Jalapeno Salsa Cream Cheese

Our jalapeno salsa cream cheese is the best flavored shmear to spread on bagels and sandwiches for Sunday brunch at home.

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If you ever go out and get fresh bagels from a local bakery, then you’ve definitely seen all the unique flavors of cream cheese that they have to offer. But sometimes it doesn’t feel worth the money, or there are simply just too many flavors to try! That’s why we’re here to tell you that you can make your own flavored cream cheese right at home. And it’s easy, too. Based on one of our favorite shmears from Noah’s New York Deli, this jalapeno salsa cream cheese elevates any bagel you schmear it on!

We love adding flavorful ingredients to our cream cheese because it makes a unique spread that can be used for so many different purposes. This jalapeno salsa cream cheese has a fresh and light flavor, with just a hint of spice, that goes great with breakfast or lunch. Slather it on a bagel or use it in place of mayo or cheese on your favorite sandwich, and you’ll be wishing you’d found this recipe sooner!

What This Recipe Entails

Making flavored cream cheeses is super quick and easy. The added time comes from letting the cream cheese soften before making this recipe so that it is easier to mix, and letting your flavored cream cheese chill so it is cold for when you want it.

  • Softening time: 30 minutes for the cream cheese to come to room temperature
  • Prep time: 5 to 10 minutes
  • Chill time: 0 to 15+ minutes

We recommend making this recipe ahead of when you actually want to enjoy it so that it has plenty of time to chill in the fridge. And since it’ll last for 7 to 10 days in the fridge, that’s easy to do!

Flavored jalapeno salsa cream cheese in a tub.

Jalapeno Salsa Cream Cheese Ingredients

You can combine just 3 simple ingredients to create an easy flavored cream cheese recipe at home. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Block cream cheese
  • Diced jalapeno
  • Picante sauce, or salsa

We highly recommend using Philadelphia cream cheese for this jalapeno salsa shmear for its creamy texture. However, you can use any brand of cream cheese for this recipe.

For the salsa, we actually like to use Pace picante sauce because it’s a more liquidy salsa. This helps to distribute the flavor into the cream cheese better and keeps it less chunky. However, if you want a chunkier jalapeno salsa cream cheese, feel free to use whatever salsa you like. Changing the salsa up is a great way to make slightly different flavored cream cheeses!

Ingredients for jalapeno salsa cream cheese: cream cheese, salsa, and diced jalapeno.

How To Make Jalapeno Salsa Cream Cheese Shmear

It doesn’t get much easier than making a flavored cream cheese. Especially if you remember to get the cream cheese out ahead of time to let it soften. (Which we rarely do… so we’re always left to wait impatiently while our stomachs rumble!)

Here’s how to make our jalapeno salsa cream cheese recipe:

  1. First, get the cream cheese out approximately 30 minutes ahead of time to let it soften on the counter.
  2. Once it’s soft, add the cream cheese, diced jalapeno, and salsa to a bowl and mix vigorously until fully combined. You’ll want to use a sturdy metal spoon and sort of press and fold the ingredients into the cream cheese at first, then begin to mix more normally.
  3. Finally, chill in the fridge before serving. Or, if you can’t bear to wait any longer, enjoy right away!

Again, it doesn’t get much easier than that. 3 simple steps and you can have bagel-shop style flavored cream cheese right at home!

If you are making a larger batch of cream cheese, you can use a stand mixer to help. Mixing cream cheese by hand can be surprisingly tiring!

Note: We recommend making cream cheese ahead of time so that it has a chance to cool in the fridge. Since you got it out early to warm up, it’ll be best to let it cool off again before eating it. We have a handy set of 8 ounce deli containers that are great for storing flavored cream cheeses. Just keep your homemade cream cheese in the fridge for about 7 to 10 days and enjoy as you please!

Jalapeno salsa cream cheese and bagels.

What To Schmear Jalapeno Salsa Cream Cheese On

Bagels, of course!

But if you’re looking for other ways to use your flavored cream cheese spread, which we suggest you do because it’s great on anything, here are some other great ideas:

  • Cream cheese makes a great spread on a savory lunch sandwich. Slather it on a bagel or your favorite sandwich bread and add ingredients like lettuce, tomato, grilled chicken or turkey, and sundried tomatoes or roasted red peppers.
  • Savory cream cheeses are great for an afternoon snack, spread on some toasted bread.
  • Just like any other cheese spread, this jalapeno salsa cream cheese goes great with some plain crackers for an easy snack (our go-to are Triscuit thins).

Flavored cream cheeses are a great way to elevate any breakfast whether as a bright spot just for you before work, or shared with family and friends at a holiday brunch. Make your own flavored cream cheese, stick it in a deli container, and everyone will hardly believe you didn’t just go buy it!

Flavored cream cheese shmear on a bagel.

Storing Flavored Cream Cheese

You can store jalapeno salsa cream cheese in the fridge for 7 to 10 days in an airtight container. As we mentioned, we have these great deli containers that make it super easy to store homemade spreads and can highly recommend a set to any home cook!

Let us know what other cream cheese flavors you want to make at home in the comments below! And let us know what you think by rating and sharing as well.


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Jalapeno Salsa Cream Cheese

Our jalapeno salsa cream cheese is the best flavored shmear to spread on bagels and sandwiches for Sunday brunch at home.
Servings 8 ounces
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup medium picante sauce or salsa
  • 2 tablespoons diced jalapeno

Instructions

  • Add the softened cream cheese to a mixing bowl with the salsa and jalapeno. Mix by hand, using the back of a metal spoon to help spread the cream cheese and fold the ingredients into it.
    Continue spreading and folding until the ingredients are evenly mixed, then give it a few vigorous stirs to really incorporate everything.
  • Optionally chill the cream cheese in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

Ingredient selection: Although you can make this with any brand of cream cheese and salsa, here’s what we recommend starting with.
  1. Cream cheese – Philadelphia cream cheese has the best texture of any brand, by far! It’s super creamy which makes it easy to mix ingredients into by hand.
  2. Salsa – We like to use Pace picante sauce for this flavored cream cheese since it has the perfect balance of chunks and liquid content. Start with something like this first, then experiment with your favorite salsas to see what you like the best.
  3. Jalapeno – You can get 2 tablespoons diced jalapeno out of one small to medium sized pepper.
Cream cheese: Let the cream cheese soften before making so it is easier to mix the ingredients in. Around 30 minutes on the counter or 30 to 60 seconds in the microwave will help it soften and make mixing far easier.
Storing: Store your homemade cream cheese in an airtight container in the fridge and it should stay good for about 7 to 10 days.
Serving suggestions: This cream cheese tastes amazing on bagels, obviously! We like to pair it with plain, sesame, or everything bagels to let the flavors of the cream cheese really shine. It also goes great with a jalapeno cheddar bagel if you want some extra spicy flavor in your breakfast.
Aside from bagels, this flavored shmear tastes great on sandwiches and wraps, too. Spread it on some toasted multigrain bread and add lettuce, tomato, and grilled chicken for an easy and delicious lunch!
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Author: Alex
Calories: 103kcal
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Ingredients, Spread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast, brunch, cream cheese, jalapeno, salsa, Sunday brunch

Nutrition

Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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