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Grilled Diablos -- Delicious Jalepenos with cheese, shrimp and bacon!

Updated on August 14, 2016
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Lela earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, TX. She has been writing for the online world for years.

How to grill Diablos

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Grilled or Smoked Stuffed Jalepenos

Jalepeños are wonderfully hot and tasty peppers that practically grow wild in Texas. They come in mild, medium and super hot. The hot ones are like getting a tonsillectomy without anesthesia.

Cooking and eating diablos has become a cult membership in my neck of the woods. My neighbor, nicknamed "trouble", came up with these addicting little pieces of pain about 10 years ago.

My husband, Bob, is from New England and he always said about Texas cooking that "pain is not a flavor!". I think he has learned to EAT those words. He now prepares and cooks diablos himself and has become the leader of our little cult.

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour 30 min
Cook time: 2 hours
Ready in: 3 hours 30 min
Yields: Each person will eat about two to six diablos

Ingredients for Diablos

  • 60 Jalepenos, tops removed and de-seeded
  • 60 Medium size raw shrimps, deveined without tails
  • 60 slices of bacon, thin sliced
  • 1 bag shredded sharp cheddar cheese, a medium bag is enough
  • 60 toothpicks, remove before eating

Main Ingredient

jalapeno peppers
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Instructions - Warning! Never touch your eyes after handling jalepeños!

  1. Slice the tops off of the japs and use a corer/peeler to clean out all of the seeds and veins. Rinse and dry.
  2. Rinse and dry the shrimp. Assemble all of the ingredients and stuff the cleaned japs with cheese and shrimp. Wrap the stuffed japs with strips of bacon and secure with toothpicks.
  3. There are two schools of thought on how to cook the diablos. You can cook them quickly over high heat until the bacon is crispy or you can smoke them over indirect low heat until the bacon is done.
  4. Cooking over higher direct heat is faster and produces a crunchy diablo that looks pretty. Cooking over indirect smoker heat produces a blackened diablo that is soft, but very flavorful.
  5. Either way you cook them. It's best not to burn them. Watch them carefully and turn them often.
  6. Now you may think that 60 diablos is a lot! They are even tastier nuked the next day if there are any left over. But we rarely have left overs.
  7. Serve the diablos with either buttered bread or my personal favorite - Fritos corn chips! Either of these items will "cut" the pain should you bite into the occasional super volcanic jalepeño.
  8. Cooking time will vary. For direct heat, the timing is about 30 minutes. For indirect heat, the diablos are cooked to taste and may take 2 hours.

For each diablo:

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 182
Calories from Fat108
% Daily Value *
Fat 12 g18%
Saturated fat 7 g35%
Unsaturated fat 1 g
Carbohydrates 1 g
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 15 g30%
Cholesterol 100 mg33%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Mouth on Fire?

toast and butter to sooth a mouth on fire
toast and butter to sooth a mouth on fire | Source

Tips to Relieve Pepper Burn

They say there are three good ways to relieve that pepper burn in your mouth. The burn is caused by capsaicin oil and can be neutralized with vegetable oil or milk fat.

  1. First and easiest is bread and butter.
  2. Second is to drink whole milk.
  3. My favorite way to stop the burn is to eat "poppers" with Fritos® corn chips. They stop the burn quickly and the taste is complimentary to the jalapeno poppers!

© 2012 Lela


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    • Austinstar profile image

      Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      More than you know!

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      L. Mathes 5 years ago

      I need these!

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      Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I know! anything with bacon in it makes my stomach growl!

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      My growling stomach commands me to vote this up and awesome!

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      You're right, my bad.

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      Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Well, you know you should try it before you judge it! No, it is not a particularly healthy dish. I don't think I stated that it was!

      Certainly this is not everyday fare. We only 'do diablos' once or twice a year. It's the memories of the event that we savor for the boring days of chicken and fish.

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      You are always liberal with your critiques. I will be generous with mine.

      From a culinary point of view, this is a disaster. A shrimp recipe should enhance the flavor of the shrimp, not disguise and over power it. I recommend substituting something else for the shrimp, maybe chicken . . . we all get tired of chicken. The bacon, cheese and peppers will help it along.

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      Shrimp and bacon? I don't recommend this for a heart patient. If you eat like this you will become one.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Oh my gooddness! What an amazng sounding dish! Voted up and awesome.

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      Sean Jankowski 5 years ago from Southern Oregon

      Voted up, flaming goodness with a dash of seafood zest! Awesome, hot, cool, creative, BBQ... YUM! :D

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      Angela Kane 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I have not tried this at home yet, but I will soon. I love jalapenos, cheese, shrimp and bacon so I know this is going to be very good. Voted up and useful.

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      Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Nice website there chili sauce. I was fooled for a moment because it looked so Texan!

      drbj, this recipe is too hot for anyone, but it's delicious just the same. That's why they're called 'Little Devils'.

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      chili sauce sweet 5 years ago

      Thank you for a very useful hub! voted up and useful!

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Looks like a delish recipe, Lela, I like almost any dish made with shrimp. Though this may be too hot for me. Will keep you apprised.

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      Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Ok everybody - these are too wonderful not to try. Just remember, if you get a hot one HAVE SOME BUTTERED BREAD ready to go in the mouth! It will almost instantly relieve the pain. Water will only spread it around.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      This sounds so good and I love hot food! But something tells me that this dish is more spicy than I am used to. I would love to try this recipe though, and with bread and chips I hope it will be ok:))

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Wow, I will have to try this!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh that's funny - did you switch this to the new format? It looks great! I have tried these and I can vouch for you - they are finger licking good!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Oh my! Jalapenos and shrimp = total win!

      No matter how many warnings are given....I still always manage to get some jalapeno juice in either my eye or my nose....and every time I curse and scream to myself about how dumb I am :-/

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      My son would love this recipe. Sounds so good..May be to hot for me. Voted Up.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These sound amazing! I love anything hot and as soon as I get the grill cleaned and ready to go I'm making these.

      One year I grew Jalapenos and my youngest was about 6 or 7 and decided he was going to show me how tough he was. He picked one of the peppers and says to me "Watch this, these are not hot at all." We spent the next 2 hours trying to get his mouth to quit burning.

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      Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Good morning, Christopher. I think that may be a good idea. The first time I tried these I thought I was being tortured. Now, I can eat five or six of them without pain. They are addicting and I'm making a batch for next Sunday.

      You know, if you really want to torture someone, the best thing to use is poison ivy. The itch is maddening!

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      Christopher Antony Meade 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      That food is probably used in Guantanamo bay to help extract "information" as a compliment to the waterboarding.

      Seriously it does look like a really good recipe for people who "like it hot". If I ever go to Texas I shall try it. I really love shrimps.

      Thanks Austinstar for that.