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Spicy Peri Peri Dip

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Spicy peri peri dip with green onions and cream cheese, a delicious cold dip to serve with crackers. A must-be for every party!

We have colds dip very often, there is always one cream cheese or sour cream dip or another in the fridge. Like our favorite Obatzda, a super simple recipe with Camembert and green onions. Today’s peri peri dip is another version of a green onion and cheese dip using a hot sauce to spice things up.

child's hand dipping cracker in peri peri dip.

Why make a peri peri dip or any other cold dip?

  • Super tasty!
  • Easy to make and good value. Just a few ingredients, a few minutes of working time, and you’re done.
  • Make ahead: it keeps well for at least 5-6 days, so you can make it ahead, either for everyday snacking or for a party.
  • Perfect for parties. Fill into small bowls and serve to guests with crackers, potato chips, pretzels, or vegetable sticks. You will get rave reviews.
  • A good alternative to bought bread spreads, which can be delicious, but scary, if you take the time to read what’s in them. Lots of fat and sugar and many other things, you don’t even know what they are.
  • Also, healthier than deli meats on bread or in sandwiches.
  • More interesting on bread than just a slice of cheese. Love cheese with a passion, but I don’t want it every day.
  • Great for taking to work or to school. Either in a small bowl with veggies or crackers or in a sandwich. Add a lettuce leaf if you wish to make it look posh, but it’s not necessary.
  • Versatile: if you don’t have peri peri sauce, use another chili/pepper sauce. Whatever you happen to have or like.
  • And should you think this might be too hot for kids, well, apparently it’s not. It’s my son’s favorite spread, the hotter, the better!

collage of two pictures of seen up front and then from above.

What do you need?

  • Cream cheese. If using block cheese, it should be softened to room temperature before whipping. If using some from a container, there is no need to let it soften, it is already softer than the block type. Both sorts are perfectly ok for this recipe.
  • Sour cream: adds a bit of freshness and tang. It can be replaced with thick Greek yogurt.
  • Green onions (scallions, spring onions): two or three depending on size.
  • Grated cheese: Gouda or Cheddar for instance.
  • Hot sauce

What is peri peri sauce?

Also known as piri piri, it’s a traditional African sauce made from Bird’s eye chilies. It was made famous by Nando’s restaurants, where it is used to make the extremely popular Peri Peri Chicken or Nando’s Butterfly Chicken. And many other dishes as well.

You can make it yourself, I do it often and it’s perfect for dipping, for marinating meat, and for adding to dishes to impart flavor and a bit of a punch (recipe coming soon). Or for convenience, you can buy a bottle of peri peri sauce, if available where you live. I always buy a medium-hot one.

You can stir today’s recipe with either bought or homemade sauce, both versions are delicious. The sauce is better used to taste, start with one tablespoon and add more according to taste. I normally add about 2-3 tablespoons.

Substitutes?

Use Sriracha, for instance, to taste or any other similar sauce you like. A sweet hot kind is amazing as well, the spread will be sweeter, but you will love it!

overhead image of a bowl of cold chili dip with crackers all around it.

How to make a spicy cold dip?

  1. Chop the green onions finely, set them aside.
  2. Grate the cheese, set it aside.
  3. Beat dairy and 1 tablespoon hot sauce with a handheld mixer until fluffy. Taste and add more hot sauce (and salt and pepper if necessary) to taste. (1)
  4. Stir in chopped onions and grated Cheddar or Gouda. (2)
  5. Adjust the taste.

collage of two pictures of mixing cream cheese, sour cream, green onions and grated cheese in a large bowl.

What to serve peri peri dip with?

  • Vegetable sticks
  • Crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Bagels
  • On crispbread
  • Make sandwiches or open-faced sandwiches. Add lettuce leaves, tomato, or cucumber slices.
  • Stir with cooked, hot pasta, it’s delicious!

dipping a large salted cracker in cream cheese dip with green onions.

Make ahead and store?

The mixture can be made ahead, and it can be stored in the fridge for at least 5 days. Keep in an airtight container. It is not suitable for freezing.

Tips

  1. Make it low fat by using low-fat dairy products.
  2. Add fresh herbs like parsley or dill.
  3. Replace green onions with chives.
  4. The recipe can be easily doubled.
  5. Don’t skip the whipping step. Stirring the ingredients with a spoon is ok, but whipping makes the cream cheese dip fluffier.
  6. Refrigerate for a while before serving, it allows the flavors to blend and the mixture to set.

peri peri dip in a small bowl and a hand dipping a cracker in it.

More cold cheese dips:

dipping a large salted cracker in cream cheese dip with green onions.

Spicy Peri Peri Dip

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Spicy Peri Peri dip with cream cheese, green onions, and grated cheese. This cold chili dip makes a great appetizer and it's delicious served with crackers, pretzels, bagels or vegetable sticks. Make it for your next party!

Ingredients

  • 250 g/ 8.8 oz/ 1 cup cream cheese
  • 125 g/ 4.4 oz/ ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons peri peri sauce (Note 1)
  • 75 g/ 2.5 oz/ ½ cup grated cheese (Note 2)
  • 2 green onions
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt (more to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Prepare: If using block cream cheese let it come to room temperature and soften slightly. Cheese from a plastic container can be used immediately, it’s softer. Finely chop the green onions, set aside. Grate the cheese, set aside.
  2. Fluff: Place cream cheese, sour cream, 1 tablespoon peri peri sauce, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Beat with a handheld mixer until fluffy. Taste and add 1-2 extra tablespoons hot sauce to make it the dip as spicy as you like.
  3. Mix: Fold in green onions and grated cheese. Adjust the taste with salt and pepper if necessary.
  4. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving.


Notes

  1. Either from a bottle or homemade. Use to taste, it’s quite hot. Start with 1 tablespoon and add more if desired. Other hot sauces can be used instead, amount to taste.
  2. Cheddar, Gouda, or another sort of cheese you like. Not mozzarella though, it’s too bland.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 242mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

Nutritional information is not always accurate.

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