Cheesy Chile Dip

Finally, heat (and jalapeño popper) lovers get a hot pepper dip that delivers on its fiery promise.  

Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs

Hot pepper lovers, jalapeño popper lovers, spicy food lovers, rejoice: this dip is here to answer your cravings. It's a cheesy mélange of five different peppers perfect for a party, game day, or a comfort food weekend treat. You'll start by broiling a jumble of peppers that range from sweet to spicy, and then stir these up with a bevy of creamy elements. Baked until bubbling, the result is luscious, decadent, and with a can't stop-won't stop attitude. If you want to ramp up the heat, swap in pepper Jack for the Monterey, or toss in a serrano pepper—or to make a milder version, go with sweet peppers in place of the spicy ones.


  • 5 mini sweet peppers

  • 4 jalapeño peppers

  • 2 poblano chiles

  • 1 red Anaheim chile or red jalapeño

  • 1 large shallot, quartered

  • 1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 1 ½ cups sour cream

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt

  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated (about 1¾ cups), divided

  • ½ cup jarred sliced banana peppers, chopped, divided


  1. Preheat broiler with oven rack 6 inches from heat. Place sweet peppers, jalapeños, poblanos, Anaheim chile, and shallot on a large baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Broil until charred in spots, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven; reduce oven temperature to 375°F. Let cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, combine cream cheese and sour cream in a large bowl. Add salt, 1 cup cheese, and ¼ cup banana peppers.

  3. Transfer pepper mixture to a cutting board. Trim tops of sweet peppers and chiles; cut in half lengthwise. Scrape with knife to remove seeds and ribs; discard. Chop chiles and shallot. (Wash your hands immediately and avoid touching your face.) Stir pepper mixture into cream cheese mixture.

  4. Place dip in a broiler-safe 1½-quart baking dish or skillet. Top with remaining ¾ cup cheese.

  5. Bake until bubbling and golden, 30 to 35 minutes. Increase oven temperature to broil. Broil until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Top with remaining 1/4 cup banana peppers.

    Cheesy Chile Dip
    Victor Protasio

Serving Suggestions

Mini sweet peppers, celery, tortilla chips

Make Ahead

Prepare recipe through step 4. Cover and chill for up to 2 days. To serve, let stand at room temperature for 1 hour, then continue to step 5.

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