Stuffed Jalapenos Recipe
If you like jalapenos and cream cheese, then you will love this recipe. Oh, and you must like a little spice as well. This recipe for stuffed jalapenos is one of our favorite appetizers. We make this frequently during the summer when we have fresh jalapenos in our garden. It is always a crowd pleaser. We do our best to cut out some of the heat, but you should still expect a little heat…I mean…these are jalapenos we talking about.
I have been making stuffed jalapenos for years. However, forever and ever I used this exact same recipe but instead I would wrap the entire outside of them with bacon. To be honest, they rarely turned out perfect. If you cooked them in the oven the bacon was never crispy to my liking. If you cooked them on the grill the bacon would always end up a little charred in places – which I also hated.
Then, a couple of years ago, we were in Destin at the beach with my family and my brother made stuffed jalapenos. He and his wife put real bacon bits in theirs. Needless to say, this particular stuffed jalapeños recipe was amazing and this is how I have been doing ours ever since.
Adding the real bacon bits into the actual cream cheese mixture just prevents burnt bacon or soft bacon. Doing them like this is really 1000 times better in my opinion. You can mix things up by using sausage, but I just think the REAL bacon bits are the best. ..and certainly the fastest. I mean, with real bacon bits you do not have to get out your skillet and fry the sausage and all that jazz.
1 8oz Block of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
½ Tablespoon of Dry Italian Dressing
1 Package of Real Bacon Bits
First, you will want to prepare your jalapenos by slicing them long ways and removing the seeds. You will want to make sure you remove all the seeds because if not, they will be super-HOT. The jalapenos you buy in the grocery store do not seem to be as hot, but if I am picking the jalapenos from my garden I always make sure I remove all seeds.
Once this has been done, soak the jalapenos in ice water. This seems to help with the heat. If you like really hot food, then you can skip this step. However, I typically make these when I have people over so I want to make them edible for everyone. Even after all this, you may come across one here and there that is still majorly hot. My husband and I both like spicy foods, but I do not like my food soo hot that my mouth feels like it has been set on fire.
Anyway, while your peppers are soaking, you can prepare your filling. Take one block of cream cheese and soften it in the microwave. Once softened, you will stir in the dry Italian dressing. You can buy the packages of dry Italian dressing just like you can the ranch. Do not use this entire package as it will be really overwhelming in your mixture. Once you have this stirred in, add your real bacon bits. I use the whole package, however, if you want less bacon bits just use less. Make sure you buy the REAL bacon bits. If you by the imitation kind, you will ruin this appetizer in my opinion.
Now that your mixture is complete, remove your jalapenos from the water and dry completely. Make sure they are dry because you want your mixture to stick to them. I take a teaspoon and just spoon this mixture into each jalapeno. Make sure you do an even amount as you go so you do not run out. Then, if you have some left over in the end, you can add to some of the jalapenos.
You will then bake them in a 9×13 dish (uncovered) on 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. You will want the peppers to be soft, but not soggy and falling apart. If you remove them from the oven and they still feel like they did when you put them in there, then you will need to cook them a little longer. They should be soft but still hold their shape…and definitely not falling apart.
Once done, remove from oven and allow to cool.
Eat & Enjoy
I could honestly eat an entire pan of stuffed jalapenos. They are soo good!! I mean…you cannot go wrong when cream cheese is involved. This recipe for stuffed jalapenos really is my favorite. You can mix things up, but at the end of the day, this simple stuffed jalapeno recipe remains my favorite.
The most difficult part about this stuffed jalapeno recipe is preparing the jalapenos. Everything else is easy breezy.
TIP: Wear gloves when you are handling the jalapenos. You will thank me later.
PS – I deleted my picture of the finished products by mistake. I will get added ASAP.