Trail Snacks #2 Grilled Jalapeño Poppers - Overland Test Kitchen

Perishability Classification: III

Dietary Accommodations: Gluten Free, Vegetarian

Portions: 6


There's nothing like a freshly made appetizer when you're in camp, something a little nicer than your standard chips and dip. Here we adapt a classic snack food, the jalapeño popper, for overloading purposes with delicious consequences.

The trick is in the preparation of the peppers. Halving them entirely would necessitate some form of roasting-cover or oven modification to your grill. By keeping them whole, like a batter fried popper, we don't have to worry about cooking the top of the peppers, or loosing any cheese during the cooking process.

See our YouTube cooking demo for more details.


12 Fresh Jalapeños

12 Strips Bacon

1/4 Cup Cilantro, chopped

8 Oz Cream Cheese

24 Wooden Toothpicks


Start with preparing your peppers. Slice lengthwise, up-to but not including the stem, keeping the two halves intact at the top of the pepper like a large clamshell.

Using a knife or spoon, scrape the seeds out into a waste container. Reserve peppers on the side.

Prepare the cream cheese. Chop cilantro roughly, add to the cream cheese, and stir to combine.

Prepare the bacon, and keep toothpicks at the ready.

Using a spoon, fill the jalapeños with the cilantro cream cheese mixture, approximately 2/3rds of the way full. Do not overfill or the poppers may burst when cooking.

Holding the stuffed peppers with the cut-ends parallel to the cutting board, insert toothpicks through the tops and bottoms of each pepper, skewering the two halves together.

Once toothpicked, wrap each pepper with bacon. Being by piercing the bacon through the toothpick at the top of the pepper. Wrap the pepper, overlapping slightly to ensure an even cook. Finish by piercing the bacon again, through the toothpick at the bottom of the pepper.

Repeat the wrapping process for the remaining peppers.

Place peppers over a grill prepared to medium heat. Rotate frequently to cook bacon evenly. Once the desired level of doneness is reached, remove from the grill. Allow to cool slightly and enjoy!

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