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This dip is perfect for a Mexican-themed dinner party served as a dip for all the appetizers. The prep time for making this dip is under 5 minutes, and all the ingredients are easy to keep on hand for an impromptu get-together with friends.

cream cheese salsa dip with tortilla chips

Dipping Good Cold Cream Cheese Salsa Dip

This is a unique dip because it’s super cheesy, but it’s cold and creamy. Also, it’s very customizable; if you want a spicy dip, all you have to do is choose a spicy salsa to mix in. I like to add some extra sweet heat by stirring in pickled jalapenos.

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Ingredients You Will Need To Buy

Ingredients needed to make cream cheese salsa dip
  • Cream cheeses: To get a smooth, creamy dip, it’s very important to allow your cream cheese to soften to room temperature. If you are in a hurry, using the soften setting on your microwave would also work. 
  • Sour cream: I suggest full-fat sour cream for the richest-tasting dip.
  • Seasoning: You can use my homemade taco seasoning or your favorite store brand. 
  • Salsa: Here is where you can get creative. Buy your favorite brand sales. You can choose spicy, mild, chunky, or smooth. I like salas with beans or corn also in this recipe. 
  • Cheese: I usually use cheddar cheese, but if I’m making it for someone who likes heat, I will use pepper jack cheese. 
  • Green onions: This is a nice mild onion that balances the cheeses. Slice it very thin, using all of the white parts and the green tops. 
  • Pickled Jalapenos: We love my homemade candy, aka pickled jalapenos. However, you can also find a jar of sweet and spicy pickled jalapenos in the pickle aisle of your local grocery store.

📝 Note: You can find the full recipe with ingredients and measurements in the recipe card located at the bottom of this post.

Instructions Cream Cheese Salsa Dip Recipe

number one
  • Combine the softened cream cheese and the sour cream into a bowl. 
  • Using a whisk, blend the cream cheese and sour cream until they are creamy. This takes about a minute. 
cream cheese and sour cream whisked in a bowl
number two
  • Add all the other ingredients to the mixture. 
  • Whisk all the ingredents together.
number three
  • Once the dip is blended well place it into a serving dish. 
  • Chill for about an hour in your fridge before serving (if you can wait that long) 
  • Top with green onions and serve with tortilla chips.

Recipe Variations and Mix-ins

I’m a salsa lover and have several homemade salsa recipes that you could use instead of canned store-bought salsa. 

I’m sharing a basic recipe for cream cheese dip, but I encourage you to get creative. Try mixing in a few of these extra items.

Serving Ideas For Cream Cheese Salsa Dip

  • This cream cheese salsa dip is perfect for dipping with tortilla chips or my husband’s favorite chili cheese Fritos.
  • Serve with fresh veggies such as celery and carrot sticks. 
  • Use the dip as a filling for quesadillas 
  • This dip also makes a great filling for baked jalapeno poppers.

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Cold Cream Cheese Salsa Dip

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Need a quick and delicious creamy dip for your next party? Cream cheese salsa dip is sure to be a winner with everyone.  The cool, creamy dip is made with cream cheese, sour cream, and cheddar mixed in with salsa and Mexican spices.

Note: Be sure to read through the recipe’s post for tips and details about this recipe.

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Ingredients
 

  • 8 ounces cream cheese , Softened
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning, You can use my recipe for homemade taco seasoning or buy your favorite store brand.
  • ½ cup salsa , Your favorite variety
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, Finely shredded
  • 2 green onions, Thinly slice the white and green parts of the onion
  • ¼ cup pickled jalapenos , Finely chopped. These can be omitted but if you like your spice level turned up toss in some more. Use my recipe for cowboy candy or buy a jar at your local grocery.

Instructions
 

  • Unwrap the cream cheese and place it in a medium bowl microwave-safe bowl. Set the microwave to soften, checking it every 30 seconds or so. If you do not have a soft setting, heat the cream cheese at 20% power for 30-second intervals. The goal is to have the cream cheese very soft but not melted. This will help make your dip creamy and smooth.
    8 ounces cream cheese
  • Combine the softened cream cheese and the sour cream into a bowl.
    ½ cup sour cream
  • Using a whisk, blend the cream cheese and sour cream until they are creamy. This takes about a minute.
    2 tablespoons taco seasoning, ½ cup salsa, 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, 2 green onions, ¼ cup pickled jalapenos
  • Add all the other ingredients to the cream cheese mixture.
  • Whisk all the ingredents together.
  • Once the dip is blended well place it into a serving dish.
  • Chill for about an hour in your fridge before serving (if you can wait that long)
  • Top with green onions and serve with tortilla chips.

Notes

Serving Ideas For Cream Cheese Salsa Dip
  • This cream cheese salsa dip is perfect for dipping with tortilla chips or my husband’s favorite chili cheese Fritos.
  • Serve with fresh veggies such as celery and carrot sticks. 
  • Use the dip as a filling for quesadillas 
  • This dip also makes a great filling for baked jalapeno poppers.
Serving: 1serving, Calories: 193kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 51mg, Sodium: 414mg, Potassium: 125mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 851IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 150mg, Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Appetizer
Author: Gina Dickson

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