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Cranberry Jalapeno Dip with Cream Cheese #CranberryWeek

Need that perfect Thanksgiving appetizer?  This one should do it for you!  It is more delicious than you might ever believe,  Yes, it's that good.  It's the perfect blend of sweet, tart, spicy and delicious all in one bite.  It's a clear winner for your Thanksgiving table!

When you serve this one you may want to use a spoon instead of a cheese knife.  It will help gather all the goodness.  The sugar in this recipe is a bit of a surprise, but don't skimp on it. The sugar is needed to bring out the spicy but also to tone down the tartness of the cranberries.  A simple wheat-thin cracker is all you need to convey this goodness to your mouth. Keep it simple.

Cranberry-Jalapeno Relish with Cream Cheese
Terri Steffes
Prep time
10 Min
Inactive time
4 Hour
Total time
4 H & 10 M

Cranberry-Jalapeno Relish with Cream Cheese

This cranberry-jalapeno relish is sweet, spicy and extra delicious served on top of a block of cream cheese.


  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 4-5 green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 (8-ounces each) packages cream cheese softened
  • Crackers


  1. Pulse the cranberries in a food processor or blender until coarsely chopped.
  2. Add the green onions, cilantro, jalapeno, sugar, cumin, lime juice and salt and pulse until the ingredients are well combined and finely chopped.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl covered with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours (or overnight) so the flavors have time to develop.
  4. When its time to serve, place a block of cream cheese on a plate. Dollop relish on top of cream cheese.
  5. Serve with crackers.
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  1. This looks delicious! I will have to try this. I am all about sweet and spicy.

  2. So simple and so very delicious!! Thanks for the recipe :)

  3. WOW, this looks delicious! I need to give this recipe a try over the Holidays! Thanks for sharing :0)

  4. This looks like a wonderful flavor combination, looking forward to trying this.

  5. I love recipes like this one! The flavors sound perfect for the holidays and I am thinking these flavors would be a huge hit at my holiday party! So pretty!

  6. I am all about spicy food and this makes me really hungry. I'm pinning this for later

  7. I love the sweetness, creaminess and spice that this dip brings.

  8. This looks so good. Looks like it is full of flavor, which I love. I do love spicy foods, so I'll have to try this out.

  9. Yum...I love the contrast of flavors and I'm also a huge cranberry fan. Can't wait to make this simple recipe. Thanks:)

  10. Richelle Milar10:11 AM

    This is such a really amazing and really delicious recipe! I would love to try this combination.

  11. I love cranberry relish, it only stands to reason that I would love this with jalapenos!! YUMMY, a great lazy day snack during Christmas week.

  12. aaaaaahhhhh omg this looks so dastardly delectable yum. my mom and sister would love this!

  13. It's spicy and it'ts festive! It's so perfect for our holiday table!

  14. What an interesting idea for dip. I am looking forward to trying this out - it is nice to have something unique to serve (and we are a big fan of spice)!

  15. Rebecca9:31 PM

    So many amazing flavors in this dip! I love the sweet from the cream cheese, the tart from the cranberries and the spice from the jalapeƱos!

  16. We make this and it is so good!

  17. This sounds wonderful and I would lov to give it a try! I love anything with cranberries… so tarts, tangy and fresh ;)

  18. Amazing flavors and is a great dip! YUM!


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