web analytics

“Olive-Peño” Olive Jalapeño Popper Dip for Game Day

Jalapeño popper dip has made me many a friend at parties over the years. And guess what? It’s even better with olives.

"Olive-Peno" Olive Jalapeño Popper Dip | Umami Girl

You guys. YOU GUYS. I started making jalapeño popper dip once upon a time at the dawn of the internet. Maybe 2008? I brought it to many a party. I made many a new friend. It was hearty appetizer and conversation starter all in one. My friend Jill called it “crack dip.” I didn’t think it could get any better.

"Olive-Peno" Olive Jalapeño Popper Dip | Umami Girl

Turns out, like basically everything ever, jalapeño popper dip is even better with olives in it. (Just so you know, when I make an absurdly broad statement like that about food, I always do The Brownies Test, which I made up myself. “Are brownies better with olives in them, Carolyn?” I’d have to ask. So…not quite everything ever is better with olives in it. But BASICALLY everything ever, and that’s what I said. See?)

Dudes, I made one of those videos, and I liked it:


"Olive-Peno" Olive Jalapeño Popper Dip | Umami Girl

Lindsay Olives knows what I’m talkin’ about. That’s why they’re olive people. Maybe not more so than I am…but sure, maybe a little more so. I’m gonna go ahead and defer to them, because they brought treats.

Save on Lindsay Olives:

  • You can join Club Lindsay to get a $1-off in-store coupon and more special deals
  • If you prefer to shop online, use coupon code GAMEDAY for 25% off
  • Or just chillax and browse some awesome game day recipe ideas here.

"Olive-Peno" Olive Jalapeño Popper Dip | Umami Girl

I might not bring this dip to every type of party, but I’ve brought it to quite a few and never left with anything but crumbs in the baking dish. Popper dip is the kind of thing where you know right away which of your friends will become obsessed with it and which ones might look at you askance. So. Definitely make it for game day whether you’re tailgating or “staygating,” which I just learned is a thing. (Is it, though?) And don’t stop there. Bring it to a housewarming. A potluck first birthday party. A thing at the office. Maybe not, like, a high tea baby shower at the Ritz. You get the idea.

Either way, check out the video that I made for ya (up above) to show you how ridiculously easy this dip is to make. And get the full recipe below. Serve it with chips — I’m a sucker for those lime flavored ones.

Have fun. Talk to you soon.

Carolyn xx

"Olive-Peño" Olive Jalapeño Popper Dip

Preparation 10 min Cook Time 25 min Total Time 0:35

This dip is ridiculously good. It's the perfect game day appetizer alongside tortilla chips (I'm partial to the lime-flavored ones) or hearty crackers.


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated parmigiano reggiano cheese, divided
  • 1 4-ounce can sliced pickled jalapeños, drained
  • 1 6-ounce can sliced ripe black olives, drained
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs


  • Preheat oven to 350°F with a rack in the center.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, cheddar, 1/2 cup of the parmigiano, the jalapeños and the olives until well mixed.
  • Transfer to a baking dish. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining 1/4 cup parmgiano reggiano and the panko. Sprinkle over the top of the dip.
  • Bake until hot and bubbly, about 20-25 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.
  • by

    1 review


    Hi there, I'm Carolyn, and I'm delighted you're here. I'm a NYC-area food, travel, yoga, coffee, wine, running, music making and book obsessive with a great family and a love for sharing it all with you. Grab a drink and come on in. Learn more.

    Error: Access Token is not valid or has expired. Feed will not update.
    This error message is only visible to WordPress admins

    There's an issue with the Instagram Access Token that you are using. Please obtain a new Access Token on the plugin's Settings page.
    If you continue to have an issue with your Access Token then please see this FAQ for more information.