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Jalapeno Popper Dip is the perfect party appetizer – it’s creamy, spicy and totally addictive. With fresh jalapenos, cream cheese, sharp cheddar and bacon, this jalapeño popper dip recipe will be the hit of any party!

An overhead shot of jalapeno dip in a white bowl surrounded by slices of bread

This Jalapeno Popper dip is my go-to party dip for gatherings and game day. Everyone loves it and it always goes fast! If you love cheesy dips like this, you have to try my Garlic Bread Cheese Dip and Easy Baked Queso Blanco Dip!

Jalapeno Popper Dip is so creamy, cheesy and spicy, you’ll definitely want to add it to your game day menu.

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The Best Jalapeno Popper Dip

This Jalapeno Popper Dip has all of the flavors of jalapeño poppers without the hard work of assembling each individual one. If that wasn’t good enough, it has extra cheese AND bacon for an irresistible dip that everyone will love.

It’s got simple, fresh ingredients and you can whip it up from start to finish in less than 30 minutes. You can prep it ahead of time and bake it later, and you can easily customize the heat and flavors. You can even serve it as a cold dip!

What you need

Ingredients and Substitutions

Ingredients in a bowl to make jalapeno popper dip
  • Jalapeños – I use fresh jalapenos in this jalapeño popper dip recipe because they are so flavorful. You can customize the heat by adding or removing the seeds and membranes from the pepper. Seeds=heat.
  • Green Chiles – This ingredient adds even more flavor without adding any heat. If you want your dip really spicy, you can use a can of diced jalapenos instead. There’s no need to drain them.
  • Cream Cheese – The base of the dip. Use the full-fat brick style, not the spread. For a lighter dip, swap out half of the cream cheese for light sour cream.
  • Cheddar Cheese – Freshly grated off the block sharp cheddar cheese. Feel free to add more if you like.
  • Bacon – Instead of wrapping bacon around the jalapeño poppers, it’s chopped up and put right into the dip! Leave it out if you don’t like it, or add more if you do.
  • Seasoning – Garlic powder and onion powder.

How To Make Jalapeno Popper Dip

This dip is so easy to make, you’ll never want to waste your time making those individual jalapeno poppers again. Instead of slicing and filling each jalapeno half with the cream cheese mixture, you just mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and bake it for 15 minutes – it’s a delicious creamy dip recipe that’s ready in about 25 minutes!

Just throw the ingredients together in an oven-safe casserole dish, add some extra cheddar and cooked bacon on top and it’s ready to bake! That’s why it’s one of my most popular appetizer recipes!

Cream cheese jalapeno dip in a white bowl unbaked.

Serving Suggestions

The easiest way to serve Jalapeno Popper Dip is to bake it in a casserole dish and serve with crostini, baguette slices, pita chips, crisp crackers, or tortilla chips for dipping. If you’re feeling creative, bake the dip in a bread bowl like I did with my Chili Cheese Dip!

If you’re the type that likes to garnish, sprinkle on some sliced green onions.

Variations

This recipe is great as is, but you can play around with the ingredients to come up with something that’s perfect for you.

  • Customize the ingredients: Add more or less bacon or cheddar if that’s your thing.
  • Crispy Topping: Sprinkle some panko breadcrumbs or crushed Ritz crackers on top before baking for a crunchy topping.
  • Try it in a bread bowl! Mix up the dip and pour it into a hollowed out Shepherder’s bread loaf and bake.
  • Bake it in a skillet – A cast iron skillet is nice for a rustic presentation. Pour the dip into the skillet and bake as directed.
  • Cheeses: Swap out the cheddar for mozzarella cheese, pepper jack or Parmesan cheese for a completely different flavor.

Storage Tips

What To Do with Leftovers

Leftover dip can be stored in the fridge, tightly covered, for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave at medium power to keep the cheese from separating, at 30 second intervals until hot. Or if there’s enough leftover, you can bake it in a small oven safe dish.

Recipe Tips

  • Canned vs. Fresh: Use canned jalapenos to cut down on time; I do personally like the roasted jalapeno flavor.
  • Heat Level: Play with the ratio of jalapeno peppers to green chilies to find a spice level you like. This recipe gives you the flavors of the peppers without the heat so be sure to add more if you’re looking for the spice! Try leaving some of the jalapeno seeds in too, if you like spicy.
  • Keep it warm – You can cook the dip in a crock pot on HIGH for about an hour and then switch to the warm setting for serving. This will keep your dip warm for the duration of your party.
  • Additions: This dip is nice and thick since it is made with cream cheese. If you want a looser dip, or if you want to serve it chilled instead of warm, consider adding a half cup of mayonnaise or sour cream.

More Appetizer Dips

These are all great game day food ideas!

Recipe

Jalapeno Popper Dip Recipe

4.91 from 110 votes
This Jalapeño Popper Dip is a quick way to enjoy the flavors of your favorite appetizer!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces Cream cheese softened
  • 4 Medium jalapeños seeded and diced (or a 4-ounce can of diced jalapenos)
  • 4 ounces Canned green chiles
  • 1 1/2 cups Shredded cheddar cheese freshly grated, divided
  • 6 slices Bacon cooked and crumbled, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • Baguette slices or crackers for dipping

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375℉. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, jalapeños, green chilies, 1 cup shredded cheddar, most of the bacon (reserve 1-2 tablespoons for topping), onion powder, and garlic powder in a large bowl until well combined.
  • Spread evenly into the prepared baking dish and top with remaining ½ cup cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until melted and bubbly.
  • Serve with toasted baguette slices or crackers.

Notes

To keep warm for serving, consider preparing in a slow cooker. Mix the dip ingredients together in a large bowl then transfer to the crock pot. Cook on HIGH for 1-2 hours, then switch to the warm setting. If adding toppings, cover and cook an additional 15 minutes after adding to melt the cheese, 

Nutrition

Calories: 255kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 9gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 351mgPotassium: 110mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 668IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 181mgIron: 1mg

Sam

Sam is the blogger behind The Culinary Compass where she loves to try new dishes and ingredients from around the world. She hopes to bring experiences of new cultures to her readers without having to leave their home!

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    1. Yes. I would freeze before baking it. Cover it tightly (to the surface) with plastic wrap, then seal in a container and freeze for up to 2 months.

  1. Made this for a girl’s night. I used poblano peppers instead of jalapenos for a milder dip. It was so good! I never leave comments on anything, so the fact that I’m leaving a comment on this should tell ya something. Make it!!

  2. My teens absolutely love this recipe. One question though. You said you love the roasted jalapeños but I don’t see where you say to roast them in the recipe. Is that something you normally do?

  3. This recipe was a hit. But I think I misread a step. When you say jalapeños (seeded and diced) does that mean to remove the seeds of the jalepeno?

    1. Yes that’s what it means. But if you want to leave them in, that’s fine too. It will just be extra spicy.

    1. Sure! You can throw everything in the crock pot and cook on low for 2 hours. Then mix it all together in the pot and top with extra cheese, if desired, and cover for an additional 15 minutes or so to let the cheese melt. An easier way might be to mix all of the ingredients together first, before adding the the crock pot.