This jalapeno popper dip recipe is creamy, cheesy, spicy, loaded with bacon and totally addicting! Serve it with tortilla chips for the ultimate party snack.
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Jalapeno poppers are one of my biggest weaknesses, when I see them I just can’t say no! This jalapeno popper dip might be even better than the poppers you find in the freezer section, because I took them same flavors and added BACON to the mix. Can you ever really go wrong with bacon? I think not!
So let’s talk about how to make jalapeno popper dip. Mix together cream cheese, mayonnaise or sour cream, jalapenos, bacon and cheddar cheese. Place the cream cheese mixture in a dish and top with parmesan and breadcrumbs. Bake until golden brown, then enjoy!
You can make this jalapeno popper dip with either mayonnaise or sour cream. I actually prefer the flavor of the sour cream but I’ve tried it both ways and it’s delicious regardless. I chose to use fresh jalapenos in this recipe where many other popper dip recipes call for canned. I just like the freshness and crunch that the raw peppers add. I always remove the seeds from the jalapenos, they hold a lot of the heat but I don’t like the texture of them in the dip. The ribs in the jalapenos also are spicy, so if you like heat keep em in, if you prefer mild remove the ribs and proceed with the recipe as directed.
The final step to this recipe is the topping. I use a mixture of panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and butter to get a crispy and flavorful topping. After the jalapeno popper dip comes out of the oven, I garnish with chopped cilantro, sliced jalapenos and bacon. You can serve this dip with tortilla chips, crostini, crackers or veggies; my favorite is a big pile of tortilla chips.
If I’m making this dip for a special occasion, I often prepare the cream cheese mixture in advance, then add the topping right before I’m ready to bake it. No one will be able to resist this incredible dip, be sure to double the recipe for a crowd because there will be no leftovers!
Jalapeno Popper Dip with Bacon
This recipe for jalapeno popper dip is creamy, cheesy, spicy and loaded with bacon! Serve with tortilla chips for the perfect easy appetizer.
- 1 8 oz block cream cheese softened
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise or sour cream I'm more of a sour cream fan!
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup diced fresh jalapenos, seeds removed remove the ribs of the peppers if you prefer a mild dip
- 1/2 cup cooked crumbled bacon
- 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- optional garnishes: crumbled cooked bacon, chopped cilantro, sliced jalapenos
- cooking spray
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Place the cream cheese and mayonnaise or sour cream in a large bowl.
Beat with a mixer until smooth.
Add in the cheddar cheese, bacon and jalapenos.
Beat with a mixer until thoroughly combined, about 1 minute.
Coat a small baking dish with cooking spray. The baking dish should have a capacity of at least 3 cups.
Spoon the cream cheese mixture into the baking dish, smooth the top with a spoon.
In a small bowl mix together the panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and butter until thoroughly combined.
Sprinkle the panko mixture on top of the dip.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until top is golden brown.
Garnish with bacon, sliced jalapenos and chopped cilantro if desired, and serve immediately.