Cheez-It Crusted Jalapeño Popper Dip


Cheez-It Crusted Jalapeño Popper Dip recipe tastes exactly like a jalapeño popper with a crunchy, cheesy Cheez-It topping.  It’s an easy, incredibly tasty and highly addictive appetizer!

Cheez-It Crusted Jalepeño Popper Dip recipe tastes exactly like a jalepeño popper with a crunchy, cheesy Cheez-It topping. It's an easy, incredibly tasty and highly addictive appetizer!

Cheez-Its have been a part of my life since I was a little kid.  I ate them like it was my job growing up.  No matter how old I get, they will always hold a special place in my heart.  I love incorporating them into recipes as this just gives me another excuse to eat them in one form or another.  That is where this Cheez-It Crusted Jalapeño Popper Dip comes in to play. This an easy, delicious dip to just enjoy at home (think holidays or game day food) or for taking to parties and potlucks (make sure you double or triple up on the recipe)!  It tastes amazing, can be made without much fuss, and you can adjust the spice level according to everyone’s tastes.

Easy Cheez-It Crusted Jalepeño Popper Dip with a Cheez-It cracker crust.

Speaking of game day food, unless you are living under a rock you know that this is the peak of basketball bracket season!  Do you fill out a bracket?  I’m not the world’s biggest basketball fan by any means, but I grew up with two brothers and a father who are sports fanatics so I am no stranger to the sport.  Also, I love an opportunity to whip up some indulgent snack food to share with my readers. To me, the best basketball game day food is anything you can consume without needing a fork and knife, am I right?  Jalapeno Popper dip is an appetizer I have been dying to make for a while now because I am dip-obsessed.  Then I thought to myself – why don’t I make the dip with ground up Cheez-Its on top instead of the usual bread crumb topping?

The steps in making Cheez-It Jalapeno Popper Dip.

The dip making process!

It all began when I was strolling down the food aisles at Target and I found myself on the snack & cookie aisle (big surprise). I was so excited to find a new kind of Cheez-Its:  Cheez-It Grooves!  I grabbed the Sharp White Cheddar kind and one box of original Cheez-Its and never looked back.  You know that saying “never go shopping when you’re hungry”?  I like to go against that rule on a regular basis.  I had to make them into a delicious and highly addictive dip – and that is what I did.

Enjoy this madness of March and whip this bad boy up for your basketball game-watching party. This dip smelled so good in the oven!  My whole house smelled of Cheez-It Crusted Jalapeño Popper Dip goodness.  So, eat Cheez-Its plain, or cook with them – either way, just eat them.  If you like using Cheez-It’s in a recipe, check out the Cheez-It Macaroni and Cheese I made recently.  It is to die for!  Have you ever used Cheez-Its in a recipe before?

Shopping at Target for Cheez-It Grooves

Cheez-Its are currently on sale for 3/$8 at Target can be found in the chips/crackers/cookie aisle. Shoppers can use Target’s Cartwheel app to save an additional 35% off of this sale price when they buy 3 varieties of Cheez-Its. You can also head over and enter the Most Valuable Cheese Contest where you get to vote on your favorite flavors/varieties from six popular Cheez-It flavors and play some fun games for a chance to win $10,000!  Who couldn’t use that kind of extra cash!? I would be beaming if one of my readers won.  The contest goes through April 2015.

Game day food: Cheez-It Crusted Jalepeño Popper Dip with a Cheez-It cracker crust.

Cheez-It Crusted Jalepeño Popper Dip
Recipe type: appetizer
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Serves: 4
Cheez-It Crusted Jalapeño Popper Dip recipe tastes exactly like a jalapeño popper with a crunchy, cheesy Cheez-It topping. It's an easy, incredibly tasty and highly addictive appetizer!
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • 1 (4 ounce) can sliced jalapenos (pickled), drained and chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped (optional - for more heat)
  • ½ cup Sharp White Cheddar Cheez-It Grooves, crushed (measured after crushing)
  1. Crush the Cheez-Its using a food processor.*
  2. Mix the cream cheese, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, parmigiano reggiano and jalapenos in a bowl and pour into a baking dish (Size depends on if doubling recipe or not. Mine fit in a 24 oz. casserole dish when not doubled).
  3. Sprinkle the crushed Cheez-Its over the dip.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the sides are bubbling and the Cheez-It topping has turned golden brown on top, about 20 minutes.
  5. *You can smash them in a ziploc bag with a meat tenderizer or rolling pin if you prefer, but I recommend 15-20 seconds in the food processor.

 Recipe source:  adapted from

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33 Responses to “Cheez-It Crusted Jalapeño Popper Dip”

  1. March 23, 2015 at 6:54 AM #

    Sounds perfect for game day!

  2. March 23, 2015 at 9:17 AM #

    Cheez-Its are so gooood! My son loves them and I have them as part of his school snack rotation. This idea for the dip sounds awesome…the crunchy, cheesy topping from the Cheez-Its has to be so good! Now to find these new cheez-it grooves!

  3. March 23, 2015 at 9:47 AM #

    I didn’t know that Cheez-It had a new product! I must look for it the next time I go grocery shopping!

  4. March 23, 2015 at 10:13 AM #

    What?! This sounds crazy good!

  5. March 23, 2015 at 11:23 AM #

    seriously, BEST game day dip ever!!

  6. March 23, 2015 at 11:26 AM #

    I can’t have Cheez-Its in the house because I will eat the whole box. But I like the idea of buying some to make this dip…which sounds totally addictive.

  7. March 23, 2015 at 11:39 AM #

    Wait – cheez-its IN a dip – I have always used them to dip into a dip – but never IN a dip – sounds totally addicting, Ashley!

  8. March 23, 2015 at 11:47 AM #

    A fun snack for any party! I’m a cheese lover!

  9. March 23, 2015 at 2:14 PM #

    I’m thinking football food.

  10. March 23, 2015 at 4:35 PM #

    This looks like one amazing tasting dip. The cheez-it topping puts such a nice crunch to this creamy dip!

  11. March 23, 2015 at 4:37 PM #

    Oh my!! I have absolutely zero self control around dips – I would eat wayyy too much of this!! haha

  12. March 23, 2015 at 7:08 PM #

    I love the Grooves and this is a great idea!

  13. March 23, 2015 at 9:43 PM #

    We love all sorts of Cheez-its and dips in this house, so this sounds like something I need to make! Both my hubby’s and my team have made it to the sweet 16…so we have plenty more opportunities for game day dipping. Love the sound of this.

  14. March 23, 2015 at 10:48 PM #

    This dip looks like HEAVEN. ON. EARTH!

  15. March 23, 2015 at 10:58 PM #

    I love using crushed Cheez-Its in place of bread crumbs. This dip sounds so addictive!

  16. Ginny McMeans
    March 23, 2015 at 11:31 PM #

    What a great job you did for this recipe. Love those Cheez-It Grooves!

  17. March 23, 2015 at 11:38 PM #

    I have totally seen those cheez-it grooves in the store! This dip looks amazing and I love that crunchy topping…pass me a bowl please 🙂

  18. Lora @cakeduchess
    March 24, 2015 at 5:56 AM #

    I haven’t seen those Cheeze-it Grooves yet…how fun! This is such a fun dip idea for spring and summer parties (hope it gets warmer there for you soon!!)

  19. March 24, 2015 at 7:18 AM #

    I have a major soft spot in my heart for Cheez-Its! I used to eat them with my dad. And that crumbly topping on the dip? So awesome!!!

  20. March 24, 2015 at 10:12 AM #

    Yes! This looks delicious, Ashley! Like you, I grew up carrying around little bags of Cheez-Its, so I love the grown-up version of using Cheez-Its in a recipe. I’m ready for the next round of games to tip off this weekend, and I think I need some of this dip next to me for the games! #client

  21. March 24, 2015 at 10:42 AM #

    I’m a sucker for a good dip! Pass the chips : )

  22. March 24, 2015 at 1:57 PM #

    My family would be all over this. They love cheez it’s!

  23. March 24, 2015 at 8:04 PM #

    What a creative and tasty way to use Cheez-it! Bet this is tasty!

  24. March 24, 2015 at 8:55 PM #

    Those Cheez-It Grooves are so, so good! I bet this dip is out of the world good with them!

  25. March 24, 2015 at 9:06 PM #

    I love everything about this dip and I’m a Cheez-it freak. I can eat a whole box…can’t wait to them in this dip!

  26. March 25, 2015 at 11:45 AM #

    I had so much fun with this campaign. Those white cheddar grooves are the best! Love how you prepared them!

  27. March 25, 2015 at 9:38 PM #

    My brother was addicted to cheez it crackers growing up. My mom could not keep enough in the house. Love this dip, such a cool way to use them. I know I could use 10K. Sure would make life easier.

  28. March 26, 2015 at 12:43 AM #

    I guess I’m living under a rock as I had no idea about the, ummm, Basketball thing haha! I’m cool with it, though 😉 This dip looks sooo tasty!! I bet it didn’t last long. Yummy-yum-yum!

  29. cindy
    March 26, 2015 at 7:21 PM #

    if you’re a little afraid of the heat lever,,you can seed the fresh jalapeno;s,

    • March 26, 2015 at 7:57 PM #

      That is a great idea, Cindy!

  30. kim daigle
    April 5, 2015 at 2:35 AM #

    I am making this tomorrow for Easter. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  31. kim daigle
    April 6, 2015 at 4:13 AM #

    I made this today. I doubled the recipe and put it in an 8×8 casserole. It took way longer than 20 minutes but that may be because I prepared it ahead and refrigerated it. With all that said,….it was AWESOME!! Everyone loved it and everyone wanted the recipe. This one is definitely a keeper!! Like I said, I doubled the recipe and I also added the 2 fresh jalapenos (they were big) Don’t be afraid to add the extra jalapenos.


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