Italian Style Jalapeno Poppers

A recipe for jalapeno peppers made Italian style, stuffed with seasoned ground turkey, fresh basil, tomato sauce and topped with shredded Parmesan cheese. These are perfect for a last-minute party appetizers.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 80 kcal


  • 16-20 jalapeno peppers Or as many as you can fill - I used gorgeous RED jalapeno peppers
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 extra jalapeno peppers chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped basil + extra for garnish
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese + extra for garnish


  1. Heat a large pan to medium heat and add olive oil. Heat. Add onion and 2 jalapeno peppers. Cook about 5 minutes to soften.
  2. Add garlic and cook about a minute.
  3. Add turkey and break apart. Mix and cook about 8 minutes, or until turkey is cooked through.
  4. Add tomato, stewed tomatoes and basil. Stir and reduce heat to low. Simmer for at least 10 minutes, but 30 minutes or more is better. Lets those flavors develop, baby!
  5. Slice the jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise and scoop out the insides.
  6. Add 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese to the meat mixture and stir. Stuff each jalapeno with the stuffing mixture.
  7. Bake the jalapenos on a lightly oiled baking sheet at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
  8. Remove, cool slightly, and top with extra basil and Parmesan cheese.
  9. Serve!
Nutrition Facts
Italian Style Jalapeno Poppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 80 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 172mg 7%
Potassium 215mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 2g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 8.2%
Vitamin C 28%
Calcium 9.1%
Iron 4.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.