Whole cranberries – One regular size bag of whole, fresh cranberries work well.
Jalapeno peppers – This adds a nice heat that complements to the sweetness of the dish.
Cream cheese – You will need 2, 8 oz blocks of cream cheese, softened.
Sugar – Brings out the sweetness of the cranberries. For this recipe I used 1/2 cup sugar, if you prefer extra sweetness you can use 3/4 cup sugar.
Cilantro – This is an optional ingredient.
Chili powder – Adds a hint of spice that leaves people asking for the secret ingredient.
How to make cranberry jalapeno dip
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Chop: Chop cranberries with with a food processor, blender with a few pulses or chop with a knife. Make sure not to chop them so much that they liquify.
Mix: Stir together chopped cranberries, chopped jalapenos, green onion, cilantro, sugar, lemon juice and chili powder to make a cranberry jalapeno relish. Cover the mixture and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours up to overnight. This helps let the flavors come together.
Assemble: When ready to make, whip the softened cream cheese with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer. Spread on the bottom of a serving dish like a 9-inch pie plate. Spread the cranberry mixture on top of the cream cheese.
Serve: Serve or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.