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.

  • Yield about 12 servings


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.