Jalapeno Stuffed Peppers

Cream Cheese Filling Version

  • 12 jalapeno peppers
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)
  • 2 ounces jack cheese, cut into 2 1/2-inch long batons

Bacon and Jack Cheese Filling Version

  • 12 jalapeno peppers*
  • 1/4 cup chopped cooked bacon
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 cup shredded jack cheese, plus another 2 ounces of jack cheese cut into 2 1/2-inch long batons
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. You can either slice the jalapenos in half lengthwise or you can slice off the top one-third (lengthwise) of each jalapeno to make a boat shape out of each pepper. The halved jalapenos will go further (twice as many stuffed peppers), but you can put more filling into the boat-shaped peppers. If you choose to make the boats, you can mince the tops and add them to the filling if you want some extra heat, or save them for another recipe. Scrape out all the seeds and ribs from each jalapeno with a spoon (a grapefruit spoon works great).
  3. Mix together all the filling ingredients except the jack cheese batons.
  4. Pack the filling into the peppers and nestle a baton of jack cheese onto the filling of each one. Arrange the peppers on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and lightly browned, and the peppers are cooked.
  5. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.