Jalapeño Popper Dip with Bacon

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Jalapeño Popper Dip with Bacon combines a creamy base with cheese, jalapeños, and bacon. This is a delicious party dip that is both simple to make and delicious to eat. Leftovers are great too!

Party season requires variety, and I’ve got choices. Try my fan-favorite Baked Artichoke Dip, my healthy Cowboy Caviar with Avocado, or The Best Healthy Hummus for your next gathering!

A dish of popper dip with chips.

Jalapeño Popper Dip

We LOVE making Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers so this dip was a no brainer. You can grill the poppers or bake them and they won’t disappoint!

We’ve got a thing for spicy, and like I’ve said before, you can easily adapt any recipe to make it your own. So if you aren’t a fan of spicy, just cut back on the jalapeños (or leave out the seeds and ribs). I personally love to sweat when I eat so there is that. 😀

Looking for other spicy dishes? Try my Spicy Bloody MaryCocktails, Weeknight Spicy Fried Rice, Homemade Salsa Verde, or my Blackened Salmon Tacos. I know you’ll love them like we do!

A hand holding a chip with jalapeño popper dip.
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Freaky Friday Blog Hop

Why is today so special you ask? Well, that is because today is Freaky Friday, hosted by Michaela at An Affair from the Heart!  No, not the movie where the mom and daughter switch places, but a good old fashioned blog hop with some of my favorite food blogger buddies!

We secretly get assigned one another’s blogs to make a recipe from, and then we all reveal who we had and what we made on the same Friday, and that is today! See below for ALL the fun Freaky Friday recipes created by my blog hop friends!

Take Two Tapas

This is my first time in this group and I was super excited to “get to know” Jennifer from Take Two Tapas. On her blog, she shares easy appetizers, sweets, & thirst-quenching cocktails for any occasion with some useful tips thrown in!

Jennifer is a wife and a mom to two kids. I can relate to her description of legos and nerf darts everywhere, because while my boys are grown now, I have vivid memories of those fun-filled, tiring days with young adventurers!

I’m also a fan of small bites like Jennifer, and love to taste nearly everything. We love our Friday night charcuterie boards where I normally add a new dip or small bite to test. This gig has us trying new things on a constant basis.

When I saw that Jennifer had a Jalapeño Popper Dip on her blog, I knew it was the one for me. I have a thing for spicy, as you know, so this was a win/win for me! I made a few small changes to fit our tastebuds, but they are relatively the same.

Next up? I’m going to try her Street Corn Wonton Cups and her Sriracha Honey Bourbon Chicken Wings! Oh and for sure needing to try a cocktail or two – maybe this Pineapple Bourbon Lemonade!

A spoon with dip on a serving plate with chips.

Ingredients Needed for Jalapeño Popper Dip

  • Cream Cheese – I normally use the light version of cream cheese, but regular works well too.
  • Mayonnaise – I prefer the mayo with olive oil, but your favorite mayo is great too.
  • Cheddar Cheese – You’ll need two cups of sharp cheddar cheese, freshly shredded.
  • Diced Jalapeños – One can of diced jalapeños, strained of most of the liquid.
  • Diced Green Chilies – One can of diced green chilies, strained of most of the liquid.
  • Seasonings – Garlic powder and ground cumin.
  • Bacon – Cooked and crumbled bacon. I recommend reserving some of the bacon to sprinkle on the top.
  • Panko Topping – A combo of Panko bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and melted butter is the perfect topping for jalapeño popper dip.
  • Fresh Jalapeños – For serving, but optional. I like to thinly slice a small jalapeño and add it to the top. Use more if you like extra spicy!

How to make Jalapeño Popper Dip with Bacon

  1. Combine the cream cheese and mayo. In a mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to cream together the cream cheese and mayonnaise.
  2. Add remaining ingredients. Add the other ingredients – the shredded cheddar cheese, diced jalapeños and green chilies, seasonings, and half of the bacon. Blend again.
  3. Spoon into baking dish. Spoon the dip into a shallow baking dish.
  4. Make Panko topping. In a separate bowl, combine the panic topping – the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and melted butter. Add the topping to the dip.
  5. Add bacon. Sprinkle the remaining bacon on top of the Panko mixture.
  6. Bake. Bake the dip in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes.
  7. Top with jalapeños. Top the baked dip with some freshly sliced jalapeños.
  8. Serve. Serve the hot dip with crackers or chips.
Closeup of a bowl of dip.

Expert Tips

  • What substitutions can be made? You can use either regular full-fat cream cheese or the light version. Either will work just fine. You can also use plain Greek yogurt instead of the mayo for a lighter version. The bacon COULD be skipped but it’s so good in it. 😀 Feel free to play with the seasonings as well!
  • Can this be prepared in advance? You can make this up a day in advance and then bake the day of your gathering.
  • How long are leftovers good? Leftovers stay good in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Just warm them up and dig in!
  • Can I freeze this dip? You could freeze this dip but I recommend freezing it before baking it. Then thaw out in the refrigerator and bake as directed. Also, I would wait to add the fresh jalapeños before baking as well.
Overhead view of a dish of jalapeño dip with bacon.

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A dish of popper dip with chips.

Jalapeño Popper Dip with Bacon

Jalapeño Popper Dip with Bacon combines a creamy base with cheese, jalapeños, and bacon. This is a delicious party dip that is both simple to make and delicious to eat. Leftovers are great too!
5 from 21 votes
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Course: Appetizer, dips
Cuisine: American
Keyword: jalapeno popper dip, jalapeno poppers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 494kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. cream cheese light (or use regular cream cheese) – softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 oz. diced jalapeños – drained
  • 4 oz. diced green chilies – drained
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese – freshly shredded
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup bacon – cooked and crumbled
  • sliced jalapenos – to serve

For the Panko Topping:

  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter – melted
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese – freshly shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and mayo. Use a hand mixer to combine. Then add the diced jalapeños, diced green chilies, sharp cheddar cheese, garlic powder, ground cumin, and half the bacon. Mix again.
  • Prepare an 8×8 baking dish with baking spray. Pour dip mixture into the baking dish.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and melted butter. Spread on top of the dip. Then top with the remaining half of bacon.
  • Bake dip for 25 minutes. Remove and top with fresh jalapeños.
  • Serve warm with chips or crackers.

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Notes

This recipe was adapted from Take Two Tapas Jalapeño Popper Dip.

Nutrition

Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 836mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 385mg | Iron: 1mg

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28 Comments

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yay! So glad ya’ll enjoy it!

  1. Chrissie Nelson Rotko says:

    OMG I love jalapeno poppers and this looks amazing in dip form! Definitely saving for our football tailgates this fall.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Oh great! You’re going to love it! 🙂

  2. Michaela Kenkel says:

    Tailgating perfection right here!! I adore this one — perfect selection!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks Michaela! 🙂

  3. What a delicious and fun dip to share! My crew will love this, and I foresee us making this for gamedays in a month or two…

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      It’s pretty delish! Enjoy it!

  4. This was SO GOOD. My family loved it and the leftovers were even better the next day. I think next time I might use it to stuff some chicken breasts!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      That sounds like an excellent idea, Amy! I’m so glad you enjoyed the dip!

  5. This is the perfect dip! So rich and tasty. Everyone loved it and asked me for the recipe. It was so easy to make and I am so glad that you had step by step photos. That was super helpful.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m so glad everyone enjoyed the dip, Kathy!

  6. This is the perfect dip! So rich and tasty. Everyone loved it and asked me for the recipe. It was so easy to make and I am so glad that you had step by step photos. That was super helpful.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yay! Thanks for the feedback, Kathy!

  7. I am a huge fan of snacks with some good heat to them and this jalapeño popper dip sounds just perfect! I cannot wait to give this a try.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I so agree, Angela!

  8. This is such a great dip to bring to any kind of gathering! I love the kick the jalapenos give it and the crispy texture of the panko breadcrumb topping! The best part of it all, it has bacon in it!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Everything is better with bacon, right? 🙂

  9. I’m with you, we love jalapeno poppers so the dip was definitely a no-brainer. It’s perfect for tailgating season!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      It doesn’t get much better! Enjoy!

  10. Kathleen Pope says:

    Yum, yum and more yum! We love poppers, but this dip was so easy to make a everyone gobbled it down! Thanks!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      So glad you enjoyed the dip, Kathleen!

  11. Love that you picked this Jalapeno popper dip. It’s one of my families favorites. Your version looks and sounds fabulous. Can’t wait to try it.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thank you Jennifer!

  12. Sheila Thigpen says:

    Cheesy and spicy, just the way I like it! Can’t wait to make this again for football season!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks Sheila! I hope you enjoy it!

  13. Perfection! I’ve made jalapeño popper dip so many times, but never added the bread crumb topping. SO good, and such a nice texture addition!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks Lynn! The breadcrumbs DO add a lot to this dip!

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