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Easy Red Pepper Dip

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Roasted Red Pepper Dip is creamy, packed with fresh flavors, and perfect for snacking. It’s simple to make and is great as an appetizer or snack.

Who doesn’t love a good dip recipe? Whether it’s sweet or savory, dips are one of my absolute favorite things to make and to eat! A few of my favorites are garlic dip, Ranch dip, and jalapeno cilantro hummus (I consider hummus a dip of sorts).

Roasted pepper dip in a bowl with pita chips.

Red Pepper Dip Recipe:

Our roasted red pepper dip is so delicious and so easy to prepare. It will be one of your favorite snacks in no time!

I have to admit, the first time I tried pepper dip I was skeptical. Even though I like bell peppers, the thought of having them in a dip seemed a little much. I assumed the flavor would be really overwhelming, but it’s not at all.

Since the red peppers are roasted, they have a slightly sweet taste. The fresh basil and garlic also balance out the pepper taste nicely.

Not only is red pepper dip great as an appetizer or snack, it’s wonderful as a spread on sandwiches and wraps. You can swap out the avocado dressing on our turkey club and use the pepper dip instead, and it’s wonderful!

How to Make Red Pepper Dip:

  1. Place cream cheese, roasted red peppers, basil, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper into a food processor.
  2. Pulse until smooth.
  3. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
  4. Serve with crackers, veggies, or fresh sourdough naan.
Collage showing how to make roasted red pepper dip.

Roasted Red Pepper Dip Tips and Variations:

  • Peppers: I use a 7 ounce jar of roasted peppers for this recipe, but you could always roast a red bell pepper over an open flame instead. Let the skin blister and turn black, then sweat the pepper in a bag. Remove the skin, seeds, and membranes, and it will taste amazing in this dip.
  • Cream Cheese: Full-fat, brick-style cream cheese is what I prefer for this recipe, but reduced-fat will also work. The flavor won’t be quite as rich.
  • Basil: I haven’t tried substituting dried basil for the fresh basil, so I can’t comment on how that would taste. Fresh is my preference, because it adds such a great flavor to the dip.
  • Cheese: Go for shredded off the block, not the stuff in the canister.
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic can be quite pungent and can easily overtake the flavor of a dish. If you already know the garlic you’re using is strong, cut the amount back or try roasting it ahead of time.
  • Lemon Juice: Fresh is best here! Jarred or concentrate isn’t going to have the same flavor as freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Make Ahead: This dip is best made ahead of time, so the flavors will have time to meld together. It can be made a couple hours before serving or even the day prior.
Roasted pepper dip in a dish with crackers.

Storage Recommendations:

Room Temperature: Red pepper dip should not be stored at room temperature.

Refrigerator: This dip should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container and discarded after 3 to 4 days.

Freezer: We do not recommend freezing this dip.

Top down view of roasted red pepper dip on a serving plate.

Easy Red Pepper Dip

Yield: About 1.5 Cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Roasted Red Pepper Dip is creamy, packed with fresh flavors, and perfect for snacking. It's simple to make and is great as an appetizer or snack.

Ingredients

  • 8 Ounces Brick-style Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 (7 Ounce) Jar Roasted Red Peppers, drained and dried with paper towels
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Basil, loosely packed
  • ¼ Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 2 Tablespoons Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 2 Small Garlic Cloves
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon Pepper

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor, and pulse until smooth.
  2. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
  3. Serve with chips, pita bread, or fresh vegetables. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 ounce of dip. Actual calories will vary.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 ounce
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 186mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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