Grilled Jalapeno Poppers – Easy, Healthy Low Carb Snack

I love grilled jalapeno poppers,  especially if they are stuffed with healthy and interesting tasting ingredients.  As I’ve gotten older, I can’t tolerate the extreme heat of the pepper so much anymore, so I’ve come up with this easy recipe which calms most of the fiery hotness with cool whipped cream cheese, cilantro, sweet italian sausage and a touch of honey.  I add in a little Cajun seasoning to boost the flavor up a bit, while still not creating a fireball in my gut!  These jalapeno poppers are quick and easy to make, and you can easily adjust the flavors to your liking.  It’s a great low carb snack or even a light meal!

For best results, use a special pepper grilling rack like this one. Otherwise, you can always split the peppers in half and lay them on a regular grilling rack.

Here’s how to make this simple, healthy and delicious snack!
Grilled Jalapeno poppers ingredients

Ingredients:
6 to 12 large jalapeno peppers
1/2 cup or more cooked sweet Italian sausage (links). (hint) I buy a whole pound and cook it all, then freeze the rest to use for my next recipe 😉
1/2 cup or more whipped Philadelphia cream cheese
Handful of fresh cilantro
1 tsp of honey

1/4 cup of finely minced onion
1 tsp cajun seasoning
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Jalapeno grilling rack or regular grilling rack

Directions:

For this recipe I used Turkey Italian Sausage, but you can use the regular pork kind too.  both are low carb, although the turkey has less calories.  Peel the skins off the Italian sausage and break it up into a heated frying pan with a bit of extra virgin olive oil. Brown the sausage until it’s fully cooked, then drain off the grease.

Drain the grease of the Italian sausage
Strain the grease off of the Italian sausage and let it cool.
brown the italian sausage
Heat olive oil in a frying pan, then cook Italian sausage till browned.

 

Chop onion and cilantro very fine
Chop your onion and cilantro, then add it in with the cooked Italian sausage.

 

add cajun seasoning and honey into the bowl for jalapeno popper stuffing
Add the Cajun seasoning and honey into the bowl.

 

Stir ingrediants together well for the jalapeno stuffing
Stir all the ingredients together really well. Taste to see if you like it. If you want it more spicy, add more cajun seasoning. If you want more sweetness, add more honey. Feel free to tweak:)

 

Use kitchen gloves when working with Jalapenos.  They will burn your skin and eyes.
Put on some kitchen gloves and cut the tops off the jalapeños. Then use a spoon or paring knife to carefully scrape out the seeds and membranes.
Clean the seeds and membranes out of the jalapenos.  Wear gloves to avoid burning your skin.
Rise the hollowed out jalapeños to be sure to get all the hot seeds out!  Now we’re ready to stuff them!

 

Stuff the jalapeno poppers well and place on a jalepeno grilling rack.
Fill the jalapeños with the yummy stuffing you mixed up. I use a spoon, then press it in really good with my gloved finger. Place the stuffed peppers into your jalapeño grilling rack. If necessary, use toothpicks to prop up any peppers that won’t fit well into the slots. If you don’t have one of these jalapeño grilling racks, just slice the jalapeños in half and use a regular grilling rack, or even a baking sheet.
Heat your grill to 300 degrees or so.
Heat your grill up to 300 degrees or so.  

 

Place jalapeno poppers out of direct heat of the grill.
Put the jalapeno poppers on the grill. I like to place them a little bit out of the direct heat. Close the grill lid and check on them every 10 minutes or so.
Jalapeno poppers are done when cheese is melty and the skins look a little brown.
The jalapeño poppers are done when the cheese is melty and you see some browning on the top. You might even see browning on the peppers themselves.
remove the jalapeno poppers from the grill when they look done to your liking.
Remove from the grill when they look done to your liking. Enjoy as a yummy appetizer or even as a nice little meal. Pairs nicely with a chilled glass of shiraz or a cold beer!  Jalapeno poppers go with just about anything!

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Ingredients

  • 6 to 12 large jalapeno peppers
  • 1/2 cup or more cooked sweet Italian sausage (links). (hint) I buy a whole pound and cook it all, then freeze the rest to use for my next recipe 😉
  • 1/2 cup or more whipped Philadelphia cream cheese
  • Handful of fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp of honey - or more if you want it a little sweeter
  • 1/4 cup of finely minced onion
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in pan.
  2. Remove skins from sweet Italian sausage and break up the meat as you brown it in the heated pan.
  3. When meat is browned, drain off the grease and let it cool. Add meat to a bowl.
  4. Mince cilantro and onion and add to the meat in the bowl.
  5. Add in the cream cheese, honey and cajun seasoning.
  6. Mix well and taste. If you want it more sweet, add more honey. Want it hotter, add more cajun spice. Feel free to tweak it to your liking.
  7. Using kitchen gloves, clean the insides out of the jalapeños. Discard the seeds, stems and membranes (put in compost bin if you want to recycle).
  8. Rinse the cleaned jalapeños to be sure you get all the hot seeds out!
  9. Using a spoon, stuff the jalapeños with the mixture you just made. Using a gloved finger, press the mixture down so the pepper is truly "stuffed".
  10. Place the stuffed peppers into a jalapeño grilling rack. If you don't have one, you can slice the peppers in half lengthwise and lay them stuffing side up on a grilling rack, a baking sheet, or even a piece of aluminum foil.
  11. Heat grill to 300 degrees.
  12. Place peppers on the grill a little out of the way of direct heat. Close the lid of the grill.
  13. Check every 10 minutes or so. Grilled jalapeño poppers are done when the cheese is melted and it's a little browned on top.

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Diet
Low Carb
Allergy
gluten free
egg free
soy free
wheat free
peanut free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free
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