Warm Mexican Crab Dip Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Moderate

Time: 45 MINUTES

3 ratings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeño, seeded and chopped, plus slices for garnish, (optional)
  • 1/2 cup light beer
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
  • 1 (8 oz) block cheese product
  • 1 lb lump crabmeat, drained and picked for shells
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, (about 2 limes)
  • 1/4 cup green onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 6 10-inch flour tortillas
  • oil


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 375º.


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.

Warm Mexican Crab Dip


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3 Reviews

Robert 11/18/2014
"pasteurized pre

"pasteurized prepared cheese product" calls for imitation crab meat! Expensive lump crab meat with this recipe? Noway!

jamie 10/18/2014
Just A tiny bit

Just A tiny bit too runny for my tastes, but otherwise DELISHOUS

Donna 9/24/2014
It sound delicio

It sound delicious, am going to do for thanksgiving. To have food to pick at before main meal. Will only do this one. I dont want people to get too full before the main meal. I have missed Paula a lot. What happened was very unfair. I dont think there is one person in this country who hasnt made some sort of slur. All those who dropped her made a terrible mistake. Donna

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