I know many of the stuffed jalapeño recipes out there are baked. This recipe is not. No baking! Yay! This is a really simple, addictive and spicy appetizer. I make a lot of these during any gathering, because they don’t last long!

I was just thinking, in my 40+ years on this earth, I have never been to any cook-out or gathering that has ever served this dish. This is a dish that I grew up with. My mom has been making these stuffed peppers this exact way since the 70’s.  My close high-school friends would ask, with anticipation, if mom was making those jalapeño things! I consider this an ‘old school’ recipe that stands the test of time.

I know many fancy stuffed jalapeño recipes now use bacon instead of the cheap thin sliced pastrami. And bacon is always good, but there’s something about the combo of jalapeño, pimento cheese and pastrami that I simply love. Perhaps it’s a reminder of younger days enjoyed with family and a plate of these jalapeños. 

Plus, there’s no molten hot cheese to burn your mouth. And if there happens to be any leftover, simply pop them into an airtight container, throw them in the fridge, and they make a great next day snack!

Be sure to wear disposable gloves or wash your hands right after touching the jalapeños. If you rub your eyes after working with jalapenos, it will burn like crazy. If you read this after the fact, check out my article about how to stop the hot pepper burn on your hands or in your eyes.


Stuffed Jalapeños

This recipe makes about 40 jalapeno halves for a large crowd.
Prep Time 1 hour


  • 1 26 oz can of Embasa whole Jalapeños
  • 40 oz of pimento cheese
  • 6 bags of thin sliced pastrami


  1. Empty the can of Jalapeños into a strainer and rinse.
  2. Trim the stems and slice each whole jalapeño in half. Empty out seeds (discard seeds and inner membrane).
  3. Place the jalapeños face up on a dish, preparing them for stuffing.
  4. Using a small spoon, stuff each jalapeño half with pimento cheese.
  5. Roll up a very thin slice of pastrami, to the length that will fit on top of the pepper.
  6. Place the pastrami roll on top of the cheese.
  7. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The ingredient amounts may vary depending on how many jalapeños you are trying to fill and what size pimento cheese container you are able to purchase.

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