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Easy Jalapeño Popper Dip with Bacon

  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1/2 cups 1x


Jalapeño popper dip with bacon is a low carb appetizer that’s the perfect tailgate food or game day snack!  It’s a tempting, crowd pleasing dip made with sour cream (no mayo!), fresh jalapeños, crispy bacon, and a crunchy breadcrumb topping.



For the Dip

  • 6 slices smoked bacon (1/3 cup crumbled; 30g)
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature (453g)
  • 1 cup sour cream, at room temperature (210g)
  • 2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated (150g)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 jalapeño peppers, diced (1 1/3 cup diced; 170g)

For the Topping

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs (63g)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated (20g)
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, melted (57g)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Cook the bacon. Lay the bacon slices in a 10-inch cast iron skillet and place over medium-high heat until sizzling, then turn down to medium and cook until crispy, using a fork to turn the slices.  Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and pat off excess grease.  Let it cool then tear into small pieces.
  3. Prep the other ingredients. While the bacon is cooking, grate the cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese and mince the garlic.  Dice the fresh jalapeños, leaving the seeds and membranes in 2 of the peppers.  (Feel free to add more of the seeds and membranes for a  more spicy dip.)
  4. Make the dip. Beat the sour cream and cream cheese with a hand-held electric mixer until fluffy, then mix in the cheddar, garlic, and salt until blended.  Fold in the diced jalapeños, then spread the dip in an 8×8-inch casserole dish or a 9-inch deep dish pie plate.
  5. Make the topping.  Melt the butter in the microwave, then stir in the panko breadcrumbs and the grated parmesan until blended.  Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture and the cooked bacon on top of the dip.
  6. Bake the dip. Bake at 375 F for 20-25 minutes, until the topping has browned and the dip is bubbling gently around the edges.  Serve warm with tortilla chips for dipping.


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  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: bacon, panko, tasty

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