Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Dip with Tater Tot Crust

Guys. This dip. Seriously. I can’t handle it.  3 different cheeses make it so so cheesy.  A jalapeno adds a little kick. Then there is bacon. And if all of that isn’t enough, it’s topped with tater tots and baked until the top is crispy and the dip is hot and bubbly. Say it with me now, in your best Uncle Jesse voice…have mercy.

I don’t really know what possessed me to put tater tots on top of this dip.

There I was in the kitchen, minding my own business. Just mixing the cream cheese, mozzarella and cheddar cheese together. Adding the jalapeno, bacon and green onions. Piling it all into a baking dish, when just as I was about to put it in the oven it hit me, I needed something crunchy on top. But what?

Crackers? Ehhh no.

Potato chips? Ahhh don’t have any…moving on.

Panko? Nah, not for this.

Tater tots? Hmmm….BINGO!

It worked so well friends. The tater tots create a nice golden crunchy crust and the cheeses underneath mixed with the bacon, jalapeno and green onions just oozes deliciousness. Don’t take my word for it though. You need to experience this for yourself.


Seriously, stop what you’re doing and make it

Trust me.

A bubbly hot cheesy dip with jalalpenos, bacon and a tater tot crust. Perfect for game day or holiday appetizer spread.

Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Dip

Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Dip with Tater Tot Crust Recipe

Serves 4 - 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 5 slices bacon
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, minced
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 green onion, diced
  • salt
  • 1 cup (about 15) frozen tater tots



Preheat oven to 425 degrees.


Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Once cool, dice.


Combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, jalapeno, mozzarella, cheddar, garlic powder, green onion and bacon together in a bowl. Taste and add salt if needed. Transfer to a small, oven proof baking dish.


Place frozen tater tots in a blender or food processor and process just until crumbled.


Sprinkle tater tots over the top of the dip. Bake in preheated oven for 15 - 20 minutes or until the edges of the dip are bubbly and the tater tots are browned. Serve immediately.



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    December 26, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I celebrate the day your mother gave birth to you and your amazing culinary talent. Good GOD this is good!

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    November 18, 2013 at 8:20 am

    I am making this, just one question, should I cook the tater tots a little before hand? Or do they end up crispy per the recipe?


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      November 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Since they are crushed up and pretty small, I found that they get crispy just by cooking them with the dip. I hope you enjoy it!

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    November 2, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Holy amazing! This didn’t even last 10 minutes in our house! Kids and hubby♡ it! The only different ingredient I added was some raw onion and I used cracker barrel cheeses(block kind) that I shredded myself, but this is by far my absolute fav dip now!

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
    September 20, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Wow! This looks yummy!!! Perfect for football games and all the gatherings this fall!!!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver}
    September 20, 2013 at 7:06 am

    I just can’t even handle this Des. I mean, Seriously? No, really seriously? I love you. Too far? Okay sorry, but this is killing me. I want it ALLLLLLLLL

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious
    September 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    That crust is just genius! I am most definitely making this for the next game day!