Tex-Mex Tailgating With Southwestern Spinach Dip Stuffed Jalapenos

I’m a southern girl, I was born in Texas, I reside in Texas, and I spend my days surrounded by Cowboys, Texans, and Saints fans. Let’s get one thing straight though. No matter how much one might assume that I support one of these teams, I am a Patriots fan through and through.

I will don my Patriots fan gear with pride for every game. During my 11 years in Maine I was drawn into the deep passion for the team shared by the people of New England. Their hearts are with the players every season and after a few years of being surrounded by the “Patriots Passion”, so was mine. There is something about that New England pride that just pulls me in. Nobody does football or football food, quite like a Pats fan. That’s why this season I’m spiking my tailgating food with a bit more excitement with the help of Litehouse Foods products.

Consider Inviting Litehouse to Your Next Tailgating Party

No matter what team you root for, football isn’t football without the tradition of tailgating. Friends and family meet up in the parking lot of the football stadium hours before the game begins. Rain, shine, sleet, or snow you will find them there ready to cheer their team to victory. Cars are grouped together like tents at a camp ground; coolers are filled with ice cold beer and food for the grill. Tailgating has become a pretty serious sport for fans. The old fashioned hot dogs and burgers are no longer suitable for such an occasion. Dry rubs, meats that have been smoked for hours, and classic football food with a twist is what you’ll find on the menu these days. Let’s face it, football food is growing up. Are you ready to kick it up a notch this season?

Stuffed Jalapenos are Topped with Cheese

Consider inviting Litehouse to your next Tailgating party. With plenty of fresh products to choose from giving old tailgate foods a fun twist is fast and easy! Marinate your favorite meats in zesty dressings, replace plain Jane sour cream with flavorful dips, and add Instantly Fresh Herbs to cream cheese for a more adult-like spread. Who has time to spend hours cooking food when you have more important tailgating business to take care of, like digging all of that fan gear out of the closet, or painting your face in team colors?

Top Stuffed Jalapeno with a Crispy Panko Layer

My first tailgating creation of the new football season is Southwestern Spinach Dip Stuffed Jalapenos. Yeah. You heard me right. We’ve all done spinach dip or cream cheese stuffed jalapenos.  That’s fine and dandy, but it’s time to make some touchdown worthy food. Fresh spinach and other southwestern vegetables are tossed with Litehouse’s creamy Mild Jalapeno Dip and stuffed into a fresh jalapeno. Topped with a crispy panko layer and baked until bubbly these are sure to get you revved up for the big game! Happy Tailgating!

Southwestern Spinach Dip Stuffed Jalapenos

Southwestern Spinach Dip Stuffed Jalapenos

Serves 8 | Finish in 40 minutes

Jalapeno halves are stuffed with a creamy southwestern style spinach dip. Stuffed jalapenos are topped with cheese and panko bread crumbs then baked until bubbly, brown, and panko topping is crunchy!


1 bunch fresh spinach thinly sliced,
5 scallions thinly sliced,
1 red bell pepper finely chopped,
1 c. corn kernels fresh or frozen,
1 jalapeno discard seeds and mince,
2 Tbsp. olive oil,
2 Tbsp. Litehouse Instantly Fresh Cilantro,
2 tsp. ground cumin,
1 ½ tsp. salt,
¼ tsp. black pepper,
4 oz. cream cheese,
½ c. Litehouse Mild Jalapeno Dip,
15 whole jalapenos sliced in half lengthwise seeds removed and discarded,
(Editor's note: try using a melon scoop to remove seeds)
1/3 c. cheddar cheese shredded,
1/3 c. panko bread crumbs,


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2. Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil, spinach, scallions, bell pepper, corn, minced jalapeno, Litehouse Instantly Fresh Cilantro, cumin, salt, and pepper.

3. Cook stirring often until spinach and bell pepper are softened.

4. In a medium bowl mix together the cream cheese and Litehouse Mild Jalapeno Dip until smooth.

5. Add the spinach mixture and stir to combine.

6. Place jalapeno halves on a baking sheet cut side up. Fill each jalapeno with creamy spinach mixture. Sprinkle the cheese over each filled jalapeno. Sprinkle the panko bread crumbs on top of the cheese.

7. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes if you prefer a little crunch left in the jalapeno, or 20 minutes for a softer jalapeno.

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