This Jalapeno Popper Dip with Bacon tastes like your favorite appetizer in EASY, warm, creamy, cheesy unbelievably addicting dip form! Does it get any better?!
This quick and easy Jalapeno Popper Dip recipe means you can indulge in all your favorite jalapeno popper flavors without all the time, hassle or mess! It boasts everything that makes jalapeno poppers so addicting and then some. This creamy, kickin’ Dip is bursting with cream cheese, spicy jalapenos, 3 cheeses and a crispy buttery Panko breadcrumb topping that will make you swoon. Buckle up and be prepared for this rich, ooey, gooey, cheesy Jalapeno Dip with Bacon to blow. Your. Mind.
Jalapeno Popper Dip Recipe Video
I am all about Dips when it comes to parties – especially football parties! They are super easy – usually just a quick whisking together of ingredients – and often can be prepared in advance. For the last party I helped throw, I brought my Cheesy Mexican Spinach Dip (one of my favs!), my Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball (basically a dip in cheeseball form) and my Key Lime Cheesecake Fruit Dip and if I would have known just how incredible this Jalapeno Popper Dip with Panko would be, I would have brought it in a heartbeat. It’s definitely a new all time fav and I am giddily excited for you to inhale it’s intoxicating deliciousness and then to be praised by everyone who inhales cheesy, melty bite, after bite after bite…
Should I use Fresh or Canned Jalapenos?
Many Jalapeno Popper Dip recipes use fresh jalapenos, and many Jalapeno Dip recipes used canned jalapenos. I recommend canned jalapenos for a few reasons.
- Unlike fresh jalapenos that vary widely in spice content, canned jalapenos boast a more universal degree of heat so you know what you are getting (more on heat level later).
- Canned jalapenos are pickled which adds a fabulous tang that compliments the richness of the cream cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream.
- Canned jalapenos don’t add an unappealing crunchy texture to your otherwise creamy dip. If you do want to use fresh jalapenos, then be sure to saute or roast them first so they aren’t crunchy.
- They are easier! You don’t have to chop, deseed or sauté, simply open the can, drain and add to your dip!
How Spicy is this Jalapeno Popper Dip?
This warm and cheesy Jalapeno Popper Dip boasts a kick from the jalapenos but I would judge it a mild kick. The spice level is such that you can keep eating and eating and eating without being paralyzed by the heat but still tasting the heat. I personally like the spice level as is and think it would be perfect for most of your guests unless they looooove spicy foods, which is not most people.
If you would like a spicier dip, then you can add more canned jalapenos, hot sauce to taste or cayenne pepper. If using cayenne to spice things up, just be aware that a little goes a long way!
What type of Bacon should use?
You don’t have to add bacon to your Jalapeno Popper Dip, but if like bacon even just a little, then I highly suggest the salty, smoky, crispy addition. You are going to want to use thick center-cut bacon as opposed to traditional sliced bacon. Thick bacon doesn’t get lost in in the sea of cream cheese so you are left with a wonderful meaty, crispy texture and a nice smokiness that cuts through the rich dip.
As with any form of bacon, the key is to cook it low and slow which allows the fat to render out completely without the bacon burning so you get crispy evenly cooked bacon.
Do I have to use Panko Topping?
The buttery, crispy crunch of the panko topping is reminiscent of the fried jalapeno popper skin and so so so stinkin’ good! It really elevates this dip to a whole new level of can’t-stop-eating-deliciousness. So yes, I HIGHLY recommend the crunchy panko crust unless you need this Jalapeno Popper Dip to be gluten free.
If you aren’t familiar with Panko, they are Japanese breadcrumbs that are larger, airier and flakier than traditional breadcrumbs so they get much crispier when cooked. There are so many fabulous uses for panko from creating crunchy breading like in my Oven Baked “Fried” Chicken and my Cheddar Ranch Chicken to creating a blanket of buttery crispy toppings like in my Million Dollar Macaroni and Cheese and this Jalapeno Popper Dip Recipe. So if panko isn’t a pantry staple already, then it should be so you can make this totally addictive Jalapeno Popper Dip at a second’s notice!
What should I serve with this Jalapeno Popper dip?
I personally love crackers, specifically butter crackers with this Jalapeno Popper dip but it also delicious with tortilla chips, pita chips, crostini, crackers, celery, bell peppers, cauliflower and carrots.
How to Make Jalapeno Popper Dip In Advance
This quick and easy Jalapeno Popper Dip can be prepared entirely in advance and then refrigerated until you are ready to bake. Simply whisk all the ingredients together per instructions, cover with foil and refrigerate for up to 3 days. When its time to bake, add an extra 5-10 minutes to the baking time to ensure the dip is hot and mely-licious.
Now that you know all about Jalapeno Popper Dip it’s time to dip away into spicy, bites of ooey, gooey, creamy, cheesy heaven. With bacon.
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