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Chorizo Poppers

Chorizo sausage adds even more zip to jalapeno popper snacks bursting with cheese. Guests are glad to see them at my parties throughout the year.—Daniel Brock, Sarasota, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound uncooked chorizo or bulk spicy pork sausage
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 24 jalapeno peppers

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a skillet, cook chorizo and onion over medium heat until sausage is cooked through, 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl using a slotted spoon. Stir in all remaining ingredients except jalapenos.
  • Cut jalapenos lengthwise in half; remove seeds and membranes. Fill each half with scant 1 tablespoon sausage mixture. Place in greased 15x10x1-in. pans. Bake, uncovered, until heated through, 18-20 minutes.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 filled jalapeno half: 54 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 117mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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