Stuffed jalapenos recipe gets a simple flavorful upgrade

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While jalapeno popper flavors might be a food trend, this stuffed jalapenos recipe takes a flavor spin on the classic appetizer. Sometimes classic recipes need an upgrade. Ready to get cooking?

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring and bland. Even though everyone knows that eating more fruits and vegetables is always a good choice, finding creative and tasty ways to enjoy them is always a challenge. Sometimes, transforming a favorite recipe is the perfect solution.

Recently, the National Mango Board shared a simple idea for a twist on a stuffed jalapenos recipe. Adding some mango pieces to the recipe brings a tropical punch of flavor. A touch sweet, the flavor plays well with the curry powder and spicy qualities of the dish.

Plus, the combination of mango and manchego could inspired a variety of other food choices. Maybe for the next cheese plate, mango could be an option instead of apple.

Here’s how to make Mango Manchego Stuffed Jalapenos Recipe with Curry Cornmeal Crunch.


  • 3 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 jalapeno peppers, about 3 inches long, sliced in half lengthwise and deseeded Extra virgin olive oil, as needed
  • 1 firm ripe fresh mango, peeled, pitted and cut into matchstick pieces
  • 1/4 lb finely shredded Manchego cheese, divided
  • 1/2 fresh ripe mango, sliced for garnish


  • To make the crunch: Combine cornmeal, curry, salt, and ¾ teaspoon olive oil. Set aside.
  • To assemble the jalapenos: Rub outside of each pepper half with olive oil.
  • Fill center of each pepper with cheese, reserving 2 tablespoons to sprinkle on top.
  • Place 3 or 4 sticks of mango into each pepper pushing down.
  • Sprinkle a large pinch of crunch mixture on each pepper. Sprinkle a few shreds of reserved cheese on each pepper. Sprinkle another pinch of crunch mixture on top.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes; serve warm.

While the recipe is relatively simple to make, one important item is key. It is always important to use a ripe mango. When picking mangoes, a ripe one always has a little give when squeezed.

Whether you serve this stuffed jalapenos recipe for a gameday appetizer or just an afternoon treat, everyone will be impressed. Plus, the mangoes add a big boost of vitamins and minerals in addition to its tasty flavors. Are you ready to get cooking?

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What recipes have you upgraded with more fruits and vegetables? Are you excited to try this stuffed jalapenos recipe?