Grilled Stuffed Chili Bites

Spicy Southwestern Appetizer Recipes

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One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is: eating healthy. But you don’t necessarily have to skip out on your favorite foods to do so. These make a great appetizer or a side dish with burritos or tacos.  Any type of chili pepper will work as long as they are large enough to stuff.  Peppers such as Italian, Cubanelles, or Hungarian Hot Wax work great. If you’re watching calories, make sure the cheese of your choice is skim or fat-free. My favorite to use is Monterey Jack, but you'd do fine with mozzarella or a pepper jack blend as well. 


  • 8 large chili peppers
  • 1 (16 oz.) pkg. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded


Set the grill to medium hot, allowing it to preheat. Place the chili peppers on to grill grate and cook 10 minutes, turning occasionally or until charred. Place the grilled peppers in plastic and seal, allowing them to steam for 10 minutes. Remove the peppers and peel. Cut a slit down the length of each pepper and remove the seeds. Stuff each pepper with the cheese. Close the peppers and secure with a toothpick. Place the peppers on foil and wrap the foil around the peppers securing tightly. Return the peppers to the grill for 10 minutes. Open the packet and let the peppers cool for 5 minutes so the cheese will firm up slightly, making them easier to handle. Makes 8 servings.

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