It is already a month into football season and I can’t believe this is the first game-watching type of snack I have shared.  Shame on me.  Of course, I’m referring to NFL football here.  I mean, I went to IU so college football just doesn’t get me that excited.  I think I’ve been subconsciously avoiding the topic because I haven’t been that thrilled with my team’s performance this year.  Sure, they have a winning record so far but I think only one of their games has showed them playing as the Colts I know and love.

I made this dip a few weeks ago to enjoy during a game and it was a major hit with the fam.  My dad must have commented nearly ten times on how much he loved it.  The fact that the bowl was scraped clean was pretty telling too.  This really does have the flavor just like that of jalapeño poppers.  There is nothing even remotely healthy about it, which is why I chose to serve it with a huge plate of veggies to a large crowd.  Of course, I preferred it on the baguette slices – go figure.  I know everyone seems to have a different threshold for spice, but I thought this was just right – definitely hot enough to call spicy, but not so much I was gulping water.  I’m sure this will make more game day appearances before the season is over.  I hope the Colts do too.


2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayonnaise
1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chiles, drained
1 (4 oz.) can diced jalapeño peppers, drained
½ cup shredded Mexican style cheese
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Cooking spray


  • 01

    Preheat the oven to 375˚ F.  In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, green chiles, jalapeños, and shredded cheeses.  Mix thoroughly with a spoon or spatula until smooth and evenly combined.  Spread the mixture into a baking dish (approximately 9 x 9-inches).

  • 02

    In a second bowl, combine the Panko and Parmesan and stir with a fork until combined.   Sprinkle over the cream cheese mixture in the baking dish.  Spray lightly with cooking spray.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the mixture is hot and the topping is golden.  Serve warm with baguette slices, vegetables, etc. as desired.

  • Kim

    This sounds really good! I’m bookmarking this for future use right now. Yum!

  • I can’t wait to give this a try! Poppers were a staple back in the day; this sounds delicious. Plus, I’m the only one in my family who likes spicy food, so I won’t have to share;)

  • Definitely need to make this for the next game! But we are Steelers fans… :)

  • foodelf

    Annie – in your opinion, would it make much difference if one used fresh jalapenos? They’re plentiful at the moment, not withstanding the convenience of canned.


  • Great dip recipe! I can imagine curling up to eat this and watch the game. Mmm.



  • Theresa

    This sounds SO delicious and I will be trying it VERY soon! Thank you for sharing!!!

  • I love the idea of this dip! Can’t wait to make it!

  • This looks great! I have a house warming party this Saturday and may make this. This would also be good for a football party.

  • Annie

    I don’t think it would be a huge difference, though I actually do think that the use of canned peppers made it taste more like the poppers we know and love. I’m sure you could use fresh and it would be delicious, though I’m not exactly sure how many I would sub since the heat of fresh vs. canned will also vary.

  • Maria

    I love this dip too! I usually make it with fresh jalapenos (I use about 6) and cheddar cheese in place of the mexican blend. It is SO good and always a huge hit – great with Fritos Scoops as well as bread!

  • Marge from New Mexico

    Living in New Mexico, we like to think we know a bit about chili. Whenever we use chili in anything we always add garlic (supposedly so you won’t get a tummy ache from the chili). I made this wonderful recipe adding the garlic and, talk about a hit! I just used a sprinkle of garlic powder. I also used fresh jalapenos because we like it hot. It was so delicious! My gang couldn’t quit eating it. Thanks Annie for another great recipe.

  • My cousin gave me a similar recipe, and you’re right…it’s popular with everyone! Thanks for the reminder to make some! :-)

  • This sounds like a great thing to serve on game day–I bet men love it.

  • you are right, this is perfect for football watching

  • i love warm, cheesy dips! and the addition of hot peppers is especially tempting :) this looks great!

  • I cant wait to make this! I love trying to new dips to serve for game days!!

  • I love jalepeno poppers and dip! Great recipe and pretty pictures.

  • Yum this sounds like the perfect football watching dip. Thanks for sharing. :)

  • This looks and sounds wonderful, I can’t wait to try it!! Happy Thursday:)

  • This is such a great idea! I’m a Giants fan and my husband loves the Jets. Every Sunday we get set up on the couch in our respective team shirts and watch 6 straight hours of football…and of course eat lots of game food! It’s my favorite day of the week :) I can’t wait to try this out for our repetoire!

  • Sounds just wonderful. I will try this for sure!! Keep up the good stuff!!

  • I found myself day-dreaming about jalapeno poppers yesterday. I’ve never made them, but maybe this dip is a simpler way to go. Lovely.

  • That looks wonderful! Right up my alley!

  • I’m making this for the Rangers/Yankees showdowns this week but one quick clarification question (I’m sure either one would taste fine). Does “Mexican style cheese” mean those pre-shreds of “Mexican cheese blend” or to shred a Mexican cheese like Cotija? Thanks :).

    Lovely presentation on the platters, and I love your dish! Do you remember where you got it?

  • That sounds delicious. I love jalapeno poppers!

  • Kendra

    Cool!! I will surely make this very soooon. Definitely perfect for football season. Your crab dip was a hit with my family, and I’m sure this will be too!

  • Lidia

    GO COOOOLTS!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait til
    Sunday to make it! Looks delish!

  • Annie

    I think it is supposed to refer to the preshredded type, but really I think just about anything would be fine. The dish I baked the dip in is Le Creuset and it was a gift. I’m sure it is available at stores that carry Le Creuset (I like Sur La Table).

  • YUM!! What a great dip! I love jalapenos!

  • these look great!

  • This looks amazing! My husband will LOOOVE me for making this!! I have been following your blog for almost a year now and have been inspired in the kitchen and to try my own blog. Thanks for sharing!

  • Paula

    Have to make this for our Halloween party this weekend, looks so yummy! And yes, Go Colts! Our very own (East Providence) Jamie Silva is out for the season unfortunately, but we will continue to root for the team that has treated him so well.

  • Looks fantastic, Annie. My question was answered above – using the fresh ones we’ve got vs canned. I agree with your assessment of the Colts. It’s tough to go to the games and watch all the mistakes. And, now Dallas is out indefinately – :-((( Just as I ordered a #44 jersey – naturally! Hope he and the rest of the crew are back up to snuff soon. RE IU football, losing Coach Hepner was SO tough. I really thought he’d get the program turned around. We even started going to some of those games… Thanks for a great week of recipes!! Kate@kateiscooking

  • anna maria

    too bad the colts have a bye this week…perhaps i’ll be able to come up with another excuse to make this dip this weekend :)

    the dip looks awesome – thanks for the great post!

  • My husband calls this the crack dip because it is instantly addicting. We love it!!!

  • This looks delicious! I so have to try it.

  • *Bookmarked*

    I love jalapeno poppers, what an easy to get the same flavor without all the frying! :)

  • Oh dear, this looks too incredibly delicious. I think I’ll be hooked : )

  • OMG so awesome!! Have to try it sooooon!

  • I am going to make this in the next few days and I was thinking of using some of it to stuff inside a chicken breast and then rolling the chicken in the panko/parmesan mixture. Do you think this dip would taste good with chicken?

  • Camille

    I made this tonight for a Halloween party and it was gone almost instantly! Thanks for a great recipe. I will be using it many times I’m sure!

  • Camille

    Ohmygoodness!!!! This looks sooooo good!!!! Definitely will be making these sometime during the football season!! Thanks!

  • Erika

    One word…YUMMY! This was a big hit yesterday while watching the Patriots Game. Thank you for sharing!!! Go Patriots!!! :)

  • Tish

    This was sooo delicious!!….I made it for our small group and it was a huge hit! It has the perfect amount of spice:), can’t wait to make again!

  • Sheila

    I’m always looking for a new treat for Sunday’s for watching football so thank you this sounds YUMMY!!! So I don’t eat or like condiments and mayonnaise falls into that category. I’ve tried to learn to like it, but just can’t seem to acquire a taste for it. What do you think I could substitute for the mayonnaise? This dip just sounds so good I really want to try it.

  • Annie

    It’s a big part of this recipe so I’m not sure I would use a substitution. Probably just look for something else similar. If you didn’t know the mayonnaise was there, you certainly wouldn’t taste it.

  • You are giving me so many great ideas! I love unique recipes and I am always looking for great dips. I’m definitely tagging this one to make!

  • Tara

    Made this for the hubby and we loved it. I want to bring it to a Halloween party that’s not at our house. Would it be as tasty after cooling down significantly? Thanks

  • Annie

    No, it’s best warm.

  • Trish

    OMGosh!!! I made this exactly as it was posted and it’s officially my favorite dip!! Absolutely no leftovers!!! Thanks very much for sharing!!!

  • I made this for Halloween yesterday and it was a huge hit! Everyone loved it and I adored how easy it was to make thanks for the awesome recipe!

  • Carol

    Thanks for the recipe. I made for a Halloween party (as so many of your other readers did) and it was a hit. Even cold, it wasn’t bad (but it was stomp-your-feet-good when warm). Thanks again for a great recipe!

  • This was AMAZING!!!!! I added some bacon pieces to it as well. It has already been added to the list of game day snacks, but I’ll probably be making it year round.

  • Jill

    This was just as delicious as I thought it would be. Made it for a New Year’s Eve party and everyone loved it! And so easy to make. Thanks for another great recipe.

  • Christina

    Could you substitute plain yogurt for the mayo? If not, what would be a good substitute?

  • Annie

    Please read my FAQ page regarding substitutions.

  • Gwyn

    I made it exactly per your recipe & it was very good. Just the right amount of heat (I don’t like things that are too spicy). Served it with crunchy baguette slices. Yum!

  • Amy

    This dip was the HIT of my Super Bowl party last night. Every person there commented on it and I already had to send them the recipe this morning. :) Thank you Annie!

  • Danielle

    This was SO GOOD! Everyone loved it, esp my husband who loves poppers.

  • Jessica J

    Mmmm…I made this. So much easier than stuffing peppers and breading them and cooking them and it tastes dangerously close to the real deal. I am the appetizer queen in our group (I struggle with the main dish but I can make the heck out of finger foods and dips!) We ate this rather quickly and many have asked for the recipe. I accidentally grabbed 2 cans of jalepenos instead of one jalepeno and one green chilis but it was still remarkable! I offered club crackers and jalepeno butter baguette crisps (I found at a local grocer) the most popular dipper was certainly the crackers. They begged me to make a second batch once it was done. I hope to get invited somewhere this weekend to make it again! :)

  • So…. I made this dip for the first time for the SuperBowl in February, and it was a HUGE hit! So, trying to decide what to take to our Fantasy Football Draft this weekend I remembered this dip and how delicious it was I made it again. We LOVED it, but there was so much other food to eat that day that we had about half of it leftover. Trying to think of something different to do with the leftover dip (rather than just eat it as dip), I made Jalapeno Popper “Rangoon” – I used wonton wrappers & put about 1 T of the cold dip in the center of each wonton wrapper folded it into a triangle & sealed the edges with water. Then I fried them in a little bit of oil (until brown on each side)… These were AMAZING!!! I would highly recommend these and will DEFINITELY be making them again!

  • By the way…. we are DIE HARD Colts Fans in Central/West-Central Indiana! :) GOOOOOO COLTS!!!!!

  • Nicole

    Hi Annie, made your recipe for a tailgating cook-off that we had at work and everyone loved it (placed 3rd). I made it in a crock pot and used half light mayo and half light sour cream instead of the 1 cup mayo since regular mayo tends to get greasy in a crock pot. Of course I could not have the crispy topping but I did make a test batch of it at home in the oven and I loved the topping. If people are wondering what to do with the leftover dip, I added some to my scrambed eggs an it was delish!

  • Ashley

    This was SUCH a hit! Absolutely delicious with the perfect kick! Thank you SO much for posting the recipe!!

  • Tori

    Just made this and took a bite – so delicious! Takes just like a jalapeno popper you would get out! Definitely going to make this again for another party :)

  • Bethannabel

    What kind of “mexican style” cheese did you use?

  • Bethannabel

    Oh, and one more thing…Did you use “real” parmesan (grated yourself?) or the stuff you can buy in a container? (Kraft?)

  • Anonymous

    I normally shred whatever I have around – typically a blend of pepper jack, monterey jack, and/or cheddar.

  • Anonymous

    I normally grate my own but you can use either.

  • This recipe is awesome! Thanks so much.

  • Mrsbacon09

    Love it! Fellow IU grad here :) Go IU!

  • laura

    I made this dip according to the recipe and it was great! I,m not a mayonnaise eater at all. I couldn’t taste the Mayo in it. I wasn’t able to find chopped jalapenos, so substituted chopped pepperocini and it was excellent. Will make again.

  • julie

    I made this yesterday for Super Bowl. It was the hit of the party! Everyone asked for the recipe, but I think I’m going to keep it a secret for at least a few more parties! :)

  • Mom2hpl

    Any thoughts on whether this would freeze well if made in advance?

  • Laura

    This sounds soooooooooo good!

  • annieseats

    Please see the FAQ page. Thanks!

  • KH

    For those of you that want to make this dip and take it somewhere and it still be hot. I have purchased something called a bean pot. I believe they are made by taste of home. I have several of them. It will keep things hot (like they just came out of the oven) for hours. I have several of them and use them for every holiday.

  • Becky

    yes, it freezes great, I’ve done it a bunch of times

  • Heidi

    I made this the other night for family. I was a little hesitant to try the recipe, because I do not like spicy/hot foods. This was a huge hit! Everyone loved it, including me! This is not an overwhelmingly hot/spicy dish. You get a little bit of hotness in your mouth after you swallow, but nothing too strong. Between 4 adults, we almost ate the entire dish in one sitting! I’ll definitely be making this again, but next time I’ll be planning on taking it to a football party! Very, very delicious!

  • Melody Garrison

    I did not find the answer to this question on your FAQ page.

  • annieseats

    It’s there – re: substitutions.

  • Valerie

    Pinned this forever ago. Made it this past weekend. Simply amazing.

  • nmm

    I made this today, and added some extra spicy diced jalapeños, more cheese and some hot paprika over the topping. It was a bit hit and tasted just like a jalapeño popper! Another great one!

  • I’m embarrassed to admit once at a party, I polished off this dip with a spoon. The other guests said they’d had their fill, and I went to TOWN. So good!

  • blissmamaof3

    Making this right now for the Bears’ game tonight :)

  • Crys

    Made this as one of my apps for my best friend’s baby shower and it was a total hit! Everyone made a point to tell me how great it was, and people kept coming back for more! It was the perfect blend of creaminess, cheesiness, and spiciness! it was cleaned off by the end of the party! Definitely saving this as one of my go-to dips!