Creamy Jalapeño Dip

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  • This Creamy Jalapeño Dip is an easy dip recipe to throw together and serve a crowd! It’s a stand out dip that’s perfect for parties, tailgates and will have everyone talking!

    creamy jalapeno dip garnished with fresh jalapenos in a casserole dish surrounded by tortilla chips

    Most jalapeño cheese dips are made with panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese often referred to as a jalapeño popper dip or served cold. I don’t use either because I prefer that amazing creamy melt-in-your-mouth consistency. Nothing grainy here! It’s just that. A creamy dip that you can’t resist.

    One bite and you’ll be addicted. Our friends beg for this dip…it’s one of those must make dishes when we’re going to a friend’s for New Year’s or hosting a casual get together at home.

    dipping a chip into creamy jalapeno dip

    You can mix this up from start to finish in about 5 minutes, plus bake time! How is that for easy? Make it ahead and bake it just before your guests arrive or pull it together at the last minute. Either way, it’s a quick and easy go to!

    It’s an amazing spicy dip but the cheese and accompaniments help balance it. To reduce the heat, you can simply reduce the amount of chilies or jalapeño peppers you use, but trust me, you won’t want to. It has such a delicious kick!

    See the recipe card below for details on how to make Creamy Jalapeño Dip. Enjoy!

    As you know, I looooove cheese in all forms – especially a dip. It’s easy to serve at just about every gathering and guests always go wild. Game Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas – there isn’t a get together I wouldn’t serve this dip at! In fact, sometimes Friday is just enough of an “occasion” for this delicious dip. We often enjoy appetizers for family game night in lieu of a traditional dinner.

    jalapeno dip surrounded by cauliflower carrots and broccoli

    Jalapeño Dip Ingredients

    jalapeno dip ingredients in a mixing bowl

    • Cream Cheese – This ingredient is the base of the dip and single handedly makes this the creamiest ever! 
    • Mayonnaise – Mayonnaise is often used as a base for dips and helps maintain that creamy consistency. I like using olive oil mayonnaise for the best flavor.
    • Monterey Jack Cheese – For the creamiest dip, use a block of cheese. It’s higher quality than shredded cheese and freshly shredding it prevents it from being dry. It’s worth the extra minute or two effort. You can substitute sharp cheddar cheese if you prefer but I love the color and flavor jack cheese provides.
    • Chopped Green Chilies – Straight from the can! You’ll never notice the difference and they offer so much flavor.
    • Diced Jalapeño Peppers – Canned jalapeños work perfect in this recipe and are soft and tender, perfect for dipping into.

    Variations:

    • add a teaspoon of garlic powder or a tablespoon of minced garlic for a hint of garlic flavor
    • fold in a can or 3 ears of corn (removed from the stalk) to turn it into a spicy corn dip!

    What to Serve Jalapeño Dip With

    jalapeno cheese dip in casserole dip surrounded by veggies

    • Tortilla Chips – This dip is traditionally served with tortilla chips. The salt balances the spicy flavor of the jalapeño dip.
    • Corn Chips – Fritos are another great pairing for jalapeño cheese dip and make scooping easy!
    • Butter Crackers – Elevate this beautiful dip by serving it with butter crackers. We love Toasteds. It turns the dip into a great spread.
    • Fresh Vegetables – Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, red peppers, yellow peppers, orange peppers, celery, anything goes! Serving it with veggies makes it a keto Jalapeño Dip!

    More Ways to Enjoy Jalapeño Cheese Dip

    Of course we can’t stop there! It’s just that good.  

    • Add this to a burger bar to smother on top of a juicy burger and take it over the top!
    • Use it as a topping on baked potatoes, mashed potatoes or scalloped potatoes.
    • Spread it on top of chicken breast or fish (like salmon) and bake.
    • Use it as spread on bagels and breads.
    • Add a tablespoon to eggs for an amazing breakfast!

    How to Make Jalapeño Dip

    The only difficult thing about this dip is waiting for it to bake while it fills your home with an amazing aroma before enjoying. Seriously, it’s so irresistible!

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. In a large bowl, mixer, or food processor beat cream cheese, mayonnaise, cheese, chilies, and peppers until smooth. jalapeno dip in a mixing bowl
    3. Pour into baking dish and bake 20 minutes. jalapeno cheese dip topped with fresh jalapenos in casserole dish just before baking
    4. Stir and serve. (Below is a photo just out of the oven before stirring.)jalapeno dip just out of the oven jalapeno dip being stirred just out of the oven

    Optional: garnish with slices of fresh jalapeños.

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    creamy jalapeno dip garnished with fresh jalapenos in a casserole dish surrounded by tortilla chips
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    Creamy Jalapeño Dip

    This Creamy Jalapeño Dip is an easy dip recipe to throw together and serve a crowd! It's a stand out dip that's perfect for parties, tailgates and will have everyone talking!

    Course Appetizer, Sauce
    Cuisine American
    Keyword creamy dip, dip, easy dip recipe, jalapeno cheese dip, jalapeno dip
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 20 minutes
    Servings 20
    Calories 175 kcal

    Ingredients

    • 16 oz cream cheese softened
    • 1 c mayonnaise
    • 1 c monterey jack shredded
    • 4 oz chopped green chilies
    • 1/2 c jalapeños from a jar, drained and diced or 4 oz diced jalapeno peppers

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    2. In a large bowl, mixer or food processor beat cream cheese, mayonnaise, cheese, chilies and peppers until blended.

    3. Pour into baking dish. Bake 20 minutes.

    4. Stir before serving.

    Recipe Notes

    Serve With:

    • Tortilla Chips
    • Corn Chips 
    • Butter Crackers 
    • Fresh Vegetables 

    More Serving Suggestions:

    • in scrambled eggs
    • on top of burgers
    • on a bagel
    • whipped into potatoes
    Nutrition Facts
    Creamy Jalapeño Dip
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 175 Calories from Fat 162
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 18g28%
    Saturated Fat 7g35%
    Cholesterol 35mg12%
    Sodium 174mg7%
    Potassium 38mg1%
    Carbohydrates 1g0%
    Sugar 1g1%
    Protein 3g6%
    Vitamin A 355IU7%
    Calcium 65mg7%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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