If you are a lover of spicy foods then these Taki and cream cheese stuffed jalapenos are for you! Warning, these are not for the faint of heart! Fresh jalapenos are filled with a blend of cheeses and then topped with Taki bread crumbs for the ultimate game day food!
I don’t normally keep up with the Tik Tok trends but after my 12-year-old requested that I buy jalapenos and Taki chips, I was intrigued. I mean I love spicy food but my 12-year-old doesn’t. If she can eat a raw jalapeno with Takis then darn it, so can I!
Except I didn’t actually do it, I made baked stuffed jalapenos instead. I don’t regret it at all!
What Ingredients Do I Need For These Stuffed Jalapenos?
Fresh Jalapenos – When picking out your jalapenos, search for peppers that are on the larger size. You want peppers that can hold a decent amount of filling,
Cream Cheese – You can use full fat, Neufchatel, or even cream cheese with Greek yogurt.
Monterey Jack Cheese – This cheese is mild in flavor and is great for melting.
Cheddar Cheese – This will add a touch of contrast to the mild Jack cheese.
Panko Bread Crumbs – These are Japanese style bread crumbs that are a little more on the “crunchy” side. You can find these near the traditional bread crumbs or in the Asian section of your grocery store.
Taki Chips – The star of the show! These chips are spicy!
How Do I Make These Jalapenos?
- You will begin this recipe by halving each jalapenos and removing all the seeds and the membranes (that is where the pepper stores its heat). I sometimes wear gloves when handling peppers, the oils from the peppers will rub off onto your fingers. You do not want to rub your eyes or touch your nose after handling jalapenos (I speak from experience).
- In a bowl, mix the softened cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and shredded jack cheese. Spread about a generous tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture into the cavity of each pepper. Arrange your halved peppers on a baking sheet.
- Place Taki’s in a food processor and pulse until you get fine crumbs. Combine the Taki crumbs and Panko bread crumbs in a small bowl. Toss with melted butter to coat. Divide the bread crumb mixture over the peppers.
- Bake the peppers for about 15-18 minutes or until the cheese is melty and the coating is crisp.
If you would like to grill these stuff jalapenos, simply place the filled peppers, cut side up onto lightly greased grilled grates. Cover and grill for about 8 minutes or until cheese begins to melt. Your topping may not be as crispy as it would be if baked.
Stuffed Jalapenos Recipe Tips
- You can easily turn these into bacon wrapped jalapenos by wrapping bacon over the coating. You may need to allow extra time for the bacon to crisp in the oven, or even use semi-cooked bacon to cut down on bake time. Alternatively, you can add bacon bits to the filling.
- You can flavor the cream cheese mixture with garlic powder or minced garlic. I left it plain and the the Taki’s flavor the peppers. You can also fold crushed Taki’s into the cream cheese mixture.
- Try using sharp cheddar, white cheddar, or shredded mozzarella in the cream cheese filling.
- If you really hate jalapenos or want to serve these to kids or others who cannot handle as much heat, try using mini bell peppers instead.
What Goes With Stuffed Jalapenos?
These stuffed jalapenos are great for game day, party days and any day in between!
- 6 jalapenos, halved
- 8 0z cream cheese
- 1 cup jack cheese
- ¼ cup cheddar
- ¼ cup panko
- 1/2 Taki's Chips
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Halve each jalapeno and remove all the seeds and the membranes.
- In a bowl, mix the softened cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and shredded jack cheese. Spread about a tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture into the cavity of each pepper. Arrange your halved peppers on a baking sheet.
- Place Taki’s in a food processor and pulse until you get fine crumbs (you need about 1/4 cup of crumbs). Combine the Taki crumbs and Panko bread crumbs in a small bowl. Toss with melted butter to coat. Divide the bread crumb mixture over the peppers.
- Bake the peppers for about 15-18 minutes or until the cheese is melty and the coating is crisp. Serve immediately.
Baked stuffed jalapenos do not have a long shelf life; they are best consumed right away. You could store any leftover peppers in the fridge for up to 1 day. You can reheat the peppers in the oven, however the peppers will be really soft.
Amount Per Serving Calories 151Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 35mgSodium 181mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 5g