Thanksgiving Recipes


Stuffed Jalapenos


Stuffed Jalapenos

Bring the Heat for the Holidays!

Spice up your holiday table with this super simple, last-minute friendly stuffed jalapenos recipe. With just a few ingredients, these stuffed jalapenos are guaranteed to be a holiday staple for years to come with endless ways to make this dish your own, no matter where you are.

Making these peppers as a side dish for your holiday table spread will allow your guests with low heat tolerance to pass the peppers, but you will probably want to make a second batch to keep everyone else warm and happy!


Make these stuffed jalapenos your own!

One reason this recipe has become so popular is the endless ways to riff on the original. With just four ingredients, swapping one out can make a big difference. Try fresh peppers over canned to up the heat level, or pre-grill some fresh peppers to help mute the heat and impart a roasty flavor.

Swap out the pork sausage for bacon wraps if you prefer that flavor, or with turkey bacon if you prefer. If using bacon, you can lay the bacon out and sprinkle seasoning onto one side, patting it into the meat. Then, with the flavoring side out, wrap the peppers with the bacon to allow the same crispy texture to develop during baking.

The cheese filling can also be adjusted to half cream cheese, or find a different shredded cheese you prefer for the filling. For a dairy-free version, try subbing out the cheese for non-dairy cream cheese as these are typically the most similar to real cheese when heated in the oven. Flavored cream cheeses are also a good way to add some extra flavor the dish.

Stuffed Jalapenos - jalapeños on a wooden table
Stuffed Jalapenos take fresh peppers and stuff them with creamy cheese and wrapped in pork and breaded for a delicious appetizer.

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Stuffed Jalapenos Will Be a Holiday Hit

Simple dishes are exactly what is needed for the holiday table. The best recipes are ones that you can quickly grab ingredients for, quickly assemble once your back home, and give plenty of flavor pay off for your efforts. This recipe is perfect for making right before the meal is ready and will have you enjoying stuffed jalapenos before the hour is up!

For an even simpler dish, preparing this stuffed jalapenos recipe a day or two ahead and freezing in a single layer will allow you to have them on hand, ready to go when guests start getting peckish before the meal. A great way to keep guests happy with appetizers in just a few minutes. Make them in a couple of bulk batches if you have a large guest list or expect to have company for more than one day.

Add these delicious Stuffed Jalapenos to an array of appetizers a your next gathering. These appetizers could include.:

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Stuffed Jalapenos

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  • Author: MomsWhoThink
  • Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 2 (7 ounce) cans jalapeno peppers
  • 6 ounces shredded Mexican-style cheese blend
  • 1 pound pork sausage, hot
  • 1 (5.5 ounce) package spicy seasoning coating mix


  1. Slice peppers lengthwise, remove seeds and core; fill with cheese.
  2. Roll out sausage with rolling pin, between two layers of plastic wrap.
  3. Remove plastic from sausage, and wrap a thin coating of sausage around each jalapeno.
  4. Roll peppers in spicy seasoned coating mix.
  5. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 15 to 25 minutes or until brown and sizzling and cheese is melted.
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
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