Stuffed Jalapeno Popper Casserole

We love appetizers in our house, and one of our favorites is stuffed jalapenos wrapped in bacon!  If it were up to my guys, I’d be making them all the time; but, man are they labor intensive!!  I’ve recently changed up the recipe in order to make it easier and quicker to enjoy!

It’s as simple as five ingredients and the taste is AMAZING! At only 2 carbs per (large) serving, you just can’t beat this recipe!

It's as easy as five ingredients!  Let's not forget the bacon that didn't make it for picture day!

First, you want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  I only say this for those of you who always preheat…I, personally, am terrible at remembering and often just add a few extra minutes on to my bake time in order to make up for it. Hey…I’m no professional here.  I guess it’s why I love casseroles so much.

You will want to empty two pounds of mild pork sausage into a large pan and brown completely.  I actually like to overcook it because I feel like the flavor is even better the browner the sausage.

 Crumble the sausage to a small crumble and cook completely.  The more its cooked, the more flavor you will get!

Crumble the sausage to a small crumble and cook completely.  The more its cooked, the more flavor you will get!

While the sausage is cooking, take the time to slice open the jalapenos and take all of the seeds out as well as the white fleshy veins inside.  This will give you the flavor of the jalapeno without the crazy, hot spice. Now…if you like the spice, leave some seeds in, or just slice the jalapenos instead of dicing.  Completely up to your level of heat tolerance.  I can’t handle it and neither can my kids, so we choose to remove the seeds.  

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Once your sausage is completely brown, add in two blocks of cream cheese that has been given time to soften.  Again, I don’t always plan ahead, so on days that I forget to pull the cheese out early, I like to cut up the cream cheese so that it melts a bit easier. 

 Cutting the cream cheese into cubes will help it to easily incorporate into the mixture faster.

Cutting the cream cheese into cubes will help it to easily incorporate into the mixture faster.

Mix the cream cheese into the sausage until it is completely melted.  You can then add in the jalapenos, a cup of cheddar cheese, and some crumbled bacon pieces.  

Let’s talk for a moment about the cheese and bacon.  Listen…like I’ve alluded to before, I am not into complicated recipes.  If you don’t have cheddar cheese, we’ve found that mozzarella also takes yummy…as does Colby Jack cheese.  You can’t go wrong with this recipe and cheese. 

As for the bacon?  Use real bacon bits if you don’t have bacon leftover from another recipe.  I have a husband, three boys and two dogs. We RARELY have bacon leftover so I often use bacon bits.  They taste just as good.

 Ooey, gooey deliciousness ready to be topped with cheese and popped in the oven!

Ooey, gooey deliciousness ready to be topped with cheese and popped in the oven!

Once you have mixed everything together, you’ll notice that it has started to pull away from the pan. At this point, you’ll dump the mixture into a 9x12 baking dish.  Add the remaining cheese to the top of the mixture and pop that delicious concoction in the oven.  You will let it bake until it is nice and bubbly around the edges and the cheese on top is nice and melted.  In my oven it takes about 15 minutes.  Sometimes I’ll go the next step and broil the cheese on top for a minute or two to give it an extra crunch.

 This is obviously more than half a cup of cheese.  You do you.  If you like cheese, pile some more on!

This is obviously more than half a cup of cheese.  You do you.  If you like cheese, pile some more on!

This is a great recipe to bring to a potluck or serve for a get together!  Provide chips/crackers for the non-keto people, or make your own cheese crackers like I sometimes do.  I’m not going to lie though…my family loves to just eat it out of a bowl! 

Want to go the extra step and make the full poppers?  Leave the bacon and the jalapenos out of the mixture.  Add the mixture to half a jalapeno, wrap it in bacon, and then pop them in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.  Still just as yummy!

 Sooooooo yummy!

Sooooooo yummy!

Leave me a reply and let me know what your favorite appetizer is! I’m sure we can find a keto version!! Let me know if you give this one a try!  

Keeping it Keto,

Stephanie

 The original stuffed jalapeño casserole recipe! www.letskeepitketo.com 

The original stuffed jalapeño casserole recipe! www.letskeepitketo.com 

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