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Smoked Cheddar Jalapeño Popper Bacon Cheese Dip

Smoked Cheddar Jalapeño Popper Bacon Cheese Dip is right on time for National Chips and Dip Day on March 23rd.  Spring is also on the rise and quickly approaching. For me, that means binge watching March Madness, patiently waiting for the opening day of a new season of baseball, and finding more excuses to get out and spend time with friends. 

Calories: 171       Fat: 12G      Net Carbs: 3G     Protein: 15G

smoked cheddar jalapeno bacon dip

Food is a major part of all of these events. While sitting on my couch watching this year’s Cinderella team make that buzzer beater shot to win the game, I am going to want good food and a tasty adult beverage at my fingertips. 
Smoked Cheddar Jalapeño Bacon Cheese Dip 

 

The same goes for Opening Day and baseball games. NO ONE tailgates like Kansas City.  We have it down to a science and our food spreads are always legit. If you are searching for a dish that isn’t cliche and will totally impress all of your friends, look no further. Oh, and go ROYALS

smoked cheddar jalapeno bacon dip

Who says eating healthy has to be a death sentence? There are so many ways to enjoy chips and dip and still keep that waistline in tact. For a cheesy dip like this one, small adjustments go a long way. Whenever I want to lighten-up cheese and other dairy ingredients I go for reduced-fat options. I also substitute sour cream for Greek yogurt. This not only lowers the calorie and fat count, it boosts the protein. Greek yogurt is great for cooking. It also makes a great substitute for buttermilk and whipping cream.  

smoked cheddar jalapeno bacon dip

Now onto BACON! Bacon gets such a bad rap, but it’s sooooo delicious! Traditional bacon is cured in a mixture of salt, water, and sodium nitrates to preserve. Uncured bacon uses natural nitrates found in celery powder or sea salt.  My preference is to purchase nitrate-free. Nitrates have been linked to cancers in many studies. Trader Joe’s has an inexpensive option.  The lack of nitrates does not take away the fats found in bacon. So there is a judgment call to be made. I prefer uncured bacon to turkey bacon because I enjoy the taste and a serving of bacon only has an additional gram of fat than turkey bacon. For me, the trade-off is not worth it. 
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Smoked Cheddar Jalapeño Popper Bacon Cheese Dip

 

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Smoked Cheddar Jalapeño Popper Bacon Cheese Dip

Smoked Cheddar Jalapeño Popper Bacon Cheese Dip is the perfect warm gooey appetizer with jalapenos, cheddar, parmesan, cream cheese, white wine, and crunchy bacon. Perfect recipe for holidays, game day, tailgates, Superbowl, and events.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 171kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 slices uncured bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 8 oz reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 cup smoked cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers chopped
  • 2 cups plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp parsley chopped
  • 2 tbsp green onions chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Spray a skillet with cooking spray over medium-high heat.
  • Add the jalapeños. Cook until soft.
  • Add the wine to the pan and stir. 
  • Add the remaining ingredients (using only half of the bacon). Reduce the heat to medium. Cook until the cream cheese and shredded cheese have melted.
  • Spray a baking or casserole dish with cooking spray. Add the mixture to the dish.
  • Sprinkle the remaining crumbled bacon over the top.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes until the cheese begins to bubble.
  • Cool before serving.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Calories: 171kcal
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Recipe Rating




Janet

Sunday 30th of December 2018

Have you tried this with smoked chicken added? Im thinking that might be good. Maybe in a wonton cup as an appetizer.

staysnatched

Sunday 30th of December 2018

I haven't tried that, but it sounds amazing!

Avery

Wednesday 5th of December 2018

Why would you use reduced fat cream cheese & non-fat yogurt?

staysnatched

Wednesday 5th of December 2018

Because it's my preference. Use what works best for you.

parth rathod

Tuesday 9th of January 2018

this would go perfectly with garlic bread or stuff toasties thank you for sharing

Swayam

Friday 17th of March 2017

I had no idea there was chips and dip day!! Just what we need on a friday. This looks so good! Bacon makes anything better

Christine

Friday 17th of March 2017

That looks like a crowd-pleasing party dip. I'm saving this for sure!