Cheesy Rice Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers


A twist on a classic jalapeno popper using rice and cheese with a crusty panko topping and then baked…not fried.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
24 poppers


  • 1 (8.8 ounce) pouch UNCLE BEN'S® Ready Rice® Original Long Grain or Whole Grain Brown

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • ¼ cup shredded Mexican blend cheese

  • 1 ½ teaspoons taco seasoning mix

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro

  • 12 large jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise, seeds and membranes removed

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Prepare rice according to package directions. Allow to cool slightly.

  3. Mix rice, cream cheese, shredded cheese, taco seasoning, and cilantro together in a bowl. Combine thoroughly.

  4. Fill each jalapeno half with about a teaspoon of rice mixture, depending on size of jalapeno. Arrange filled jalapeno halves on prepared baking sheet.

  5. Mix panko bread crumbs and melted butter together in a small bowl. Top filled jalapenos with crumb mixture.

  6. Bake poppers in preheated oven until lightly golden on top, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Depending on the size of the jalapenos, you might need additional peppers to use all the filling.

Refrigerate leftovers in a reusable container. To serve, microwave for about 20 seconds or so per popper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

108 Calories
6g Fat
14g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 108
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 122mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 42mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.