A few months ago, I guest blogged over at my friend Meagan’s blog: A Zesty Bite. Meagan and I have had the chance to meet in real life twice. First at Food Blog Forum followed by a few weeks later at BlogHer Food. We hit it off instantly and I’m so grateful for our friendship! That is one of the perks of blogging–you meet so many amazing new people. People you get to call your friend. People whom you tweet, and private Facebook message, and send emails too. And if your lucky text with randomly at all hours of the day just because you wanted to say “hi”!
Back in May, I shared my recipe for Bacon Refried Beans. Creamy pinto beans smashed and infused with bacon fat and then to top it off crumbled bacon, gobs of cheese, and freshly sliced green onions. Well what do you do when you have just a little bit of refried beans leftover? Why, you split open a dozen jalapeno peppers and stuff them full of cream cheese and bacon refried beans.
Not only is this a simple appetizer to make, but a great way to use up leftovers! Since your removing the seeds from the jalapenos you’ll be surprised that they aren’t too spicy. They have just the right amount of cook. Plus the creaminess from the bacon refried beans and cream cheese tends to balance out the spicy jalapeno. The cream cheese topping bakes up nicely and I’ve found that baking these on a wire cooling rack on top of sheet yields the best baking results. The outer skin of the jalapeno will be crisp and baked evenly.
Katie Original Recipe
- 12 Jalapenos
- 1/4 cup cream cheese softened
- 1/8 tsp cumin
- 1/8 tsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp cilantro minced
- 1 tbsp green onions sliced
- 1/4 cup bacon refried beans
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Rinse and cut jalapeno peppers in half and remove seeds. Set to the side.
- Mix the cream cheese with cumin and chili powder along with cilantro and green onions.
- Spread a thin layer of bacon refried beans in each of the jalapeno peppers followed by a layer of cream cheese.
- Bake on a cookie rack lined baking sheet for 20 minutes. Serve immediately and enjoy!