Jalapeño Popper Dip

Today, I’ve got a recipe that’s about to become your new party or gameday favorite, Jalapeño Popper Dip!

Imagine all the creamy, cheesy goodness of jalapeño poppers, but in dip form.

It’s a crowd-pleaser that disappears faster than you can say “cheese, please!” With just the right amount of spice from fresh jalapeños, a rich base of cream cheese and cheddar, and a crispy, golden breadcrumb topping, this dip is a flavor explosion waiting to happen.

And, because it makes everything better, there is crisp bacon in this yummy dip!

Whether you’re hosting a tailgate party, game night, potluck, or just craving a savory snack, this recipe has got you covered.

So, let’s dive in and create a dip that’ll have everyone coming back for seconds (and thirds)!

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Ingredients for Jalapeño Popper Dip

Alright, let’s talk ingredients for this amazing Jalapeño Popper Dip!

First up, grab yourself some fresh jalapeño peppers. You’ll need either one big guy or two to three smaller ones.

Then, reach for that cream cheese, about 8 ounces worth, and make sure it’s nice and softened.

Don’t forget the tangy sour cream, a whole cup of it.

To amp up the flavor, we’ve got garlic powder, just a teaspoon.

And of course, what’s a dip without cheese? You’ll want 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese and 3/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.

Don’t forget to add about 4 slices of cooked, crumbled bacon or a package of real bacon bits.

Now, for that irresistible crunchy topping: breadcrumbs! Grab a cup of ’em.

Then melt down about 4 tablespoons of butter, because butter makes everything better, right?

Lastly, add another 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese to the topping mix for that extra cheesy goodness.

And there you have it, your grocery list for the best Jalapeño Popper Dip ever!

Substitute Ingredients for Jalapeño Popper Dip

So, what if you find yourself short on a few ingredients? No worries, I’ve got you covered with some easy swaps for this Jalapeño Popper Dip.

Jalapeños: If you’re looking to dial down the heat, you can swap the fresh jalapeños for milder options like poblano peppers or even bell peppers. Want more kick? Try serrano peppers for an extra spicy twist.

Cream Cheese: If you’re out of cream cheese, fear not! You can use softened mascarpone or even Greek yogurt for a tangy twist.

Sour Cream: No sour cream in the fridge? Not a problem. Plain yogurt or even mayo can step in to add that creamy goodness.

Garlic Powder: Fresh garlic is always a winner! Just finely mince a couple of cloves to replace the powder.

Cheddar Cheese: Any good melting cheese will work here. Monterey Jack, Colby, or even Gouda can step in for the cheddar.

Parmesan Cheese: Grated pecorino Romano or Asiago can be fantastic substitutes for Parmesan.

Breadcrumbs: In a pinch, crushed crackers or even panko breadcrumbs can stand in for the regular breadcrumbs.

Butter: If you’re out of butter, try using olive oil or melted coconut oil for the topping. It’ll still get that crispy goodness.

With these easy swaps, you can customize your Jalapeño Popper Dip to suit your taste buds and pantry stock.

How to Make Jalapeño Popper Dip

Alright, let’s get started on making this delicious Jalapeño Popper Dip.

First up, preheat your oven to a toasty 375°F (190°C).

Grab a 9” x 9” baking dish and give it a good grease with some cooking spray or butter. We want this dip to come out nice and easy when it’s done baking.

Next, let’s tackle those jalapeños. If you haven’t already, finely dice ’em up. You can choose to keep or discard the seeds, depending on how much heat you want.  I remove the seeds and the dip is pretty mild!

Now, onto the creamy base.

In a mixing bowl, let’s combine the softened cream cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, shredded cheddar cheese, and grated Parmesan cheese.

Add the bacon.

Mix it all up until it’s smooth and creamy, like a cheesy dream.

Once that’s done, it’s jalapeño time! Fold those diced jalapeños right into the creamy mixture. Want it spicier? Add more! Prefer it milder? Just hold back a bit.

Spread this deliciousness evenly into your prepared baking dish.

Topping for Jalapeño Popper Dip

Time to work on that crispy, golden topping. Grab another bowl and mix together the breadcrumbs, melted butter, and more grated Parmesan cheese. Make sure everything is nicely coated with buttery goodness.

Sprinkle this breadcrumb mixture all over the top of your dip. Now, pop that dish into the preheated oven and let it bake for about 20-25 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the top turns a beautiful golden brown and the edges start to bubble with cheesy goodness.

Once it’s done, take it out and let it cool for a few minutes. This dip is best enjoyed warm, so don’t wait too long to dig in! Grab your favorite dippers—tortilla chips, crackers, veggies—and get ready for a flavor explosion.

And there you have it!

Tips and Tricks for Making This Recipe

Here are some tips and tricks to ensure your Jalapeño Popper Dip turns out perfect!

Soften Cream Cheese Properly:

Make sure your cream cheese is softened before mixing. Leaving it out at room temperature for about 30 minutes to an hour should do the trick. Softened cream cheese mixes more easily and creates a smoother dip.

Adjust Jalapeño Heat:

If you’re sensitive to spicy foods, remove the seeds and membranes from the jalapeños before dicing. For extra heat, leave some of the seeds in or use spicier peppers like serranos.

Mix in Extra Flavors:

Feel free to get creative with additional flavors! Chopped crispy bacon, green onions, or even diced tomatoes can add extra layers of flavor to the dip.

Blend Ingredients Well:

When mixing the creamy base, make sure to blend everything thoroughly. You don’t want pockets of unmixed ingredients. A hand mixer or stand mixer can make this process even easier.

Customize Cheeses:

Don’t limit yourself to just cheddar and Parmesan. You can mix and match with other cheeses like Monterey Jack, pepper jack, or even a bit of cream cheese for added creaminess.

Topping Texture:

For an extra crunchy topping, toast the breadcrumbs lightly in a skillet with a bit of butter before adding them to the mix. It adds another layer of texture to the dish.

Broil for Extra Crisp:

If you want an even crispier top, once the dip is baked, switch the oven to broil for a couple of minutes. Keep a close eye to prevent burning, but this will give that topping a beautiful golden finish.

Make Ahead:

You can prepare the dip ahead of time and refrigerate it, covered, until you’re ready to bake it. This is perfect for parties or gatherings where you want to minimize last-minute prep.


Before serving, consider garnishing with a sprinkle of fresh chopped cilantro, parsley, or more grated cheese. It adds a nice pop of color and freshness.

Serve with Variety:

Offer an assortment of dippers like tortilla chips, baguette slices, pretzels, or even carrot and celery sticks for a healthier option.


 If you have leftovers (though it’s unlikely!), store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To reheat, cover with foil and warm in the oven until heated through.

Remember, cooking should be fun and flexible! Don’t be afraid to tweak the recipe to suit your taste buds and experiment with different ingredients. Enjoy your cheesy, spicy creation!

What Pairs Well with Jalapeño Popper Dip!

Ah, the perfect pairing can really take a dish to the next level! So, what should you serve with this delectable Jalapeño Popper Dip? Let’s chat about some fantastic options.

First off, classic tortilla chips are always a hit. Their salty crunch complements the creamy, spicy dip like a dream. You can go for the regular ones or mix it up with some flavored tortilla chips for an extra burst of excitement.

Crackers are always a good pairing for this dip!

If you’re in the mood for something a bit heartier, how about some crispy, toasted baguette slices? They provide a nice contrast in texture and soak up the creamy dip beautifully. Plus, the toasty flavor of the baguette adds another layer of yum.

Now, let’s talk veggies. Don’t underestimate the power of fresh vegetable sticks! Crisp celery, sweet bell pepper strips, and carrot sticks are not only colorful and healthy but also offer a refreshing bite alongside the rich dip. It’s like a guilt-free indulgence!

Feeling a bit more indulgent? Pretzels are a fun and unexpected pairing. Their saltiness complements the creamy dip perfectly, and the crunch is oh-so-satisfying.

And if you’re hosting a party or gathering, consider a platter with a mix of all these options. Variety is the spice of life, right? Your guests will love having different dippers to choose from, and it makes for a colorful and inviting spread.

So there you have it! Whether you go for the classic tortilla chips, toasty baguette slices, crackers, fresh veggies, or even pretzels, you really can’t go wrong. It’s all about finding what tickles your taste buds and makes your snacking experience extra enjoyable. So grab your favorite dippers and get ready to dip into creamy, cheesy goodness!

How to Store and Reheat Leftover Dip

Alright, so you’ve made this amazing Jalapeño Popper Dip, and maybe (just maybe) there are a few spoonfuls left after the party. No worries, we’ve got you covered on how to store and reheat those leftovers.

First things first, if you have any remaining dip, transfer it to an airtight container. This helps keep it fresh and prevents any other flavors from sneaking in. Pop that container into the refrigerator, and it’ll stay good for a few days.

Now, when it’s time to reheat, there are a couple of ways to go about it. One simple method is to place the dip in an oven-safe dish, cover it with foil (to prevent drying out), and then bake it in a preheated oven at around 350°F (175°C) for about 15-20 minutes, or until it’s heated through and bubbly.

If you’re in a bit more of a rush (or just really hungry), you can also use the microwave. Transfer the dip to a microwave-safe bowl, cover it loosely with a damp paper towel (this helps retain moisture), and heat it in short bursts, stirring in between. This ensures even heating without any cold spots.

Once it’s nice and hot, give it a good stir to make sure everything is heated evenly. And there you have it, your leftover Jalapeño Popper Dip is ready to enjoy all over again! Whether you’re snacking solo or sharing with friends, this dip is just as delicious reheated. So go ahead, dig in, and savor every creamy, cheesy bite.

If you liked this recipe, check out some of my other Appetizer and Snack recipes!

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Jalapeño Popper Dip

Imagine all the creamy, cheesy goodness of jalapeño poppers, but in dip form.
It's a crowd-pleaser that disappears faster than you can say "cheese, please!" With just the right amount of spice from fresh jalapeños, a rich base of cream cheese and cheddar, and a crispy, golden breadcrumb topping, this dip is a flavor explosion waiting to happen.
Whether you're hosting a tailgate party, game night, potluck, or just craving a savory snack, this recipe has got you covered.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dip recipe, hot dip recipe, jalapeno recipe, popper recipe
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 158kcal

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  • 1 large or 2 small jalapeño peppers finely diced
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Preheat Oven:
  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a baking dish or oven-safe skillet with cooking spray or butter.
  • Prepare Jalapeños:
  • If you haven’t already, finely dice the jalapeño peppers. Remember to remove the seeds for less heat or leave them in for extra spiciness.
  • Mix Cream Cheese Base:
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, sour cream, bacon, garlic powder, shredded cheddar cheese, and grated Parmesan cheese. Mix until everything is well combined and creamy.
  • Add Jalapeños:
  • Fold in the diced jalapeños into the cream cheese mixture. Adjust the amount of jalapeños to your desired level of spiciness.
  • Transfer to Baking Dish:
  • Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish or skillet.
  • Make Topping:
  • In a separate bowl, combine the bread crumbs, melted butter, and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Mix well until the breadcrumbs are coated evenly with butter and cheese.
  • Add Topping:
  • Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture evenly over the top of the jalapeño dip.
  • Bake:
  • Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the dip is bubbly around the edges.
  • Serve:
  • Once done, remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving. This dip is best served warm.
  • You can serve it with tortilla chips, crackers, sliced baguette, or vegetable sticks for dipping.
  • Enjoy!
  • Enjoy your delicious Jalapeño Popper Dip with its creamy, cheesy goodness and crispy topping!
  • Feel free to adjust the seasoning and spice level according to your preference. Enjoy your tasty dip!

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Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 383IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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