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Easy Cheese-Stuffed Jalapenos

A few years ago, I saw a man in the grocery store buying a big bag full of jalapeno peppers. I asked him what he intended to do with them, and he shared this recipe for stuffed jalapenos with me right there in the store! —Janice Montiverdi, Sugar Land, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 5 min.
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 24 medium fresh jalapeno peppers
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Directions

  • Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise; remove seeds and membranes. In a large saucepan, boil peppers in water for 5-10 minutes (the longer you boil the peppers, the milder they become). Drain and rinse in cold water; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Spoon 2 teaspoonfuls into each jalapeno; sprinkle with bacon.
  • Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 3-5 minutes or until filling is warmed.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
3 each: 141 calories, 12g fat (8g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.
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  • Janie
    Aug 9, 2019

    Great tip on boiling to remove some of the heat!!! My garden jalapeños are painfully hot this year. I boiled the halves for 5 mins and they’re perfect, still some heat but not painful. Yummy recipe!!!!

  • tcarver
    Dec 28, 2017

    I made these for a Christmas Eve party. Did the recipe exact. I wanted them hot when everyone got there so I stuffed the peppers the night before and then cooked them when the party started. They were wonderful.

  • BeverlyAnn Annette
    Sep 15, 2017

    Too plain as written since I omitted the bacon. I added salt, garlic and onion powder. Also, I DID NOT BOIL MY PEPPERS which helps the pepper stay firmer (not mushy) in the oven. A firmer pepper not only taste better but also holds in the cheese mix better.Tip:Buy larger peppers so its easier to stuff.Make sure you allow your cheeses to come to room temperature before attempting this recipe to save yourself some aggravation.

  • Pam
    Jul 7, 2017

    I topped them with Planko bread crumps, then a quick spray of oil. This adds a nice crunch.

  • yankeenana
    Dec 25, 2015

    I only boiled them for about 3 minutes -- I wanted them to still have that jalapeno bite. I chopped some jalapenos (in a jar) and added this to the cream cheese mixture. Got the spice back into them. Next time, I'll try this without boiling them at all. Easy recipe.

  • Michael447
    Aug 13, 2015

    Tasty recipe, but I don't recommend boiling them. It isn't needed. I used very hot peppers: I tasted one raw, and it set my mouth on fire, and I have a very high tolerance for spicy. Simply baking them reduced the heat to a very tolerable level. Boiling would ruin them, by removing all bite, and making them mushy, IMO. The recommendation to wear gloves is spot on, though. I didn't, and even after a thorough hand washing, I touched my face and it burned for about an hour.

  • Varnelle
    Feb 21, 2015

    Cooked peppers less than 5 min. Were very mild. Like them very much.

  • gjdacus
    Feb 5, 2015

    I thought the peppers were too mushy and weren't hot at all. Why even use jalapenos if you take all the flavor out of them, use a green pepper if that's what you want. I may try again without boiling first and see if it keeps the peppers firmer and tastier.

  • Sdausel
    Feb 2, 2015

    This is my new favorite jalapeno popper recipe. I love how boiling the jalapenos for just a few minutes really tones down the heat. I have tried charring them in the past but this works best for me. Thanks for posting this recipe.

  • cherc7749
    Feb 2, 2015

    Tried these for Super Bowl VERY GOOD!! I doubled the recipe and did a bag of the little sweet peppers for those who don't like Jalape?os. They were great!