Jalapeno Popper Dip

I know. I just posted a dip last week.

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A Mexican-inspired one, even.  So you’re probably thinking, Enough with the Mexican dips, already.

But I can’t help it.  It’s football playoff season, which equates to party-food in my book.  Actually, I can pretty much justify eating warm and creamy dips any day of the week:

Bad day?  Console yourself with chips and dip.

Too tired to do any real cooking?  Don’t worry, just use some veggies as your dip vessel and call it dinner.

Need to celebrate?  Start with tortilla chips and dip.


My assignment for this month’s Secret Recipe Club was Heather’s blog over at Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks.  By day, Heather is an elementary school teacher who works with at-risk children as well as children with special needs.  Can you say rock star?

Heather had so many great recipes to choose from: like garlic beef enchiladas and glazed apple cream pie and cafe au lait bars.  But when I saw that she had a recipe for jalapeño popper dip, I knew right away that was what I had to make.

Had to.

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I made only a few small adjustments to Heather’s recipe…I’m not a big mayonnaise/Miracle Whip fan, so I don’t typically keep any on hand.  Instead, I swapped the mayo for Greek yogurt, which worked totally fine.

Also, I have this annoying habit of overbuying bags of shredded cheese.  The cheese/deli drawer in my refrigerator is overflowing with almost empty bags of cheese, so I tried to use up what I had on hand.

And yes, it was all good.


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Jalapeno Popper Dip
  • 3 slices bacon, diced (I used turkey bacon)
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened (light or Neufchâtel will work just fine)
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 2 (4-ounce) cans green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Frank's Red Hot
For the topping:
  • ¾ cup plain breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • ½ stick (4 tablespoons) butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cook bacon in a small saute pan until almost brown. Add in the diced jalapeno and cook until soft. Remove from heat and set aside. If using regular bacon, blot off grease with a paper towel.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine softened cream cheese, yogurt, ½ cup Mexican blend cheese, green chilies, garlic powder and Red Hot, stirring to combine. Add in the bacon and jalapenos. Spoon into an 8x8 baking dish.
  4. In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs and remaining seasonings. Pour melted butter over the top and mix well. Spread evenly over the dip. Bake for 20 minutes, or until brown and bubbly.

XO, Ashley

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  1. What a cute blog! 🙂 And this looks delicious. Definitely a great pick for football play-offs.
    Camille @ Growing Up Gabel recently posted..Spiced Carrot Muffins: Secret Recipe ClubMy Profile

  2. Love dips, you can never have too many in my opinion! This one sounds perfect for a football party!
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts recently posted..French Onion SoupMy Profile

  3. Hi Ashley,
    I just love Heathers recipes and this is a really good one. Thanks for sharing this delicious Jalapeno Popper Dip with the SRC, have a great day.
    Miz Helen
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  4. I’m with you on being able to eat warm, creamy dips any day of the week! Love this one!
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction recently posted..Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip CookiesMy Profile

  5. YUM! Jalapeno Popper Dip is one of my favorites. Great cooking with you in SRC!

    • This was the first time I’ve tried jalapeno popper dip, but WOW, was it amazing! Thanks so much for stopping in!

  6. I have made jalapeno popper dip before but never thought of subbing the yogurt. I am definitely trying that next time. Thanks for the great tip!
    danielle recently posted..Secret Recipe Club – Butternut Squash FriesMy Profile

    • The yogurt worked really well in this, Danielle. Plus, since it’s sort of healthy, I figured I could eat more dip that way. 🙂

  7. You can’t really post too many dips around football season!! 😉 This looks amazing!
    Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel recently posted..Fig and Goat Cheese MuffinsMy Profile

  8. You know me and my affinity for dips … it knows no bounds! I could easily polish off this entire bowl and would be hardpressed to share 🙂 looks incredible, Ashley!
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel recently posted..Tablet Time: Nexus 10 OR $399 Cash GIVEAWAY!My Profile

    • Thanks, Hayley. I finally made my husband take this dip away from me because I could not stop eating it. Ugh, there’s no way I’m losing any weight before June at this rate!

  9. can you really go wrong with jalapeno poppers? and DIP? Together? Ashley, I am loving this. I’d have a hard time choosing between this and your mexi-inspired spinach dip if both were in front of me!
    sally @ sallys baking addiction recently posted..SBA’s 200th post: Dedication to my Readers.My Profile

    • I’m a sucker for dip. But I come by it honestly. My dad was over watching some sports with us when I made both of these dips…first he said the mexi-dip was his fave. Then he claimed it was the jalapeno dip. 🙂 I could eat both all day long.

  10. I am so with you – chips and dip is the perfect snack no matter what! 🙂 And this dip looks awesome! I love the switch to greek yogurt, too – I may have to try that! Excellent choice.
    Shelley C recently posted..Chocolate Banana "Ice Cream"My Profile

  11. Love! This sounds delicious. And yes, dip is a perfectly acceptable dinner entree.
    colleen @ Secrets from the Cookie Princess recently posted..Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola BarsMy Profile

  12. Sounds amazing! Love the idea of using Greek yogurt – makes it so healthy!
    Rebekah recently posted..Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad – SRCMy Profile

    • Thanks, Rebekah. Greek yogurt is my new favorite thing! I put it in anything I want to elevate to a “health food.” 😉

  13. So glad you liked this! It’s still one of my favorite dips. I love the idea of using Greek yogurt instead of mayo-so much healthier!
    Hezzi-D recently posted..Chicken Stir-Fry Lettuce Wraps (Secret Recipe Club)My Profile

    • Oh Heather, you had so many awesome recipes–it was hard to choose! But we loved this dip–so, so good! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

  14. Never enough mexican dips! EVER!
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust recently posted..Peanut Butter BaklavaMy Profile

  15. I live with the mad pepper scientist. We have jalapenos, habaneros, trinidad scorpions, carolina reapers… it’s ridiculous. Anyway, the pepper harvest gets overwhelming and stuffing peppers to make poppers is labor intensive. I LOVE this dip! Gold star for the Greek yogurt substitute.
    Heather @ SugarDish(Me) recently posted..Five Fast Weeknight MealsMy Profile

  16. This dip was one of the best I have ever tasted. Could not stop eating it.

  17. You’ll never hear me complaining about Mexican! The dip sounds yummy.
    JeanneD recently posted..Cheese ‘Tacos’ with Homemade Cheese QuesoMy Profile

  18. Nice blog, and glad to find you through SRC. I’m so glad you chose this dip. How perfect will this be for Superbowl! Sounds delicious.

  19. Hi Ashley : ) Wanted to stop by and let you know your recipe was chosen for the Secret Recipe Club’s weekly Editor’s Choice award! Stop by and check the post out http://secretrecipeclub.com/editors-choice-jalapeno-popper-dip/ and grab the award button to display on your blog if you’d like. Congrats!

  20. I found you today through SRC and I have to tell you that I love your blog! Your pictures are amazing and your recipes all sound so scrumptious! This one in particular sounds really tasty. Think I’ll have to try it for our next party. Good choice 🙂
    Renee – Kudos Kitchen recently posted..Skinny Shrimp Scampi ~ #SundaySupperMy Profile

  21. Holy jalapeño, this was good! It made an irresistible dip, yummy mini burrito filling, and satisfying midnight snack straight from the fridge. I’m in.
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  22. Made this for the superbowl…it was the first to go! delish! thanks for the recipe

  23. Excellent site you’ve got here.. It’s hard to find quality writing like yours these days. I truly appreciate people like you! Take care!!


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