants for breakfast and he says cereal…I will faint..he has to have protein 🙂 If we have scrambled eggs he has to have poached…I love him to bits but breakfast time I could kill him but now he cooks own yesterday was ham,egg and cheese club sandwich but have told him if you are old enough to cook then you are old enough to wash YOUR dishes 🙂 Every day something different 🙂

  4. OMG I probably have at least 20 huge jalapenos on all my jalapeno plants in the garden I have to harvest at some point by the end of the month. And we are spending a week at our coast RV property starting the Friday after this one and plan on catching some fresh Dungeness crab right out of the Siletz Bay during that trip. OF COURSE I plan on making this when we get back. (Talk about frugal!) I might throw them on the grill at indirect heat instead if the weather cooperates. WOW, printing recipe now! xoxo

    1. I want to say what world series, lol!! I’ve been so involved with the puppy, Chance…I’ve barely seen anything on tv for weeks! And what I have has been political or the plastic surgery show my folks seem fascinated by, lol!!

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