Inspired by jalapeno poppers, these jalapeno deviled eggs are packed with smoky bits of bacon and ranch seasoning in each creamy bite.
Let's put the devil in deviled eggs, folks! Spicy bits of jalapeno really liven up this popular appetizer and are sure to wake up your taste buds, while crisp crumbles of bacon add smoke to the fire. Deviled eggs never tasted so heavenly!
Jalapeno Deviled Eggs
I set out to craft a deviled eggs recipe inspired by my favorite appetizer, jalapeno poppers, and I am happy to say it was quite the success. Additionally inspired by my Jalapeno Popper Twice Baked Potatoes, I made some further modifications, like the addition of ranch seasoning and bacon, which deviate from a traditional popper. However, I think you will agree, the additions each add a lot of flavor.
Jalapeno deviled eggs pack a fairly mild heat. You will be able to feel a slight tingle from the burn, but the heat isn't overwhelming... unless you are strongly adverse to spicy food, in which case, why are you making a recipe featuring jalapenos?!
Bacon Jalapeno Deviled Eggs
I tested this recipe with and without bacon. At times, it feels the addition of bacon to many recipes is almost gimmicky in nature, so I wanted to ensure bacon was actually improving the recipe, not just making it more 'Pinterest friendly'. I am happy to say it is a worthwhile improvement. Crafting deviled eggs with jalapeno and bacon is an intoxicatingly delicious combination!
Although these jalapeno deviled eggs taste great without bacon, I felt the deep smoky flavor was a nice contrast to the bright flavor of the ranch seasoning mixed with the yolks. It makes the filling taste more complex.
How to Make Deviled Eggs
The basic premise to making any deviled eggs recipe is to start with hard boiled eggs cut in half, remove the yolks and blend them with mayo and seasonings, then use the creamy concoction as a topping for the egg. Easy enough, right?
The best deviled eggs start with perfectly cooked eggs. If the eggs are overcooked when boiled, the yolk turns green and takes on more of a sulfur smell. I recommend reviewing my write-up on How to Boil Eggs, to ensure you get perfectly cooked eggs every time.
Tip: You can make smoked deviled eggs by using my smoked eggs recipe. These jalapeno deviled eggs would make a great filling when combined with smoked eggs, however, I would omit the bacon to maintain a contrast in flavors. Otherwise, the smoked egg and smoky filling could taste too one-dimensional.
If you are craving the flavorful heat of more jalapeno appetizers, check out my oven baked Bacon and Beer Jalapeno Poppers, these simple Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels, or this chunky Roasted Tomatillo Guacamole.
Jalapeno Deviled Eggs
- Add bacon to a skillet set over medium heat and cook until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet and crumble.
- Slice hard boiled eggs in half lengthwise and remove the yolks.
- Combine yolks with jalapeno, cream cheese, mayo, bacon, and ranch seasoning. Mix until well combined and smooth.
- Add yolk filling evenly into the egg whites.
- These can be served right away or made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for a few days.
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