Jalapeno Cranberry Dip

This Jalapeno Cranberry Dip is a fast and simple appetizer that’s also a beautiful deep red color – perfect for the holiday season! 

  • Author: Leanne Ray, MS, RDN
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 1 small jalapeño
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • Big pinch of kosher salt
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • Seedy crackers for serving


  1. Add cranberries through salt to a food processor and run until ingredients are uniformly chopped and well combined. Let sit 5-10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, spread cream cheese in an even layer on a plate or serving platter (about 1/4-1/2″ thick)
  3. Pour cranberry mixture through a fine mesh strainer, using a spoon to push excess liquid out. It doesn’t have to be perfect, some liquid will remain.
  4. Spoon the cranberry mixture on top the cream cheese and spread so it’s completely covering the top. Optional: garnish with sliced lime and extra cilantro leaves. Serve with seedy crackers. 



  • The equipment section above includes affiliate links to things I use often in my kitchen and recommend.
  • The cranberry mixture can be made up to one day in advance, just keep it separate from the cream cheese and strain/spread it out just before serving. 


Keywords: holiday appetizers, cilantro, fruit recipes, cranberry recipes, easy appetizers