Picadillo-Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers

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Quick Facts

Servings: 24
Cook Time: 60 min.
This recipe calls for Chihuahua cheese, named for it's origin in Chihuahua Mexico. If you can't find it in your local supermarket, use any soft cow's cheese for delicious results.


  • 8 oz ground beef
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup drained canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped toasted blanched almonds
  • 1 cup shredded Chihuahua cheese
  • 24 large jalapeño peppers (1 to 1-1/2 ounces each)
  • dairy sour cream (optional)
  • lime wedges (optional)


  • Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add ground beef and onion; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking beef into small crumbles and stirring occasionally. Pour off drippings; season with salt.
  • Stir in tomatoes, carrots, raisins and almonds. Cover and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until carrots are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Stir in 1/2 cup cheese. Set aside.
  • Heat oven to 350°F. Cut slit lengthwise down 1 side of each jalapeño to create pocket, leaving stem and tip intact. Make another small crosswise cut just below the stem to form T-shaped opening. Remove and discard seeds and membranes, if desired, being careful to keep peppers intact. Spoon generous 1 tablespoon beef mixture into pocket of each jalapeño. Place on metal baking sheet. Top each evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
  • Bake in 350°F oven 30 to 35 minutes or until peppers are tender and cheese begins to brown. Garnish with sour cream and lime wedges, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 59
  Calories from Fat 27 (46%)
(5%) Total Fat 3g
(0%) Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
(4%) Cholesterol 11mg
(4%) Sodium 92mg
(0%) Potassium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 4g
(3%) Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 0g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(8%) Protein 4g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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