Chili Pepper Madness

July 15, 2015

Cajun Shrimp Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Cajun Shrimp Stuffed Poblano Peppers Cajun Shrimp Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Once again, I must extoll the wonderful virtues of the stuffed chili pepper. Stuffed peppers are easy to make, satisfy like no other, and allow for a nearly infinite level of creativity. Practically anything you can conceive of can be stuffed into a chili pepper and made better. You can grill your stuffed peppers or bake them, whichever you prefer. Or how about the crock pot? Today I chose poblano peppers. I had a couple of these left in the fridge, some decent sized ones, and they were begging me to stuff them. "Please please!" They were calling my name.

And so was the shrimp. Cajun shrimp!

When working with shrimp, Cajun is such a tasty way to go. You don't often get to mix seafood with cheese in an effective way, but this is one of them. The combination of Cajun shrimp with the mixture of Manchego and goat cheese, along with the basil and hot sauce -- it's just so good. It defintely belongs on both mine and Patty's favorite recipes lists.

I mentioned hot sauce. The recipe calls for your favorite hot sauce. You can certainly try any of the hot sauces from our hot sauce recipes page, but for today I used an excellent artisan sauce from Lucky Dog Hot Sauce. Lucky Dog has a number of excellent hot sauces on the market, including the flavorful Dia del Perro sauce, which is a medium heat pepper sauce with alderwood-smoked serrano peppers, green tomatillo, toasted onion, roasted garlic and chile tepin. Good stuff! Having a good hot sauce on hand makes for a quick and easy recipe like stuffed peppers.

Cajun Shrimp Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Check out Lucky Dog and purchase their hot sauces at Amazon (affilliate link!): Lucky Dog - Dia Del Perro Hot Sauce

I also took too many pictures of this recipe! We couldn't help ourselves. They were just too pretty. I hope you enjoy them!

Cajun Shrimp Stuffed Poblano Peppers - Recipe


  • 2 large poblano peppers
  • 8 ounces shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasonings
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 4 ounces shredded Manchego cheese
  • 10 or so large basil leaves, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon (or more) of your favorite hot sauce
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped, for topping

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Slice the poblano peppers in half lengthwise and scoop out the insides. Set onto a large baking dish.
  3. Add the shrimp to a mixing bowl and coat with olive oil. Toss with Cajun seasonings.
  4. Heat a pan to medium heat and saute the shrimp a couple minutes per side, until cooked through. Cool and chop. Into a mixing bowl they go.
  5. Add cheeses, basil and hot sauce. Mix well.
  6. Scoop the mixture into the peppers and bake 30-40 minutes, to your preference.
  7. Top with fresh cilantro and serve with extra hot sauce! Serves 2-4.

Cajun Shrimp Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Cajun Shrimp Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Cajun Shrimp Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Cajun Shrimp Stuffed Poblano Peppers - Recipe


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  • Comment Link Krysti March 07, 2017 posted by Krysti

    Hi, can't wait to make these! Do you think I can prep them day before and bake day of?

    REPLY: Krysti, YES, you can prepare these ahead. Just keep them wrapped in the fridge, sealed up tight. Have fun! -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Alina October 27, 2016 posted by Alina

    Did you blacken poblanos on fire first or you left skin on?

    REPLY: Alina, I just stuffed them and baked them, but you can roast then peel them first if you'd like. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Kim September 07, 2016 posted by Kim

    What exactly are the 'cajun seasonings?'

    REPLY: Kim, there are a number of Cajun blends on the market you can purchase, or get from your local grocer. A typical blend includes paprika, salt, pepper, cayenne, oregano, cumin and other possible ingredients/seasonings. I plan to post about it soon! -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness

  • Comment Link Jillian July 22, 2016 posted by Jillian

    These look so good, but quick question - what size shrimp do you use here?

    REPLY: Jillian, medium is fine. It will depend on the size of the peppers overall for how much actual shrimp you can fit. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Kimberlee July 20, 2016 posted by Kimberlee

    Has anyone tried adding chorizo? I feel that would be really good but dont want to try it if someone already had a bad experience. Lol. TIA!!

    REPLY: Kimberlee, I think chorizo would be a GREAT addition. Give it a try! -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Tammy June 07, 2016 posted by Tammy

    Absolutely EXCELLENT! Will be making this again and again...

  • Comment Link Luisa April 25, 2016 posted by Luisa

    How many calories do you think is in one stuffed pepper?

    REPLY: Luisa, about 430 calories per stuffed pepper. I hope you enjoy them! -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Monica April 19, 2016 posted by Monica

    Do you have to cook the shrimp first? It seems like sauteeing them and then baking them for 30 min will make them overdone.

    REPLY: Monica, it is best to cook them first. They won't overcook with all the other ingredients. You'll maintain a better texture this way. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Michelle July 28, 2015 posted by Michelle

    Drooling over these yummy stuffed peppers! I must make these!

  • Comment Link Kathryn Doherty July 26, 2015 posted by Kathryn Doherty

    So much yumminess here! Love all these flavors, particularly stuffed into a poblano!

  • Comment Link R. C. Leitz July 25, 2015 posted by R. C. Leitz

    Thanks for yet another great recipe !!!
    I had to substitute Monterey Jack for the Manchego Cheese, but these things do happen.
    Quick and easy preparation with a delicious result.

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