Kick off your gathering in the “hottest” way with these cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños. This recipe is a crowd pleaser!

No matter where you are from, we human beings are just foodies. Period. As a result, food is always heavily involved during holidays. How else are foodies going to celebrate holidays?

I can’t speak for the rest of the world. I can only speak from my own experience. Growing up in China, I was excited about every single holiday, especially Chinese New Years, not only because I didn’t have to go to school, but because my mom would cook 20+ dishes for one dinner and I got to hang out with my favorite cousins.

When I said 20+ dishes, I wasn’t exaggerating. My mom is a beast. Cooking so many dishes all at once was only possible because pretty much everything was done on the stove. The stir fry was quick.

Even though the particular food is made for different holidays in China, the majority of the food is still cooked on a stove including desserts.

Now that I cook in the States, you know what I noticed about American culture? Holidays are very tied up with different types of cooking.

Let’s see.

Memorial’s Day is about outdoor grilling; Thanksgiving is about baking a turkey; Christmas is about cooking ham; Super Bowl is about savory bites, etc.

While I thoroughly enjoy grilling, baking, broiling and slow cooking in the States, I often find myself naturally planning for holiday menus way before the holiday comes.

You see, we just finished celebrating Father’s Day with my father in law. Before that, I had started thinking about the menu for July 4th already, which brings me to today’s recipe.

These Stuffed Jalapeños are going to kick off your holiday in the “hottest” way! Wonder what’s inside? Your favorite sausage crumbles mixed with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and feta cheese! So you bet these hotties are also cheesy. Add vinegar and garlic to boost the taste, then bake the stuffed peppers to perfection. They are small in size, but really big on flavor!

This recipe makes 20 appetizers with regular sized jalapeńos. Make this crowd-pleaser for July 4th, Super Bowl, Thanksgiving, Christmas or just a regular weekend gathering, because… WHY NOT?

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Stuffed Jalapeños

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  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 20 1x
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Kick off your gathering in the “hottest” way with these cheesy Stuffed Jalapeños. This recipe is a crowd pleaser!


  • 1 (12-oz) package sausage crumbles or breakfast sausage
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder (optional)
  • 3 ounces light cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 20 regular-sized jalapeños, slice lengthwise and remove seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Crumble sausage and cook in a skillet over medium-high heat until well browned; drain.
  3. Return sausage to skillet. Add chili powder (if using), garlic, vinegar, and oregano; mix well.
  4. Now switch to low heat and stir in cream cheese. Mix until well combined. Turn off the heat. Add cheddar and feta into the sausage mixture.
  5. Press large spoonful of sausage mixture onto each jalapeño half; place on baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 17 minutes until the filling is hot and jalapeño edges begin to wilt.


If your jalapeños are large, this recipe will yield 10-15 appetizers.

About the Author

Sharon Chen is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, an author and a sous vide fanatic who believes food not only brings healing but also connection. As the creator of StreetSmart Kitchen, she's on a mission to help you find balance, ease, joy, and simplicity in the kitchen as you improve your well-being.