If you’re not from the South, you might not be privy to the gloriousness that is pimento cheese. And you might be wondering why I’m stuffing it into jalapeños. Well my friend, let me just tell you that the day I thought “hey, I should stuff some of this pimento cheese into a jalapeño” was life changing. If you’re bored of regular keto jalapeño poppers and looking to put a spin on them, then these keto pimento cheese jalapeño poppers are going to rock your world.
When it comes to keto appetizers, I don’t think there is any one time of year that they are more beloved than another. In fact, I’d argue that in the world of keto, appetizers are a queen bee!
Think about it, who doesn’t love finger foods?
Who doesn’t love a plate of a few of their favorite low carb snacks for dinner?
Who doesn’t make a keto appetizer to take to a party secretly hoping there are some leftover to bring home.
Okay, well maybe I’m alone on that last one but you get my drift.
An appetizer, snack, or whatever you call them, are always good!
And these keto jalapeño poppers are no exception. Y’all, they are seriously so delicious that I had to force myself to stop eating them during this photo session or else I’d have had no food to shoot.
Want something less spicy? Try my Bacon Wrapped Pickle Poppers!
Honestly, I never thought I liked [keto] jalapeño poppers. I always assumed the peppers would be too hot (I don’t do spicy very well) and I wouldn’t actually taste the food.
Wrong. Oh, I was so wrong.
When you cook a jalapeño, be it on the grill or oven, they become this warm, flavorful, firecracker of scrumptious. They maintain a little heat without being overbearing.
They also become a little soft for the most palatable eating experience. Ah, so damn good!
Now, I knew there were a million and one recipes on the interweb for your run of the mill jalapeño poppers but I had not heard of many spins on the original variation.
Just in case you’re wondering how my mind works when I’m thinking of new content to create, let me explain my incredibly astute planning process..
One day I opened the fridge and noticed I had a couple of jalapeños that needed to be used and half of a container of pimento cheese leftover from another recipe.
I thought to myself, “I wonder how a jalapeño stuffed with pimento cheese wrapped in bacon would taste”. So I made them.
That’s it. That was my process. Told ya, so technical.
In all seriousness, these 3 ingredient keto jalapeño poppers are hardly a recipe BUT have you ever thought to use pimento cheese instead of the classic cream cheese + cheddar cheese method?
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Me either, until a few weeks ago.
If you’re not from the South and well verse in pimento cheese, you can generally find it in the deli area of your grocery store. I always use the Palmetto brand because it’s the best (unless I make it homemade).
If you’re from the Wisconsin area, then I know for a fact y’all know pimento cheese because Palmetto uses Wisconsin cheese in their blend!
Anyway, this post just took off on a tangent. Back to the poppers.
If you’re looking for a new keto appetizer to take to your pool parties, lake days, work luncheons, or even a keto side dish for your homemade burgers and dogs, then I dare you to try these keto jalapeño poppers.
They’re only 3 ingredients and the easiest of easy recipes! By the way, if you’re grilling out, you can throw these on indirect heat and let them cook alongside your other foods! Mmm!
Keto Jalapeño Poppers
- 5 jalapeños
- 10 tablespoons pimento cheese
- 10 slices of bacon not thick cut
- Preheat broiler to 500 degrees (or low if you cannot set the degree). Line a baking sheet with a cooling/wire rack.
- Slice the jalapeños in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and core.
- Add 1 tablespoon of pimento cheese to each pepper.
- Wrap each jalapeño in 1 slice of bacon.
- Place the poppers on the baking sheet and place the baking sheet on the center rack in the oven. Do not put them on the high rack directly under the broiler plate.
- Cook for approximately 10 minutes. The bacon should be a chewy crisp and poppers should be softened.
- If needed, cook in 1 minute intervals after the 10 minutes is up if the bacon is not cooked enough. Do not let bacon get too crispy or it will not stay on the poppers.