Baked Pimento Cheese Dip {Tex-Mex Style}

Alright folks, this dip has shortly become my new favorite go-to dip for parties and get-togethers. It’s a new take on the classic southern Pimento Cheese Dip, but this one is baked, served warm, and has a bit of a Tex-Mex theme going on with the jalapeno and cilantro. Have I piqued your interest yet? :)

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If I had to describe this dip in one word it would definitely be addicting. It’s SO good, with one bite you become powerless to its cheesy goodness. I made this for a Christmas Eve party and the dip was a hit and devoured in no time. It’s the type of dip everyone stands around and eats to its completion, plates and napkins need not apply here. I’ll be making this again for a New Year’s Eve party, and the football playoffs, the Super Bowl, the Olympics…get the idea? :)

Cook’s Note:

*Please DO NOT use pre-shredded, packaged cheese as it’s usually coated with flour and/or cornstarch that makes for a gritty texture when melted. Take the time to shred the cheese yourself for optimal results.

*You can prepare the dip ahead all the way up to baking it. Just stick the unbaked mixture in the fridge until you’re ready to bake it. Just be prepared ti add 5-10 minutes to the baking time.

Baked Pimento Cheese Dip {Tex-Mex Style}

Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Meal type Appetizer, Snack
Misc Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Occasion Casual Party
Website Slightly adapted from Annie's Eats

Ingredients

  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cups plain greek yogurt (or mayonnaise)
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cups roasted bell pepper, diced
  • 1 Large jalapeño pepper, ribbed, seeded and minced
  • 3 green onions (scallions), sliced thin
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 8oz extra sharp cheddar cheese, freshly shredded (***See Cook's Note***)
  • 8oz pepper jack cheese, freshly shredded (***See Cook's Note***)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

For Serving

  • tortilla chips
  • sliced & toasted baguette

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 2
In a large bowl add all the ingredients and mix well, working out any cream cheese clumps. Place the mixture in a 2-quart casserole dish and smooth out in an even layer. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the edges are bubbling.
Step 3
Let the dip sit for 5 minutes to cool, garnish with cilantro and serve warm with tortilla chips and/or a sliced & toasted baguette.

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Comments

  1. This dip sounds AWESOME!! My hubby is a huge dip fan, I’ll totally have to make this for him! Pinning to my Yummy Snacks board – thanks!

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