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Stuffed Jalapenos - Awesome Recipe!

Updated on March 9, 2013
These stuffed jalapenos are great as party food or as appetizers.
These stuffed jalapenos are great as party food or as appetizers. | Source

Party Food

I'm going to show and tell you how to make stuffed jalapenos in this article. They're awesomely delicious! I do a lot of cooking, and these tasty morsels have quickly become on of my favorite recipes. And really, I have thousands of recipes, including many that I created myself. If you placed all the party food I’ve ever made end to end, it would probably stretch to the moon and back – several times. Okay, I have no idea about the veracity of that statement. I do know, however, that I’ve hosted tons of get-togethers, and I served great party foods at all of them. I have some old favorites, but I also like creating and trying out new party appetizer recipes. As a matter of fact, I came up with a new one today, for pepper poppers. These are actually pretty quick and easy to make, relatively speaking. And they’re delicious! I’ll definitely be including them on my party food menu for future events. If you want something a little out of the ordinary - something that can be served as a finger food yet still be meaty and hearty, try these stuffed jalapenos!

Include several party appetizer recipes that can be made ahead of time, like dips and spreads.
Include several party appetizer recipes that can be made ahead of time, like dips and spreads. | Source

Party Appetizer Recipes

Put a lot of thought into your party appetizer recipes. Try to include a good mixture of spicy, salty, savory, and sweet party foods. Use different textures, too, including creamy, smooth, and crunchy. For an attractive table of party food, place the items at different heights and include different shapes and colors. Keep the serving dishes at least half full at all times.

My party appetizer recipes include quick and easy recipes, difficult recipes, and in-between recipes. I might focus on just a couple of difficult recipes and two or three moderately difficult recipes. For the rest of my party food, I use simple party appetizer recipes that I can put together in a few minutes with little effort. Some of my quick and easy recipes for party food include dips, spreads, toasted nuts, fresh fruit, fresh veggies, and finger sandwiches. Appetizer recipes for parties can include most anything!

Some of my sweet party finger foods.
Some of my sweet party finger foods. | Source

Party Finger Foods

Party finger foods are definitely the best way to go with several types of get-togethers. Party food that’s easy to pick up, handle, and eat will be a big hit with your guests. Remember that party finger foods should be small, too. It’s usually best to keep these party foods in one or two-bite morsels. If you have a wide variety of party finger foods, your guests are most likely going to want to sample everything you have to offer, so you don’t want them to “fill up” on a single item. Make it possible for them to have a taste of everything!

By the way, the stuffed jalapenos I'm providing the recipe for here can be considered finger foods. That's why I suggest leaving the stems on. They make a great little "handle," perfect for grabbing and holding! Who needs forks when Nature is so accommodating?

More party food - homemade cheese wafers.
More party food - homemade cheese wafers. | Source

Stuffed Jalapenos

No doubt you’ve tried stuffed jalapenos, also called pepper poppers. If not, I’m sure you’ve at least seen them on restaurant menus. In case you’re not familiar with them, pepper poppers are stuffed jalapeno peppers. They can be stuffed with a variety of ingredients, but in most restaurants, the peppers are usually stuffed with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, or crab meat. The pepper poppers in most restaurants are usually battered and fried after they’ve been stuffed. Cooking the jalapenos decreases the “hot factor” significantly, by the way. Of course, you can create your own pepper poppers with milder peppers, too, but I think jalapenos are just about the perfect size for appetizers and finger foods.

If you don't care for the heat of green jalapeno peppers, try to find some red ones. The red ones are ripe, and they're milder than the green ones. You can get creative with the stuffing, too. You might want to try chopped shrimp, ground chicken, ground turkey, sausage, or a thick cheese spread. I once had some peppers that were stuffed with an avocado mixture, and they were pretty darn tasty, especially when we dipped them in a sour cream-salsa dip.

Here's a word of warning for those readers who aren't familiar with preparing jalapeno recipes and handling hot peppers: protect your hands! The juice from the peppers gets on your hands, and it often stays there a while. If you put your hands to your eyes with the hot juice on your fingers, your eyes will feel as if they're on fire. To avoid this, wear plastic gloves when handling the peppers, and then throw the gloves away.

Combine ground beef and seasonings.
Combine ground beef and seasonings. | Source
Cut jalapenos in half and remove seeds and ribs.
Cut jalapenos in half and remove seeds and ribs. | Source
Fill each half with ground beef.
Fill each half with ground beef. | Source
Wrap stuffed peppers with bacon and secure with a toothpick.
Wrap stuffed peppers with bacon and secure with a toothpick. | Source
Fry at 350 degrees for three or four minutes.
Fry at 350 degrees for three or four minutes. | Source
Drain on paper towels and remove toothpicks.
Drain on paper towels and remove toothpicks. | Source

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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 4 min
Ready in: 24 min
Yields: 48 jalapeno poppers


  • 1/2 pound (about 1 cup) lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon Lawry's garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 24 jalapeno peppers, about 3 inches long
  • 24 thin slices bacon, cut in half, lengthwise
  • 48 wooden toothpicks
  • oil for frying


  1. Combine ground beef, garlic salt, black pepper, and onion powder. Place in fridge.
  2. Rinse and dry peppers and slice in half, lengthwise, leaving stems on.
  3. Scoop out seeds and ribs from jalapenos with a small spoon.
  4. Fill each pepper half with one teaspoon seasoned ground beef.
  5. Wrap each pepper popper with one-half slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  6. Heat four inches of oil in a deep pot over medium heat, or to 350 degrees.
  7. Fry pepper poppers for three or four minutes, until bacon is brown and crisp.
  8. Drain on paper towels and remove toothpicks. Serve your stuffed jalapenos with ranch or blue cheese dressing.


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    • habee profile image

      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Sorry, pals - this hub sort of flew under my radar until now. lol. Thanks to all of you for reading and commenting!

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      jessefutch 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Good Lord these look good! I will definitely have to make these very soon. Thank you for messing up my diet, and thank you in advance for a treat that is sure to be yummy!

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      rob_allen 5 years ago from MNL, PH

      I love jalapenos. I like the spicy kick in every bite. Your snack looks really delicious. I will try this at home. BTW, I think I cooked a recipe similar to this already. But mine has cheese, Maybe I can add cheese on your recipe, right? Thanks for sharing this delectable hub, Habee :)

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      Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Sure enough! I bought these ingredients today while I was shopping. I will make this recipe tomorrow.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I love poppers - I haven't tried making them myself yet, but you are inspiring me to give it a shot! As Austinstar will attest, they're a big thing down here in Texas. Yummy!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I'm sure that these will be a hit at any party!

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      Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I wonder if microwaving or baking would make these just as good. Certainly I have no objections to eating fried anything - especially if it's wrapped in bacon, but I wonder if you have ever tried it.

      This recipe is very similar to my shrimp and cheese stuffed jalepenos which we call Diablos! But they are labor intensive, so I think I will try this variation. Love the meat stuffing!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      I love appetizers so much that I eat them as my dinner quite often.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow! thank you, thank you, thank you

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I have alwasys wanted to make these! Thank you!