I love having a few go-to dips to prepare for parties or impromptu get-togethers. This Really Good Jalapeño Dip just moved into the Top 5 of my go-to dip recipes. Let me explain.
I was back home for a while this past Christmas. During that time there were lots of family gatherings. My dad’s wife Michelle had a new dip recipe to share: a jalapeño dip. At first glance, it appeared basic, but one bite proved otherwise. Served chilled, the simple combination of flavors resulted in a really good dip. I was hooked.
This dip made several appearances throughout the week I was in St. Marys, and I was never disappointed. At several points, I physically stop myself from overindulging on it. But, of course, before I left I had to ask for the recipe so I could share it with all of you.
As you know, I use the phrase “really good” instead of “the best” here on IBC. Since I haven’t tried all of the jalapeño dips in the world, I can’t claim that this is the best. However, I can tell you that this dip is really, really, really good!!
Besides the flavor, one of the things I love about this recipe is that it comes together quickly. Counting the time it takes to chop the peppers, the total prep time is under 10 minutes.
Since this dip contains jalapeños, I assume you’re wondering about the spiciness. To be honest, it’s not that spicy. Michelle recommends using the pith (the white part in the pepper) and seeds from one of the jalapeño peppers. That’s what she did. There was a touch of heat, but all that cheese keeps the spiciness to a minimum.
If you want more heat, use the pith and seeds from more than one of the jalapeños. If you don’t like heat, don’t include any pith or seeds.
No matter what spiciness level you prefer, I think you’re going to love this recipe as much as my family did. We’re obsessed!
Curious about what else is in my Top 5 dips? Check out all of my best dip recipes here. There is something for everyone. You could also have a dip party and just make them all.
Without further ado, here’s the recipe for this Really Good Jalapeño Dip!
Here's what you will need:
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 envelope dry ranch dressing mix
1 large red pepper, finely diced
5 jalapeño peppers*, seeded and finely diced
1 bag Tostitos Scoop chips
In a medium bowl mix together the cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, ranch dressing mix, red pepper, and jalapeños until evenly combined.
Place prepared dip into a dish. Serve with Tostitos Scoop chips.
*When preparing your jalapeños, remove the seeds and white part (pith) of each pepper. This is where most of the heat is. I like to include the seeds and pith from one or two peppers to give this dip a little heat. You can add more, depending on the level of spiciness you desire.
Simple, tasty, and speckled with color. What’s not to love?
Give this Really Good Jalapeño Dip a try. I’m certain you’ll be adding it to your list of favorite appetizer recipes, too!