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Healthier Jalapeno Popper Spread

Rated as 4.88 out of 5 Stars

"This will definitely be the biggest hit at the party! This is such an easy appetizer to make and it tastes just like the jalapeno poppers you wish you could make yourself! We use light mayonnaise and light cream cheese, less Parmesan, and added cilantro to make this recipe healthier. But remember, it's only healthier if you don't eat it all by yourself! Serve with sliced sourdough baguettes, tortilla chips or crackers."
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13 m servings 64
Original recipe yields 32 servings (4 cups)


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  1. Stir cream cheese and mayonnaise in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in green chilies, jalapeno peppers, and cilantro. Pour mixture into a microwave safe serving dish and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  2. Microwave on High until hot, about 3 minutes.


  • Editor's Notes:
  • Baked Variation: If you would like to brown the cheese, bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 30 minutes.
  • This recipe is a healthier version of Jalapeno Popper Spread.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 64 calories; 5.3 2 2.1 12 191 Full nutrition

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This is exactly how I make mine lighter, only I double the amount of parmesan cheese. This is also dynamite if you omit the cilantro and use this as a base for spinach-artichoke dip. This is one...

Fabulous recipe that you don't have to feel guilty about! It really does taste just like a jalepeno popper! Even using used reduced fat cream cheese and reduced light mayo it was delicious! I al...

I have found that the new BluePlate Light Mayo is very tasty and believe me I am VERY picky about mayo.

This was delicious. After mixing the ingredients, I put it I'm my mini crockpot for about 1 and 1/2 hours. Everyone loved it! I served it with reduced fat crackers and cut up vegetables.

I added about 1/4 cup of panko crumbs (to give it a little crunch) to the top before baking and right before removing it from the oven, I added about 1/4 cup of shredded Mexican cheese blend. T...

I made this for the first time a little over a year ago when I had an open house for the neighbors to see our newly-remodeled kitchen. Everyone RAVED about this spread. I made it again to take...

I made it twice. It was great!

Great dip, if you want something spicy instead of boring onion dip! Only change - I chopped two fresh jalapenos instead of canned.

I omitted the canned chili's and went with fresh jalepeno's.. It was delicious with not too much heat. Took it to a corporate party and everyone loved it!