Stuffed Jalapeños Recipe | Grilling

stuffed jalapeños

Truth be told, I'm not much of a football fan, but I'll take almost any hours-long, live televised event as an excuse to get my friends together and indulge in my favorite party foods. So even though I'd be hard pressed to even name who's playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday [Um, that would be Pittsburgh and Arizona. --Ed.], I'm eagerly awaiting the big game because it gives me a chance to grill up a batch of stuffed jalapeños, among other things.

Stuffed jalapeños are one of those foods that somehow always causes a reaction way beyond their minimalist recipe. The procedure could hardly be more simple: seed a bunch of jalapeños, stuff with cream cheese (I like adding some cheddar into to mix for mine), top with bacon, and grill or bake for about 30 mins. There's something so right in this combination though. The jalapeños mellow out while cooking, leaving a fruity flavor with only a slight heat that balances out with the cream cheese, and the bacon adds that salty crispiness that brings the whole bite together. These are great hot or at room temperature, making them perfect for setting out, and popping as a long night in front of the television unfolds.

Recipe Details

Stuffed Jalapeños Recipe | Grilling

Prep 35 mins
Cook 30 mins
Total 65 mins
Serves 24 peppers


  • 24 large jalapeños

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, grated

  • 8 ounces bacon


  1. Cut off the tops of jalapeños and remove seeds and ribs using a jalapeño corer, apple corer, or small paring knife.

  2. Mix together cream cheese and cheddar. Stuff each jalapeño to the top with cheese mixture.

  3. Cut bacon strips into quarters. Lay 1 quarter strip of bacon on top of each jalapeño, and secure each side by pressing a toothpick through the top of the pepper. Place peppers upright in a chile grill or a foil baking pan with holes cut in it to rest the jalapeños in.

  4. Light a chimney 3/4 full of charcoal. When charcoal is fully lit and covered in gray ash, pour coals out and arrange them on one side of the charcoal grate, keeping the other side empty. Place jalapeños over the cool side of the grill, cover, and cook for about 30 minutes, until bacon is cooked and crisp. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Special Equipment


Nutrition Facts (per serving)
93 Calories
7g Fat
2g Carbs
4g Protein
Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 93
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 181mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 30mg 148%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 113mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)