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Cheesy Scallion Stuffed Jalapeños

Cheesy Scallion Stuffed Jalapeños are a quick and impressive appetizer Cinco de Mayo, or for any party or game night.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Total Time37 mins
Total Cost: $5.26 recipe / $0.66 serving
Servings: 24 pieces (4 per serving)
Author: Adapted from The New York Times


  • 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


  • 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.


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.