This appetizer was gone within minutes of putting it on the table. This Jalapeño Popper Dip, as featured in Southern Living Magazine, is a delectable appetizer that captures the bold, creamy essence of classic jalapeño poppers in a convenient dip form. This recipe combines the heat of fresh jalapeños with the richness of cream cheese, sour cream, and a blend of shredded cheeses, all topped with crispy breadcrumbs for an irresistible crunch. Perfect for parties and gatherings, this dip offers a harmonious balance of spicy, tangy, and savory flavors that will leave your guests returning for more. Do yourself a favor, and double the recipe!

Jalapeno Popper Dip

1 – 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened, and cut into squares
1 – 8 ounce container of sour cream
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
5 slices bacon, crisp-cooked, and crumbled (reserve some for topping)
2 or 3 jalapeno peppers, seeded if desired, and finally chopped
2 to 3 tsp chili powder
Two cloves of garlic, minced
2 T butter
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

In a 2 qt slow cooker combine the first seven ingredients. Cover and cook on low 2 hours. Stir once halfway through cooking. Before serving, in a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat and saute bread crumbs until they are golden brown.

 Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until brown, stirring occasionally.

 Sprinkle dip with crumbs and reserved bacon.

 Serve with chips or pepper strips.