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Jalapeño Popper Dip

If you love jalapeño poppers, you’ll love this dippable version! Jalapeño Popper Dip is easy to make, deliciously cheesy, and perfect for everything from parties to movie night to game day.

White baking dish of jalapeno popper dip with a spoon in it, next to chips and a plate of dip and chips

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JALAPEÑO POPPER DIP WITH PANKO TOPPING

Jalapeño poppers are always a hit at parties. Spicy and cheesy, they’re one of the first appetizers to disappear at any party I’m at.

But the biggest downside to this snack is actually making them.

Having to prep the peppers and the filling and then assembling them? No thanks.

Electric hand mixer mixing the ingredients for jalapeno popper dip in a glass bowl on marble counter

When I’m planning snacks for a family movie night, party, or game day, I like to keep things easy with recipes like my Spicy Taco Cheese Ball, Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix, and French Onion Dip. AKA delicious recipes without any individual assembly required.

Spatula folding green chiles and diced jalapenos into cream cheese for jalapeno popper dip

My Jalapeño Popper Dip follows this trend. I took all of the flavors of a jalapeño popper and put them into a creamy dip with a crispy panko topping.

The best part? You can have this dip ready to pop into the oven in under 10 minutes.

Spatula folding shredded cheese into jalapeno popper dip in a glass bowl

HOW TO MAKE JALAPEÑO POPPER DIP

This Jalapeño Popper Dip recipe uses 4 different cheeses:

  • Cream cheese
  • Shredded Mexican-style cheese
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • And freshly grated parmesan

To make the dip, the cream cheese gets blended together with mayonnaise until nice and smooth.

Jalapeno popper dip spread into a white baking dish

Then fold in a can of diced green chiles and a can of diced jalapño peppers along with the Mexican-style cheese and the mozzarella.

Spoon all of this into a baking dish before topping with the panko and parmesan and baking until hot, bubbly, and lightly browned.

Even though this dip is best when baked with the crispy panko topping, you can leave off the panko and parmesan and pop the dip into the microwave until hot and bubbly if you’re in a hurry.

Jalapeno popper dip in a white baking dish, topped with panko and ready to bake

CAN YOU MAKE JALAPEÑO POPPER DIP AHEAD OF TIME?

Like all of my favorite snacks, Jalapeño Popper Dip can be made ahead of time.

It’s convenient to be able to assemble the dip several hours or even a day ahead of time and bake it just before serving.

Baked jalapeno popper dip in a white baking dish surrounded by chips and beer

If you choose to go this route, follow the instructions through step 3. Cover the dip and refrigerate.

When you’re ready to bake the dip, sprinkle on the panko and parmesan topping while the oven preheats, then bake according to the recipe directions.

White plate with jalapeno popper dip and tortilla chips on it

CAN YOU FREEZE JALAPEÑO POPPER DIP?

If you really want to work ahead, you could even freeze the Jalapeño Popper Dip.

Make sure you spread the dip into a freezer-safe dish. I also recommend putting it into a dish that can go straight from the freezer to the oven without shattering.

Just like with refrigerating the dip, leave off the panko and parmesan topping. Cover tightly and freeze until ready to bake.

Once ready to enjoy, remove from the freezer, top with the parmesan and panko, and pop it into the oven. You will likely need to bake the dip for 10-15 extra minutes when baking from frozen.

Keep an eye on the popper dip the last 10 minutes or so of cooking. If it starts to get too brown, lightly cover with foil to prevent it from browning more while the dip finishes baking.

Close up of a white baking dish filled with panko-topped jalapeno popper dip

HOW TO SERVE THIS DIP

So what goes with Jalapeño Popper Dip? Anything you can dip, really!

I love to serve it with toasted French bread, tortilla chips, and crackers. I also like to put out some raw veggies – the crunchy, cool veggies are a yummy contrast to the hot, creamy dip.

And, of course, you’ll probably want a nice cold beer or even a frozen mason jar margarita with your popper dip!

Whether you make Jalapeño Popper Dip for a family game night snack or your next party, you’ll love how easy this recipe is to make and your friends and family will love how delicious it is!

Plated jalapeno popper dip and chips next to a beer

White baking dish of jalapeno popper dip with a spoon in it, next to chips and a plate of dip and chips

Jalapeño Popper Dip

Yield: About 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

If you love jalapeño poppers, you’ll love this dippable version! Jalapeño Popper Dip is easy to make, deliciously cheesy, and perfect for everything from parties to movie night to game day.

Ingredients

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles, drained
  • 4 ounces canned diced jalapeño peppers, drained
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican style cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray an oven safe serving dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Using an electric mixer, blend the cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth.
  3. Stir in green chiles, jalapeno peppers, and Mexican and mozzarella cheeses. Spoon this mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  4. Mix together the Panko and parmesan cheese and sprinkle it over the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Spray the Panko and parmesan with a quick spray of non-stick cooking spray.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the mixture is hot and the topping is lightly browned.

Notes

  • If you are in a hurry, skip the panko/parmesan topping and simply microwave the cream cheese mixture until hot and bubbly.
  • To make ahead: prep dip through step 3, cover and refrigerate for several hours or up to a day. Top with panko/parmesan and bake according to directions.
  • To freeze: prep dip through step 3, putting the dip in a freezer safe dish that can go straight from freezer to oven. Cover tightly and freeze. When ready to bake, pull from freezer, top with panko/parmesan and bake. You may need to bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, covering lightly with foil if dip starts to brown too much towards the end of baking.
  • Serve this dip with French bread, fresh vegetables, tortilla chips, crackers…pretty much anything that pairs well with cheese!

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8
Amount Per Serving Calories 364Total Fat 31gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 20gCholesterol 39mgSodium 535mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 9g

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Kristine Bolt

Thursday 30th of April 2020

Can I use fresh jalapenos in this recipe ? how many ? Do I roast them first ?

Jamie

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

Hello! I haven't attempted this recipe with this substitution, so I am not sure of the result. If you happen to give it a try, I'd love to know how it turned out. Thanks so much for stopping by. -Jamie

Jay

Saturday 4th of October 2014

In what size dish do you bake the dip?

Jamie

Sunday 5th of October 2014

Hi Jay, About a 1 1/2 quart dish or a little larger would work. I hope this is helpful.

-Jamie

Kendray

Wednesday 17th of September 2014

The made this tonight. I think the dip was good, but couldn't tell as it was masked by the cup of bread crumbs on top. It made a layer more than half an inch thick (I didn't use a small dish) and was gross. I would nix the topping all together and do this in a crock pot.

Megan

Saturday 1st of February 2014

What kind of mayo do you recommend using? Mayo can make or break a recipe....I usually use Hellmans....thanks!

Jamie

Saturday 15th of February 2014

Megan- I typically use Hellmans as well. :) -Jamie

Sandy

Monday 2nd of September 2013

The hubby threw this together using only the cream cheese, mayo, fresh jalapenos from his garden and a combo of sharp cheddar and italian blend cheese. No topping, he didn't like the thought of that. I dumped it in my mini crockpot & set it on low until the heavenly smell overtook us! It barely made it to our friends pig-roast, I wanted to keep it all to myself! We ate it with Wise brand white tortilla chips, people were licking the plates, hahaha! So good!

Leann

Monday 25th of November 2013

Sandy, Did you do anything to prepare the fresh jalapeños(cook or roast) or did you use them straight from the garden?

Jamie

Monday 2nd of September 2013

Sandy, Yum! Sounds delicious. I'm so happy that you enjoyed the recipe. Have a wonderful day!

Jamie

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