Jalapeno Popper Pork Loin

filed under: Food + Drink on September 29, 2019

This stuffed pork loin has the spicy kick of a jalapeno popper with all the goodness you want for dinner! Stuffed with bacon, jalapeno peppers, and cheese, this recipe will have you stuffed and satisfied! For another dinner favorite around here, try my French Onion Stuffed Pork Loin.

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Jalapeno Popper Pork Loin

Winner, winner, pork loin dinner! Pork is packed with protein and essential vitamins and minerals that make it one of the healthier meats to eat. In fact, a center-cut pork loin is one of the leaner cuts of pork you can choose, as well as the tenderloin. Both cuts are low in fat and calories, and they are still full of flavor! Just wait until you had the jalapenos, bacon, and cheese to the pork to make the Jalapeno Pork Loin!!!

Cut into Jalapeno Popper Pork Loin

Jalapeno Popper Pork Loin Recipe

In this Jalapeno Popper Pork Loin recipe, I used a center-cut pork loin, not a pork tenderloin. Although the names are very similar, the cuts of meat are actually quite different. Both cuts of meat are very lean and healthy, but the size and cooking times are quite a bit different. The center-cut pork loin is quite a bit larger than a pork tenderloin.

Center-cut pork loin is one of the leanest cuts of meat, so be careful about choosing one. The redder the meat, the leaner it is, but also the tougher it is. I recommend choosing a pork loin with a more pinkish color with some white streaks. Don’t be fooled if you see a pork sirloin. That is a different cut of meat that is not as tender or lean as a pork loin or tenderloin. Who knew there were so many cuts of pork?!? I didn’t even begin to mention the ribs, pork shoulder, pork butt, ham, etc!

Overhead view of Cooked Jalapeno Popper Pork LoinIngredients for Jalapeno Pork Loin

  • Pork loin: Remember to look for a center-cut pork loin, not a tenderloin for this recipe!
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Bacon: Although there are recipes that allow you to cook the bacon ahead of time, you will use the bacon grease to sear the pork loin.
  • Cream cheese:  Two words–room temperature.
  • Dry ranch seasoning
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Jalapeno peppers: I found the best and easiest way to dice a jalapeno pepper is to stand it up on its end, holding the stem. Next, cut along the sides of the jalapeno until all you have left is the center core full of seeds! You will notice you will have 4-5 pieces of jalapeno that can now be easily chopped and diced! Throw away the core of seeds and you are ready to go!
  • Olive oil

Raw Pork Loin Being Stuffed with Jalapeno Popper Fillings

How to Make Jalapeno Popper Pork Loin

Don’t be intimidated by this Jalapeno Popper Pork Loin. Once you learn how to butterfly a pork loin, what you choose to add to it is up to you!

Preheat the oven to 450°F and cook the bacon in a large skillet. The skillet will be used for searing the pork loin, so don’t clean it out after the bacon has been cooked. Set the bacon to the side until you are ready to add it to your pork loin.

To butterfly the pork loin, use a sharp knife to make a horizontal cut about one-third of the way up from the bottom of the loin. Flip open the thicker, top flap (like opening a book). Then, take the knife and cut another horizontal line through the thicker part of the loin to open it up even more (like a trifold). You should now have a flat surface of meat that will hold the flavor of the Jalapeno Popper Pork Loin. Put a piece of plastic wrap over the laid out pork loin and pound it out to about a 1/3 inch thickness all the way around. The more even the loin is, the more evenly it will cook. Season both sides with salt and pepper before you start stuffing it.

Cut into Jalapeno Popper Pork Loin

How to Stuff and Roll your Jalapeno Popper Pork Loin

Once the pork loin has been butterflied and pounded to an even thickness, it’s time to load it with flavor! First, layer the loin with the cooked bacon. Next, spread the cream cheese/ranch seasoning mixture over the bacon. Top that with the shredded cheese and jalapenos. It’s ready to roll! Roll up the pork loin, making sure you wrap up all that goodness inside! Then, using cooking twine, tie the rolled pork loin up to hold in all the ingredients. I used four pieces of the twine if that helps.

Remember the oven safe skillet you cooked the bacon? Bring that back over medium heat, add oil, and sear the pork loin on all sides. I know it’s rolled up, so what do I mean by sides? Simply rotate it about four times to get as much of the loin seared as possible. Finally, cook the Jalapeno Popper Pork Loin in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the pork temperature reaches 145°F. Serve it with my Garlic Roasted Asparagus for a complete and yummy meal!

Plated Jalapeno Popper Pork Loin

4.91 from 21 votes
Jalapeno Popper Pork Loin
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins

Stuffed with bacon, jalapenos, and cheese, Jalapeno Popper Pork Loin will leave you stuffed with flavor!

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Jalapeno Popper Pork Loin
Servings: 10
Calories: 158 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net
  • 1 center-cut pork loin (about 3 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked crisp
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon dry ranch seasoning
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, freshly shredded
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.

  2. Butterfly the pork. With the pork on a cutting board, hold a knife blade parallel to the board and carefully make a lengthwise cut about 1/3 of the way from the bottom, stopping about 1 inch from the opposite end, being careful not to cut through.

  3. Open the loin like a book.

  4. Make a second cut on the thick side of the pork loin, horizontal with the first cut. Do not cut all the way through, stop about 1 inch from the opposite edge. Fold that edge over making one long cut of pork loin.

  5. Cover the entire cut of meat with plastic wrap and pound to an even 1/3 inch thickness.

  6. Season both sides with salt and pepper.

  7. Top with cooked bacon strips.`

  8. in a small bowl, combine cream cheese and ranch seasoning. Add a layer of the cream cheese mixture on top of the bacon.

  9. Top with shredded cheese and jalapenos

  10. Tightly roll the pork loin to completely enclose all of the fillings.

  11. Using cooking twine, tightly secure the roll.

  12. In an oven safe skillet over medium heat, add olive oil.

  13. Once hot, add the pork loin to the pan and sear on all sides (about 5 minutes on each side). Turning the loin a total of 4 times.

  14. Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes or until the pork loin reaches an internal temperature of 145 °F. (Depending on the thickness of your pork loin, you could bake up to 50 minutes. Be sure to check the temperature.)

  15. Slice and serve warm.

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  • Chris kiser says:

    Can this be cooked on a grill with a rotisserie ?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Chris! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We have not used a rotisserie to make this recipe, but it should work out just fine! Cook it long enough for the internal temperature to be 145°F. Let us know how it turns out, and have a great day!

  • Gail says:

    Trying your French Onion Stuffed Pork Loin. A bit intimidated but going for it!😊

  • Carol says:

    Awesome! Absolutely loved this pork recipe!
    Anxious to see try more of your recipes.

  • Lisa says:

    That looks delicious!

  • ash carr says:

    This is really good. I mixed the softned cream cheese, cheddar cheese, jalepeons and bacon together then spread them on the meat.

    I couldn’t tell if I should cover it or not so I loosley covered with foil.

  • Vicki says:

    I made this and my husband said it was the rest thing I have ever made. We’ve been married for 35 years so that is saying something!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      That’s awesome Vicki!

  • Sara says:

    This was a fantastic dinner! I took others’ advice and combined crumbled cooked bacon and the chopped jalapeños with the cream cheese mixture before spreading it on the pork. I also seared the pork in a little bacon grease instead of olive oil.

    I prepared the pork a day ahead of time (We were headed to our cabin and I don’t have as much kitchen equipment and tools there) and I cooked it the following day. It was amazing and my guests raved about it!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Thrilled to hear it, Sara!

  • Shannon Ramirez says:

    can a pork tenderloin be used? And if so what would the cooking time be, and any other differences? Tia

  • Sothea says:

    Can I use turkey instead of pork? What cheese works best with turkey? Thanks!

  • Olivia says:

    Can I assemble this a day in advance and then just cook it the following day???

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Yes, just make sure it to wrapped tight!

  • Elizabeth Strait says:

    Fantastic recipe. Hubby loved it.thank you for sharing.

  • Kim Richards says:

    Made this. Was excellent. I put a can of cream of mushroom soup on top when baking, makes a fabulous gravy and served with mashed potatoes.

  • Jean says:

    Would this stuffed roast benefit from “low and slow” cooking method. When I did one similar to this it was not tender. M