These Baked Jalapeno Popper Roll-Ups are a favorite bite-size tortilla pinwheel filled with everything we love in a classic popper; cream cheese, fresh jalapenos, and crispy bacon. You can make these roll-ups for a quick snack or a tasty party appetizer.
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Add a little spice to your party platter with these amazing and easy-to-make cheesy popper pinwheels. Don't just limit yourself to making these for game day; set out a big platter for all your parties to make for snacks; for us, we like to make these roll-ups for a light lunch paired with a salad.
You will also love this Mini Chicken Taco Bites recipe or this Jalapeno Popper Dip for easy-to-make appetizers. Or, if you love the more traditional popper, try these Smoked Jalapeno Poppers that are a party-worthy appetizer.
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💚Why you will love these tortilla poppers
- We all love the classic poppers, but they can be time-consuming with all the cutting, stuffing, and wrapping each one. This recipe takes just 15 minutes to prepare, with simple ingredients.
- You can premake the popper rolls days in advance and then bake and cut them any time.
- This recipe can easily be doubled.
- These tortilla rolls are the perfect game-day snack.
More pinwheel recipes
For something on the sweet side, make these simple Jam Pinwheels made from pie dough. They are a long-time family favorite and a great way to use pie dough scrapes.
Tips for cutting jalapenos
- These cute little green peppers have amazing powers to burn the heck out of your fingers. The oils in each pepper are always different; and some jalapenos are super spicy, and others not so much, but you never know what you are going to get.
- The vendor at our farmer's market told me if the jalapeno has thin brown veins in it, that means that it will be a hot pepper. And I have found that to be true in most cases.
- If you can, wear gloves when working with the jalapeno; otherwise, wash your hands immediately after cutting the pepper.
- Most of the spice is in the seeds and the inner membrane. I prefer to cut the membrane out, but I will often keep some of these seeds if I want some spice. But let me tell you, you may end up with a surprisingly hot dish. So, if you want a little heat, keep those seeds out of the recipe.
🔪Let's make some popper rolls
Step 1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2. Slice the bacon into ¼" slices, add the bacon to a cold skillet, and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until the bacon is crispy and brown. Remove from the skillet and drain on paper towels.
Step 3. Prepare the jalapenos by cutting off the stem and then cutting them open to remove the membrane and the seeds. Next, cut the jalapeno into long slices and then dice the slices.
Step 4. Place the softened cream cheese in a small bowl and add cumin and chili powder then with a heavy knife, spread each tortilla with two heaping tablespoons of cream cheese mixture.
Step 5. Sprinkle the tortillas with ½ cup of cheddar cheese.
Step 6. Sprinkle the bacon pieces and jalapenos on top.
Step 7. Roll up each tortilla into a tight roll and place seam side down on the baking sheet.
Step 8. Add the oil, cumin, and chile powder in a small bowl. Brush this oil over the top and sides of the rolls.
Step 9. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the tortillas turn a light brown. If they get too brown, you may need to cover the rolls with foil. Let them cool for 5 minutes, then place the rolls on a cutting board and cut them into ½" - ¾" slices with a serrated knife. Serve warm or cold.
Slice these rolls and arrange on a platter, sprinkle with cilantro, and serve warm or cold for a favorite spicy appetizer.
Variations and shortcuts
Yes, you can always change things up to your liking; here are some ideas.
Cheese - instead of cheddar cheese, try pepperjack, Monterey Jack cheese, or even combined cheeses.
Jalapenos - you can use canned pickled jalapenos instead of fresh ones. You will get a different taste, and they won't be as spicy.
Bacon - prepackaged bacon bits make this recipe even easier and faster.
Green Onions - make a great topping and add great color.
You can freeze the unbaked rolls. Just wrap the whole roll in parchment or wax paper, then wrap it in foil. Freeze for up to three months. Unwrap to let thaw in the fridge or at room temperature before baking.
For this recipe, flour tortillas are best to use; they won't tear or crack when rolled.
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Baked Jalapeno Popper Roll Ups
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- Serrated Knife
- Heat the oven to 400° F. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment papers or a silicon mat.
- Stack the slices of bacon on a cutting board and with a large knife cut the bacon into ¼" slices. Tip - Freeze the bacon before cutting it into slices to make this process easier.
- Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat and add the bacon. As the bacon cooks stir to break up the slices and let cook until brown and crispy. Move the cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain the grease.
- Prepare the jalapenos by cutting off the stem then cutting it in half longwise. With a paring knife cut out the seeds and membrane. Cut the jalapeno into long strips, stack the strips together then cut into small dice.
- Place the softened cream cheese in a small bowl and add ¼ teaspoon each of cumin and chili powder and stir to combine.
- For each tortilla, place them on a flat surface and spread with 2 heaping tablespoons of cream cheese. Top with ½ cup of cheddar cheese then sprinkle with the cooked bacon, and jalapenos to a ½" from the edge of the tortilla.
- Roll the tortillas tightly to make one long roll and place them on the baking sheet seam side down.
- In a small bowl add the olive oil, cumin, and chili powder.
Baking and serving instructions
- With a pastry brush, brush each roll with the oil. Place the baking pan in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, until the cheese has melted and the outside has turned light brown. You may need to cover the roll with aluminum foil that last five minutes of baking if they are getting too brown.
- Remove the rolls from the oven to a cutting board. Let cool for five minutes then cut the rolls using a serrated knife into ½" to ¾" slices and place on a serving platter. Optionally, sprinkle with chopped cilantro.
- These rolls can be served hot, warm, or cold. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
- You can add more bacon or leave it out for a vegetarian popper.
- Change up the cheeses if you like.
- You can use pickled jalapenos instead of fresh ones.
First published: Dec 9, 2021, Last updated: July 31, 2022, for better readability.
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