Holiday Cranberry Jalapeño Dip

Tart cranberries, spicy jalapeños and sweet sugar come together to create a delicious holiday appetizer that will have your guests begging for the recipe! 

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 12 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Lindsey Maestas


  • 12 oz fresh, uncooked cranberries
  • 1/4 cup green onion
  • 1-2 fresh jalapeño peppers
  • 2 Tbsp. cilantro (optional)
  • 3/4 to 1 Cup sugar (according to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juce
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 16 oz. cream cheese (whipped)


  1. Use hand food chopper to chop cranberries. (It is best to not use a food processor to chop these as the cranberries liquify too much.)

  2. Chop green onion, jalapeño peppers and cilantro.

  3. In a medium-sized bowl, add chopped cranberries, green onion, cilantro and jalapeños.

  4. Add sugar, lemon juice and salt on top of cranberry mixture and stir gently until blended.

  5. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight.

  6. Take cranberry mixture out of the refrigerator and stir all ingredients together. Strain out all liquid using a collander with small holes.

  7. Whip softened cream cheese with hand mixer until smooth (about 2 minutes) and spread cream cheese over bottom of a pie plate or 9x9 dish.

  8. Pour cranberry mixture atop cream cheese and keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.

  9. Use a spoon to spread over Ritz crackers and enjoy!!

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