Warm Mexican Crab Dip

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Warm Mexican Crab Dip Warm Mexican Crab Dip

Servings: 4 to 6
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons seeded and chopped jalapeno pepper, plus slices for garnish, optional
1/2 cup light beer
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
1 (8-ounce) block pasteurized prepared cheese product
1 pound lump crabmeat, drained and picked for shells
1/4 cup fresh lime juice, (about 2 limes)
1/4 cup minced green onion
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Tortilla chips, for serving, recipe follows

Tortilla Chips:

6 (10-inch) flour tortillas





In a 4-quart saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, jalapeno pepper, and garlic and cook stirring frequently, for 3 minutes. Stir in the beer and cook until the liquid is reduced by half. Stir in the cream, cream cheese, and processed cheese, whisking until melted and smooth.

Stir in crabmeat, lime juice, green onion, cilantro, and chili powder and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the salt, black pepper, cayenne, and cumin. Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and garnish with sliced jalapeno pepper, if desired. Serve hot with tortilla chips.

Tortilla Chips:

In a deep-fryer or heavy-bottomed pot, heat enough oil to come halfway up the sides of the pot, to 375 degrees F.

Cut the tortillas into triangles. Fry them, in batches, until golden, about 2 minutes. Remove the tortillas from the oil to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with salt, to taste, and serve.

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I made this for a New Year's Eve party....it was devoured in no time! Great dip smile Beth 12/31/13

By Anonymous on January 01, 2014


thank you paula for all your recipes my family and I have enjoyed them over the years slways loved your cooking supplies just was never able to purchase you've gotalot of people pulling for you in our area be strong gods love most important family second and you def have both your a remarkable successful lady. pray read your bible through this chapter in life you could be gods head chef in heaven you know our southern lady of class keep the faith I will cont to pray along with your other fans love in Christ always.sandy smith from franklin va

By sandy smith on June 27, 2013


Made this last year and it instantly became a family favorite. Friends now request it at every get together we have., we service in with sourdough bread cubes instead of the tortilla chips. Easy to make and tastes outta this world. Thanks, Paula for sharing!

By Niki petersen on February 17, 2013

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