This hot cheesy dip has lots of flavor and gets its zip from the fresh jalapeno ! It's easy to substitute a small can of Ortega peppers for less heat, and add to the flavorful punch by folding in chopped habaneros, or hotter peppers. Always remember to wash your hands well after handling hot peppers, and consider wearing disposable gloves!
1Mix softened cream cheese, sour cream, and pepper jack cheese until combined. Fold in cooked, chopped chicken. Remove stem from jalapeno, cut in half, and remove seeds and membranes if you don't want full heat!
2Preheat oven to 375°. Fold jalapeno and half the bacon into cheese mixture, and spread evenly into a buttered one quart baking dish.
3Bake for 20-25 minutes until bubbly. Top with rest of cheddar cheese and bacon, return to oven until melted.
4Serve with assorted dippers - tortilla chips, breadsticks, sliced toasted baguette of french bread, veggie sticks.