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Hot Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip with Bacon

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‘Tis the Season for delicious party appetizers! Sweet and salty with a little bit of heat, this Hot Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip with Bacon is irresistible at holiday parties. Besides a jar of Hot Pepper Jelly, this cheesy dip includes cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, garlic, and bacon crumbles—a little bit of sweet, a little bit of heat, and a bit of savory saltiness from the bacon—YUM!

Served warm with buttery Ritz-style crackers or pita chips, this hot appetizer is addictive. This cream cheese and jalapeño jelly dip is so tasty that I have a feeling I may just have to make it to share at every holiday party we attend this year!

Hot Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip with Bacon

Hot Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip with Bacon

I remember the first time I had spinach dip (like the kind on the back of the Knorr Vegetable Soup Mix package) was at a company Christmas party several years ago. At the time, I remember thinking how good it was and managed to station myself near the party buffet. 

Without realizing it, I almost single-handedly ate that entire bowl that evening! Well, that’s seriously what could happen with this Hot Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip with Bacon if you’re not careful!

 This past weekend, I made this cheesy dip to share with friends at our neighborhood Christmas Open House and it was indeed a huge hit! Do you remember when serving a block of cream cheese covered with pepper jelly was a thing?

Hot Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip with Bacon

Tips for making Hot Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip with Bacon

  • For the best flavor and results, don’t be tempted to use pre-cooked bacon bits or crumbles.
  • Be sure to heat the jelly before spreading on top of the cheese for best results.
  • Store leftovers tightly covered in the refrigerator.
  • Reheat leftovers in the microwave on high for 30 seconds.

Don’t skimp on the bacon!

Fresh fried and crumbled bacon makes this dip extra flavorful. Even though it’s just the two of us, when we open a new package of bacon, we’ll go ahead and cook every slice then refrigerate any leftovers to use for on salads or to top baked potatoes. And now, we’ll be saving the bacon for this delicious dip during the holidays!

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My Pampered Chef Garlic and Brie Baker was the perfect size for baking this recipe. However, if you are planning for a larger group, you can easily double the ingredients and bake the dip in an 11×7 baking dish instead.

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You may also enjoy these other hot and cheesy dips:

  • Baked Brie Appetizer — This EASY Baked Brie Appetizer with apples and molasses is a tasty, simply elegant appetizer recipe that’s sure to impress every guest at your party.
  • Cheesy Shrimp Dip — Combine three different types of cheese — cream cheese, shredded mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese — with a sautéed shrimp scampi and bake until hot and bubbly.
  • Baked Jalapeño Pimento Cheese — Adjust the heat to your tastes by adding more roasted jalapeño peppers to this lightened up Baked Jalapeño Pimento Cheese.
  • Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip — This hot dip requires just five basic ingredients!
  • Sausage, Bean, and Spinach Dip — Serve with corn chips because this hearty dip demands a hearty chip!
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HOT PEPPER JELLY CHEESE DIP WITH BACON RECIPE

Hot Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip with Bacon is irresistible at holiday parties. You’ll want to pick up more than one jar of the pepper jelly to have on hand for the holiday season.

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Yield: 12 servings

Hot Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip with Bacon

Hot Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip with Bacon | Life, Love, and Good Food

Sweet and salty with a little bit of heat, this Hot Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip with Bacon is irresistible at holiday parties.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 10.5 oz jar Hot Pepper Jelly
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Crackers for dipping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until creamy. Add cheddar cheese, garlic, and salt and mix well. Stir in 1/2 jar of hot pepper jelly. Pour into a lightly greased 1 quart baking dish. Bake 35-40 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  3. Heat remaining jelly in microwave for 20-30 seconds to soften, slightly melt. Spread over top of the dip and sprinkle top with bacon.
  4. Serve immediately with crackers or pita chips.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Jennifer's Kitchen.

  • Don't use bacon bits in this recipe -- fresh fried and crumbled is best.
  • Be sure to heat the jelly before spreading on top of the cheese for best results.
  • Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator.
  • Reheat leftovers in the microwave on high for 30 seconds.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 341mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 7g

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ABOUT SHEILA
Sheila Thigpen, author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook, is a recipe developer, food photographer, and food writer. She spent 20+ years as a business manager in the publishing industry before she retired in 2018 to focus on her passions — cooking, photography, and writing. Living near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Sheila and her husband have two adult daughters and two fine sons-in-law, are active in their church, love to travel, and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. Follow Sheila on YouTubePinterestInstagramFacebook, and Twitter!

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Kathleen

Tuesday 28th of April 2020

Sheila, this looks so amazing! I admit, I still love the good ol' cream cheese block with chili pepper jelly, but THIS! Now this, looks company worthy

Sheila Thigpen

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

Gee, thanks! Honestly, my husband begs for this appetizer every time we host a party!

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Cheri

Saturday 10th of December 2016

Would this be Good at room temperature? I would like to take it to a party right out of the oven but it will sit out for a couple of hours before the last guests eat it.

sheilathigpen

Saturday 10th of December 2016

Cheri, this dip is best served warm and since it is cream cheese based, I would advise that it not sit out too long. Perhaps you could ask the host if you can keep the dip in a warm oven until ready to serve. Happy Holidays!

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