Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños

$5.26 recipe / $0.66 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.88 from 8 votes
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Sometimes recipes just speak to you. Yesterday I came across this recipe for Stuffed Jalapeños from The New York Times and was just like, “I need that in my life.” So, I ran out to the store yesterday afternoon and bought the ingredients. As always, I threw my spin on the recipe and ended up with these Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños. And while I’m eating these tasty little jalapeño poppers on my own, they’d make a great little appetizer or party finger food to share with your friends!

Stuffed Jalapeños viewed from above lined up on a piece of parchment paper, garnished with cilantro

Keep Your Costs in Check

Cheese is usually pretty expensive, so I mixed my filling with some slightly lower cost ingredients to help bring the price down. Sour cream is about half the price per pound as cheese, plus it helps smooth out the filling making it easy to scoop and spread. Green onions not only give great flavor, but they also help bulk up the filling a bit. But most importantly, I just made sure not to go overboard when filling my peppers. By balancing the inexpensive peppers with the more expensive filling, I was able to stretch the price out over more food. Sometimes you just have to hold back with that cheesy goodness and be “reasonable.”

Can I Make These Stuffed Jalapeños Ahead?

Yes. You can prepare and stuff the jalapeños ahead, then refrigerate, and bake just before serving. I suggest trying to make them no more than a day ahead of time, though, as the filling may start to get a little watery as the salt draws out liquid from the scallions and jalapeños.

Can I Add Meat to the Stuffed Jalapeños?

Yes! If you want to get a little more involved, you can add a little meat to your stuffed jalapeños. Bacon and sausage both pair well with cheese and jalapeños. To add sausage, simply brown some ground Italian sausage, then stir it into the cheese filling before stuffing the jalapeños. For bacon, you can either cook the bacon and crumble it into the filling, or wrap the stuffed jalapeños with raw slices of bacon. You may need to bake them slightly longer with the bacon wrapper than you do without bacon.

P.S. Wear some sort of rubber or plastic gloves while working with the peppers to help avoid spreading those spicy oils to your eyes or other sensitive areas. That stuff will STING.
Close up of a cheesy stuffed jalapeño with a bite taken out.

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Cheesy Scallion Stuffed Jalapeños

4.88 from 8 votes
Cheesy Scallion Stuffed Jalapeños are a quick and impressive appetizer Cinco de Mayo, or for any party or game night.
Servings 24 pieces (4 per serving)
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 22 minutes
Total 37 minutes


  • 4 oz. cream cheese ( $1.00)
  • 4 oz. Monterey jack, shredded ($1.00)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream ($0.25)
  • 3 scallions (green onions), sliced ($0.17)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced ($0.08)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves ($0.20)
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder ($0.05)
  • 1/8 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 12 jalapeños ($2.45)
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil ($0.04)
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  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment. In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese, Monterey jack, sour cream, scallions, garlic, cilantro, chili powder, and salt.
  • Carefully slice each jalapeño down the center, lengthwise. Use a spoon to scrape out the ribs and seeds. Dip your fingers in the cooking oil and spread the oil over the outer surface of the peppers.
  • Spoon about 1 Tbsp of the filling into each hallowed jalapeño half. Arrange the peppers on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer (use two baking sheets if necessary).
  • Bake the peppers in the preheated oven for 18-22 minutes, or until the peppers have softened and the cheese on top is slightly browned. Serve hot.

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Because pepper sizes vary, the cheesy filling may not be exact for 24 pepper pieces. The pepper size will also affect the cooking time, so watch the peppers closely.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 187.42kcalCarbohydrates: 4.3gProtein: 6.48gFat: 16.53gSodium: 233.37mgFiber: 1.1g
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A rectangular plate with four Cheesy Scallion Stuffed Jalapeños, garnished with cilantro

How to make Stuffed Jalapeños – Step by Step Photos

Stuffed Jalapeño Filling Ingredients in a bowl, unmixed

Start by preparing the filling. In a medium bowl, stir together 4oz. cream cheese, 4oz. shredded Monterey jack, 1/4 cup sour cream, 3 green onions (sliced), 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves, 1 clove of garlic (minced), 1/2 tsp chili powder, and 1/8 tsp salt.

Mixed jalapeño filling in the bowl

Stir until everything is really well mixed, then set the filling aside. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Cut and Clean Jalapeños

Slice 12 jalapeños lengthwise, then use a spoon to scrape out the ribs and seeds. You can cut the stems off first if you like, but I decided that I prefer to leave the stems on. They help hold in the cheese as they bake and the stems kind of act as a nice little handle for the appetizer. Once scooped out, dip your fingers in a little cooking oil and spread the oil over the outer surface of the peppers.

Stuff Jalapeños

Line a baking sheet with parchment (or two baking sheets if needed). Scoop about 1 Tbsp of the filling into each jalapeño and spread it end to end. Because peppers vary in size, the amount of filling might not be exact. Once filled, arrange the peppers on the prepared baking sheet so they are not overlapping. 

Baked cheesy stuffed jalapeños with browned cheese on top, garnished with cilantro

Bake the peppers for 18-22 minutes, or until the peppers look soft and the cheese is slightly browned. Cooking time will depend on the size of your peppers, so just watch them closely. Serve the Cheesy Scallion Stuffed Jalapeños while hot!

Side view of baked cheesy scallion stuffed jalapenños, close up.

I’m not sure I can even explain how hard it was for me to stop after three peppers… Three pepper halves, anyway. My mouth was saying yes, but my stomach was saying, “You better quit before you regret it!” 😂

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  1. I had to tweak this when I made it: 
    Used plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream because that’s all I had. 
    I didn’t use the scallions
    Doubled the recipe except for the garlic
    Put in cooked back bits and didn’t add the salt.
    They were gone in less than 10 minutes!