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Sausage-Stuffed Jalapenos

If you like foods that pack a bit of a punch, you’ll love these jalapeno poppers filled with sausage and cheese. This is one of my favorite recipes for parties. —Rachel Oswald, Greenville, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    44 appetizers


  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 22 large jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • Ranch salad dressing, optional


  • In a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese and Parmesan cheese; fold in sausage.
  • Spoon about 1 tablespoonful into each jalapeno half. Place in 2 ungreased 13x9-in. baking dishes. Bake, uncovered, at 425° until filling is lightly browned and bubbly, 15-20 minutes. Serve with ranch dressing if desired.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 appetizer: 56 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 123mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Appy_Girl
    Sep 22, 2020

    Very tasty. I used small colored sweet peppers. The plate looked so festive and ready to party. Very easy to make. A new family favorite.

  • gunslinger
    Aug 15, 2020

    Very tasty! So easy to make and full of flavor. A family favorite snack food!

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    Jun 2, 2020

    I've made this for many years. Very delicious and flavorful. A crowd pleaser and great way to use a lot of jalapenos.

  • IRHera
    May 5, 2020

    This is my absolute favorite jalapeno popper recipe! When cooking for just two, I've found the cheesy filling freezes well to make more another day. I also love how you can adjust the heat to nearly anyone's liking by removing all or part of the seeds in the jalapenos. Without seeds and baked a few extra minutes until the bottoms of the peppers are browned, the poppers still have a wonderful flavor but are not hot.

  • Mrs. Zapf
    Aug 2, 2019

    I have streamed line this recipe. Instead of stuffing the jalapenos I just cut them into pieces and mixed in with the sausage mixture. My family loves it served this way. I serve with mini pitas.

  • poor1954
    Jul 19, 2019

    No adjustments necessary. Absolutely fantastic.

  • Tiffany
    Mar 21, 2019

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  • Freidak
    Jul 12, 2018

    LOVE these. My question, can you freeze them? I have too many jalapeno peppers and do not want them to go to waste so was wondering if I could stuff them and then freeze them.

  • gigiatl
    Mar 15, 2018

    Fantastic!! I have a lot of appetizer parties and these are always on the list. Can alway use different cheeses to mix it up a bit. A real winner!

  • Jodie
    Dec 8, 2017

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