Southwest Steak Jalapeno Poppers

Southwest Steak Jalapeno Poppers

This Southwest Steak Jalapeno Poppers recipe is an excellent snack to devour during the big game, or really just as an excuse to have a fun appetizer 🙂

And these can be cooked in the oven, smoker, or Traeger pellet grill!

Leftover steak is not really something we ever have around here, so I did grill a small sirloin steak to use in these stuffed jalapenos.

But if you do have leftover steak, this would be an excellent way to use it.

Here is just about everything you need to make these jalapenos.

Confession…most of these are jalapenos from my garden, but I did have a few smaller poblano peppers that I used too.

ingredients for the poppers on a cutting board

How to Make Southwest Steak Jalapeno Poppers

Start with cutting the jalapenos in half and scraping the seeds out with a spoon.

My skin is very sensitive to jalapenos, so I wear rubber gloves when doing this part.

Next. make the filling by putting a cup of cooked, diced steak in a bowl.

Add a block of cream cheese, taco or southwest seasoning, a cup of shredded cheese, and a cup each of corn and black beans.

I used canned corn and beans so I drained the liquid from the corn and also rinsed the black beans before adding them.

popper filling in a bowl before mixing

Stir the filling so it comes together, and this will take a few minutes.

It helps if the cream cheese is at room temperature.

And I have the best luck using a metal kitchen spoon to bring it all together with the cream cheese.

jalapenos cut in half before filling

Stuff each jalapeno half with the filling.

And if you end up with some leftover filling, it’s SO good on a cracker!

Kind of like an appetizer before your appetizer 😉

poppers on a tray before cooking

For cooking these, you have options.

Either in a 400 degree oven for 25 minutes… or in a 250 degree smoker for 45 minutes.

Southwest Steak Jalapeno Poppers

I went with the smoker option for a little extra wood fired flavor.

Southwest Steak Jalapeno Poppers

Southwest Steak Jalapeno Poppers are best when eaten right away 🙂

Southwest Steak Jalapeno Poppers

Creamy, cheesy goodness paired with the steak and southwest flavors for the win!

Southwest Steak Jalapeno Poppers


Southwest Steak Jalapeno Poppers

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Southwest Steak Jalapeno Poppers
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Southwest Steak Jalapeno Poppers

Southwest Steak Jalapeno Poppers are stuffed with lots of cheese, corn, black beans, and diced steak and can be either baked or smoked

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Appetizers, Easy, Game Day Snacks, Jalapeno Popper, Recipe, Southwest, Steak, Stuffed Jalapeno, Traeger
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 409 kcal
Author Cheri Renee


  • 15 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 cup cooked, diced steak
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 cup cooked, rinsed black beans
  • 8 oz block cream cheese at room temp
  • 1 cup shredded cheese of choice
  • 1 Tbsp taco seasoning or southwest seasoning blend


  1. Cut the jalapenos in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scrape out the seeds and ribs.

    Note: Recommended to wear plastic gloves when handling jalapenos. 

  2. Put the steak, corn, black beans, cream cheese, shredded cheese, and taco/ southwest seasoning in a bowl. Mix everything together.

    Note: I had the best luck with a metal spoon, using the backside of the spoon to incorporate everything with the cream cheese.

  3. Fill each jalapeno half with this mixture and place on a lined baking sheet. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 25 minutes (or put them on a smoker set to 250 degrees for 45 minutes).

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