Get the perfect combination of crunch and creaminess with our jalapeño popper dip made with luscious cream cheese. It's an addictive flavor combo!
This mildly spiced dip provides the perfect balance of creaminess and crunch. The velvety smoothness of the cream cheese is complemented by the crunch of breadcrumbs on top, creating a divine texture combination.
Reasons to Love Jalapeño Dip
- Easy to make. You can whip up this delicious dip quickly, making it a convenient option for busy days.
- Perfect for snacking. It's great for snacking during movie nights or game days.
- Goes with everything. You can serve the smooth and creamy dip with various dippers, such as tortilla chips, pretzels, or veggies. It can even be used on top of other dishes.
The dip comes together quickly by blending simple ingredients. The seeds are removed from the jalapeños so you won't have a spicy dip.
Here are the items you'll need to make this dip:
- cream cheese
- diced jalapeños
- mozzarella cheese
- cheddar cheese
- garlic powder
- ground white pepper
- panko bread crumbs
- fresh parsley (optional)
- extra virgin olive oil (optional)
Scroll down to the recipe card for quantities used.
Making a delicious and creamy baked jalapeño dip is easier than you think. Preheat your oven to 370°F (188°C) and dice the jalapeños to get started. Then, follow our simple step-by-step directions.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine cheddar cheese, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, mayonnaise, jalapeño, garlic powder, and ground white pepper.
Mix the ingredients together well with a spoon.
Transfer cheese-jalapeño mixture onto a small cast iron pan. Flatten the mixture with a spatula or the back of a spoon.
Sprinkle homemade Panko breadcrumbs. Drizzle or spray oil.
Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until the mixture is bubbly and the homemade Panko breadcrumbs are golden in color. Remove from oven and sprinkle finely chopped fresh parsley or cilantro on top.
Hint: When handling jalapeños, it's best to wear disposable gloves to avoid getting the spicy oils on your skin. You should also avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, until you done and washed your hands.
The recipe is easy to modify if you want to change the taste. Here are a few ideas you can try:
- Spicy - add the jalapeño seeds to the dip or sprinkle in red pepper flakes.
- Cheesy alternatives - use a combination of sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese for an extra cheesy flavor profile.
- Ranch flavor - replace the mayonnaise with ranch dressing for a tangy kick. You can also use sour cream in place of the cream cheese.
Check out our pastry-wrapped baked brie for another cheesy appetizer idea.
Top tip: If you want a spicier dip, leave some of the jalapeno seeds and membranes. For a milder version, remove them. Taste as you go to find the right balance for your palate.
- Use softened cream cheese: Softened cream cheese blends more easily with the other ingredients. Leave it out at room temperature for about 30 minutes before you start, or microwave it for short intervals at low power.
- Mix thoroughly: Ensure that all ingredients are well-mixed to distribute the flavors evenly. A hand mixer or food processor can be helpful for achieving a smooth consistency.
- Prevent clumping: Shred your cheese finely, so it melts evenly and doesn't clump.
- Keep an eye on it: Baking times can vary depending on your oven. Keep a close eye on the dip during the final baking stage to ensure it doesn't overcook or burn.
- Rest before serving: Allow the dip to rest for a few minutes after removing it from the oven. This helps the flavors meld and prevents you from burning your mouth on the hot cheese.
When it comes to dippers, tortilla strips or crackers are classic choices for cheese dips. Fresh vegetables such as sliced bell peppers, cucumber rounds, or carrot sticks make excellent options for those who prefer something lighter. For something more unique, try dipping some air fryer pasta chips.
You can also serve this baked jalapeño popper dip on a charcuterie board with meats such as thinly sliced salami or prosciutto. To balance out these rich flavors, offer an assortment of olives and pickles. You can also add some crusty Italian artisan bread slices.
Once the cream cheese dip has cooled down, transfer it into an airtight container or cover it tightly with plastic wrap. This will help prevent air from getting in and keep the dip fresh for longer.
Refrigerate the dip to help maintain its quality and prevent bacterial growth. The dip can be stored for up to four days in the fridge.
If you need to store it for a more extended time, you can also freeze the dip. Transfer it into a freezer-safe container or ziplock bag and label it with the date. When ready to use, thaw the frozen dip in the refrigerator overnight before reheating or serving.
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Jalapeño Cream Cheese Popper Dip
- ⅓ cup cream cheese softened
- 2 medium fresh jalapeños deseeded and chopped
- 1 ½ tablespoons mayonnaise
- ⅓ cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese
- ⅔ cup freshly grated cheddar cheese
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons homemade Panko breadcrumbs
- finely chopped fresh parsley
- extra virgin olive oil
- Pre-heat oven to 370°F (188°C). Set cook time at 8 minutes.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine cheddar cheese, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, mayonnaise, jalapeño, garlic powder, and ground white pepper. Mix well.
- Transfer cheese-jalapeño mixture onto a small cast iron pan. Flatten the mixture with a spatula or the back of a spoon. Sprinkle homemade Panko breadcrumbs. Drizzle or spray oil.
- Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until the mixture is bubbly and the homemade Panko breadcrumbs are golden in color.
- Remove the extremely hot small cast iron pan carefully.
- Sprinkle finely chopped fresh parsley and dig in. Best served with your favorite chips, crackers, or vegetables.