Fresh crab in a light tequila cream sauce with a mix of peppers and cheese. Perfect for your Super Bowl party.

I have not been in the kitchen, I mean truly lovin-it-up, cookin’ in the kitchen for a couple of weeks. My day job has kept me pretty busy. I feel out of touch with the food blog universe.

Today, I finally strapped the apron on and started to experiment. I’ve wanted to make a crab dip for some time now. I’ve been tossing around different concoctions in my head for days.

In honor of the Super Bowl and the festive parties that are about to ensue, I chose to spike this dip with a little tequila. These crabs have never been so happy. (Don’t worry ~ no living crabs were harmed or intoxicated in the making of this recipe.)

The first batch turned out really good, but it needed some creaminess, so for the next batch, I stirred in a brick of cream cheese. Muy buena.

Tequila Jalapeno Crab Dip from ZestuousI made fresh tortilla chips to go with this hot, bubbly burst of happiness. Just cut corn tortillas into 8 triangles, fry them up and sprinkle with salt ~ too easy.

5 from 1 vote

Tequila Jalapeno Crab Dip


  • ½ Anaheim green chili
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons onion
  • ½ cup mayo
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons tequila
  • 1 tablespoons Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • 8- oz. block cream cheese, room temperature
  • 16 ozs. lump crabmeat
  • ½ cup pepperjack cheese, shredded


  • Peel the garlic and seed the jalapeno.
  • Toss the chili, jalapeno, garlic, tomatoes and onion into a food chopper and mince.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the mayo, lime juice, tequila, Tabasco, salt, sugar, cayenne and ginger.
  • Stir in the minced vegetables, cream cheese, crabmeat and pepperjack cheese.
  • Spoon into a 1-quart casserole dish.
  • Bake in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes.
  • Serve with tortilla chips.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Christie Vanover

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Hi. I’m Christie, the head cook and award-winning competitive pitmaster for Team Girls Can Grill. I have won multiple grand championships and have dozens of top ten category finishes. People know me as the girl who is forever hovering over a grill, smoker or campfire with tongs in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.

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  1. I have been making this crab dip for years and there has never an occasion when numerous people requested recipe.

  2. This looks incredible! Wow! I love me some jalapenos and tequila for sure. I’ve never tried to make crab dip, but you can bet I will soon with this recipe.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Tequila… Yes! Crab.. YES! Together in a warm dip!!! This is a match made in heaven. Beautiful recipe 🙂 I WILL be making this one!