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This jalapeno cheese bread stuffs a flavorful mixture of cheddar, jalapenos, and bacon into a delicious loaf of bread. It’s then wrapped in foil and baked so the bread gets crusty and the cheese gets melty! You’re not going to want to skip this recipe next time you’re making football appetizers!

Jalapeno Bacon and cheddar stuffed in a loaf of bread with cheese

Why I Love This Jalapeno Cheese Bread

When it comes to football appetizers, this jalapeno cheese bread with bacon is definitely at the top of the roster! It’s such a great snacky finger food and it feeds a crowd, so go ahead and add this recipe to your fall football festivities and thank me later! 

As a huge fan of Jalapeno Poppers, I wanted to create something that gave off similar flavors but switched up the game a little bit. When this recipe was eventually born, I knew the football and jalapeno popper lovers in my life were going to be wrapped around my finger. 

Aside from how cheesy and delicious this bread is, I think the best thing about it is how simple it is to put together. Just fry some bacon with jalapenos and garlic, mix it with cheese, and stuff every crevice of bread with this cheesy goodness. This recipe really takes my Ham and Cheddar Biscuit Rolls and increases the spice (pun intended). 

Ingredients for Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Bread

Although I do have a recipe for Homemade Italian Bread (in bowl form), this recipe is quick and easy because we use pre-made bread. Just grab a rustic round loaf of French, Italian, or sourdough bread for this recipe. 

Once you have the bread, the rest of the ingredients come together quickly. 

  • Bacon – minced
  • Jalapeno Pepper – mince, and remove the seeds and ribs for less heat
  • Garlic – minced
  • Butter – melted
  • Cheddar Cheese
jalepeno cheese bread with bacon pulled apart with one serving on a small white plate in the foreground

How To Make Jalapeno Cheese Bread

Step 1: Preheat

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. 

Step 2: Prep Bread

Using a bread knife, cut the bread in half without cutting it all the way through. This should result in one loaf of bread that’s partially wedged open. 

Step 3: Fry Bacon and Jalapeno

Fry your bacon in a skillet and when it starts to render some fat, add the jalapeno and fry both until the jalapeno is tender. Add the garlic and allow it to fry for a couple of minutes, and then add this mixture to melted butter in a medium-sized bowl. Allow this to cool slightly, and then add the cheddar cheese. Stir to combine well. 

Step 4: Stuff Bread

Stuff your bread with this bacon, jalapeno, and cheese mixture. Wrap the stuffed bread with foil and bake it for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Enjoy!


What can I eat with jalapeno cheese bread?

To be honest, we eat this bread all on its own as an appetizer, along with a spread of other football foods that I have listed below. If you want to make it as a part of a meal, I’d suggest enjoying it with Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

How do you make jalapenos less hot?

I promise the jalapenos won’t be too hot in this bacon cheesy bread if you just follow this trick: remove the seeds and ribs (the white part). The jalapeno itself has a bit of spice for sure, but it’s not overwhelming if you remove those components. 

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Jalapeno Cheese Bread with Bacon

Course: Appetizer, Bread, Snack
Jalapeno cheese bread stuffs a flavorful mixture of cheddar, jalapenos, and bacon into a loaf of bread. It's the perfect football appetizer!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Author: Countryside Cravings
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  • 1 rustic round loaf of french Italian or sourdough bread
  • 4 strips bacon minced
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper minced (remove seeds and ribs for less heat)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 4 cups cheddar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a bread knife cut bread without cutting all the way through.
  • Fry bacon and when it starts to render some fat add jalapeno and fry until tender. Add garlic and fry for a couple minutes. Add to melted butter in a medium sized bowl. Let cool slightly. Add cheddar cheese and combine well.
  • Stuff bread with cheese mixture. Wrap with foil and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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