Goat Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeños with Ranchero Sauce

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

Prepare the sauce up to two days ahead, and chill. Grill the jalapeños a day in advance, and refrigerate. Stuff and bake them just before serving.

Yield: 10 servings (serving size: 1 stuffed jalapeño, 1/3 cup sauce, and 1 tortilla)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 126
  • Calories from fat: 34%
  • Fat: 4.7g
  • Saturated fat: 2.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.6g
  • Protein: 5.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 17.2g
  • Fiber: 2.7g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg
  • Iron: 0.9mg
  • Sodium: 283mg
  • Calcium: 75mg

Ingredients

  • Sauce:
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 2 cups vertically sliced onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1 (15-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8-ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • Jalapeños:
  • Cooking spray
  • 10 large jalapeño peppers (about 4 inches long)
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) block-style fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 10 corn tortillas, warmed according to package directions

Preparation

  1. 1. To prepare sauce, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup water and next 5 ingredients (through tomato sauce). Cover and simmer 20 minutes. Uncover and simmer 5 minutes.
  2. 2. Preheat oven to 400°.
  3. 3. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add jalapeños to pan; cook 9 minutes or until tender and blackened, turning occasionally. Cut a lengthwise slit in each jalapeño; discard stems, seeds, and membranes.
  4. 4. Combine cream cheese and next 3 ingredients (through 1 garlic clove). Fill each jalapeño with about 1 tablespoon cheese mixture. Place jalapeños on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 7 minutes or until warm. Serve with tortillas and sauce.
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