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Jalapeno Popper Spread Recipe

Jalapeno Popper Spread Recipe

I've been told by fellow party-goers that this recipe tastes exactly like a jalapeno popper. I like that it can be made without much fuss. —Ariane McAlpine, Penticton, British Columbia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:16 servings


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup canned chopped green chilies
  • 1/4 cup canned diced jalapeno peppers
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • Sweet red and yellow pepper pieces and corn chips


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat the first five ingredients until blended; spread into an ungreased 9-in. pie plate. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese; top with bread crumbs. Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve with peppers and chips. Yield: 16 servings.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tips

  • Regular dry bread crumbs stand in just fine for panko.
  • Monterey Jack is a phenomenal melting cheese. If you want a little extra spice, use pepper jack instead.
  • Nutritional Facts

    1/4 cup: 239 calories, 23g fat (9g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 304mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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    Debglass11 User ID: 6300479 268482
    Reviewed Jun. 25, 2017

    "Made this today for a family gathering. Huge hit. Everyone LOVED it and it's simple to put together. I added a bit more cheese and diced jalapenos and it was perfect. Great party appetizer ~ will definitely make again! Taste of Home Volunteer Field Editor"

    melgoody03 User ID: 6752019 258508
    Reviewed Dec. 23, 2016

    "Made this for a party and it was devoured in minutes! I made it with pepper jack cheese and it was way too spicy for me, but everyone else loved it."

    linda_b User ID: 5718506 250658
    Reviewed Jul. 20, 2016

    "Have made this exact recipe for many years and it's always a hit at parties.

    @djmcclimon ~ Did you use a good mayonnaise? Only once did I use an off brand instead of Best Foods and ended up with tons of grease on top of the dish. Never did that again. :) I also think not using a good cheese will cause some grease.
    @Juliana190 ~ I think the mayo is a big part of the excellent flavor this dish has. It adds to the creaminess as well. Otherwise you would just have cream cheese with peppers and a bit of cheese. :)"

    hughesbambi User ID: 2603719 246358
    Reviewed Mar. 31, 2016

    "This is so good BUT also so high in fat calories. I only take it to large gatherings where no one person is likely to get an overdose of fat for the day. There was absolutely no grease. Maybe you choice of cheese brand??? I did use pepper jack monterey jack cheese. Otherwise as written."

    Robby1 User ID: 1478802 243942
    Reviewed Feb. 16, 2016

    "Made as directed and came home with an empty dish and requests for recipe. A keeper for sure and what's more easy to prepare. There was no grease. Wouldn't change a thing. Thanks for this great appetizer!"

    [email protected] User ID: 2316088 243452
    Reviewed Feb. 8, 2016

    "Made as directed, and it was a huge hit. I'm not sure what the purpose of the mayo was?"

    djmcclimon User ID: 8470923 243420
    Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

    "Made this exactly as directed and was very good but had a lot of grease in pie plate. Can't determine where it came from. Not sure I would make this again because of this. Any suggestions?"

    Tignkc User ID: 7308553 243415
    Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

    "I would leave off the bread crumbs. Double the chili and jalape?o. Maybe add some bacon or shrimp A bit bland for my Arizona taste."

    Zuker User ID: 6730078 243007
    Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

    "Yummy. I add real bacon lardons (crisp) to the top of the dip. Really makes it taste like the poppers we make."

    Mechelle Maynes User ID: 723961 242967
    Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

    "This recipe is awesome! I was able to purchase hot and mild pickled jalapenos and used a mixture of them to make the dip spicy enough and not too spicy. Big hit at family get togethers."

    Craztytoes9 User ID: 5735938 242890
    Reviewed Jan. 30, 2016

    "The best of all the dips at the party! Everyone wants this recipe."

    busyazmom User ID: 8001361 242872
    Reviewed Jan. 30, 2016

    "This dip is always a hit when I bring it. And I have sectioned off a portion of he dish with no bread crumbs for my gluten free friend. She loved it too. Taste just like a jalapeno popper."

    choward70 User ID: 8029890 241942
    Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

    "Yummo! best dip at the party. Made as directed."

    kredhead User ID: 710648 241835
    Reviewed Jan. 15, 2016

    "Tastes just like a jalapeno popper in a dip, good microwaved the next day. Delicious on tortilla chips, a baguette, corn chips...a spoon. Yummy & different...not the same old onion dip."

    jgeraghty User ID: 7909745 240535
    Reviewed Dec. 29, 2015

    "A friend made this for a work party. I revamped the recipe a little. Got rid of the bread crumbs and parm cheese because they made the top a little crusty and the chips would break when you went in for a dip. doubled the jalapeno (make it a little more spicy) and added about 6 slices of crumbled bacon. there is never any dip left."

    tck21021 User ID: 8670347 239876
    Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

    "Made this for my family Christmas party. It was so good it was gone in 1 hour. Everyone wanted the recipe. Great spread. I used thick tortilla chips."

    JessicaLott User ID: 6189151 239537
    Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

    "I make this for every get together I have and usually double it. BUT get this, I make it in the crock pot and put it on low for about 2 hours. Soooo easy and everyone loves it."

    sd20 User ID: 5560294 237428
    Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

    "Very Good! Made as directed."

    [email protected] User ID: 3795121 234331
    Reviewed Oct. 11, 2015

    "Excellent - everyone wanted the recipe. I also added bacon for the bacon lovers in the group, but excellent without."

    anselr User ID: 2011539 233156
    Reviewed Sep. 19, 2015

    "This is excellent! I followed the recipe exactly but only made a half recipe to try it out and it was gobbled up. Everyone seemed to like it with tortilla chips the best."

    Mollypullen User ID: 8460427 233125
    Reviewed Sep. 19, 2015

    "Such a hit when i took to a party. Everyone devoured it and next day were calling for the recipe."

    annerj User ID: 2190513 232097
    Reviewed Aug. 31, 2015

    "I love this dip! I have made it several times and it is always a huge hit! I have also added real bacon bits and they loved it even more. So easy and so good!"

    Reednpaula User ID: 7246471 232092
    Reviewed Aug. 31, 2015

    "This stuff is addictive! So easy and quick to put together and every time we take it anywhere everyone wants the recipe. We make it often."

    EvelynWilkinson User ID: 8308375 232073
    Reviewed Aug. 31, 2015

    "Absolutely delicious. It's my husband's favorite dip. I made it for Father's Day and it was a hist with the entire family. BTW, it's great with veges as a dip too!"

    fatima815 User ID: 6771935 232072
    Reviewed Aug. 31, 2015

    "This has got to be the best dip ever. It's also good with sourdough French bread."

    kdalcerro1 User ID: 4458539 230884
    Reviewed Aug. 8, 2015

    "This recipe is delicious and is loved and requested by my guest frequently."

    meliss.beyer User ID: 7101887 230180
    Reviewed Jul. 26, 2015

    "This was super easy to make. I have everything but the green chilies so I added more jalapeno. I used the less fat cream cheese to make it. I will make it again."

    Jengbaugh User ID: 6137480 230109
    Reviewed Jul. 24, 2015

    "This recipe is awesome!! I get requests all the time to make it!!"

    strawberrylover User ID: 987271 226778
    Reviewed May. 23, 2015 Edited Aug. 31, 2015

    "Delicious! Will be adding this to my "favorites" list! Have made this several times this summer, and it's always a hit!"

    marmesto User ID: 5939856 226759
    Reviewed May. 23, 2015

    "Awesome spread. Everyone who tried this loved it and said it tastes exactly like jalapeno poppers!"

    ccnchap User ID: 8350243 225874
    Reviewed May. 4, 2015

    "FANTASTIC!! I made this to take to a family dinner and I was gobbled up! It is not super spicy and the kids even enjoyed it. If you wanted to spice it up a bit you could double the jalapeno's"

    nicki1966 User ID: 8116565 224339
    Reviewed Apr. 6, 2015

    "SUPER DELICIOUS! I made it for a party, it got great reviews."

    No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 219638
    Reviewed Feb. 3, 2015

    "Followed the recipe exactly, but added cooked/crumbled bacon on top. Excellent!"

    Worshipguy User ID: 6391761 218256
    Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

    "I made this for a Christmas appetizer and it was real good! The corn chips are definitely better with this spread than tortilla chips."

    RAW0618 User ID: 8207697 217535
    Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

    "First time making this and it was a big hit! I have made traditional bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers but this was a lot easier. I made it exactly how the recipe says except I sprinkled bacon on the very top. It was awesome!!! I might add a bit more jalapenos next time. Definitely a crowd pleaser. I served with Ritz and those I thought paired better than tortilla chips"

    lorstout User ID: 2537668 217055
    Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

    "My son had some friends over to watch a football game. I made this and they absolutely loved it! I will definitely keep this recipe to make again!"

    lauren791 User ID: 4757939 216164
    Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

    "I used to make this for every party before going vegan so I tried to make this again using vegan cream cheese, vegan mayo, and vegan cheese and it turned out JUST as amazing. No one even noticed my substitions!"

    recipehound54 User ID: 4246730 215581
    Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

    "I needed an appetizer that was fast and easy to prepare and would travel well to a holiday party at our neighbor's house. I'm not a huge fan of jalapeno poppers because they can be a little too spicy for my taste but this dip was delicious. My husband didn't care for the panko crumbs and said they were unnecessary but everyone else at the party liked them and I thought the crumbs were a good addition to the dish. I used light mayo and I think a person could use light cream cheese to further reduce the calories. I would have liked to have seen nutritional information with this recipe but...maybe ignorance is bliss in this case. You'll find yourself scooping up the last of this dip before the calorie reality sets in. :)"

    jesbubba User ID: 4362409 215480
    Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

    "Love this recipe and it is always eaten up quickly! Yummy!"

    tptt User ID: 5801696 192362
    Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

    "Made it many times for Packer games---always a hit!!"

    snickabar User ID: 8096879 191308
    Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

    "It isn't bad as is but could use some adjustments, imo. Mayonnaise is unnecessary, just ensure cream cheese is very soft. This doesn't yield a party size amount, so if entertaining, double. Much better with fresh jalapenos. I also add bacon, thoroughly drained so not too greasy and scallions. I also season with a little garlic pepper."

    berly529 User ID: 7814929 115883
    Reviewed Oct. 18, 2014

    "easy to make and Delicious!"

    dublinlab User ID: 1682119 132218
    Reviewed Sep. 19, 2014

    "Very quick and easy to prepare. Very good the first day but l thought it was better when reheated. I would make again."

    gucci65 User ID: 7131119 212398
    Reviewed Sep. 8, 2014

    "I make this all the time. Now all of my friends make this too !! Every one wants this recipe !

    It's such a keeper !"

    JKite User ID: 3269190 110600
    Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

    "Made this tonight and it was delicious! Tastes exactly like poppers, served it with tortilla chips. One of my favorites for sure!!"

    blstranger User ID: 1515442 193818
    Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

    "I brought this to a Birthday Party and evryone wanted the recipe. People said this would now be their Go To Dip.... It is Delicious...."

    Halfthere User ID: 7881328 183811
    Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

    "This sounds wonderful. Who needs chis or peppers, a spoon or finger would work. Iwill make it soon."

    mkwester User ID: 3627538 193815
    Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

    "Sounds great but wondering about doing in crockpot for potluck"

    hbaseley User ID: 3311639 126706
    Reviewed Jun. 21, 2014

    "This is one of our favorites; it is SO good. Much easier than stuffing jalapenos!

    I'm usually not a fan of raw peppers, but actually prefer them to the corn chips with this dip."

    greatba User ID: 7848180 177799
    Reviewed Jun. 13, 2014

    "This is a very delicious dish. It was a hit at a birthday party and many requests for the recipe. Was asked to take it to a Father's Day BBQ. Will be one of my frequent dishes per request, I am sure."

    Villarosa User ID: 6802561 212397
    Reviewed May. 20, 2014

    "This appetizer is a no-fail winner! I have requests for the recipe every time I make it! Teens LOVE it."

    LynnSubb User ID: 2615372 123472
    Reviewed Feb. 28, 2014

    "My husband loves this recipe, he asks for it all the time. It really does taste like a jalapeno popper and goes great with tortilla chips."

    pattyntodd User ID: 6430210 115882
    Reviewed Feb. 13, 2014

    "Made this for a Super Bowl party. Our guests loved it. I am making it again for a Valentine's Day get together. The leftovers were even good the next day."

    MrsPUP User ID: 6347802 212396
    Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

    "This Jalapeno Popper Spread has been the hit of the party every time I make it. Goes fast, make double!"

    jllove62 User ID: 6735364 193808
    Reviewed Jan. 24, 2014

    "I plan on making it for Super Bowl Sunday but will add bacon and garlic to the recipe. Sounds delicious and lots easier than cutting up all those jalapenos!"

    patmd User ID: 1190162 115864
    Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

    "Wonderful recipe. I added a bit more jalapenos and green chilis for more spice. My guests loved it!!"

    btrelect User ID: 638497 212395
    Reviewed Oct. 25, 2013

    "easy very good. Everyone loved it."

    allmondt User ID: 7195668 178488
    Reviewed Oct. 25, 2013

    "This great."

    smielke User ID: 3895954 126705
    Reviewed Oct. 21, 2013

    "Made this for my good friends and they loved it. I didn't have any jalapeno so I just used the mild canned chili its was great. Much milder for those who can't have to many spicy foods."

    parksville User ID: 1598935 126704
    Reviewed Oct. 21, 2013

    "This spread was just okay for us, but not outstanding."

    JannieG User ID: 2168704 212394
    Reviewed Oct. 10, 2013

    "Wonderful! I took this spread to Bunko and came home with an empty plate and lots of requests for the recipe. Also took it to a family dinner and got rave reviews. I am getting ready to print the recipe right now to take to a friend. Love it!!!"

    lolohiser User ID: 5362556 195125
    Reviewed Sep. 7, 2013

    "Jimmy says to make it for Super Bowl - that is pretty amazing!"

    dascott756 User ID: 2580317 116610
    Reviewed Aug. 28, 2013

    "This was a big hit at a get-together we held. Everyone asked for the recipe. I will absolutely be making this again!"

    becky66 User ID: 1915904 116609
    Reviewed Aug. 4, 2013

    "I love jalapeno poppers, and as the recipe description stated, this spread really does taste like a popper! I made this for a summer get-together with some friends, and it was a hit. Definite keeper!"

    jenniferp83352 User ID: 3684174 132217
    Reviewed Jul. 12, 2013

    "I doubled the recipe and served it in a 13 x 9 for a dinner party, and there were no leftovers and I gave several people the recipe"

    cindiak User ID: 221828 195124
    Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

    "This dip is awesome and so addicting. Gets rave reviews at our company's holiday open house every year."

    LisaGates User ID: 2722806 149858
    Reviewed Jun. 26, 2013

    "Everyone loves this dip!! I am always asked to bring this easy to make dish to all parties and picnics. I made the mistake of trying to bring something different to a family get together. Never again! All I heard was "where is the jalapeno popper dip?""

    odromero User ID: 6790639 212393
    Reviewed Apr. 3, 2013

    "This is an easy, really tasty, fun appetizer that everyone will love!"

    dkwak User ID: 2742213 178484
    Reviewed Mar. 7, 2013

    "I took this to work and half of it was gone in the first 20 minutes..breakfast time! the rest of it was gone shortly after..."

    ButterLovingGirl User ID: 2638029 116608
    Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

    "While I don't typically enjoy jalapenos, this dip is simply delicious. I skipped the panko and kept it warm in a small crockpot."

    lisacrafty User ID: 7063163 195123
    Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

    "A hit with all! I used Monterey pepper jack and omitted the jalapeños (only cause I didn't have them on hand) and it was delicious!"

    kjj834 User ID: 6988219 192361
    Reviewed Dec. 11, 2012

    "Absolutely delicious! I couldn't believe how well it turned out! This is my new go-to dip."

    jmp1965 User ID: 7000505 116607
    Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

    "I have made this on several different occassions and it is loved by all that have tried it."

    hobbieb User ID: 3301164 177794
    Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012

    "OMG!!!! This was soooo delicious! I love jalapeno poppers but have not been very successful at making them. The stuffing never seems to stay where I put it. After making this dip, I'll never try to stuff another jalapeno again. This is so much easier! Yummmy :)"

    kathleenabob User ID: 6927120 194668
    Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012

    "Had this at a party, it was amazing"

    Andidandi User ID: 6157364 116606
    Reviewed Sep. 21, 2012

    "So good, it was gone in no time! And it's so easy to make"

    lakemonster User ID: 6866606 123471
    Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

    "I made this for a birthday celebration. Everyone raved about it, and my adult children declared it a "keeper". Absolutely delicious!"

    pjking98 User ID: 6296945 195122
    Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

    "i made this for a youth service, it was a great hit. Kids looked at it and I told them what it was. they all came back for seconds!"

    marindafowler User ID: 6863596 110598
    Reviewed Sep. 15, 2012

    "Made this tonight. It's sooooo good. I made a few small changes.

    I used Sharp Cheddar instead of Monterey Jack (and used more than 1/2 cup in the mixed portion). I also used about 1/2 cup diced jalapeno peppers. Finally, I used 1/2 cup Parmesan and 1/2 cup Sharp Cheddar on top.
    Perfection! Can't wait to make this again!"

    amcoffeebean User ID: 3469687 183809
    Reviewed Sep. 14, 2012

    "Made this over the weekend and family loved it. Not too spicy, we'd kick it up just a little, but for the timid make it just like it is. I did substitute all cheeses with low fat and it worked for us. Won't be able to rate the diff since we loved the low fat version and probably won't ever try the recipe with anything else. I used 1/2 sour cream and 1/2 mayo because I'm not a huge fan of tasting mayo in a hot dip. I think this recipe lends itself to a lot of personal taste choices, which I think adds to what I consider a 5-star and fabulous recipe! Good job!"

    jhallam User ID: 1457989 149856
    Reviewed Sep. 10, 2012

    "Comfort food epitimized and easy to throw together for dinner as a side or a party as an appetizer."

    Ab0628 User ID: 3440719 212392
    Reviewed Aug. 26, 2012

    "It's funny to read some of the reviews because I when I read this recipe, I thought the same's going to be the new buffalo chicken dip. I'm not sure I like it as well, and I know by husband doesn't, but still an excellent rating from me because it is different and very tasty. I would maybe half the recipe the next time I make it. It makes an awful lot. I like the panko crumbs on top. I used light cream cheese and mayonnaise."

    bletour User ID: 6602427 126703
    Reviewed Aug. 24, 2012

    "This is so delicious! Made for a party and everyone loved it!"

    kimarie325 User ID: 6248025 115845
    Reviewed Aug. 12, 2012

    "Amazing and quick. All of the ingredients I have in my kitchen."

    081680 User ID: 4336787 123468
    Reviewed Aug. 9, 2012

    "This recipe is quick, easy and yummy! Will definitely be making this again, and again, and again!!!"

    ABWaligora User ID: 6804588 110596
    Reviewed Aug. 7, 2012

    "I have made this dip several times, and have always been asked for the recipe! I served it with celery sticks as well as the corn chips and it was a great combo. easy to prepare and enjoyed by all = WINNING RECIPE!"

    Betty312 User ID: 3439627 192358
    Reviewed Jul. 30, 2012

    "Not too spicy, wonderful flavor and my 10 year grand son loved it along with his dad"

    aug2295 User ID: 4631582 132216
    Reviewed Jul. 29, 2012

    "This was delicious. I cut the mayo by half and added crumbled bacon between the parm and the breadcrumbs. It didn't take much effort, either."

    almcpherson User ID: 3627703 110593
    Reviewed Jul. 29, 2012

    "This dip is so yummy! It really does taste like a Jalapeno Popper! We usually crave the buffalo chicken dip but this dip will be our new go to snack! Thanks for sharing"

    patticakes61 User ID: 3336901 116604
    Reviewed Jul. 23, 2012

    "This was amazingly delicious and has now replaced my family's favorite Buffalo chicken Dip. Definitely a crowd-pleaser!! I used grated Parmesan-Romano, and it worked well. Although the stars are not appearing for me to select, I'd rate this with all stars!!"

    MaraJan User ID: 6779866 195121
    Reviewed Jul. 18, 2012

    "I made this for a work function we had worried i'd bring most of this back home. well by the time i went for my serving it was almost all gone. it was such a hit! I most definitely would make this again and again."

    veggiemama User ID: 4640590 212391
    Reviewed Jul. 18, 2012

    "My mother-in-law made this for our weekly dinner date last night. It was fantastic! Not too spicy. Definitely a keeper! It would also be great with bread or crackers."

    lucaswillisamsgrandma User ID: 4383533 123467
    Reviewed Jul. 17, 2012

    "This recipe was delicious. My sister served it prior to her son receiving his Eagle Scout. I loved it."

    Sandita48 User ID: 5283435 193802
    Reviewed Jul. 15, 2012

    "This recipe was very easy to make and tasted very good. It really does taste like Jalapeno poppers. I'm not a big fan of mayonnaise in dips so I cut back on that and added more cream cheese. Also, I didn't have any green chilies so I used a whole can of diced jalapenos."

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