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When it comes to a party dip as a Super Bowl appetizer, our allegiance lies with this super-cheesy, creamy, smoky recipe. It gets a kick from the jalapeño, but not so much that you’ll be running for a glass of milk; even people who can’t totally handle the heat will love this.

For an easy upgrade, sprinkle with a crispy panko topping: Simply stir together 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and a pinch of salt and sprinkle on top of the dip before baking.

Following the keto diet? As long as you use a sugar-free mayo, this dip is keto-friendly.

If it’s too hot to fire up the oven, we’ve included instructions below for an Instant Pot version!

We love serving this dip with tortilla chips or toasted baguette slices.

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 slices bacon
  • 1 (8-oz.) block cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/3 c. sour cream
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 jalapeños, minced
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded Monterey jack
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS: FOR THE OVEN

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook bacon, in batches, until crispy, about 8 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate, then chop.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, garlic powder, most of cooked bacon (reserve some for topping), most of the jalapeños (reserve some for topping), and 1 cup each cheddar and Monterey jack. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer to a small oven-safe skillet or baking dish and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cups cheddar and Monterey jack, cooked bacon, and jalapeño.
  4. Bake until dip is golden and bubbly, 15 to 20 minutes. (If desired, broil 3 minutes to get cheese extra golden.)

DIRECTIONS: FOR THE INSTANT POT

  1. In a large bowl, stir together cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, garlic powder, most cooked bacon (reserve some for topping), most jalapeños (reserve some for topping), and 1 cup each cheddar and Monterey jack. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Transfer mixture into a 1-quart baking dish that will fit in Instant Pot. Cover baking dish with foil.
  3. Place trivet in the bottom of pot and pour in 1 cup water. Fold a large piece of foil (about 18”) into thirds to make a long “sling,” and lower it into pot. Place baking dish on trivet, centered on the foil strip. Fold the strips over the top, but not touching the top. Lock lid and set to Pressure Cook on high for 15 minutes. 
  4. Follow manufacturer’s guide for quick release, making sure to wait until cycle is complete before unlocking and removing lid. Using the foil strips and pot holders, carefully remove baking dish. 
  5. Preheat oven to broil. Sprinkle top of dip with remaining ¼ cup cheddar and Monterey jack. Broil until cheese is bubbly and golden, about 3 minutes.
  6. Top with remaining cooked bacon and jalapeño and serve warm with tortilla chips.

Toelus

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