Keto Jalapeno Poppers

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Keto jalapeno poppers will be your new keto homerun! They’re so rich, creamy and flavorful with their cream cheese, bacon and jalapeno combo that they are hard to keep around! Make these for your keto and non keto friends!

Keto jalapeno poppers in a row with crispy bacon

The recipe is so simple – only four ingredients, jalapenos, cream cheese, cocktail sausages, and bacon. There is a lot of prep work in making these but we get an assembly line going with two or more people and can knock out the prep time quickly.

These fat filled jalapeno poppers are the ideal ketogenic meal with 27 grams of fat per three poppers. Whenever we are going a keto restart and have fallen off the keto wagon, we make a bunch of these keto jalapeno poppers. They satisfy any craving for fast food or carb filled foods. These poppers are the ultimate comfort food!

Keto Jalapeno Poppers Recipe Video

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Keto Jalapeno Poppers Ingredients

  • 12 jalapenos
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese
  • 24 Lit’l Smokies beef sausages
  • 24 strips of bacon
  • toothpicks

Keto Jalapeno Poppers Directions

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cream cheese, jalapenos, cocktail sausages and bacon on the counter

The jalapeno popper doesn't care what diet you follow

Have you ever struggled what appetizer to make that please those who do not follow the low carb keto diet?

These low bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers are our appetizer of choice for any gathering we host.

We have converted many other friends into loving these little smokie stuffed peppers. They are usually the first thing to disappear!

Cooking keto jalapeno poppers

spicy bacon wrapped cream cheese poppers on a plate with a toothpick

These jalapeno poppers can be cooked in the oven or on a grill. If using a grill cook on indirect heat for an hour.

Quick tip: Keto jalapeno poppers have a long cooking time. The longer you cook the jalapeno poppers, the less spicy they will be. You can take them out sooner, but they might be a little too spicy for some of your guests to enjoy.

How to make keto jalapeno poppers in the oven?

low carb bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers uncooked on a baking tray

To make these poppers in the oven, place them in a 350 to 375 degree oven and let them cook for at least an hour. Again, the longer you cook the jalapeno poppers, the less spicy they will be.

Are jalapeno poppers spicy?

Not really. If you cook the poppers long enough over lower heat, most of the spice in the chili peppers cooks out, leaving a mild spicy flavor. The longer you cook these stuffed jalapeno poppers, the less spicy they will be.

Adjust the level of heat from the jalapeno

If you find the jalapeno peppers to be too spicy, make sure you are removing all the ribs and seeds. This is where the heat is in the jalapeno pepper. You can also cook the keto jalapeno poppers longer to decrease the spiciness of the pepper.

Another option is to use an Anaheim chili pepper instead. Anaheim peppers have a Scoville rating of 500-1000 (which is mild). Jalapeno peppers have a Scoville rating of 2500-8000.

Are jalapenos keto approved?

a bunch of raw jalapenos on a cuttings board

Yes, jalapenos are keto friendly.

One jalapeno pepper has 0.5 grams net carbs. Once you pile all of the cream cheese, lit’l smokie inside and wrap in bacon, you will get full pretty easily with just 3 or 4 jalapeno poppers.

Little Smokies on the keto diet

a bowl of cocktail sausages

Lit’l Smokies brand has corn syrup, dextrose, and MSG on their ingredients label.

They aren’t the cleanest of keto foods. For 5 sausage links there are 2 grams of carbohydrates. There are some brands that don’t contain sugars or MSG. Check out Whole Foods or the organic/natural food section in the grocery store.

Can I prep this recipe ahead of time?

You can prep these keto jalapeno poppers up to three days ahead of time.

Store them in the refrigerator until you plan to cook them. When you want to cook the poppers, place them on the baking sheet and bake according to the instructions above.

You can also freeze these keto jalapeno poppers too! Freeze these bacon, cream cheese jalapeno poppers all prepped, prepared and unbaked.

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Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Keto Jalapeno Poppers

Servings: 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 328
Fat 27.1g
Protein 15.4g
Total Carbs 3.6g
Net Carbs 3g

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  1. What a perfect summer BBQ appetizer! I cut the bacon in half per popper and it still turned out great. My husband cooked it on the grill for a little over an hour.

    1. Hi Kathy, we use the grill a lot too for this recipe, especially when we are camping! At home we are using the oven or the Traeger.

  2. It was the first time I have ever made jalapeno poppers, and they turned out delicious! Can’t believe they are low carb!

  3. I love these. I’m not sure what I am doing wrong though. I’ve made them twice and the bacon didn’t crisp up the bacon and the cream cheese went all over. I did lower the temp one time, but then the bacon wasn’t cooked enough. Do you have any tips?

    1. The bacon won’t get that crispy. It will crisp up when you take them out. The cream cheese will melt out a little but not a lot. We use cold cream cheese and not whipped. And we use thin cut (regular) bacon.

  4. Thank you for naming them Jalapeno Poppers. Just the thought of eating the other title turns is a BIG TURN OFF. Looking forward to trying these.

  5. These are total keto crack! And as Annie says, a great craving/munchies buster! They have become my favorite easy breakfast and I’ve even eaten them cold, though I usually nuke them for 15 seconds or so. Careful which Smokies you use, as Annie said, Hillshire Farms “Litl” Smokies have 2gm carb per 5 links, BUT, Eckrich “Lil” Smokies have 1gm carb PER LINK, yikes. IMHO, the Hillshire Farms taste MUCH better, also. Thanks for a killer recipe.

  6. This was still spicy after 2 hours in the oven but oh so good. What a perfect snack or party dish. Thanks so much for this one.

  7. Thanks so much for this recipe – these were delicious and so easy to make! I only left them in for an hour, but that was just right for me.

    1. You can, but they are very spicy. Cooking them longer and at a lower temperature helps to lessen the heat from the jalapenos.

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