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Jalapeño Popper Dip

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Spicy jalapeños, spices, and cheese are mixed and baked for this delicious homemade jalapeño popper dip.
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  1. Jalapeño Popper Dip Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Jalapeño Popper Dip
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This zesty homemade jalapeño popper dip will become a favorite party appetizer. Loaded with cheese, sour cream, diced jalapeños, bacon, and a crispy panko topping, it’s an irresistible, spicy appetizer. 

If you need more yummy inspiration, try our Rotel dip or our hanky panky recipe, which is an appetizer I stole from my grandma!

close up overhead shot of a bowl of Jalapeno Popper Dip garnished with jalapeños and a ritz cracker dipped into it

Jalapeño Popper Dip Ingredients

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You’ll need:

For the Dip

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup (4-ounces) jarred jalapeños, chopped
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded parmesan cheese
  • 4-5 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ¼ cup green onion

For the Topping

  • ½ cup plain panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

BACON: You can add a little more to this creamy dip if you really love bacon or omit it if you don’t. 

SPICES: A teaspoon of garlic powder is awesome in this incredible dip as well. 

YOGURT: You can substitute the sour cream for Greek yogurt if you’d like to. 

CHEESE: You could also use Monterey Jack cheese in this recipe. Pepper Jack or a Mexican blend cheese would also offer a nice extra bit of heat if you’d like.

JALAPEÑOS: I prefer canned jalapeños for this great recipe, but you can also roast fresh jalapeños to use if you prefer. You can also adjust the spice level depending on your preference. If you leave the seeds and ribs in the jalapeños, your dip will have more kick, if you remove them, it won’t be spicy. 

How To Make This Jalapeño Popper Dip

PRO TIP:

You can also make this recipe in your crockpot. Follow the below instructions and instead of making it in a baking dish, add it to your crockpot and cook on high for 2 to 3 hours. 

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 400°F and prepare an 8×8-inch dish or a 2½-quart casserole dish by spraying it with nonstick spray.

STEP TWO: In a medium-sized bowl with an electric mixer on medium, mix together the cream cheese and sour cream until smooth.

PRO TIP:

Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that you don’t end up with lumps in your creamy dip.

Jalapeno Popper Dip process shot before and after ingredients are whisked in a bowl

STEP THREE: Stir in the cooked bacon, jalapeños, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, and green onion.

Jalapeno Popper Dip process shot before and after ingredients are stirred in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Combine the bread crumbs with melted butter and parsley.

Jalapeno Popper Dip process shot before and after ingredients are combined in a bowl

STEP FIVE: Spread into prepared dish. Sprinkle crumb mixture over the cream cheese mixture.

PRO TIP:

You can make this up to three days in advance and pop it in the oven right before your party. Just wait to add the topping until you’re ready to bake. 

STEP SIX: Bake 20 minutes or until hot and breadcrumb topping is golden brown.

PRO TIP:

This must be served HOT or it will lose its creamy texture.

How To Serve

We like to serve this cheesy dip with buttery crackers but you can also serve this easy appetizer with bread, pita chips, bagel chips, or tortilla chips. Don’t forget to add our stuffed mushrooms and cucumber bites for more appetizers. This is the perfect party appetizer or something to whip up for your next movie night.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftovers of this spicy dip in the fridge wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or in an airtight container. You can reheat in the oven or single-servings in the microwave for up to three days.

IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend freezing this dip as it will lose its creamy texture.

close up overhead shot of Jalapeno Popper Dip garnished with jalapeños and a ritz cracker dipped into it

Packed with flavor, this simple and quick recipe for homemade jalapeño popper dip is delicious served with buttery crackers. Loaded with zesty jalapeños and creamy cheesy goodness plus a crunchy topping on top of the dip, it’s an irresistible hot dip that tastes just like jalapeño poppers and is the best party appetizer for any gathering. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I make this dip in the slow cooker?

This dip can also be made in the slow cooker. Mix up all the ingredients and layer them in the slow cooker rather than a baking dish and then cook on high for 2 to 3 hours.

Does this dip have to be served hot?

This dip is best served hot, otherwise, it will lose its creamy texture.

Can I freeze leftovers of this dip?

We don’t recommend freezing this dip as the cream cheese and sour cream won’t hold up well during the freezing process.

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Jalapeño Popper Dip

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Spicy jalapeños, spices, and cheese are mixed and baked for this delicious homemade jalapeño popper dip.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

For the Dip

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 ounces jarred jalapeños, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 4 to 5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ¼ cup green onion

For the Topping

  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Prepare an 8×8-inch dish or 2½-quart casserole by spraying with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium-sized bowl with a mixer on medium, mix together the cream cheese and sour cream until smooth.
  • Stir in the bacon, jalapeños, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, and green onion.
  • Spread into prepared dish.
  • Combine the bread crumbs with the butter and parsley. Sprinkle over the cream cheese mixture.
  • Bake 20 minutes or until hot and bread topping is golden brown.

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Notes

  • You can also make this recipe in your crockpot. Follow the below instructions and instead of making it in a baking dish, add it to your crockpot and cook on high for 2 to 3 hours. 
  • Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that you don’t end up with lumps in your creamy dip.
  • You can make this up to three days in advance and pop it in the oven right before your party. Just wait to add the topping until you’re ready to bake. 
  • This must be served HOT or it will lose its creamy texture.

Nutrition

Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 525mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 938IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 342mg | Iron: 1mg
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