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Jalapeno Popper Dip is addictingly delicious, and completely indulgent. This perfect party appetizer can easily be doubled to feed a crowd, and has just the right amount of heat. 

Overhead view of cheesy jalapeno popper dip in a baking dish.

We love party food like Jalapeño Popper Dip. You can easily make it ahead of time, which is a must for us. Entertaining typically means spending all day in the kitchen, and a recipe like this means we can focus on the more time intensive recipes. Friends and family always rave over this one, and we’re sure you will too! You should really just double the recipe the first time you make it, otherwise you might eat the whole pan by yourself!

  • Sour Cream Substitutes:

    If you are not a sour cream fan, you can always substitute with mayonnaise. Looking for a lighter option? Substitute with greek yogurt.

  • Jalapeno Options:

    You can use either fresh or canned jalapeños in this recipe. If you don’t want too overpowering of spice, make sure you remove the ribs and seeds from your peppers. If you want that super spicy kick, leave the ribs and seeds in!

  • Serving Suggestions:

    We prefer to have a variety of dipping options. Bread, crackers, and tortilla chips are standard. You could even keep it light with raw veggies. 

  • Can I double Jalapeno Popper Dip?

    Yes! If you double the recipe you’ll need to use a 9×13 pan. Bake time or temperature will not be affected. 

  • Can I cook this on my grill or smoker?

    Yes! This would be fantastic cooked on the grill or in your smoker in a cast iron pan.

  • Make Ahead Instructions:

    You can prepare your dip up to 24 hours in advance. Simply prepare your dip and spread it into your baking dish. Top it with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge until ready to bake!

  • Storage and Reheating Instructions:

    Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Reheat in the microwave in 30 second increments until warmed through.

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other delicious dip recipes:

dipping a ritz cracker into cheesy jalapeno popper dip.
Cheesy jalapeno popper dip in a black baking dish.
Jalapeno Popper Dip is addictingly delicious, and completely indulgent. This perfect party appetizer can easily be doubled to feed a crowd, and has just the right amount of heat. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
  • 16 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 medium jalapenos deseeded, diced
  • 1 cup cooked and crumbled bacon , about 8 slices
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons table salt , to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • 1 cup crushed Ritz crackers
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8x8 pan or similarly sized 1.5 quart casserole dish.
  • Use a hand mixer to beat cream cheese until fluffy. Stir in sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon jalapenos, garlic, onion powder, salt and cayenne until thoroughly mixed.
  • Prepare topping by crushing crackers into a medium-sized mixing bowl and stir in cheese, garlic, and butter until evenly combined.
  • Spread cheese mixture out into the prepared pan. Top with the prepared topping. Bake in the prepared pan for 20-25 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Serve dip hot with tortilla chips and baguette slices for dipping.
Salt to your preference. Cheeses and bacons are going to add saltiness and based on what you use, like a low sodium bacon, that will affect the final saltiness.


Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 1246mg | Potassium: 312mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 873IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 430mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: jalapeno popper dip
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