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Best Bacon Jalapeno Popper Crock Pot Dip Recipe

Introducing our latest creation: Jalapeño Popper Crock Pot Dip! If you love the flavor of bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed jalapeno poppers, you’ll love this recipe!

This easy appetizer combines PLENTY of golden brown, crispy bacon bits, sautéed jalapeños, garlic, American cheese, cheddar cheese, and cream cheese, all warmed to perfection in a slow cooker.

This cheesy dip is a versatile crowd pleaser for parties, game day snacking, football season, a Super Bowl party, and potlucks. I promise this dip will keep your guests coming back for more, bite after bite!

A crock pot filled with warm jalapeno popper dip surrounded by corn tortilla chips.

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If you love the flavor of bacon in a tasty dip, be sure to check out our recipes for Neiman Marcus Million Dollar Dip and Cream Cheese Dip with Bacon and Caramelized Onions. You might also enjoy our Baked Bacon Brie Cheese Appetizer and crispy Jalapeno Popper Wontons!

Why You’ll Go Hog Wild for This Easy Recipe

Cheesy and flavorful: This dip combines all the best flavors of a crispy jalapeno popper, with two kinds of cheese plus cream cheese, tender jalapeños, garlic and crispy bacon.

Easy to make: This spicy dip is simple to put together, and stays warm in the slow cooker until you’re ready to serve it.

Versatile recipe: You can use hotter peppers for a greater level of heat, or green chiles for a milder dip. See more variations below!

Ingredients and Substitutions

Jalapenos, butter, cream cheese, bacon bits, garlic, cheeses and chicken stock.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this jalapeno cream cheese dip:

4 to 5 large fresh jalapenos – Use fewer or more, depending on the size of your jalapeños and how spicy you want the flavor to be.

1 tablespoon butter – Salted or unsalted butter is fine, so use whichever you like depending on your tastebuds.

8 ounces cream cheese – full fat cream cheese makes the creamiest dip.

8 ounces processed American cheese like Velveeta – This gives the dip its smooth texture.

8 ounces cheddar cheese – You can use mild, medium or sharp, depending on how intense you like the flavor!

1/2 to 3/4 cup chicken stock – I like homemade chicken stock for added flavor, but you can use chicken broth instead if that’s what you have on hand.

1 cup bacon bits – We prefer homemade bacon bits, but you can use store-bought bits if you prefer.

You’ll also need dippers like chips, fresh veggies, pita chips, crackers, etc. See our list with 15 ideas below!

Equipment Needed

You’ll need common kitchen equipment to make this crock pot jalapeno popper dip, including:

  • Cutting board
  • Kitchen knife
  • Grater to grate the cheddar cheese

You’ll also need a 1.5 quart slow cooker to keep this dip warm. This size holds about 6 cups, which is perfect for serving party dips.

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Step by Step Instructions

STEP 1 | In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Cook the chopped jalapeno until tender, about 4-5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring, until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, cover and reserve.

STEP 2 | Add the cubed cream cheese to the ceramic liner of the slow cooker.

Cooking chopped jalapenos in a skillet with a spatula.
Cubes of cream cheese in the ceramic liner of a slow cooker.

STEP 3 | Top with the cubed processed cheese.

STEP 4 | Top with the shredded cheese.

Cubed American processed cheese in a crock pot.
Shredded cheddar cheese in a black crock pot.

STEP 5 | Place the ceramic liner in the crock pot and turn the temperature up to HIGH.

Setting the crock pot temperature to high.

STEP 6 | Check on the dip every 20 minutes or so, and stir gently. In our crock pot, it took about an hour for the cheeses and cream cheese to melt.

STEP 7 | In a small saucepan or the microwave, heat the chicken stock until almost simmering. Slowly add 1/2 cup of the hot stock into the dip, stirring until smooth.

Stirring melted cheeses in a crock pot with a spoon.

STEP 8 | Use a slotted spoon to transfer the jalapeno mixture to the pot. Stir until smooth and well combined. Add the bacon bits to the pot and stir until combined. Cover and let heat for 10 minutes.

Adding cooked jalapenos to the slow cooker.
Adding cooked bacon bits to the crock pot.

STEP 9 | Turn the heat down to Warm (or Low, if you pot doesn’t have a Warm setting). If you like, garnish the dip with jalapeno slices and bacon bits.

Now you’re ready to serve the jalapeno popper crockpot dip with your favorite chips or veggies!

Dipping a tortilla chip into the warm cheese dip.

Pro Cooking Tips

  • Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water immediately after chopping fresh jalapeños, and avoid touching your eyes or face. You can also wear disposable gloves while chopping if you prefer.
  • The seeds in fresh jalapeno peppers are especially hot. Add them for extra heat, or keep them out of the dip to avoid too much spiciness.
  • I recommend shredding your cheese from a solid block rather than buying pre-grated cheese, which contains additives that can prevent a smooth melting texture and make the dip grainy.

Recipe Variations

Spicy Sausage Popper Dip – Substitute 1/2 cup of cooked chorizo crumbles for 1/2 cup of the bacon bits.

Pickled Pepper Popper Dip – Substitute drained, chopped pickled jalapeno peppers for some or all of the sauteed jalapenos.

Spicy Jalapeno Dip – For more heat, substitute Pepperjack cheese for some or all of the cheddar cheese and add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper to the mixture.

15 Things to Serve with this Dip

Here are some of my favorite dippers, with a variety of textures and flavors that complement the spicy, creamy dip. Enjoy experimenting and let me know what your favorites are!

  1. Tortilla chips (I love to serve an assortment of yellow and blue chips!)
  2. Corn chips, like Fritos Scoops
  3. Toasted slices of baguettes or French bread
  4. Pretzels or pretzel squares
  5. Celery sticks
  6. Carrot sticks, carrot chips, or baby carrots
  7. Bell pepper strips (try an assortment of yellow, red and green)
  8. Cherry tomatoes
  9. Broccoli florets
  10. Cauliflower florets
  11. Pita chips or garlic bagel chips
  12. Steak fries or fried potato wedges
  13. Sliced cucumbers
  14. Ritz crackers
  15. Sugar snap peas or snow peas

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

In my opinion, this dip is best eaten the same day you make it. You can certainly store leftover dip and reheat it, but just be aware that during storage the dip will thicken and the bacon will soften considerably.

To store, cool the dip to room temperature. Transfer to an airtight container, cover, and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

To reheat, transfer the dip to a heavy bottomed saucepan. Heat over medium low, stirring frequently, until the dip re-melts and can be stirred. It it’s too thick, you can heat a little chicken stock to almost simmering and stir it into the mixture while you’re reheating it.

Is This Dip Spicy?

Good question. Jalapenos can vary in their level of spiciness, but cooking them generally reduces some of the heat and this dip is really not very spicy.

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Jalapeno Popper Crock Pot Dip

Eliza Cross
All the flavors of your favorite bacon jalapeno poppers in a creamy, delicious dip! The perfect appetizer dip for parties, game day, and potlucks.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 318 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 5 large jalapenos
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cut in 1/2-inch cubes
  • 8 ounces processed American cheese, cut in 1/2-inch cubes
  • 8 ounces medium cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup bacon bits
  • assorted chips or cut veggies for dipping

Instructions
 

  • Cut 4 jalapenos in half, remove seeds, and dice. Cut the remaining jalapeno in slices for garnish and reserve. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Cook the chopped jalapeno until tender, about 4-5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring, until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, cover and reserve.
  • Add the cubed cream cheese to the ceramic liner of the slow cooker.
  • Top with the cubed processed cheese.
  • Top with the shredded cheese.
  • Place the ceramic liner in the crock pot and turn the temperature up to HIGH.
  • Check on the dip every 20 minutes or so, and stir gently, until cheeses and cream cheese are melted and smooth, about 1 hour.
  • In a small saucepan or the microwave, heat the chicken stock until almost simmering. Stir 1/2 cup of the hot stock into the dip and stir until smooth.
  • Use a slotted spoon to transfer the jalapeno mixture to the pot. Stir until smooth and well combined. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon bits for garnish, Add the remaining bacon bits to the pot and stir until combined. Cover and let heat for 10 minutes.
  • Turn the heat down to Warm (or Low, if you pot doesn’t have a Warm setting). If you like, garnish the dip with jalapeno slices and bacon bits. Serve the dip with your favorite chips or veggies.

Notes

Storing: Dip is best eaten the day it is made. Leftover dip can be stored in an airtight container or container wrapped with plastic wrap, and refrigerated for up to 2 days. 
Reheating: Transfer leftover dip to a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat, stirring, until smooth. If dip is too thick, it can be thinned with a little chicken stock that is first heated to almost-simmering. Add the stock slowly, stirring until combined and smooth.

Nutrition

Serving: 12gCalories: 318kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 15gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 855mgPotassium: 109mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 714IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 371mgIron: 0.3mg
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Keyword cheese, cheese dip, jalapenos, poppers
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Nutrition Disclaimer: All nutritional information shared on this site is an approximation. I am not a certified nutritionist, and any nutritional information should be used as a general guideline.

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About Eliza & BENSA

BENSA was founded by bacon expert Eliza Cross, author of more than a dozen cookbooks. She has written three bacon cookbooks including the award-winning Bacon Beans and Beer, the bestselling 101 Things to Do With Bacon, and the popular sequel 101 More Things to Do With Bacon. Learn more about BENSA...

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