Cranberry Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip


This is a fun dip that is both sweet and spicy. I got the recipe by varying other cranberry salsa and dip recipes I have found. I got the idea of the fusion of oil from a friend. There are many ideas for use and a great item to take along when you want to surprise your friends with something they probably have not tried. Serve with Triscuits®, pita chips, or crackers.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
16 servings


  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 10 ounces dried sweetened cranberries

  • ½ cup white sugar, or to taste

  • ½ cup water, or more as needed

  • 2 small jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely diced

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons dried cilantro

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened


  1. Heat a saucepan over medium heat; add oil. Stir cranberries into hot oil and cook until cranberries absorb most of oil, 5 to 10 minutes. Mix sugar, water, jalapeno peppers, lemon juice, cilantro, and salt into cranberries; cook until reduced and softened, 10 to 15 more minutes. Add more water if needed.

  2. Pulse cranberry mixture in a food processor or blender until very smooth; cool completely.

  3. Stir cooled cranberry mixture and cream cheese together in a bowl until smooth and creamy.

Cook's Note:

You may add more or less sugar to taste. You may also want another jalapeno to add more heat. Can use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil.

This makes a great spread for sandwiches or add to crackers and add turkey for a colorful appetizer. Also makes a great addition to a turkey dinner in lieu of cranberry sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

206 Calories
13g Fat
22g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 206
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 120mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 42mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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