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Easy & Creamy Jalapeno Popper Dip

Jalapeño Popper Dip is a scoop-able version of jalapeño poppers that is easy to make and everyone’s favorite appetizer! Creamy & spicy with a crunchy & buttery topping.

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Jalapeno Popper Dip

I love all things spicy, creamy, and eaten with friends. I know you do too, which is why WE are friends!

One of my favorite appetizers is a jalapeno popper. What’s not to like?

A crisp, spicy jalapeno pepper, filled with cream cheese and cheddar, and wrapped in crispy bacon. They can be labor intensive to make which is why I like them in dip form!

You won’t be able to resist this cheesy dip with a crunchy topping and full of spicy jalapenos and creamy cheese. The perfect party appetizer for just about any occasion . Be sure to make it for your next party.

Quick to throw together, can be made ahead of time, and everyone will gobble it up! Try my Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball and Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers too!

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Ingredients Needed

Cream cheese – Full fat, reduced fat, or fat free works. Bring to room temp before mixing.

Mayo – I love Duke’s mayo!

Green Chiles – A can of chopped green chilies is super easy!

Cheese – Sharp cheddar cheese gives it the best flavor but Pepper Jack works too.

Jalapeno peppers – Be sure to use gloves when prepping fresh jalapenos

Panko topping – Panko bread crumbs, butter, and Parmesan cheese.

Spices – Garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper.

I didn’t list bacon in this in case you want/need to keep it vegetarian. But if you love bacon like me, add it to your list of ingredients!

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How to Make Jalapeño Popper Dip

First: Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese and mayo. Beat or whisk to combine until smooth.

Second: Add the chilies, jalapeños, cheddar cheese, and spices to the cream cheese mixture. Mix to combine. Pour into a 8×8 baking dish or equivalent round dish.

Third: In a separate bowl, mix the Panko, butter, and Parm cheese. Spread on top of dip.

Fourth: Bake for 20 minutes at 350F until top is golden brown. Remove and serve warm with your choice of chips. Garnish with parsley or chopped green onions.

This jalapeño dip is great served cold, but I really like to bake it with a crunchy crumb topping!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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What to Eat with Jalapeño Dip

I like this dip with Ritz crackers but it’s also great with tortilla chips, pita chips, tortilla rounds, baguette slices, corn chips, and raw veggies.

Can you make it ahead of time?

You can prep the dip up to 3 days in advance and keep stored in the fridge. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or other airtight container. Bake when ready to serve!

Can you freeze jalapeño popper dip?

You can certainly freeze the dip. Just bake ahead of time and chill. Wrap and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, thaw and reheat in the oven at 350F for 15-20 minutes or until warmed through.

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Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • you can use melted butter when making the topping but I prefer cold butter.
  • I mix the topping in a food processor instead of my fingers.
  • I like jarred and pickled peppers but you can use fresh jalapeños if you like.
  • this recipe calls for mayo but feel free to use sour cream or Greek yogurt.
  • bake this in a casserole dish or a cast iron skillet.
  • add 1/4 cup to 1/2 crumbled cooked bacon for more flavor and texture.

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This easy Jalapeno Popper Dip recipe is creamy and slightly spicy, warm and cheesy, and has a crispy Panko topping. Easy to make and a crowd-pleaser for game day, game nights, and Super Bowl!

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Jalapeno Popper Dip

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Jalapeno Popper Dip is creamy & spicy with a crunchy & buttery topping.

Ingredients

Dip Ingredients

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 ounces chopped green chilies (drained slightly)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup diced jalapenos (I used jarred, drained)
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup cooked bacon (crumbled) *Optional*

Panko Crumb Topping

  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter (slightly softened)
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Garnish

  • Bacon bits
  • Parsley
  • Sliced green onions

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese and mayo. Beat or whisk to combine until smooth.
  2. Add the chilies, jalapenos, cheddar cheese, and spices.Mix to combine.
  3. Pour into a 8x8 baking dish or equivalent round dish. (I have used both square and round baking dishes)
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the panko, butter, and parmesan cheese. (I used cold butter and gave it a spin in my mini food processor/chopper to keep my hands from getting buttery)
  5. Spread on top of dip. Bake for 20 minutes at 350F.
  6. Remove and garnish with parsley or chopped green onions. Serve warm with chips or crackers.

Notes

  • you can use melted butter when making the topping but I prefer cold butter.
  • I mix the topping in a food processor instead of my fingers.
  • I like jarred and pickled peppers but you can use fresh jalapeños if you like.
  • this recipe calls for mayo but feel free to use sour cream or Greek yogurt.
  • bake this in a casserole dish or a cast iron skillet.
  • add 1/4 cup to 1/2 crumbled cooked bacon for more flavor and texture.
  • Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 ounces
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 499Total Fat: 43gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 678mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 14g

    This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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    Brian Kenkel

    Tuesday 25th of August 2020

    Had this at a friends house this weekend and fell in love!! I can't wait to make it this weekend!

    Kathleen Pope

    Sunday 23rd of August 2020

    We loved this! Better than poppers themselves because you can get as much as that yummy cheese as you want! I made it ahead of time and added the crackers just before baking!

    Debi

    Saturday 22nd of August 2020

    I love those poppers, so when I saw this recipe I knew I had to make it. Man it was so good. We devoured it while watching sports on tv.

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