My Favorite Stuffed Jalapenos
This recipe shows that I really am my father’s daughter, which is a true meat-eatin’, jalapeno-lovin’ Texas girl. Ugh, I cannot even describe how many stuffed jalapenos I’ve eaten in my day. They are on every menu in Dallas. That is precisely why I had to learn to make them myself.
This recipe has evolved slowly over the past year, and I guarantee its the best. If you have never had a stuffed jalapeno before, I am about to ROCK YOUR WORLD with these. Cheesy, meaty, crunchy, spicy, smily, I-can’t-stop-eating-these delicious. At our party, I made 50 and was all out in about two hours.
Here are the ingredients (see photo below):
Whole jalapeno peppers (each pepper will make two servings – I used about 25 peppers for a party)
Latex Gloves — Yep, I’m serious. I ask for an extra pair from the deli or fish counter at the grocery store.
1 large tub of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Approx. 1.5 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Jimmy Dean Sausage – Regular or Hot
1 package of Ranch Dressing Seasoning
Crushed Red Pepper, Salt, Pepper, Cumin, Garlic Powder
1) Preheat to 450 and line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil
2) SAFETY FIRST!!!! Wearing your gloves, halve and de-seed all of the jalapeno peppers. I have done this MANY times without gloves, and it has resulted in me crying with burning, itchy eyes for hours from touching my face with my jalapeno-covered hands. I recommend de-seeding with gloves, underneath running water. Dorky, but worth it!
3) Brown the sausage in a large skillet and season with salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, and red pepper. Just a teaspoon or so of each will jazz it up.
4) Mix all of the cheeses, sausage, and ranch dressing powder together in a bowl.
5) Generously fill all of your jalapenos with the mixture (I didn’t take pictures of this step. It requires both hands..
6) Take your tortilla chips… and smush them to crumbs.
Top each jalapeno with a few crunchy tortilla crumbs. They really do make a big difference in the final product – no one expects them.
7) Place on baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
Enjoy! These are great for a summer BBQ and can be made ahead of time!