Spicy Jalapeño Cheese Dip

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Spice up the snack table!

So many snacks can benefit from this spicy jalapeño cheese dip. It’s terrific with crackers and pretzels and super tasty with crudité. Or try it spread over nachos. Yum. You’ll find this dip gone before you know it.

If you want a little more kick, swap out the jalapeño for serrano peppers or increase the amount of cayenne pepper powder that you use.

Jalapeño Cheese Dip

3.68 from 76 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes



  • Over medium heat, melt the butter in a sauce pan, then add flour and whisk until fully combined.
  • Add milk and whisk to combine.
  • Add the minced jalapeño pepper and the garlic and stir often until the mix begins to thicken (10 to 15 minutes).
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and mix in the shredded Colby Jack cheese and cayenne pepper. Stir until then cheese is melted into the sauce.


For more heat, use serrano peppers instead of jalapeño peppers, or increase the amount of cayenne pepper used.
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on June 1, 2020 to include new content.
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