This bacon jalapeño popper dip is so creamy! It is like biting into a bacon wrapped jalapeño popper! Two kinds of grated cheese are blended together with cream cheese, sour cream & jalapeños with a buttery, panko bread crumb topping. Plus, it’s easy to make and the bowl will be scraped clean! Perfect party appetizer!
Bacon Jalapeno Popper Dip
This dip is on our menu for the Super Bowl. It should be on yours too! It’s easy to throw together, can be made ahead (just add the topping right before you bake it) and is always a favorite!
Can I use crackers instead of panko bread crumbs?
Yep! You could use a buttery cracker such as Ritz in place of the bread crumbs. You could even use regular bread crumbs if you don’t have panko. I just really LOVE panko. They have a nice crunch and I like to keep them in my pantry for lots of different dishes.
Can I use fresh jalapeños instead of canned jalapeños?
Yes! I have made this dip with both fresh and canned jalapeños. I have also made this dip with jarred, sliced jalapeños that I diced up. All are great! If you decide to use fresh, you can add more or less of the white rib and seeds to have more or less spiciness. The canned just adds a nice amount of heat. Also, if you don’t roast the fresh jalapeños first, they will have a slight crunch. Which my husband likes! I have even doubled this recipe before and used one can diced jalapeños and one can of diced green chilies. Which is delicious as well!
Can I use fresh bacon in place of the bacon crumbles?
YES! You can use fresh bacon. Just bake it in the oven (the only way to cook bacon if you ask me) or on the stove till crispy. Drain on a paper towel then when cooled off, crumble the bacon into pieces. I don’t recommend using bacon bits though (thats not real bacon). I used bacon crumbles from Costco. They come in a large bag for a great price. Can even keep in your freezer.
What are bacon crumbles?
They are pre-cooked bacon crumbled up and sold. So it’s real bacon. Just make sure it says, it’s real bacon and it’s not an imitation. I have another great appetizer on the blog for bacon bites using bacon crumbles!
Can I leave the bacon out of the recipe?
Yes, you can make this without bacon. I’ve had the dip that way and it’s still amazing! Seriously, you can’t go wrong with this dip.
The dip of all dips! This is a CROWD PLEASER and will be scraped clean! Just the right amount of heat. This really does taste like a jalapeño popper but in dip form. So good!
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 2/3 cup sour cream (can use a combo of sour cream & mayo)
- 1 (4 ounce) can diced jalapeños (can use fresh jalapeños)
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated (4 ounces)
- 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, grated (4 ounces)
- 1/2 cup real bacon crumbles (can use cooked and crumbled bacon)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 3 green onions (green and whites seperated)
- 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley (or 1 T. fresh)
Heat your oven to 375.
In a large bowl, mix together the softened cream cheese, sour cream, jalapeños, grated cheeses, bacon & garlic salt.
Slice up the white parts of the green onion and add to the mixture. Save the green for garnish.
Melt the butter in a small bowl. Add the brad crumbs and parsley. Stir till combined.
Spread the cream mixture into a 1 1/2 quart size baking dish or pie plate or 8x8" pan. Anything around that size will work! Top with bread crumb mixture. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until it's nice and golden on top and bubbling on the sides.
Serve warm with chips, cut up vegetables, crackers, sliced baguette etc. Or just eat by the spoonful, haha
If making ahead: keep the topping separate until just before baking. Take out of the fridge, add topping and bake as directed.
-You can use half mayo and half sour cream but we prefer the sour cream 🙂
-I have made this with canned diced jalapeños, jared sliced jalapeños (that I diced up) and fresh jalapeños. You really can't go wrong. If you use fresh jalapeños, start with 3 to 4 depending on the size of them. With the fresh you can control the heat a little more. So if you like it spicy, you can add more of the rib and seeds, if you want it more mild, remove the white rib and seeds. You can roast them or not. If you don't roast them, they will have a little crunch to them. You can even add diced green chilies with the jalapeños, I've done that when I doubled the recipe (so a 4 ounce can of jalapeños & a 4 ounce can of green chilies) and it was delicious too!
-You can use any kind of cheese really. I love the mixture of sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack in the recipe but you can use all cheddar, mozzarella etc.
Other appetizers you might like!