Jalapeno Popper Dip Tips
How can you make jalapeno popper dip less spicy?
We make jalapeno popper dip with canned jalapenos, which tend to be milder than their fresh counterparts. You can further tame down the heat by reducing the amount of jalapenos and increasing the amount of mild green chiles in their place, which is a type of pepper
that’s less spicy than jalapenos. Instead of adjusting the peppers, you could also increase the proportion of creamy ingredients (cream cheese, mayonnaise and cheddar cheese) to dilute the spiciness, or add other cooling ingredients such as sour cream or avocado puree. These options would also be great ways to cool down other jalapeno popper-inspired recipes
What else can you serve with jalapeno popper dip?
We love to serve jalapeno popper dip with chips or crackers as part of an appetizer spread. It’s an especially popular potluck or tailgate appetizer
. For a gluten-free, healthy option, serve jalapeno popper dip with crunchy vegetables, like carrot sticks, celery or bell pepper slices. The leftovers can be used as a spread for sandwiches or wraps. Jalapeno popper dip tastes particularly good with shredded chicken or deli turkey.
Can you make jalapeno popper dip ahead of time?
Making jalapeno popper dip ahead of time is a great option, especially if you’re preparing other dip recipes
for your gathering. After assembling the dip, cover it tightly and refrigerate it. Pull the dip out about 30 minutes before you’re ready to cook to allow the ingredients to come to room temperature. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container and reheated in the microwave or in a 350° oven for 10 to 20 minutes or until warmed through.—Lindsay Mattison, Taste of Home Contributing Writer
1/4 cup (calculated without chips and crackers): 245 calories, 24g fat (9g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 322mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.