Creamy Pico de Gallo Dip*

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I remember the first time my Mom made me try this Creamy Pico de Gallo Dip. I had already determined it had way too many vegetables for my liking and written it off completely. I was probably middle school age and thought every thing that you bought in the produce section was evil.

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But after one forced bite, I sat down and ate half of it all by myself! The flavors work so well off each other, you can’t help but fall in love with it. Between the fresh tomatoes, cilantro and zingy red onion it is already full of Summer flavor. But then you throw in some jalapenos and cream cheese and how could you not want to face dive into the plate?

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This is one of those classic summer appetizers in my family. It is so perfectly simple and a wonderful way to let your summer garden produce shine. Plus, you can easily make the Pico de Gallo the day before…so it’s a total breeze to throw together in time for your guests to arrive. You might be a skeptic like me, but I promise you only need one bite to be convinced!


Creamy Pico de Gallo Dip

Recipe Note: Since the jalapeno is seeded, it adds more heat than flavor. If you like a lot of spice - keep the seeds!


  • 1 cup chopped tomato (about 4-5 Roma tomatoes)
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion (about half of a small onion)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • juice from one lime
  • 1 (8 oz) block Neufchâtel Cheese (the skinny cream cheese)
  • Pretzel Crisps for serving


In a medium bowl, toss together tomato, red onion, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic and lime juice. Use immediately, or let marinate for a few hours if you have the time. This can also be done as early as the day before.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray.

Lay Neufchâtel Cheese on baking dish. Cover with Pico de Gallo. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until warmed throughout.

Serve immediately with Pretzel Crisps.


**I was given free pretzels from Pretzel Crisps® to try, but all opinions are 100% my own.**

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22 Responses to “Creamy Pico de Gallo Dip”

  1. 1

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — June 10, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

    This sounds unreal!! Love the look of this.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 10, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

    That first shot is just….stunning! I love the dip (and your nail polish color!)

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — June 10, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

    I could eat my weight in this dip!

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    Tieghan — June 10, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

    Yum? Yes, please! This is awesome. I think I could eat it for dinner!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — June 11, 2013 @ 1:24 am

    Great idea and totally addictive!

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    Marcie@FlavortheMoments — June 11, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    This looks fantastic! Neufchatel is my favorite cream cheese. It doesn’t taste low fat!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — June 11, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    I love this idea! I could and would totally eat this whole thing as a meal. :)

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    Tina | My Life as a Mrs — June 11, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    this has my name ALL over it!!!! Could we put some Queso dip on top?! lol

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    Mimi — June 11, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    Great pico, fabulous recipes!

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    Melissa @ No. 2 Pencil — June 11, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

    This is such a great idea! Looks so yummy!

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    Cookie — June 11, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    Mmmm! Looks like a winner! By the way, am I the only one who didn’t know how to pronounce Neufchatel? I had to look it up on the online Merriam-Webster dictionary…

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 11, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

    I love this, Jessica! A must try for my next happy hour party, for sure!

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    Mabel and Zora — June 11, 2013 @ 3:46 pm


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    Joanne — June 11, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

    I can never say no to anything salsa-esque! And I’m sure the creaminess makes this even more addictive!

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — June 11, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

    Oh, this looks like a lovely and refreshing dip! Just perfect for summer!
    PS. Could your nails be any more perfect? Seriously.

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    Kristi — June 11, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

    I love pico de gallo, I love cream cheese. My mom usually adds a little crab meat between the pico de gallo and cream cheese. So good!

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    Stephanie @cookinfanatic — June 12, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    This is SUCH a great idea!! I’ve mixed salsa w/ cream cheese for a dip before but I really like the fresh pico in the mix instead. Plus I might (might) have a “mild” obsession with cream cheese and anything spicy too haha so this sounds perfect as far as I’m concerned!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — June 17, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    I love pico de gallo :) this looks delicious! Such a great idea!

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    The Novice Chef » Blueberry Lime Cream Cheese Pound Cake — June 20, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

    […] varieties like Spicy Jalapeno have real jalapenos in it! I just bought some of it to try out in my Creamy Pico de Gallo Dip. That would give it that little something […]

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    Sharon — June 27, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

    If I wanted to take this to work, how would you recommend heating it up? We have a microwave, I am just not sure how long to cook it for. Can anyone help me? Thanks!

    • Jessica replied: — June 28th, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

      Hi Sharon,

      I really don’t think this would be the same heated up in the microwave. The oven tends to kind of roast the pico on top while warming the cream cheese underneath. The microwave would just make it hot and probably runny.

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    Alison C. — September 8, 2013 @ 10:57 am

    Made this for an appetizer last night and it was AWESOME! The dish was all but licked clean! Can’t wait to make this again!

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