Looking for some spicy, cheesy goodness in your life?! Well, here she is! This Jalapeno Popper Dip with Bacon is the perfect, simple appetizer recipe for parties of all kinds and great for any skill level in the kitchen.
As shocking as it is, it is already mid July! Is the time flying for anyone else or is it just me?! Well, soon enough Fall will be among us which means football, holiday parties and all the appetizers. This Jalapeno Popper Dip with Bacon Recipe is a favorite for my husband and I and always a hit when I bring it to share to a gathering with family and friends. All the essential foods groups are covered: bacon, cheese, jalapenos, and more cheese for a creamy and delicious baked dip that everyone will love. This dip is versatile and can be frozen, made ahead of time, and even placed in the crockpot to stay warm and delicious for hours. Let the spicy goodness commence!
What Do You Need To Make Jalapeno Popper Dip with Bacon?
The kitchen tools you will need for this spicy dip recipe are:
- A Electric Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
- A 9×9 or 7×11 Inch Baking Dish
- A Small Strainer- Optional
- A Skillet
- A Knife and Cutting Board
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- A Can Opener
- A Large Spoon for Mixing
The ingredients you will need for this jalapeno dip recipe are:
- Cream Cheese and Mayonnaise
- Cooked Bacon
- All the Cheese
- Diced Jalapenos- Canned or Fresh
- Canned Diced Green Chilies
How Do You Make This Dip Recipe?
When it comes to appetizer party recipes I love the simple ones that even my husband could whip up. I have ZERO desire to be in the kitchen all morning getting a recipe ready and would much rather enjoy myself than play hostess. This recipe can be baked ahead of time and stored in a crockpot for easy serving, or be frozen for a later date. This dip is perfect for any skill level and comes together easily and quickly.
Simple Jalapeno Popper Dip Recipe Step By Step
- Combine cream cheese and mayonnaise in a large bowl. I like to have my cream cheese softened either by letting it sit at room temperature, or by popping it in the microwave for 20 seconds. Either way works!
- Use a hand mixer on low and beat until to mixture is smooth and well combined.
- Next, add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir to combine.
- Pour the dip into a 9×9 or 7×11 inch baking dish and smooth to form an even layer of dip.
- Optional- Top with additional shredded cheese and cooked bacon for an extra punch of goodness! Plus, the cheese pull will be epic.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until the dip is bubbling and hot.
- Serve immediately with additional jalapenos, Ritz Crackers, veggies, or tortilla chips.
Check out the recipe video for a more in depth look at prep for this Jalapeno Popper Dip with Bacon Recipe!
Jalapeno Popper Dip Tips and Suggestions
Skip the Mixer
If you do not have a hand or stand mixer (or just don’t feel like using it) that is perfectly fine. You can use a fork and spoon to mash the cream cheese, and mayo together instead. This will leave your dip a bit chunkier and not as smooth, but once it is all baked together it is pretty tough to notice any difference.
For this recipe I like using canned diced green chilies and jalapenos. For me it is easier and saves me the time of dicing up fresh ones. You can absolutely use fresh ones if you wish, but if you are going the canned route don’t forget to drain the juice from the cans before adding them into the dip. You can do this by using a small strainer or just holding the lid over top and letting a little juice out at a time. The extra liquid will make the texture weird and honestly jalapeno juice is weird, so get rid of it!
Common Dip Recipe Questions
How should I store leftover Jalapeno Popper Dip with Bacon?
Store leftover dip in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. To reheat place in a bowl, cover and microwave on high for 30-60 seconds until warm. Stir to distribute heat and enjoy with dippers of your choice. See additional reheating methods below.
Can this Jalapeno Popper dip be frozen?
Yes, the baked dip can be frozen for up to 3 months in a freezer safe bag or container. When ready to eat let dip thaw in fridge overnight and reheat.
- Oven Method: Place in baking dish and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees until warmed through. This is great if you are wanting to enjoy a large amount right away.
- Microwave Method: Place in a microwave safe bowl, cover and microwave on high for 30-60 seconds until warm. Stir to distribute heat and serve warm. This method works great for small servings.
- Crockpot Method: Place dip in crockpot on LOW for 1 hour. After an hour stir the dip and turn down to WARM. This is great if you are wanting the dip to stay warm for a long period of time like a party.
Can I make this dip recipe ahead of time?
Yes, you can make this baked dip ahead of time and either store in the freezer (see above) or combine the dip, store in the fridge and bake up to 24 hours later. When ready to bake follow recipe instructions.
What should I pair this spicy dip recipe with?
This jalapeno dip goes great with Ritz Crackers, tortilla chips, pretzels, baby carrots, or celery sticks.
Can I make this dip recipe vegetarian or vegan?
Yes, you can! To make it vegan you can use a cheese, mayo, and cream cheese alternative and check out some awesome vegan “bacon” options here! Making it vegetarian is bit easier by either using an alternative meat option or by eliminating the bacon all together. Obviously, using all plant based products will change the texture and taste of this recipe some, but it will still be amazing!
Can I use this Jalapeno Popper Dip with Baco to make any other recipes?
Yes! One fun this to try with leftover jalapeno popper dip is to spread it over a tortilla, roll it up and slice it into pinwheels for either lunch, or another appetizer. I know leftovers can be no fun sometimes, but I think this is a great option for this dip and helps less go to waste.
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Jalapeno Popper Dip with Bacon Recipe
- 16 Oz Cream Cheese Softened
- 1 Cup Mayonnaise
- 1 1/4 Cups Mexican Cheese Shredded
- 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese Shredded
- 1/4 Cup Colby Jack Cheese Shredded
- 7 Stripes Bacon Cooked
- 4 Oz Canned Diced Green Chiles Strained
- 4 Oz Canned Diced Jalapenos Strained
- 1/4 Tsp Cumin
- 1/4 Tsp Paprika
- 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/4 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/4 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
- In a large bowl combine cream cheese and mayonnaise. Use a hand mixer and beat on low for 30-60 seconds until well combined and smooth. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
- Add dip to a 9x9 or 7x11 inch baking dish and smooth into an even layer. Add additional cheese and cooked bacon to the top if desired.
- Bake on the center rack for 20-25 minutes until hot and bubbling. Serve immediately with suggested dippers and enjoy!See Notes for Recipe Alterations and Storage Options!
- Leftover Storage: Store leftover dip in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Reheating Instructions: Microwave: Microwave on high for 30-60 seconds until dip is warmed through. Stir to distribute heat and enjoy immediately. Oven: Place dip in baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until warm. Crockpot: Place dip in a crockpot on LOW for 1 hour. After an hour switch to WARM and stir occasionally.
- Crockpot Option: If wanting to keep dip warm for a long period of time place baked dip in a crockpot on WARM. Stir occasionally to avoid the bottom from burning.
- Freezer Option: Store baked dip in a freezer safe bag or container for up to 3 months. Before reheating de-thaw in the fridge overnight.
- Vegetarian/Vegan Option: Use vegan cheese, mayo and cream cheese alternatives and a "fake bacon" or eliminate the bacon all together.
- Make Ahead Option: Mix and combine ingredients and store in the fridge. Bake up to 24 hours later.
- Alternate Prep: Skip the hand or stand mixer and mixer to a fork instead. The dip will be a tad chunkier but taste all the same!
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