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Spartanburg’s Heidi Gomez a Carolina Eats recipe sweepstakes finalist with her Stuffed Jalapenos

If you’re looking for a tasty Memorial Day appetizer, you’ve found it with this Stuffed Jalapenos recipe submitted by Heidi Gomez of Spartanburg.

The third of four finalists in the Carolina Eats Memorial Day Chillin’ & Grillin Recipe Sweepstakes presented by Ingles, Heidi visited our Studio B kitchen in Spartanburg to prepare her recipe, using ingredients from Ingles, alongside Ingles Chef Jasmin Queen. Your Carolina and Livin’ Upstate host Jamarcus Gaston looked on at a safe social distance via Zoom.

“I like to cook and that’s been keeping me busy while my family has been at home during COVID-19,” said Heidi, a piano teacher who has been conducting virtual lessons for many of her students.

Heidi says her Stuffed Jalapenos make a great side dish, but also are a surprising tasty topping for a Memorial Day grilled hamburger.

Stuffed Jalapenos


  • 15 medium to large jalapenos
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 8 oz Mexican chorizo, cooked
  • 1/2 package Ranch packet
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Optional: 3 Roma tomatoes, diced


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and spray with cooking spray
  • Split and de-seed jalapenos and line them up on the cookie sheet
  • Mix the softened cream cheese with the chorizo and ranch packet
  • Add in 1/4 cup of shredded cheese
  • Stuff each pepper half with the mixture and bake for 25 minutes
  • Top with remaining shredded cheese and bake 10 more minutes
  • Optional: when finished baking top with diced tomatoes right before serving

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