Bacon Jalapeño Popper Dip

Bacon Jalapeño Popper Dip – Same great flavor as bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers, minus the work!! Creamy, CHEESY, loaded with bacon, and topped with CRISPY jalapeños! Fast, EASY, perfect for parties!!

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Bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers are one of those quintessential party appetizers that never go out of style.

Rather than going to the work of hollowing out oodles of jalapeño peppers, meticulously filling them, and then wrapping them with bacon, I made a dip that takes advantage of jalapeño popper flavor minus the work.

The dip is incredibly fast and easy. I had it assembled in less than 5 minutes which is great if you’re hosting an event or party and already have a million things to do. Even better, you can assemble it up to 24 hours in advance. See Step 4. in the Directions if you’re going the make-ahead route.

The creamy factor of the dip is out of control. Cream cheese, Greek yogurt, mayo, two kinds of cheese. Creamy cheesy amazingness going on. I used light or reduced fat products wherever possible, including turkey bacon, and no one missed a thing.

There’s a wonderful crunchy topping to this dip because nothing complements creaminess better than crunchiness.

For the topping I used French’s Crispy Jalapeños. I literally was eating them straight from the package – they’re that good. They definitely pack some heat but I love spicy food and the more I have, the more I want. They’re salty, spicy, crunchy, light, made with real jalapeños, and they’re a fabulous crunchy topper for the dip.

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Between the canned diced jalapeños in the dip, the French’s Crispy Jalapeños on top, and extra fresh jalapeño slices on top, there’s no shortage of bold jalapeño flavor. The dip is on the spicy side. I used a hot variety of canned jalapeños but would recommend mild or even diced green chilis if you want to tone the heat factor down. Interestingly, straight out of the container the French’s Crispy Jalapeños seem spicier than after they’re baked and the flavor seemed to mellow a bit.

The dip is perfect unique side dish or appetizer for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, holiday entertaining, New Year’s Eve parties, Superbowl, or game day parties.

You can never go wrong with bacon and cheese and the crispy toppers turn everyday dishes into something special. I can’t wait for this to make an appearance at my holiday parties.

Bacon Jalapeño Popper Dip

Bacon Jalapeño Popper Dip – Same great flavor as bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers, minus the work!! Creamy, CHEESY, loaded with bacon, and topped with CRISPY jalapeños! Fast, EASY, perfect for parties!!

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Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces brick-style cream cheese, softened (I used light)
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt (I used 0% fat; sour cream may be substituted)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (I used light)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (regular paprika may be substituted)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (Pepper Jack may be substituted)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese blend
  • one 4-ounce can diced jalapeños, drained (I used hot)
  • about 12 pieces bacon, cooked and diced; reserve 3 to 4 tablespoons for topping (use one .3-ounce box precooked microwaveable bacon to save time; I used turkey bacon)
  • about 3/4 cup French’s Crispy Jalapeños, or to taste
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, sliced into thin rounds; optional and to taste
  • crackers, chips, bread, etc. for serving

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and spray a 9-inch round glass pie plate with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. To a large bowl, add the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, mayo, cumin, smoked paprika, pepper, and stir to combine.
  3. Add the cheeses, jalapeños, bacon (reserve about 3 to 4 tablespoons for garnishing), and stir to combine.
  4. Turn mixture out into the prepared pie plate and smooth with a spatula. If you’re making this ahead, stop now, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
  5. Evenly sprinkle with French’s Crispy Jalapeños, the reserved bacon, and optionally sprinkle with jalapeño rounds. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until edges are lightly bubbling and top is as lightly golden browned as desired. Serve immediately with crackers, chips, etc. Dip is best warm and fresh.
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