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August 25, 2012

Pork-Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers

By Worker Bee
80 Comments

A fresh jalapeño pepper is the perfect delivery vehicle for meat or seafood. When the pepper is cut open, there’s just enough room to stuff a nibble of ground meat, sausage, shrimp or crab. The delicious edible package is sealed with a strip of bacon that drips fatty flavor into the pepper. A stuffed jalapeño can be eaten with your fingers in one or two bites (it’s delicious either hot or cold) and the addictive spicy flavor keeps you coming back for more.

Italian pork sausage is especially good in the pepper, if you want to go all out with pork flavor. Or, you can lighten things up a little by finely chopping raw shrimp in a food processor and stuffing that inside the pepper instead.

These bite-sized, savory treats are definitely popular appetizers, but why not serve them for breakfast too? Alongside a plate of eggs a stuffed jalapeño pepper is ridiculously good.

Servings: 20 stuffed jalapeños

Ingredients:

  • 10 fresh jalapeños, sliced in half lengthwise, white membrane and seeds removed
  • 10 slices of bacon, cut in half
  • 1/2 pound (230 g) of loose pork sausage or other seasoned ground meat

Instructions:

Heat oven to 400 ºF (205 ºC)

Use your fingers to stuff meat into each jalapeño half.

Snugly wrap a piece of bacon around the pepper. Secure it with a toothpick.

You can put the peppers directly on baking sheet or pan, but the fat that drips off the bacon will make them a little greasy. To avoid this, set a cooling rack on top of a baking pan and put the pepper on the rack.

Bake for 25 minutes, until bacon is crispy.


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Emily Mekeel
Emily Mekeel
4 years 1 month ago

Wow… I would eat a lot of those… as in an inappropriate amount! 😀

Gift Clumsywarrior
4 years 1 month ago

haha agree! yum, greasy fingers.

Christa Crawford
4 years 1 month ago

These look perfect for parties! Thanks for the recipe.

Cherice
Cherice
4 years 1 month ago

I was just thinking the same thing!

Sebastian
Sebastian
4 years 1 month ago

Recipe looks good!
Does anyone know what peppers are a good alternative for jalapeno peppers (comparable in taste)? Where I live (Netherlands) I have a hard time finding those. Finding organic jalapenos seems even harder.

Josh Singer
4 years 1 month ago

Yeah, not wondering about subbing jalepenos, but I’m in a dorm room, these look too good and all i have is a microwave!! haha any chance that could work?

Dennis
Dennis
4 years 1 month ago

You can cook bacon in the microwave so I guess if you wrapped it really good it might work. I just had some and it would be worth a try.

Sarah A
Sarah A
4 years 1 month ago

Is there any way you could get a little toaster oven? Or if you have room for that, you might have room for a counter top oven like a Nu-Wave Oven. I love mine, and I use it all the time even though I have a full kitchen!

PrimalGrandma
PrimalGrandma
4 years 1 month ago

You could try finding pepperoncini – they’re smallish, yellow-green, marinated peppers that come in a jar. They’re not nearly as spicy as jalapenos, but do have a mild kick to them. Look for a jar that has bigger peppers in it if you want to stuff them.

Here in the US they’re usually sold in the same section as the olives, etc. I don’t know if they’re available as organic or not, however.

Grace
Grace
4 years 1 month ago

Maybe poblanos? I know South American food is very popular there (at least in Amsterdam), so I’m a bit surprised it would be hard to find at least some firm fleshed green pepper that has some heat to it. I could swear I’ve seen Jalapeños at an Albert Heijn store there.

Good luck! Wish I could ship some to you from Texas!

Cindy
Cindy
4 years 1 month ago

We are in Ireland, originally from New Mexico, and cannot get fresh jalapenos, but we buy small green chilies that are nice and hot imported from Kenya. they come in a pack of about 6. Don’t know about growing conditions in Kenya, but we really need to have our chili! I’m going to try this recipe with those. Can’t wait!

Sebastian
Sebastian
4 years 1 month ago

Thanks for the feedback everyone! I suppose I should look for specialized South-America oriented stores and see if they have jalapenos. Regular green peppers are easy to find here.

Robocop
Robocop
3 years 9 months ago
I also live in NL, and I get my jalapenos at the Jumbo supermarket. But it depends on the particular store if they have them or not, living in a university city and neighbourhood with many immigrants, they have more “exotic” vegetables in their produce section. If yours does not, Jumbo does have the policy that if you ask for them, they will order them specially for you. Another possibility might be a local “toko”, “souk” or perhaps a halal supermarket. You can’t really sub jalapenos for anything, though. The usual chilli-peppers you can get anywhere are too thin to… Read more »
Patrice
4 years 1 month ago

Agreed Emily… amazing how Primal food is exactly the food I’ve always wanted to eat:

Would you like a side of meat with your meat sir? Why yes! and don’t forget a lovely Grok sized salad with that…

Cindy Rowzee
Cindy Rowzee
4 years 1 month ago

These are wonderful! An alternative to cream cheese filling that’s better for you. Thanks!

Tercio
Tercio
4 years 1 month ago

Now why didn’t someone think of this before. Sheer genius, thanks.

Sophie
Sophie
4 years 1 month ago

I’ll be making these this weekend, sounds perfect for breakfast!

Classic
Classic
4 years 1 month ago

ooh, for breakfast sounds good. Maybe even with a little egg mixed in the meat.

Cherice
Cherice
4 years 1 month ago

Chorizo con huevas stuffed inside. 😉

Tony
Tony
4 years 1 month ago

Nice! I do a variation of this with cream cheese, basically bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers. They’re awesome!

Dennis
Dennis
4 years 1 month ago

By coincidence I just had these with cream cheese (I know but I love dairy) before even checking the site today. I will be making bacon wrapped Jalapenos with various stuffings every weekend from now on. Delicious.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
4 years 1 month ago

Real dairy products are not bad, but very healthy!

crowley
crowley
4 years 1 month ago

too bad the seeds are missing.

Grace
Grace
4 years 1 month ago

Mix the seeds into the filling.

Jura
Jura
4 years 1 month ago

Oh Yummy! Going to the store. See you later!

Jack
Jack
4 years 1 month ago

Does the bacon have to be grass fed ? I can’t find grass fed meat here. :'(

Ken Reitzig
Ken Reitzig
4 years 1 month ago

mmmm…pork shouldn’t be grass-fed (that’s not how pigs eat), but if you’re using beef bacon then yes. Grass fed is almost always one of your better options when it comes to beef. For pork, keep your eyes out for pastured pork. I’m wary of claims of “vegetarian-fed”, as pigs (and chickens for that matter) aren’t vegetarians. I am a big fam of eating animals on a natural diet.

Ken Reitzig
Ken Reitzig
4 years 1 month ago

lol…not sure what a “fam” is, but I am a big fan of eating animals on a natural diet. 🙂

Jack
Jack
4 years 1 month ago

Thank you Ken. And if I can’t find grass fed beef, is it bad to eat it ?

Ken Reitzig
Ken Reitzig
4 years 29 days ago
Jack, I choose to avoid CAFO meets because I feel that they’re’s unhealthy. I’ve had people argue that meat is just meat and calories are just calories, but I think there’s enough information out there to prove that’s not the case. That said, everything is a balancing act. When I go out to a holiday meal with my co-workers I don’t fuss about it. I make the best choices I can and don’t worry about the rest. I like the way I eat and eat that way 90-95% of the time. But I don’t mind the occasional trade-off to spend… Read more »
Greg
Greg
4 years 1 month ago

pigs do not eat grass but you should be able to find pasture or free rang pork.

Lora
Lora
4 years 1 month ago

I make these with those sweet little baby peppers for those in my family that do not like the spiciness. And I stuff with a mixture of italian sausage mixed with chopped onion & red peppers. Yum….

Nocona
Nocona
4 years 1 month ago

In my garden I let 1/2 the jalapenos ripen until they are red and much more mild for the wimps in the household.

Linda
Linda
4 years 1 month ago

I look forward to trying those. My mouth is watering already! I used to love breaded jalapeno poppers… but these will do very well! :-9

thomas
thomas
4 years 1 month ago

let’s be honest…any pepper…even a sad little bell pepper would be amazing stuffed with meat and wrapped in bacon!

Ara
Ara
4 years 1 month ago

Yummy….

DEBRAKADABRA
DEBRAKADABRA
4 years 1 month ago

Sad little bell peppers become happy when wrapped in bacon!

W.J. Purifoy
W.J. Purifoy
4 years 1 month ago

My Dad warned me to wear plastic gloves when handling more than 2 jalapenos. I didn’t heed his words when I cleaned about a dozen one time. My hands burned until the next day. And never ever touch your eyes, nose or any other sensitive area of your body when you are handling hot peppers.

Also, green peppers are immature. When they change to their ripe color they are at their most nutritious.

Tonja Pizzo
Tonja Pizzo
4 years 1 month ago

I had the same thing happen (with the all day burning of hands and completely rational fear of touching any delicate bits). I finally got on line and read that rubbing alcohol will remove the oil from your hands that causes the burning. It worked for me.

Sebastian
Sebastian
4 years 1 month ago

I usually put some olive oil on my hands before I cut/chop (regular green/red) peppers. Works quite well, and if I wash the oil off my hands after cutting the peppers it doesn’t burn. Just be careful what you touch with those greasy hands and I don’t know if this is jalapeno-proof…

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Zen Presence
Zen Presence
4 years 1 month ago

Stuff with chorizo! Out of this world.

Marissa
4 years 1 month ago

these are so delicious! i’ve tried them with different stuffing in the past, but this looks wonderful!

Joanne - The Real Food Mama
4 years 1 month ago

We have had these stuffed with Chorizo and affectionately call the “Dragon Turds” lol

If you do dairy, this same thing can be done with cream cheese and chili powder stuffed inside and wrapped with bacon!! Very tasty too!

Tonja Pizzo
Tonja Pizzo
4 years 1 month ago

I make them stuffed with chicken breast also…

Mark
Mark
4 years 1 month ago

Put them on the grill!

Mike
Mike
4 years 1 month ago

Mind = Blown

Anna
4 years 1 month ago

What delicious looking recipe! I’d love to indulge in something like this once in a while. Thanks for sharing!

James
James
4 years 1 month ago

Try giving the bacon a head start by partially cooking it (microwave or pan) before wrapping the jalapenos. That way the bacon will actually crisp up without overcooking the other ingredients. This works well for bacon-wrapped-anything, my favorites being tenderloin and dove breasts.

Michael
Michael
4 years 1 month ago

Great advice James!

Jon
Jon
4 years 1 month ago

I made these last night for myself and a few friends. Very good and very easy, the hardest part is prepping the jalepenos. I concur that you should be careful of the peppers, I didn’t think about it and my fingertips were burning a little. Worth it though, everyone liked them!

Ric
Ric
4 years 1 month ago

I am making these tonight!

Zach
Zach
4 years 24 days ago

Same here!

Bobby Brooks
4 years 1 month ago

I made these today and I really liked them, I left the seeds in because I like my poppers to pack a punch!

Catharine
Catharine
4 years 1 month ago

Daughter and I each ate NINE, husband ate two after running away to McDonald’s first.

raw grokette
raw grokette
4 years 1 month ago

I used to make a similar treat, except I would just slit the pepper, and fill it with farm cream cheese and some extra-sharp cheddar & serve with homemade ranch dressing… this looks pretty damn good 🙂

Mary Shaw
4 years 1 month ago

Whoo-hoo! I just made these with poblanos and chorizo. Yum!!

steffturner
steffturner
4 years 1 month ago

I made these tonight! awesome…can’t wait to serve them to company. PS I have a story about a long afternoon of gourmet prep work in the kitchen (included chopping hot peppers) followed by some “recreational activities” which involved some “sensitive areas”… a surprisingly pleasant effect! My hubby and I joke about it all the time but we’re nervous to try to recreate it. It was a happy accident which I can’t help but think could be very painful if you went overboard.

Mary
Mary
4 years 1 month ago

I made these last night, and my non-primal husband loved them, and we ate all but 9. I took these into work, and co-workers loved them (warmed under a broiler). I prepped the peppers with gloves on. Use hot italian sausage to stuff them. AWESOME! A new favorite.

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Michael Weir
Michael Weir
4 years 1 month ago

Awesome, I love jalapenos and am always looking for creative uses. Though I think I’m going to use turkey bacon instead of regular bacon. Thanks for the great idea!

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EvelynU
4 years 29 days ago

I made these for a quick supper and they came out great! I had some bulk hot Italian sausage as well as some ground pork in the freezer, so I defrosted them both, mixed them together with my hands, and then stuffed away. The hotness of the jalapenos mellowed out nicely, and they were pretty addictive! I would definitely serve them at a party as hors d’ouevres, in addition to a nice little supper or lunch item.

EvelynU
4 years 29 days ago

PS: I had lovely thick bacon, and for most of them, I cut it into quarters, across and then lengthwise. Worked very well.

Molly
Molly
4 years 28 days ago

I made them with poblanos. Outstanding!

John
John
4 years 19 days ago

Has anyone tried these on the BBQ?

The Dish
The Dish
4 years 19 days ago

Mouth. Salivating. Totally making these for the next football game i go to. Maybe even stuff them with my buffalo chicken dip for an extra kick. 🙂

Susie
Susie
4 years 16 days ago

I made these last night for the football game (Packers v. Bears). Half I did with jalapenos and half with mini sweet bell peppers. I also did some with cream cheese and green onions and I put some of the jalapeno seeds in the cream cheese too. I think my husband ate 10 halves. Yummy stuff!

Kim
4 years 12 days ago

Made these tonight with peppers from my garden…a new staple appetizer in our house, we all devoured them!

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