Armadillo Eggs

I know this sounds strange, and to be honest, I’m with you. But every once in awhile, I really want to eat something ridiculously cheesy and meaty, so when I found this, I knew I had to attempt to make them.

Armadillo eggs, a staple in Texas diners, are peppers that are stuffed with cheese, then wrapped with seasoned hamburger meat. It’s like meatloaf, but way better. They sound complicated, but they’re really not. Choose whatever kind of peppers you want, depending on how you tolerate spice. I stuck with poblanos, which makes these a little bigger. If you go with jalapenos, anaheims, or habaneros, you’ll probably need to reduce the cooking time.

For the meat portion, you can season the beef how you like your burgers. I used chopped onions, adobo seasoning, salt and pepper, and then slathered them in BBQ sauce. You can use cajun seasoning, steak seasoning, lemon pepper…whatever floats your boat. Same thing for the cheese. I used sharp white cheddar, but pepperjack, provolone, mozzarella or colby will all taste great.

Basic Armadillo Eggs

Serves 6
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Meal type Main Dish
A Texas tradition, these meaty and cheesy stuffed peppers are a great meal.


  • 6 poblano peppers
  • 8oz white cheddar
  • 1.5lb ground beef
  • seasoning of choice (salt, pepper, adobo, cajun, lemon pepper, etc)
  • 1 Small onion (diced)
  • BBQ sauce (or sriracha, habanero pepper jelly, etc)


Step 1
Cut the tops of the peppers off, remove the inner membranes and seeds, and rinse the pepper out.
Step 2
Cut the cheese into rectangles small enough to fit within the peppers. Stuff inside the peppers until full.
Step 3
Mix your diced onion, beef (or sausage if you prefer), and seasonings of choice.
Step 4
Separate the meat into 6 equal portions and wrap around the pepper until covered.
Step 5
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes, basting every 10 minutes with BBQ sauce.
  1. DanG says:

    Oh man these sound amazing! Definitely making these next time I go to the store.

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