This creamy, cheesy dip is spiked with green chiles and smoky chipotle pepper. Be sure to drain the ricotta the day before you want to serve the dip. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2010


Recipe Summary

40 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350F.

  • Coat a glass pie pan with cooking spray. Mash together ricotta and goat cheese in a medium bowl. Drain chiles in a colander or sieve, pressing to remove as much liquid as possible. Stir into the cheese mixture. Spread evenly in the prepared pan. Sprinkle with pepitas and chipotle.

  • Bake until the dip is bubbling at the edges, about 30 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.


Tips: To drain ricotta, spoon into a sieve lined with a double layer of cheesecloth or a large coffee filter. Place over a bowl and drain in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

Pepitas, olive-green-hulled pumpkin seeds, are commonly used in Mexican cooking and are a perfect snack when roasted and lightly salted. Find them in the bulk-foods section of natural-foods markets, Mexican grocers or at To toast pepitas: Cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

52 calories; protein 3.9g 8% DV; carbohydrates 1.4g; dietary fiber 0.2g 1% DV; sugars 0.1g; fat 3.5g 5% DV; saturated fat 2.3g 11% DV; cholesterol 9.8mg 3% DV; vitamin a iu 189.1IU 4% DV; vitamin c 1.8mg 3% DV; folate 6.3mcg 2% DV; calcium 63.7mg 6% DV; iron 0.3mg 2% DV; magnesium 5.3mg 2% DV; potassium 34.6mg 1% DV; sodium 83.2mg 3% DV; thiaminmg 1% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
light and yummy! This was awesome! I made it when my in-laws came to dinner and there was none left...and they aren't fans of "spicy" or "hot" food. There was just enough kick with the chiles and smoothed and balanced out by the cheeses. I do agree with a previous poster though that it does need a little bit of salt which the chips can somewhat provide. I did not salt the dish itself but let people salt their dip on their chip if they wanted. I don't think anyone did though. I will definitely make this again! Big hit. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Bland I thought this tasted pretty bland and I even cut the amount of ricotta in half. If you want to try it I recommend at least doubling if not tripling the amount of green chilis. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I thought this was delicious easy and healthy! I took it to a party and everyone gobbled it up. The only thing I changed was that I added some salt to the cheese mixture. I thought it was a bit bland without it. I also loaded the top with pepitas...a lot more than 2 Tbsp. Read More