Shrimp Stufed Chili Guerito Peppers

Shrimp Stuffed Chili Guerito Peppers

Shrimp Stuffed Peppers are a simple and delicious recipe that was inspired by my tuna stuffed jalapeno recipe and some yellow chilies. This recipe started with some chili gueritos which I purchased from the green grocer who still visits my workplace regularly. I like peppers, and he assured me that these were mild and would be good for stuffing. He suggested that I make some traditional chili rellenos, but I really don’t like frying foods.

I spent some time considering my options. Finally, I decided to stuff the Chili Gueritos, like jalapenos, but unlike my recipes for stuffed jalapenos, these chilies would be stuffed with a shrimp filling and would be made, not to eat with your fingers, but part of a dinner with the intention that they would be eaten with a knife and fork.

What will you need to prepare this recipe?

From the Root Cellar

  • Brown, or Yellow, Onion
  • Garlic

From the Refrigerator

  • Chili Gueritos
  • Cream Cheese
  • Mayonnaise
  • Bacon Pieces
  • Mexican Blend Cheese
  • Lime Juice

From the Freezer

  • Salad Shrimp

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First, I washed the chilies, cut them in half lengthwise, and removed the seeds. I arranged them in a single layer in a casserole dish.

Shrimp Stuffed Peppers

Next, I thawed, drained, and dried the shrimp before assembling the filling. Once the filling was ready, I stuffed the peppers.

Shrimp Stuffed Peppers

Then, I placed them in the oven, and baked them. While they were baking, I made some rice pilaf and a salad as sides, and 30 minutes later, I removed these beautiful, and delicious, peppers from the oven, and after a few minutes of rest, they were ready to serve.

Shrimp Stuffed Peppers

We loved these Shrimp Stuffed Chili Guerito Peppers. Baker’s Man has already asked when I will make them again. They were fairly simple to prepare–the hardest part was chopping the onion and garlic and cleaning out the peppers.

We are already wondering how this filling would work in jalapenos, too. Expect to see another recipe with this filling very soon. We are wondering how it would be to make some grown up bagel bites using it.

Shrimp Stuffed Chili Guerrito Peppers

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Shrimp Stuffed Chili Guerito Peppers

This isn't an appetizer recipe that you pick up with your fingers. This is a knife and fork type of meal that's delicious served with rice pilaf and/or a green salad. In spite of containing shrimp, this recipe isn't very expensive. The total cost of the meal was only $7.73 or about $1.29 per serving for two pepper halves.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Resting Time 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 6 medium to large chili gueritos cut in half with seeds and membranes removed. ($2.00)
  • ½ medium brown onion finely diced ($0.33)
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced ($0.10)
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened at room temperature ($0.68)
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise ($0.16)
  • ¼ cup cooked bacon pieces ($0.42)
  • 2 cups frozen salad shrimp thawed, drained, and fairly dry. ($2.99)
  • 1 cup shredded mexican blend cheese ($0.99)
  • 2 tsp lime juice ($0.06)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut chilies in half lengthwise and remove seeds.
  • Arrange pepper halves in a single layer in a casserole dish that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray.
  • Thaw Shrimp and drain well. (Excess liquid will cause filling to be too wet. You can pat dry with a paper towel.) Set aside.
  • Add onion, garlic, cream cheese, mayonnaise, bacon pieces, and lime juice to a bowl and mix well to combine.
  • Fold shrimp and shredded cheese into cream cheese mixture until well incorporated.
  • Fill pepper halves with shrimp and cheese filling.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until they are beginning to lightly brown on the top and all of the cheese is melted.
  • Allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.
Keyword brown or yellow onion, chili guerito, cooked bacon pieces, cream cheese, garlic, lime juice, mayonnaise, Mexican Blend Cheese, shrimp

The following nutritional information is for a single serving of the recipe (2 pieces of stuffed pepper) prepared according to the recipe above.

Shrimp Stuffed Chili Guerito Peppers

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