Jalapeno popper bites are wrapped in crescent roll dough, with ranch seasoned cream cheese, crisp bacon, and jalapeno peppers waiting inside. These make a great party appetizer or special treat, but be warned, they are addicting!
Ingredients You Will Need
- Crescent roll dough - one package is all you need for this recipe.
- Jalapeno peppers - 4 peppers are perfect, but add more if desired.
- Bacon - I prefer regular sliced bacon rather than thick cut for this recipe to ensure the pieces aren't too large.
- Cream cheese - Soften the cream cheese in the microwave or by soaking the sealed package in warm water so it mixes easily with the other ingredients.
- Ranch seasoning - When blended with cream cheese, this really upgrades the flavors of the dish.
How to make Them
Sauté the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp, then remove, leaving behind the bacon grease. Add the chopped peppers to the skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes, just to cook out the raw flavor, without making them soft.
Add chopped bacon, peppers, cream cheese, and ranch seasoning to a bowl and mix to combine the filling. Lay your crescent roll dough flat on a clean surface and separate the triangles with a knife. Then place a dollop of filling on each piece. Fold the dough over the filling and pinch to close. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
- I like to chop the bacon prior to cooking it, this helps each bit of bacon crisp evenly. A chef's knife works, but a quality kitchen shears works even better
- If you don't need to use the whole dough triangle to wrap the popper bite, cut off the excess and you can reform them to make additional bites with the filling.
- These are best reheated in the oven. Microwave will work, but it ruins the texture of the breading. A few minutes at 250 degrees should suffice.
- For more color, brush the tops with bacon grease or butter prior to baking.
Ways to customize this recipe
- If you want spicer jalapeno popper bites you can add more jalapenos, or you can even upgrade to serrano peppers.
- For cheesier bites you can add mild cheddar cheese, or another easy melting cheese like pepperjack.
- If you like onions, adding chopped green onions adds a fresh hit of flavor.
- I really like ranch seasoning mixed with cream cheese, but the ranch seasoning can be omitted if you prefer a more classic jalapeno popper taste.
More Jalapeno Popper Inspired recipes
- Bacon Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels
- Jalapeno Popper Dip
- Bacon Jalapeno Popper Burger
- Jalapeno Deviled Eggs
- Jalapeno Popper Twice Baked Potatoes
Jalapeno Popper Bites
- 1 package crescent rolls (8 ounces)
- ½ pound bacon (chopped)
- 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- 4 medium jalapenos (chopped)
- 1 ½ tablespoons ranch seasoning (about half of a ranch seasoning packet)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cook bacon in a skillet set over medium heat until crisp, then remove bacon.
- Cook chopped jalapeno in bacon grease for 1-2 minutes to remove the raw taste, but keeping the peppers crisp. Remove peppers from skillet and discard grease.
- Add ranch seasoning, chopped bacon, and peppers to a bowl with softened cream cheese and mix to combine.
- Lay crescent roll dough flat, and separate the triangles. Add approximately 1 tablespoon of filling to each triangle and fold the dough over it, pinching shut. If there is excess dough, trim it off and reform the left over pieces to make more popper bites.
- Place jalapeno popper bites on a baking sheet, seam side down, and bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and serve warm.