Jalapeno Popper Dip is served hot; and has all the delicious flavors of stuffed jalapeno poppers, stirred into a luscious dip. The bubbly, baked, cream cheese base is studded with cheddar, bacon and jalapeno. A crunchy Panko and Parmesan topping adds palate-pleasing texture to every bite.
Surprise everyone at your next celebration or gathering with this delectable treat. Jalapeno Popper Dip is perfect for snacking, for movie night or any occasion where people gather for fun and laughter. It’s simple to prepare and, in our house, one of my most popular fall and winter recipes!
My whole family enjoys Jalapeno Popper Dip, (even the littles). When it’s cold outside, it delivers heat in two different ways. The natural heat of a baked dip starts the warm-up, and then the gradually rising heat of the fresh jalapenos finishes the toasty job.
Cream cheese does a good job of tempering the jalapeno heat, but this dip still has a delicious, spicy kick! It’s a perfect complement and counter-balance to any cold or sweet snacks & appetizers on your party menu. Plus, it’s incredibly simple to make!
Safe Jalapeno Handling
Guys, just a quick note, before getting on with the recipe. The oils in the skin of a jalapeno can cause a serious irritation to some people’s skin. And, if you’ve ever had the misfortune of getting even a minute amount of that juice in your eye, you understand pain. Please take the necessary precautions when handling jalapenos. Wear some food-grade plastic gloves. Never touch your face or eyes while working with them. Wash your hands, cutting board and knives or utensils thoroughly after chopping them.
Let’s Make that Dip!
Ok, back to the easy recipe. Jalapeno Popper Dip is a quick fix. It’s just minutes to mix and then straight into the oven. I normally bake it in an 8×8 pan, if I’m preparing it for a family movie night or just for snacking. But, when we’re having a crowd, I double the recipe and bake it in my 12″ cast iron skillet, instead.
Match your baking containers to your party theme. If it’s a more elegant party, then choose a clear or crystal baking dish. If you have a Mexican theme, then put it in some brightly colored bakeware. You can even go more rustic, like me, and bake it right in a cast iron skillet.
How to Make Jalapeno Popper Dip
Blend the cream cheese and sour cream together, until they’re smooth. I use my stand mixer for this, but you could definitely do it by hand, if you don’t have one.
Then, mix in 1/2 cup of Parmesan, bacon bits and minced jalapenos.
Spread the yummy cream cheese mixture into an 8×8 baking dish.
Now, combine the panko, last 1/2 cup of Parmesan and melted butter. Sprinkle the crunchy topping over the dip in your baking dish.
Bake for about 30 minutes, until the dip is hot and bubbly. Pull it out of the oven and it’s ready to serve.Print
You’ll memorize this recipe, because it will be a go-to favorite appetizer for any fall or winter gathering. Simple to throw together and ready to serve in around 30 minutes. Plus, the cheesy, creamy flavor, with plenty of spicy kick, will have everyone clamoring for the recipe!
- 2 (8 oz blocks) Cream Cheese, softened
- 1 cup Sour Cream
- 1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
- ½ cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
- 4 large jalapenos, minced with seeds (remove them if you prefer milder spice)
- ½ cup Bacon, fried, drained and minced (4–5 strips, thick-cut bacon)
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- ½ cup Parmesan Cheese, grated (for topping)
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- Blend together the softened cream cheese and sour cream until smooth and creamy.
- Add sharp cheddar, ½ cup Parmesan, minced jalpenos and bacon bits. Stir until well combined.
- Spread cream cheese mixture into 8×8 baking dish.
- Mix melted butter, panko, and 2nd ½ cup of Parmesan until well combined.
- Spread panko topping mixture over cream cheese mixture in baking dish.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Panko/Parmesan topping will be lightly browned and crispy.
- Category: Appetizer, Dip
How to Serve Jalapeno Popper Dip
I garnished with fresh jalapeno slices, but minced parsley or cilantro would also be pretty. Get creative and use what you have on hand.
Serve Hot Jalapeno Popper Dip with crackers, corn chips or tortilla chips and all your guests will be coming back for seconds, not to mention, asking for the delicious recipe!
What delicious goodies do you love serving for fall and winter gatherings? If you’re loving the Jalapeno Popper- themed recipes, don’t miss one of my favorite soups of all times, Jalapeno Chicken and Corn Chowder. It will blow your mind!