Spicy peppers get a cooldown from the creamy bean-and-cheese filling in our healthier version of jalapeno poppers.

Hilary Meyer
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2010


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Recipe Summary

40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Make a small slit on one side of each pepper. Place the peppers in a large microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on High until just softened, about 5 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, combine refried beans, cheese, scallion and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl.

  • When the peppers are cool enough to handle, scrape out the seeds with a small spoon (a 1/4-teaspoon measuring spoon works well). Fill each pepper with about 1 tablespoon of the bean filling, or until the pepper is full but not overstuffed (the amount will depend on the size of the pepper). Close the pepper around the filling.

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

  • Place flour in a shallow dish. Lightly beat eggs in another shallow dish. Combine cornmeal and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a third shallow dish. Roll each stuffed pepper in flour, shaking off any excess. Dip in egg and let any excess drip off. Then roll in the cornmeal mixture. Place the peppers on the prepared baking sheet. Generously coat all sides of each pepper with cooking spray.

  • Bake for 5 minutes. Turn each pepper over and continue baking until hot and the filling starts to ooze in a few spots, about 5 minutes more.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the filling (Step 2) for up to 1 day.

Kitchen tip: Touching hot peppers can “burn” your hands. Wear rubber gloves or wash your hands thoroughly after handling them.

Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Nutrition Facts

87 calories; protein 4.9g; carbohydrates 8.3g; dietary fiber 2g; sugars 0.8g; fat 3.8g; saturated fat 2.1g; cholesterol 35.5mg; vitamin a iu 275.2IU; vitamin c 17mg; folate 26.4mcg; calcium 85.2mg; iron 0.8mg; magnesium 13.5mg; potassium 124.2mg; sodium 328.8mg.

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  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
How the heck did you get the coating to stick to the peppers? I added some brown rice to the filling so it wasn't so gooey. The flavor was excellent and the crunch from the little bit of coating was great. Just wish more coating stayed on. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
YUM! I too enjoyed them with Basmati rice in the stuffing. I didn't microwave them for a full five minutes. I like them to have little more rigidity when I'm stuffing them. They soften up to my liking after they've cooked in the oven. Pros: Very tasty Cons: I don't use cooking spray - Blech!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My whole family loves these. We use small sweet peppers for my daughter and hot ones for the more brave. We use different fillings too and have even used different breading each time we have made them but the overall recipe is great. We would have never figured out to cook them in the microwave first and a lot of other details that this recipe gives. A great base recipe to build upon and be creative! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Excellent Healthy Poppers Really enjoyed this recipe! I agree with one reviewer who says it is a good base recipe to add your own flare too. I'm not saying it is not good as is but we all have favorite popper recipes that are less healthy so this healthy recipe could be adapted to your liking. As another reviewer mentioned I also had difficulty getting the flour to stick to anything but the filling. I have seen other recipes where you dip into egg then flour then egg again then the corn meal. I will try that next time. Another variation I would like to try is to wrap the popper in Prosciutto before coating with the flour and corn meal. I do not to buy canned food due to BPA's so I made my own refried beans from dried. Search "refried beans" on Eating Well and you will find Golden Chicken with Spicy Refried Beans - these are the refried beans that I made - they were wonderful. Pros: Easy tasty Read More