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Jalapeno Popper Dip

Our Jalapeno Popper Dip is the ultimate dip recipe for jalapeno popper lovers! This favorite party dip is packed with jalapenos, bacon, cream cheese, shredded cheese, mayo, and spices to make the most delicious dippable party appetizer!

tortilla chip being dipped into jalapeno popper dip

Jalapeno poppers are one of our all-time favorite appetizers. There’s just something so delicious about the combination of spicy jalapenos, cream cheese, and crispy bacon. Which is why we are OBSESSED with the hot dip version of this classic party appetizer that’s perfect for parties, game day, or any occasion when you want impress a crowd.

Jalapeno popper dip is the perfect balance of spicy, creamy decadence. Every bite is a mouthful of O-M-G…we don’t know if there’s a better way to describe it!

Why You Will Love This Recipe

Flavorful – Jalapeno popper dip combines the spicy kick of jalapenos with the rich creaminess of cream cheese and cheddar cheese, creating a flavorful combination that’s irresistible. Enough said.

Versatile – This dip can be enjoyed in various ways, whether you’re dipping tortilla chips, crackers, pretzels, or even vegetables. It’s a versatile snack that can suit any preferences.

Easy to Make – This jalapeno popper dip recipe is simple and easy to prepare, making it a convenient option for parties, gatherings, or even a casual night in.

Crowd-Pleaser – Jalapeno popper dip is ALWAYS a hit at parties and special occasions, you simply cannot go wrong with this recipe!

Ingredients

  • Jalapenos (2), finely diced – Jalapenos provide the signature spicy kick to the dip. They add heat and flavor, but you can adjust the amount according to your preference for spiciness.
  • Bacon (12 slices), cooked and chopped – Bacon adds a savory, smoky flavor and a crispy texture to the dip. It also complements the richness of the cheeses and adds an extra layer of flavor.
  • Cream Cheese (8 ounces) – Cream cheese provides a creamy base for jalapeno popper dip and is absolutely essential. We recommend full fat cream cheese for the best flavor.
  • Sour Cream (3/4 cup) – Sour cream adds tanginess to the dip. It helps balance the richness of the cream cheese and mayo while providing a smooth consistency. Full fat or 2% sour cream work best in this recipe.
  • Mayonnaise (1/4 cup) – Mayonnaise contributes to the creamy texture of the dip and adds richness while helping bind the ingredients together. Once again, full fat mayo is the best bet for this dip recipe.
  • Cheddar Cheese (1 1/2 cups, shredded) – Cheddar cheese contributes to the cheesy, creamy texture of the dip while adding sharpness and depth of flavor.
  • Monterey Jack Cheese (1 1/2 cups, shredded) – Monterey Jack cheese adds creaminess and melts well, contributing to the smooth texture of the dip. It has a mild flavor that complements the other cheeses without overpowering them.
  • Garlic Powder (1 tsp) – Garlic powder enhances the flavor of the dip with its aromatic and slightly pungent taste.
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste): Salt enhances the flavors of the other ingredients and helps balance the dish. Pepper adds a hint of spice and complements the other flavors in the dip.

jalapeno popper dip ingredients including cream cheese, bacon, shredded cheese, sour cream, mayo, jalapenos and spices

How to Make Jalapeno Popper Dip

1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.

2. Add the sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic powder, and salt and pepper (seasoned to your preference), and mix well.

3. Fold in the diced jalapenos and chopped bacon, reserving a little bit of each for topping.

cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, jalapeno and chopped baking in am mixing bowl

4. Fold in 1 cup of each cheese, and mix well.

5. Pour this mixture into a small cast iron skillet or other baking dish, smooth out evenly.

small cast iron skillet with ingredients for jalapeno popper dip readt to be put in the oven

6. Top with the remaining cheese, and remaining bacon and jalapenos.

prepared jalapeno popper dip ready to be put in the oven

7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the mixture is bubbly and cheese is melted. Serve warm with your favorite dippers!

just out of the oven jalapeno dip in a cast iron skillet with a side of tortilla chips

What to Dip in Jalapeno Popper Dip

Jalapeno popper dip pairs well with a variety of dippers. Here are some of our favorites!

Tortilla Chips – The crunchiness of tortilla chips complements the creamy texture of the dip.

Crackers – Choose your favorite type of crackers, such as butter crackers, wheat crackers, or even flavored crackers, to scoop up the dip.

Pretzels – Pretzels offer a salty contrast to the creamy dip and provide a satisfying crunch with each bite.

Vegetable Sticks – Serve an assortment of fresh vegetable sticks like carrot sticks, celery sticks, bell pepper strips, or cucumber slices for a healthier option.

Pork Rinds – Pork rinds offer a crispy and savory alternative to traditional dippers. Their hearty texture and subtle flavor complement the creamy and spicy elements of the dip. Plus, they’re low in carbs, making them a great option for those following a keto or low-carb diet.

Breadsticks – Breadsticks provide a sturdy base for scooping up the dip and offer a satisfying chewiness.

Pita Chips – Pita chips are sturdy enough to hold up to the thick consistency of the dip and add a subtle flavor that complements the jalapenos and cheese.

Toasted Baguette Slices – Thinly sliced and lightly toasted baguette slices offer a crunchy base for the dip and add a rustic touch to your serving platter.

Crispy Bacon Strips – If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even dip crispy bacon strips into the jalapeno popper dip for an extra indulgent treat.

tortilla being dipped into warm jalapeno popper dip

How to Store Jalapeno Popper Dip

If you have any leftovers, let them cool completely and store them in an airtight container (we love these glass containers with locking lids!) in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven and be sure to stir well before serving.

Tips for Making Jalapeno Popper Dip

  • If you go with veggies or pork rinds as dippers, this recipes is keto-friendly and low carb.
  • If you prefer a milder dip, remove the seeds and membranes from the jalapenos before dicing them. Conversely, if you want a spicier dip, leave some or all of the seeds and membranes intact.
  • Cook the bacon until it’s crispy, then drain it on paper towels to remove excess grease. Chop the bacon into small pieces before adding it to the dip for optimal distribution of flavor.
  • Garnish the dip with additional chopped jalapenos, crispy bacon bits, or chopped green onions for added flavor and visual appeal.
  • Jalapeno popper dip is best served warm for optimal creaminess and flavor. Keep it warm in a slow cooker or warming dish to maintain the temperature during parties or gatherings.

cast iron skillet with warm jalapeno popper dip garnished with bacon and jalapenos and a side of tortilla chips

tortilla chip being dipped into prepared warm jalapeno popper dip in a cast iron skillet

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Jalapeno popper dip is a classic warm party dip that is always a crowd-pleaser at parties or on game day. You can't go wrong with this cheesy dip recipe!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer
Servings 8
Calories 496 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz. Cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Jalapenos finely diced
  • 12 slices Bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups Shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups Shredded Monterey jack cheese

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
  • Add the sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic powder, and salt and pepper (seasoned to your preference), and mix well.
  • Fold in the diced jalapenos and chopped bacon, reserving a little bit of each for topping.
  • Fold in 1 cup of each cheese, and mix well.
  • Pour this mixture into a small cast iron skillet or other baking dish, smooth out evenly.
  • Top with the remaining cheese, and remaining bacon and jalapenos.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the mixture is bubbly and cheese is melted.

Nutrition

Calories: 496kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 17gFat: 46gSaturated Fat: 21gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 625mgPotassium: 181mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 945IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 360mgIron: 0.4mg
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