This easy, crowd pleasing La Terra Fina cranberry jalapeño dip copycat recipe is made with just a few simple ingredients and makes a great party appetizer.
There are few foods I love quite as much as a good dip recipe. This crowd favorite La Terra Fina cranberry jalapeño dip copycat recipe is no exception!
We're definitely a big dip family whether it's to serve up as a party appetizer, a holiday party snack or to pass off as an entire meal. I have no shame.
This cranberry jalapeño dip recipe is shockingly simple to make, but does require a bit of time in the refigerator so prepping it in advance is a great idea.
Otherwise it comes together super easily with just a handful of readily available ingredients so it's a great option when you need a festive dip recipe.
Why We Love This Cranberry Jalapeño Dip Copycat Recipe
This La Terra Fina cranberry jalapeño dip copycat recipe is a particular favorite though because it's just so easy to make and it's super festive to serve.
I love any combination of sweet, savory and every so slightly spicy and this dip packs all of those flavors into one heck of a crowd pleasing dip recipe.
This dip does require a bit of refrigeration time while you're making it which makes it an excellent candiate for making in advance to serve the next day.
You can then serve it up with your favorite crackers, sliced veggies or pretzel chips and you'll have a fan favorite snack ready when guests arrive.
Why Make This Cranberry Jalapeño Dip Copycat Recipe
Perhaps the million dollar question - why make this cranberry jalapeño dip if you can simply buy it at the store? Honestly, the answer is really quite simple.
For starters, I love being able to switch up the flavors slightly so suit my palate adding more or less jalapeño, cilantro and even adjusting the sugar.
Likewise it's great to be able to make a larger or smaller batch depending on when and where I am serving it and the size of the crowd.
Finally, I personally really enjoy being in the kitchen chopping and mixing so anytime I can do that making something from scratch I'm choosing that option.
La Terra Fina Cranberry Jalapeño Dip Copycat Recipe
To make this cranberry jalapeño dip recipe you will need:
- Cranberries - Use fresh cranberries when making this dip - canned or frozen cranberries won't have the same flavor or texture
- Cream cheese - The foundation of this creamy dip is fresh cream cheese
- Jalapeño peppers - This dip requires fresh jalapeño peppers - pickled jalapeño peppers will not work with this recipe
- Cilantro - Loads of fresh cilantro add a burst of freshness to this decadent cream dip
- Orange - Fresh orange zest and freshly squeezed orange juice add brightness to the cranberries in this recipe
- Scallions - Add crunch and a touch of mild onion flavor with the addition of chopped scallions
- Sugar - A bit of white sugar adds a touch of sweetness to the tart cranberries
- Salt - Balance everything out with a big pinch of salt to keep things from getting too sweet
- Knife + cutting board
- Food processor (optional)
- Mixing bowls
- Hand or stand mixer
How To Make Cranberry Jalapeño Dip
Step 1. Use a food processor and pulse to chop the fresh cranberries. Alternately chop them with a knife, but a food processor makes quick work.
Step 2. Add chopped cranberries, cilantro, scallions, jalapeño peppers, orange zest, sugar and salt to a mixing bowl. Mix well to combine.
Step 3. Cover the cranberry mixture and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Step 4. Remove the cranberry mixture from the refrigerator and strain through a fine mesh sieve until the excess liquid has drained completely.
Step 5. Reserve the excess liquid and set aside.
Step 6. Add cranberry mixture to a mixing bowl with the softened cream cheese and orange juice.
Step 7. Mix well to combine, adding a tablespoon or two of reserved liquid at a time until the desired consistency is achieved.
How To Serve Cranberry Jalapeño Dip
I love to serve this dip topped with extra sliced scallions, choped cilantro and sliced cranberries along with extra slices of jalapeño peppers on the side.
It pairs perfectly with everything from buttery crackers to pretzel chips to sliced veggies like carrots, celery, cucumbers and chunks of fresh radishes.
This dip makes a great addition to a cheeseboard, a crudite spread or served alongside any assortment of appetizers you might be serving.
Our Favorite Dip Recipes
In addition to this cranberry jalapeño dip recipe, we also love our copycat Olive Garden lasagana dip recipe. It's a huge crowd favorite every single time.
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