Jalapeño Cheddar Beer Stuffing Recipe

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jalapeno cheddar stuffing

What’s Up, Hungry People

I can’t believe I’m saying this: it’s almost STUFFING season!! While most people ogle the turkey, I head straight for the stuffing on the holidays. I’m a carboholic, what can I say?

This cheesy AND spicy twist on a traditional holiday classic will wake you up from your turkey slumber. It’s stuffing made with jalapeños, cheese, and BEER?! Where do I sign up to eat this every day!?

spicy stuffing with beer

Here’s What You Need

  • Sourdough bread cubes – The base that soaks up all the delicious flavors.
  • Onion – Adds sweetness and depth.
  • Jalapeños – Brings the heat and a touch of crunch.
  • Celery – Provides a fresh, crisp texture.
  • Mozzarella – Melts beautifully for gooey, cheesy goodness.
  • Parsley – Freshness and a hint of color.
  • Thyme – Earthy flavor that complements the herbs.
  • Rosemary – Adds a woody, aromatic note.
  • Beer – Adds a rich, malty depth to the stuffing.
  • Hard cider – Adds a touch of sweetness and complexity.
  • Lime juice – Brightens up the flavors with acidity.
  • Colby Jack cheese – Cubes of cheesy heaven in every bite.
  • Butter – For sautéing and adding richness.
  • Salt and pepper – Essential seasoning to taste.
beer cheese stuffing

Let’s Cook

First, grab a large skillet and set it over medium-high heat. Melt that lovely butter and toss in the diced onion, jalapeños, and celery. Sauté them until they’re tender, which should take about 5-6 minutes. Next, pour in one can of beer and let it simmer with the veggies for 30 minutes until the liquid reduces by half. This gives your stuffing a delicious depth of flavor.

Soaking the Bread

While the veggies are doing their thing, get a large bowl and combine your bread cubes with parsley, thyme, and rosemary. Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Now, take the other can of beer, your bottle of hard cider, and that tangy lime juice, and pour it all over the bread cubes. Let them soak up all that liquid for about 30 minutes. This makes sure every piece of bread is flavorful.

Mixing It All Together

Once your veggies are ready and your bread has soaked up all the goodness, gently combine the sautéed veggie mix into the bread cube mix. Stir carefully—nobody wants mushy stuffing!

Baking to Perfection

Preheat your oven to 350°F (or 180°C for my metric friends). Grease a baking dish to prevent sticking. Pour the soaked bread mixture into the dish. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella over the top and poke the Colby Jack cheese cubes into the stuffing. You want to make sure every bite is packed with cheesy goodness.

Pop the dish into the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the top is firm and the moisture has cooked out. Keep an eye on it—ovens can be tricky!

Serve warm and watch it disappear at the dinner table!

side dish for stuffing

Tips for Perfect Stuffing

  • Adjusting the Heat: If you prefer a milder stuffing, remove the seeds from the jalapeños before dicing.
  • Choosing the Bread: Day-old sourdough works best as it absorbs the liquid without becoming too mushy.
  • Beer and Cider Balance: If you don’t want too much alcohol flavor, substitute one can of beer with chicken or vegetable broth.
  • Cheese Distribution: Make sure to evenly distribute the Colby Jack cubes to get cheesy bites throughout.
  • Prevent Overcooking: Keep an eye on the oven in the last 10 minutes to avoid drying out the stuffing.
stuffing with jalapeno and cheddar

This jalapeño cheddar stuffing is sure to become a new holiday favorite. It’s got the perfect mix of spicy jalapeños, gooey cheese, and rich beer flavor that will wake up your taste buds. Pair it with your favorite main dish, and you’ll have a side that everyone will rave about. Plus, it’s easy to make, so you can spend more time enjoying the festivities. Give it a try, and I guarantee it’ll be a hit at your next gathering. Happy stuffing season, Hungry People!

jalapeno stuffing

Jalapeno Cheddar Stuffing

The Starving Chef
A spicy and cheesy twist on traditional stuffing with jalapeños and beer.
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Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Thanksgiving
Servings 8


  • 8 cups sourdough bread cubes
  • ½ cup onion diced
  • 2 jalapeno diced
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • ½ cup mozzarella shredded
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • ½ tablespoon rosemary
  • 24 oz beer
  • 12 oz hard cider
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 cup Colby jack cheese cubes
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter and sauté the onion, jalapeños, and celery until tender, about 5-6 minutes. Add one can of beer to the veggies and simmer for 30 minutes until the liquid is reduced by half.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the bread cubes, parsley, thyme, and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour the other can of beer, bottle of hard cider, and lime juice over the bread cubes. Let soak for about 30 minutes.
  • Combine the sautéed veggie mix into the bread cube mix. Stir gently (be careful not to over-stir and turn the bread to mush).
  • Grease a baking dish, then pour in the soaked bread. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella over the top and poke the Colby Jack cheese cubes into the stuffing so every bite has some cheese in it.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the moisture has cooked out and the top of the stuffing is firm. Serve warm and enjoy!
Keyword jalapeno, stuffing
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