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How to Make Stuffed Jalapeno Pepper

How to Make Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers will make you the hit of every party you serve them! Jalapeño peppers are stuffed with a cream cheese mixture which is a great game day appetizer recipe!

How to Make Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

Hot peppers stuffed with cheddar cheese, green onions, and sausage, what more could you ask for?!

You will love this recipe for how easy it is, even though it’s kind of a pain to assemble. The tangy cream cheese cools the spicy pepper, and the sausage makes this one of those delicious recipes you won’t stop talking about!

Another reason why you’ll love this recipe is it’s freezer-friendly! You do the work once, then reap the rewards over and over!

How to Make Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

First, let’s gather the ingredients you’ll need:

Fresh Jalapenos – the iconic green pepper you can find in any store.

Cream Cheese

Pimento Cheese – I buy the store-bought kind for this recipe, but if you want to make your own, use this Pimento Cheese Recipe!

Green Onion – sliced up, it adds a cooling factor to the spicy appetizer.

Browned Sausage – if you’re feeling super spicy, use hot sausage, but mild works so well! You can also use ground beef if you’d rather.

easy stuffed jalapenos

Now, let’s gather the kitchen equipment you’ll need:

Large Bowl – to mix up the creamy filling!

Disposable Gloves – when you’re handling the whole jalapenos and scooping out the inner membranes, it’s a great way to protect your hands, and keep you from touching your eyes with spicy fingers!


Baking Tray – I like a half-baking sheet pan, or casserole dish to bake my stuffed jalapeños.

Parchment Paper – you can of course bake on the parchment paper for easy cleanup! I also use parchment paper when I’m freezing the baked stuffed jalapenos.

Some people use a plastic bag or piping bag to fill their spicy peppers, I just use a plain kitchen spoon, and call it a day!

Mixing up the Cheese Mixture

In a large bowl, add your softened cream cheese, sliced green onions, and a container of pimento cheese. Mix this around with your spatula, until well incorporated.

Add your brown sausage to the cheesy mixture, and give another good stir. I find it’s best to have the browned sausage either cold or room temperature and not too hot. That way it doesn’t melt the cheese before your stuffed you fresh peppers!

stuffed jalapeno recipe

Easy Steps to Making Your Jalapenos

Using a very sharp knife, slice the peppers down the center like a hot dog, from stem to end.

The jalapeño halves have a white membrane inside that the seeds live in. This is SPICY! Using a spoon, just scoop each pepper out, and toss the seeds.

Once your jalapenos are deseeded and ready to be filled, go ahead and scoop out some filling, stuffing each jalapeno half VERY full!

You can definitely use a plastic bag or piping bag to fill each pepper if you’d like. I find that too cumbersome, and it’s easier to just pick up the jalapeno, and fill it like you’re filling twice-baked potatoes!

The stuffed peppers are ready for the oven when they’re all filled.

make ahead stuffed jalapenos

Have leftover stuffing?! Pop it into a baking dish, and bake for 20-30 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips for an easy appetizer idea!

Bake the jalapeno poppers at 350˚ for 1 hour, or until the tops of the cheesy mixture is golden brown, and the peppers are soft.

Once the peppers are cooked, you may want to drain them on a paper towel before serving.

Freezing Stuffed Jalapenos:

If you want to freeze your baked jalapenos, just lay them out on a parchment paper lined sheet pan, in a single layer. Place in the freezer for one hour to “flash freeze,” then pop them into a freezer-safe airtight container for later.

Reheat these spicy jalapeños either in an air fryer or oven at 350˚ for 8-10 minutes.

They come out perfectly!

I love an appetizer recipe I can make ahead of time, then heat and eat when I need to!

super bowl stuffed jalapenos

Serving this Super Bowl Friendly Appetizer

Serve the jalapenos with ranch or blue cheese dressing on a big platter! You could drizzle each one with some thinned-out sour cream if you’re feeling really fancy!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Should I boil my jalapenos before stuffing them?

Some people do this, so the bake time is faster. However, it’s fine to leave them “raw” and bake them for a longer time period at a lower temperature.

How do you cut a jalapeño for stuffing?

Using a sharp knife, cut from the stem to the end, “hot dog length.”

What goes with stuffed jalapenos?

If you’re serving it as an appetizer you can serve it with almost anything! If you want to serve your stuffed jalapenos as a main dish, I suggest serving them with Mexican rice and a big salad!

Other Recipes to Try:

Grilled Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Frozen Dumplings

Tater Tots in the Air Fryer

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How to Make Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers
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How to Make Stuffed Jalapeno Pepper

  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 60 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: oven-baked
  • Cuisine: american


Easy Stuffed Jalapenos you can enjoy now or later! These are the perfect appetizer recipe to serve at any party, especially a game day party!




  • 16 ounces Pimento Cheese
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup Sliced Green Onions
  • 1/2 lb. Ground Sausage, browned
  • 12 Fresh Jalapenos, sliced in half, seeds and membrane removed.


  1. In a large bowl combine the 16 ounces of pimento cheese, 8 ounces of cream cheese, and 1/4 cup of sliced green onions until well incorporated.
  2. Add the cooled brown sausage to the cheese mixture, and mix again until distributed evenly.
  3. Wearing gloves, slice each pepper in half and remove the seeds plus membranes.
  4. Fill each pepper with the sausage and cheese mixture, and place on a baking sheet tray.
  5. Bake the stuffed peppers at 350˚ for 45-60 minutes, until the tops are golden brown and the peppers are soft.
  6. Serve immediately with ranch or blue cheese dressing!



If you’d like to freeze the baked stuffed jalapenos, place them on a parchment paper-lined sheet pan. Freeze for 1 hour, then remove and place in a freezer-safe ziptop bag.

Reheat the stuffed jalapenos at 350˚ for 8-10 minutes either in an air fryer or oven.

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