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jalepeno grilled cheese sandwich

Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 small sandwiches 1x


Jalapeno popper grilled cheese sandwiches are everything you didn't know you wanted or needed in a delicious and rich dinner! They're simple and fun to make and don't take much time to whip up a big batch!


  • 1/3 pound bacon, cooked crisp and roughly chopped (about 6 slices)
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapenos, roughly chopped
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 12 to 16 slices of bakery-style French bread, cut 1/2 to 3/4-inch thick
  • Room temperature butter


  • Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. While the griddle is warming, combine the bacon, jalapenos, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, and onion powder in a medium bowl, and mix to combine well.
  • Butter one side of each piece of bread, and then spread a thin layer of the filling mixture on the unbuttered side of half of the slices.
  • Top the filling with a second piece of bread, butter side up, to make a sandwich.
  • Cook the sandwich on the hot griddle for 4 to 7 minutes per side, until the middle is hot and bubbly and each side of the bread is toasted.
  • Repeat with the remaining sandwiches. Serve immediately.


  • I used Mezzetta's tamed jalapenos, but regular heat would work great, too, if you like things hot.
  • I thought these sandwiches were very rich, so even though they were small, I was satisfied with one and Thomas ate two. A little goes a long way here.
  • I told a friend about this recipe, and he tried it. He used reserved bacon fat instead of butter to toast the sandwiches in! He said it was amazing!
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: grilled cheese, jalapeno poppers, jalapeno sandwich, spicy grilled cheese recipe