Chipotle Shrimp Jalapeño Poppers

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A spicy Chipotle Shrimp Jalapeño popper, stuffed with a hearty blend of cheeses, spicy chipotle sauce, and jumbo shrimp pieces. Topped with crispy bacon pieces and green onions for an extra special touch.  

A spicy Chipotle Shrimp Jalapeño popper, stuffed with a hearty blend of cheeses, spicy chipotle sauce, and jumbo shrimp pieces. Topped with crispy bacon pieces and green onions for an extra special touch.

I am so excited to share this recipe with you today! The Chipotle Shrimp Jalapeno Poppers are my new favorite appetizer!

Spicy food is one of my favorite things. Not the, SO spicy type that burns your mouth. But I certainly enjoy foods that have a little kick. I think our taste buds must change as we grow because when I was younger I couldn’t stay far enough away from spicy foods. Matter of fact, just the threat of a spoonful of hot sauce would shut me up real quick. Nowadays I am all about a little heat. I use jalapeños frequently in my kitchen so I thought I was fully capable of using them safely. Apparently I was wrong.

A spicy Chipotle Shrimp Jalapeño popper, stuffed with a hearty blend of cheeses, spicy chipotle sauce, and jumbo shrimp pieces. Topped with crispy bacon pieces and green onions for an extra special touch.

I made this recipe with 12 BIG jalapeños. To cut down on heat, I chopped and deseeded them before stuffing with the cream cheese mixture. Soon after popping them into the oven to bake, my hands began to burn. Like baddddd. I thought the pain would subside fairly quickly. But like those love handles that insist on being attached to my jeans, this burn kept going and going. Five hours later and it was still burning! I guess I picked the hottest peppers in the bunch. I tried everything in the book to stop the burning. So lets debunk some popular methods and get down to what really works.

Rubbing your hands with vegetable oil does not work. Actually any oil (olive, grapeseed, and avocado oils don’t either). Judging by my collection, I am an oil hoarder.

A spicy Chipotle Shrimp Jalapeño popper, stuffed with a hearty blend of cheeses, spicy chipotle sauce, and jumbo shrimp pieces. Topped with crispy bacon pieces and green onions for an extra special touch.

A 5 to 1 mixture of bleach and soaking your hands in it definitely does not work. And subsequently will dry out your fingers. In my case, to the point that they could play a starring role as the stand in hands of ET.

Ice cold water will numb your hands but won’t take the burn away. This was probably my most favored remedy because rather than feeling like my hands were stuck in a jar of fire ants, the pain was being numbed by a large bowl of ice water. AND, since my hands were taking an ice bath, I got out of doing the dishes and the hubby did all of them for me. 😉

Making a paste out of baking soda and water is messy and a waste of time. Burning continues.

Let me tell you what really doesn’t work. Jumping into the shower to take your mind off things. The conditioner on my hands felt like acid. WORST FEELING EVER.

So here I am with a head full of conditioner, water all over the bathroom floor and big elephant tears streaming down my face. In walks my husband with the magic solution; mustard.

I realize that sounds totally unappealing but when your hands have been on fire for five hours and counting, lathering up your hands like they are big ol’ hotdogs making their grand debut at the ball park…starts to sound pretty good. Within 20 minutes the mustard dried and the pain subsided. I finished off my little mustard manicure with a nice milk soak. After that my pain was gone.

A spicy Chipotle Shrimp Jalapeño popper, stuffed with a hearty blend of cheeses, spicy chipotle sauce, and jumbo shrimp pieces. Topped with crispy bacon pieces and green onions for an extra special touch.

I have definitely learned my lesson and gloves have been purchased for all future jalapeño experiments.

Now let’s move along to these chipotle shrimp jalapeño poppers. They are like little bits of heaven. The basics are cream cheese, pepper jack cheese, shrimp and chipotle sauce. When buying jalapeños, look for large ones that will be good for stuffing. Chop the jalapeños in half, remove white membranes and deseed (and by all means, PUH-LEASE use gloves). Stuff the jalapeños with the cream cheese mixture and bake until golden bubbly. Top with bacon and green onion. You will be in jalapeño popper heaven.


5.0 from 2 reviews
Chipotle Shrimp Jalapeño Poppers
 
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Serves: 24 pieces
Ingredients
  • 10-12 Large Jalapeños
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 Cup Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded (or Pepper Jack Cheese if you like it extra spicy)
  • 2 Heaping Tablespoons Chipotle Sauce
  • ¼ lb. Jumbo Shrimp, cooked, peeled, and deveined
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1½ Teaspoons Salt
  • 3-5 Pieces of Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ½ Cup Green Onions, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with foil, set aside. Cut each jalapeño in half, lengthwise. With a spoon, scoop out the white membranes and the seeds. Chop the shrimp into bite sized pieces. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, shredded monterey jack cheese, chipotle sauce, pepper and salt. Mix well. Spoon the filling into each pepper half generously. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the cheese is golden bubbly. Sprinkle with bacon crumbles and green onions. Serve immediately.
Notes
Be very careful when cutting the jalapeños. I highly suggest wearing plastic gloves and washing your hands immediately after handling.

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Comments

  1. says

    I have SO been there. A few football seasons ago I did bacon wrapped jalapenos and was in so much pain that I couldn’t even watch the game!

    I looooove this recipe! I want to make it!

  2. says

    First, I’m totally drooling over these. I LOVE jalapeño poppers and the fact that these have shrimp just make it ten times better! Second, be thankful you didn’t touch your eyes with your burning hands – I have and let me tell you it’s the WORST. Haha, I always wear gloves now!

  3. says

    These peppers look awesome, I’ve tried similar ones at a restaurant but I think it is time to make them at home 🙂 I’ve had this happen to me a while back, so now gloves are my best friend, when there are jalapeños involved! Pinned 🙂

  4. says

    Those jalapeno seeds can be lethal! I had no idea that mustard helped — I will keep that in mind. 🙂 Cheesy jalapenos are some of the best things in life, and I love that you added shrimp! These look so delicious, Mariah!

  5. says

    Oh my Mariah! Thanks for taking one in the kitchen all in the name of good food! I’ve never cooked with real peppers (I have young kids who would freak out ;-D) but now I know to watch out. I think the burning was worth it, they turn out fantastic!

  6. says

    These are so pretty!! I just made some poppers today too, but I’m a wimp when it comes to spicy food and used mini sweet peppers, haha! I like to pretend that I like spicy food but sometimes I just can’t take it! I bet the cheese and cream cheese mellows it out and makes it taste delicious though!

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      What a great idea to substitute mini peppers. My wuss of a little sister would love those. She hates my spicy addictions.

  7. says

    Oh girl! This does not sound fun but thank you for testing out all those methods 😉 But you know what does sound fun? These jalapeños! I tagged my girlfriend on Fb as we always make stuffed jalepenos for get togethers and I am dying to make these next! I will let ya know Memorial Weekend how they turn out! Happy Tuesday!

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      You will have to let me know how they are! We love jalapeño poppers too! I am sure all the spiciness will get the baby kicking 😉 Stella always kicked for spicy foods and sweets. I loved it!

  8. says

    Oh my gosh, jalapeno burns are the WORST! I did that to myself a few summers ago and I seriously wished that my hands would just fall off it burned so much. LOL. I’m definitely going to keep the mustard trick in mind in case that ever happens to me again! But umm these poppers?! They kinda look worth it. Seriously drooling over all that cheesy goodness going on!

  9. says

    haha you had me laughing with the love handles comment, I have the same probelm, something tells me having a food blog doesn’t help 🙂 Sorry about your hands, ouch! It was worth it though because these poppers look so good!

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      THOSE love handles girlfriend, they are the worst!!! I seriously can’t get rid of them…I am sure my donut obsession doesn’t lend me a helping hand. 😉

  10. says

    Oh my gosh, I can’t imagine how bad that hurt! I would have never thought to use mustard, but now I know! These jalapeño poppers look so delicious, Mariah. I wish I had one (or three) right about now 🙂

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      I don’t know why I haven’t kept gloves in the kitchen before all this…seems fitting for a food blogger lol
      Thanks Nora!

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