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Jalapeno Popper Dip

by Nick

I thought it was going to be a close poll last week, but a dip of some sort won by a landslide!

I’m big believer in the general philosophy that almost any appetizer can be made into a dip of some sort.  It’s really just simple physics.  If it tastes good on it’s own, it’ll probably taste good processed down, baked, and put on a piece of bread or chip.

Sometimes, the dip is even easier to make then the original appetizer which is an added bonus.

That’s definitely true for this recipe.

There are two ways to make jalapeno poppers that I know of, both of which are delicious but a bit of work.  This recipe pushes both of those methods aside and just mashes a metric ton of jalapenos with cheese.

How could it not be delicious?!

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Serves 6-8.
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound cream cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 5-6 jalapeno peppers, minced
  • 1 poblano pepper, minced (opt.)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • Tortilla chips, for serving

Directions

1) Mince jalapenos and poblano. Leave the seeds in.

2) Add olive oil to a skillet and saute peppers over medium heat for about 4 minutes until they soften.

3) In a large bowl, mix together sauteed peppers with cream cheese, grated cheddar, and mayo. Stir well to combine.

4) In a small bowl, mix together Panko, butter, and parmesan cheese.

5) In a 1 1/2-2 quart buttered baking dish, scoop in the dip and spread it evenly in the dish. Top with panko topping.

6) Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees until cheese is melted and topping is browned.

7) Serve immediately with tortilla cheese or toasted bread.

Adapted from a Tablespoon recipe.

Pepper Overload

I know.  This recipe has a lot of jalapenos in it.  In fact, I’d bet that the only recipe you would ever make that has more jalapenos is if you were to make actual jalapeno poppers.

The truth though is that there is so much creamy stuff in this dip that the heat of the jalapenos is really reduced.  If you only did one or two, you wouldn’t get any heat at all from them.

And don’t worry about seeding the things.  Just wash them and dice them up.  I like to quarter mine into segments and then dice them.

jalapeno

Leave the seeds.

I threw in a poblano in my batch just for fun, but I’m not really sure it gave the final dip much flavor.  You can leave it out without too much worry I think.

Once you have all your peppers diced, saute them in a skillet with a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat for a few minutes.  You just want them to soften a bit and cook off some of the liquid.

Just a few minutes will do the trick.

peppers

Trust me on this.

Mixing the Dip

There’s a lot of creamy stuff in this dip.  No doubt about that.

I just did the full fat version because, hey… this is for the Super Bowl!

If you wanted to make this somewhat healthier though you could:

1) Cut the mayo amount in half.
2) Substitute the mayo entirely for Greek yogurt.
3) Sub out a quarter to half of the cream cheese for whipped silken tofu.

The third one might change the texture slightly, but I doubt it would be very noticeable.  It’s a substitution that I frequently use in dips like this.

other stuff

The creamy business.

But like I said… this is for the Super Bowl so why not just do it all the way?!

Once your peppers are done cooking, just stir everything together.  Pretty straightforward!

stirred

This will even smell spicy.

The Topping

Probably the most common type of jalapeno popper is the fried ones with a golden crust.  To get the same effect in dip form, just mix together some Panko bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and melted butter in a bowl.

If you don’t have Panko, you can definitely use normal bread crumbs.

topping

Butter is important.

Baking the Dish

In a medium-sized casserole dish, scoop in your dip mixture and top it with your bread crumb topping.

I’d recommend buttering the dish before adding the dip just to make sure it doesn’t stick badly.  It would be horrible to lose some dip!

ready

Don’t forget to butter the dish!

Bake this whole thing for about 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.

It’s done with the cheese is all melted and the topping is nice and browned.

browned

Really nicely browned.

Serve this sucker as soon as possible with lots of tortilla chips or toasted bread.

chip

The chip to dip.

This is about as easy as a dip gets.  It’s definitely way easier than making actual jalapeno poppers, but the flavor is really very similar.

If you happen to have leftovers, let me tell you a little secret.  Put a few spoonfuls of it in a rice and bean burrito.  Amazingness.

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32 comments on “Jalapeno Popper Dip

  1. Great minds think alike! I made a variation on this when we had people over for the Giants/Redskins game; my recipe was pretty similar only I did sub greek yogurt for the mayo (I just hate mayo, and it’s not something I even have in the house). I also baked it in a larger flat casserole dish to get a better crunchy top to filling ratio. One of my girlfriends and I pretty much ate half of it by ourselves. Yum!

  2. Loved the dip that was left from your interview this morning. After not being able to stop eating it I decided to add it to my menu for this superbowl! It is fantastic and without all the hassles that go with making poppers! Love IT!!

  3. how funny! i posted a jalapeno popper dip today, too :) mine has yogurt instead of mayo, but man the flavor is incredible!

    we topped our chili + chips with it the other night and ate the entire thing.

  4. You. Just. Made. My. Day.

    I <3 Jack in the Box Jalapeno Poppers, I haven't found any yet that come close. And I was thinking about grabbing some at lunch. Maybe instead I will wait until Saturday and have a little super bowl food party since I am going to a bar to watch.

    MMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm. Definitely making this. Yes. This is going to happen.

  5. I think I’m going to have to try this, but we always made our poppers with bacon (peppers cut in half with cream cheese filling and wrapped in bacon before being baked), so I’ll probably have to fry (or bake) some up to put in this dip. Then I can saute my peppers in the bacon fat. ;-)

  6. That sounds so delicious! Jalapeño popper flavor without all the work, that’s right up my alley. And just in time for Super Bowl Sunday. :-)

  7. I usually let my husband, the jalapeno popper fiend, do the drudgery, but the idea of dip is very appealing! We are going to a party on Sunday and I am making this as my contribution!

  8. of course go all the way. i hate when people throw diet shit in dips. I mean you can tell if it’s been dietized.
    and this year nick, i will be watching the football super bowl thingee. yep. i am fascinated with tom brady and how well he throws. lol un huh. yep.

  9. This is probably one recipe that has been on my “try soon” list more times than any other. Every time I start, I end up making ABT’s instead.

      1. Just the BBQ version of poppers. Bacon wrapped jalapeno stuffed with a cheese mix and often “lil smoky” cocktail weiners (I pass), seasoned with BBQ rub. Smoked for about 90 minutes.

        It’s a standard appetizer among the BBQ crowd. ABT is short for something gross, which is why most BBQrs call them ABT.

  10. I made the dip yesterday without substituting low-fat ingredients (I believe in eating small quantities of really good food, being a hedonist I am:)
    Everyone loved it, as I expected they would. A suggestion from a friend is to work it into an adult Mac&Cheese recipe, which sounds really good:)

  11. I just made this yesterday for the Super Bowl party and everyone devoured it looking for more! Needless to say, you’ll have about 50 new followers to your site now just because of this simple yet amazing dip. I don’t think I’ve seen so many food-gasms over one dip before! :)

  12. Thank you for posting this awesome dip recipe. I made this on Super Bowl Sunday and for a pot luck at work, everyone loved it! I didn’t have time to fry bacon but I put in about a half of a package of real bacon pieces in with the mix. I think that crab meat, mixed into the dip and put in mushroom caps, then sprinkle the panko topping and bake would make some pretty good stuff mushrooms too.

  13. My niece made this for Thanksgiving and my entire family LOVED IT!!!
    I begged her for the link. I plan on using this for a holiday party coming up. If you love jalapeño poppers this will be a hit with you guests. I just wanted to say how yummy this dip is.

  14. I’ve made this a handful of times, and each time everyone gobbles it up! Thank you for this scrumptious recipe!!

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