Fresh from the garden Jalapeno peppers stuffed with beef and cheese, served piping hot for an unbeatable snack or appetizer!
How to make Stuffed Jalapenos Peppers, because some days you need to bring the heat!
It’s chile season in the southwest so we’ve got chiles popping out of our ears and I never stop looking for new ways to make a chile sing.
This dish was a special request from a picky eater who likes to bring the heat.
I needed to come up with something that would get him to the table as painlessly as possible, so I came up with these stuffed chiles.
The thing about chiles is that they aren’t all about heat. And, in fact, I remove the seeds and membranes, which is where most of a chiles’ heat comes from, whenever I make this dish.
Chiles actually have a lovely, distinct flavor that pairs perfectly with so many other foods.
And stuffed chiles is an infinitely diverse dish – you can stuff just about anything into these little gems and the flavor will just blow your mind. I went with well-seasoned sirloin topped with creamy cheese. After just a few minutes in the oven, we were feasting on stuffed chile heaven.
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CHEESY STUFFED JALAPENO PEPPERS
- 10 jalapenos (You will want to select the largest chiles that you can find.)
- 8 oz lean ground sirloin (I selected a lean sirloin here, but you could easily substitute chicken, turkey or even tofu or a meat substitute if you prefer.)
- ¼ cup yellow onion , finely diced
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- ½ tsp cumin , ground
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp white pepper , ground
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp dried cayenne chile , ground (As I mentioned, A. likes to keep things spicy, which is why I added this dried, ground chile. You can simply choose to omit the cayenne.)
- 1 c cheese (I opted for a simple blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses here – you can use any creamy melting cheese of your choice.)
- Preheat oven to 450˚.
- Carefully carve a rectangle into the top of each chile pepper,
- Remove the panel of skin and scoop out the inside of each chile. Before you begin carving, I recommend that you rest the chile on its side to see how the fruit naturally falls – this will ensure that your chiles ‘stand up’ on your baking sheet and aren’t falling over and spilling out their filling as they bake.
- Place your carved chiles on a parchment-lined baking sheet and set aside.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, place your ground meat, lime juice, diced onion and seasoning. Use clean hands to combine the ingredients, taking care not to over-work the meat so that it doesn’t become tough. Spoon the filling into the chiles, pressing into place so that each chile is liberally stuffed. Sprinkle the cheese over the tops of the chiles (you may need to press it into place on top of the meat, just to make sure that it stays in place).
- Bake your stuffed chiles for 12-15 minutes. Baking times will vary depending on how large your chiles are and how well you have stuffed them – you are just trying to make sure that the meat is cooked through and your cheese is melted.
- Remove baked chiles and serve immediately.