This makes a wonderfully easy appetizer that is great to serve with tortilla chips, hearty crackers, breadsticks or whatever you like! The bacon can be easily cooked in a microwave oven before adding to the crock pot. I usually just place the bacon strips without overlapping on a paper towel on a plate. I usually cook it for 1 minute per slice but it depends on your microwave and the thickness of the bacon. It's easier to cool the bacon before crumbling it so you don't burn yourself. The jalapeno is optional depending on if you like it spicy. I used a 5-quart crock pot for this recipe. Enjoy!