Addicting Creamy Jalapeño Dip

LAST UPDATED: Jun 08, 2020 | PUBLISHED: May 22, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

This Creamy Jalapeño Dip is a quick and easy dip recipe you can make in minutes! It’s a stand out crowd pleasing dip that’s perfect for parties, tailgates and more. It’s made with cream cheese, mayonnaise, jalapeños and monterey jack cheese for the creamiest, spiciest dip ever!

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

This Creamy Jalapeño Dip stands far above the rest! It’s melt-in-your mouth amazing thanks to cream cheese, which gives it an amazing consistency.

Unlike most jalapeño cheese dips, it’s NOT made panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese which gives it a grainy consistency. Just A creamy dip that you can’t resist served hot on your favorite chips and veggies!

It’s always a crowd pleaser! 

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, having Mexican night, celebrating Cinco de Mayo or hosting a casual get together at home with tacos!

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dipping a chip into creamy jalapeno dip

You can mix this up from start to finish in about 5 minutes (plus bake time)! It couldn’t be easier. You can make it ahead and bake it just before your guests arrive or put it together at the last minute. Either way, it’s a quick and easy go to!

The cheese and accompaniments help balance this spicy dip. 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 all 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.

It’s gluten free and keto friendly making it a great dip for entertaining.

jalapeno dip surrounded by cauliflower carrots and broccoli

Jalapeño Dip Ingredients

  • Cream Cheese – This ingredient is the base of the dip and single handedly makes this the creamiest ever! You can use low fat or whole fat, your preference.
  • 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.
jalapeno dip ingredients in a mixing bowl

Variations

  • Add Garlic – Add a teaspoon of garlic powder or a tablespoon of minced garlic for a hint of garlic flavor
  • Add Corn – Fold in a can or 3 ears of corn (removed from the stalk) to turn it into a spicy corn dip!
  • Add Bacon or Chorizo – They go incredibly well in this simple dip.
jalapeno cheese dip in casserole dip surrounded by veggies

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. Prep – Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine – In a large bowl, mixer, or food processor beat softened cream cheese, mayonnaise, cheese, chilies, and peppers until smooth. jalapeno dip in a mixing bowl
  3. Bake – 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 

Optional: garnish with slices of fresh jalapeños.

What to Serve Jalapeño Dip With

  • 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!
  • Bagel Chips 
  • 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! 
jalapeno dip being stirred just out of the oven

Serving Suggestions

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.
  • Slather this dip on top of your homemade burgers in the oven!
  • Add a tablespoon to eggs for an amazing breakfast!

Tips

Make it Less Spicy

Remove the membranes and seeds of the jalapeños to make it a bit less spicy. The membrane is the hottest part of the pepper. To remove it, cut the top off of the jalapeño, slice it in half longways and cut or scoop it out.

Make Ahead

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake. Serve hot.

To Store

Refrigerate – Store in an airtight container up to one week refrigerated. Warm in microwave or oven to serve.

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jalapeno dip on a carrot with dip and veggies in the background

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

Creamy Jalapeño Dip

Julie Blanner
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!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 20
Calories 175 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixer or Food Processor

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mixer or food processor beat cream cheese, mayonnaise, cheese, chilies and peppers until blended.
  • Pour into baking dish. Bake 20 minutes.
  • Stir before serving.

Notes

Substitutions

  • Monterey Jack Cheese – sharp cheddar or pepper jack also work well
  • Chopped Green Chilies – substitute fresh if you prefer
  • Diced Jalapeño Peppers – substitute fresh if you prefer, remove the stem, slice the half and remove membrane and seeds

Variations

  • Add Garlic – A teaspoon of garlic powder or a tablespoon of minced garlic
  • Add Corn – 1 can or 3 ears of corn (removed from the stalk
  • Add Cooked Bacon or Chorizo

Tips

  • Make it Less Spicy – Reduce the amount or if using fresh jalapeños, remove the membranes and seeds of the jalapeños to make it a bit less spicy. The membrane is the hottest part of the pepper. To remove it, cut the top off of the jalapeño, slice it in half longways and cut or scoop it out.
  • Make Ahead – Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake. Serve hot.
  • To Store – Store in an airtight container up to one week refrigerated. Warm in microwave or oven to serve.

Serve With

  • Tortilla Chips 
  • Corn Chips
  • Bagel Chips 
  • Butter Crackers
  • 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 Serving Suggestions

  • in scrambled eggs
  • on top of burgers
  • on a bagel
  • whipped into potatoes

Nutrition

Calories:175kcalCarbohydrates:1gProtein:3gFat:18gSaturated Fat:7gCholesterol:35mgSodium:174mgPotassium:38mgSugar:1gVitamin A:355IUCalcium:65mgIron:1mg
Keywords jalapeno dip, jalapeno dip with cream cheese
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