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2 August 2019

This armadillo eggs recipe takes cheese stuffed jalapeno peppers, wraps them in hot Italian sausage and bacon, then grills them up. Watch them disappear!

Armadillo Eggs are a fun and inventive appetizer with a creative name. I imagine they were invented years ago when someone like me, a crazy jalapeno popper lover, decided that jalapeno poppers stuffed with cream cheese just weren’t enough. They probably stood there, contemplating the wonderfully oozing popper and thought, “You know? I’ll bet this would taste even BETTER if I wrapped it in meat!”

BOOM! The birth of the Armadillo Egg.

There may be a different origin story out there, but this one works for me.

Armadillo Eggs ready to serve

It isn’t hard to imagine how these appetizers got their name. They sort of look like Armadillo Eggs, don’t they? Regardless of what they’re called, they’re quite tasty and, fair warning, a little bit addictive, particularly for meat lovers.

They’re not difficult to make. All you need are your typical jalapeno popper ingredients, some Italian sausage and bacon.

Some of my very favorite ingredients. #LifeisGood.

Let’s talk about how we make them, shall we?

Armadillo Eggs ready to serve

 

How to Make Armadillo Eggs – the Recipe Method

  1. First, remove the stems from the jalapeno peppers, then core them out. Use a spoon or a knife to scoop out the seeds and innards, or use a jalapeno corer.
  2. Next, mix together 8 ounces of cream cheese, chili powder, garlic, and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Stuff each jalapeno with the cream cheese mixture.
  3. Form 1/4 of the Italian sausage around the entire outside of each of the filled jalapenos. They will be egg shaped. I use hot Italian sausage, but mild works as well.
  4. Next, wrap each of the sausage wrapped armadillo eggs with 3 slices of bacon. Be sure to get the bacon wrapped all the way around. You can use toothpicks to affix them, if needed.
  5. Heat your grill to medium heat (about 400 degrees F.) and lightly oil the grates.
  6. Grill the armadillo eggs for 25-30 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy and the sausage is cooked through.

Boom! Time to enjoy your armadillo eggs!

Armadillo Eggs on a cutting board

Recipe Notes

You can use other jalapeno popper fillings of your choice, including other cheeses, like pepper jack or cheddar cheese. The process is the same. Basically stuff each cored out jalapeno pepper with your cheesy mixture, then wrap each stuffed jalapeño in hot sausage, then bacon.

I was able to make 5 armadillo eggs with about 1 pound of Italian sausage, though these were fairly large and could even be served as a small meal. If you’d like to stretch these into smaller bites, make your poppers boat style by slicing them in half and spreading your cheese mixture over the tops, THEN wrapping them in sausage. You’ll double the overall yield.

Or, use smaller jalapeno peppers and you can make 8 smaller armadillo eggs.

Up the Heat Factor

If you’re a spicy food lover like me, the hot sausage is a nice touch. However, if you’d like even more heat, save the cored out innards of the jalapeno peppers and chop it up, then mix it into your cream cheese mixture before stuffing the peppers.

You can also incorporate spicy chili flakes or chili powder to get a bit more of that heat we crave.

Try Other Ground Meats

This recipe will work with other ground meats. Try it with ground beef, ground pork, ground turkey or ground chicken. Or, use a mixture of different meats. I’ve made this with a blend of ground beef and chorizo. It’s one of my favorite combinations.

Baked Armadillo Eggs

You don’t need a grill to make armadillo eggs. You can use your oven. Simply heat your oven to 400 degrees F, then baked the armadillo eggs on a baking sheet until they are cooked through and the bacon is nice and crispy.

Or, use your smoker in the same way to add a nice smokey flavor. Smoked armadillo eggs are incredible.

Finally, bake them up! Get ready for eating!

An armadillo egg, sliced open to reveal the jalapeno popper within

I hope you enjoy the recipe. Let me know how yours turn out! Check out our Jalapeno Popper Recipes.

Try Some of My Other Popular Appetizer Recipes

An armadillo egg, sliced open

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

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Bacon Wrapped Armadillo Eggs Recipe

This armadillo eggs recipe takes cheese stuffed jalapeno peppers, wraps them in hot Italian sausage and bacon, then grills them up. Watch them disappear!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, jalapeno, recipe, sausage
Servings: 8
Calories: 434kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 large jalapeno peppers (or more as needed)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage (I used hot Italian sausage)
  • 12 slices bacon

Instructions

  • Remove the stem from the jalapeno peppers, then core them out.
  • Mix together the cream cheese, chili powder, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Stuff each jalapeno with the cream cheese mixture.
  • Form 1/4 of the Italian sausage around the entire outside of the stuffed jalapeno pepper. It will resemble an egg.
  • Next, wrap each with 3 slices of bacon. Be sure to get the bacon wrapped all the way around. You can use toothpicks to affix them, if needed.
  • Heat your grill to medium heat (about 400 degrees F.) and lightly oil the grates.
  • Grill the armadillo eggs for 25-30 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy and the armadillo eggs are cooked through.
  • Serve them up!

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Notes

Makes 4 large armadillo eggs.
Slice them in half to serve, or enjoy one on your own.

Nutrition

Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 728mg | Potassium: 270mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 545IU | Vitamin C: 9.6mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg

This recipe was updated on 8/2/19 to include new photos and information. It was originally published on 6/19/17.

 

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