Mexican Stuffed Jalapeño Bacon Taco Boats

Jalapeños filled with taco meat instead of a taco shell
Jalapeños filled with taco meat instead of a taco shell

I had been waiting quite a while for Mexican Fiesta Nite on the Carb Nite Diet plan.  Bacon wrapped Jalapeños are always a staple on my grill, and I was thinking of ways to expand my horizons with the spicy pepper.  I thought that stuffing the jalapeños with taco meat and wrapping them in bacon would make for a fun spin on mini taco’s

Jalapeños filled with taco meat instead of a taco shell
Jalapeños get a schmear of cream cheese

I made taco meat with ground beef and 75% of a taco seasoning packet.  To enhance the flavor, I added about 2 TBS of onion powder, and did not add any water to the seasoning.  It cooled before I attempted to stuff it in the jalapeño.

Jalapeños filled with taco meat instead of a taco shell
Stuffed with cream cheese

 

Jalapeños filled with taco meat instead of a taco shell
A generous topping of taco meat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The plan was to wrap the jalapeños in bacon and let all the flavors have a fiesta on the grill.  Unfortunately, I had good, local, thick cut bacon that was too thick to get wrapped around anything smaller than a globe.  I cut the bacon into strips and covered the taco boats like I was dealing cards at the blackjack table

Jalapeños filled with taco meat instead of a taco shell
Bacon a top the jalapeño
Jalapeños filled with taco meat instead of a taco shell
Getting ready for the grill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jalapeños filled with taco meat instead of a taco shell
Grilling nicely
Jalapeños filled with taco meat instead of a taco shell
A little cheese on the taco boat

Just before the jalapeños were done, I took off the rendered bacon and sprinkled on some grated cheese.  It melted picking up all the flavors of the hardwood lump charcoal.

Jalapeños filled with taco meat instead of a taco shell
Hot jalapeños cooling off before dinner
Jalapeños filled with taco meat instead of a taco shell
Jalapeños filled with taco meat instead of a taco shell- Went well with guacamole!

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