Jalapeno Popper Dip

jalapeno popper dip in a bowl with crackers.

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This jalapeno popper dip is an easy appetizer recipe. You can make it a day in advance and serve it with crackers or chips. Or, use it as a spread to make pinwheels, sandwiches, or wraps. It has all of the flavors of bacon-wrapped jalapeno wrappers but served up cold and creamy as a dip instead. 


  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened (see note)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 ounces Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 3 slices cooked and finely chopped bacon
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper (stem, ribs, and seeds removed), finely chopped (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream and cheese. Add the chopped bacon, chopped jalapeno, cilantro, lime zest, and salt. Stir until well combined.
  • Chill the dip for a few hours before serving so the flavors can develop. Let it stand a room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before serving so it softens and is easier to spread. Serve with chips, crackers or small bread slices.


  • It’s a lot easier to mix the dip by hand if the cream cheese is at room temperature. If I forget to leave mine out, I just cut cold cream cheese into cubes and mix it with the sour cream in the food processor.
  • You want approximately 1 1/2 to 2 ounces of jalapenos, so if yours are small you may need a few more.