Turkey Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

Peppers are in abundance right now, and you will typically see people’s backyards full of them. Jalapeno and serrano peppers are probably my favorite peppers and I use them in a lot of my dishes. I actually used some serrano chilies on top of my pizza last night, that is how much I like them.

Grilled Jalapeno Peppers Stuffed with Turkey and Cheese and Wrapped in Bacon

I had jalapenos on my mind yesterday, and at first I wanted to make some jalapeno poppers, but I did not have any cream cheese on hand. It was a beautiful afternoon, so I thought that I would do something on the grill. This is when the idea of a stuffed, and grilled jalapeno came to mind. As I searched my refrigerator, I came up with ground turkey, cheese, and my favorite bacon. A stuffed jalapeno pepper with turkey and cheese, wrapped in bacon, and grilled. The sound of it alone sounded like a fantastic appetizer! Let’s get started on this crowd pleaser.

Serves 6

  • 6 whole jalapeno peppers, sliced in half lengthwise, seeded and stemmed
  • 1 1/2 cups of ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups of shredded monterrey jack cheese
  • 12 slices of your favorite bacon
  • toothpicks

Begin by adding a tablespoon or so of turkey into each halved jalapeno pepper. Top with a generous amount of cheese, then wrap the jalapeno in a slice of bacon. The goal is to cover as much of the jalapeno as possible, then secure them with two toothpicks. Repeat this process with the remaining ingredients.

Grilled Jalapeno Peppers Stuffed with Turkey and Cheese and Wrapped in Bacon

Preheat your grill on a medium heat, allowing one side of the grill to be set to a much lower heat. Why, you ask? Because of the fat on the bacon, it will drip down onto your coals, or gas grill, and it can quickly ignite into much larger fire, of which is not desired. Keep a close eye on the grill, and carefully rotate the peppers, until the bacon is cooked, roughly 12 minutes or so. Please note that the bacon does not have to be fully crisp as you would cook it in a pan or in the oven, but just gently crisped.

Plate and serve, keeping in mind to remove the toothpicks.

Trust me when you cut into these, you get a perfect balance and texture from the smokey bacon, perfectly cooked and moist turkey and melted cheese, and just the right mild heat from the pepper. The combination of flavors will get any party started. Enjoy.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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