Easy Poblano Dip (Pan-Seared)

Poblano and onion dip takes less than 30 minutes to make and works as a topping too. A delicious, versatile dip that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. You can kick up the spice by adding a jalapeño pepper. 

Are Poblano Peppers Spicy?

Poblano peppers are mildly spicy but lose some of their spice once cooked. They are spicier than banana peppers but not as spicy as jalapeño peppers.  

What You Need To Make Poblano Dip

You can customize this dip to your liking. Here are the basic ingredients of the poblano dip. 

ingredients for poblano dip

  • Poblano Peppers- You’ll need 4-5 poblano peppers or 4 cups chopped
  • White or Red Onion- Either white or red will work and about half a cup or half of an onion chopped. 
  • Cilantro- You can use 1/4 to 1/2 cup of cilantro. For those that don’t like cilantro, simply omit. 
  • Plain, Whole Fat Yogurt or Greek Yogurt- You’ll use 1 1/2 cups of plain, whole fat yogurt. You can use less for a thicker, creamier dip. 
  • Lime Juice- One whole lime juiced makes about two tablespoons of lime juice. If you can use fresh lime do. 
  • Garlic Powder- You’ll add about 1/4 teaspoon. 
  • Sea Salt- Add 1/2 teaspoon or more to taste. 
  • Ground Cumin- Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin. This is another you can omit if you don’t have or don’t like.
  • Optional: Jalapeño Pepper– To add some spice, add one jalapeño pepper chopped. 

How To Make Poblano Dip

You’ll have this dip ready to serve in under 30 minutes. No oven required. Follow these four easy steps to create a delicious dip. 

poblano pepper dip


To save on time, it’s always helpful to prep all of your ingredients first. You’ll need to dice the poblano peppers and onion. If adding, you’ll also dice the jalapeño pepper. Set these aside. Juice one lime and set aside. 


Next, you’ll heat up a tablespoon of olive or avocado oil in a medium-sized pan on medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes until translucent. 

pan sear onions

Then add the peppers and sear for 5-6 minutes. If using a jalapeño pepper you’ll want to add along with the poblano peppers. Once cooked, set the pan aside to allow the ingredients to cool.  

pan sear poblano peppers


Set aside about 1/4 cup of the pepper onion mixture. You’ll add this at the end for texture. To a food processor or high-powered blender add the remaining poblano and onion mixture. Next, add the lime juice, salt, cumin, garlic powder and yogurt. Process until smooth about 2-3 minutes, scraping down the sides as you go. Once processed, stir the reserved 1/4 cup of onion and pepper mixture back into the dip. 


You can serve the dip right away or chill it in the fridge and serve later. You can make this a day ahead and keep it in the fridge until ready to serve. This dip works well with a variety of veggies, corn chips, or whole wheat crackers. 

serve dip with veggies

Additional Ingredient Ideas

You can completely customize this dip to your liking. Consider adding the following as a topping:

  • Chopped green bell pepper
  • Chopped green onion
  • White or red onion chopped
  • More cilantro
  • Pine nuts
  • Feta cheese
  • Sliced jalapeño peppers

What Else Can Poblano Dip Be Used For?

Besides using as a dip, poblano dip works great as a topping on fish, and rice, or as a sauce in tacos or on burgers. You can also use it on top of nachos.  

Looking For Other Dip Ideas?

Check out these other recipes for more dip ideas. Consider bringing these to your next gathering. 

poblano pepper dip

Easy Poblano Dip (Pan-Seared)

Poblano peppers are pan-seared in this quick and easy dip. Then added to a food processor along with onion, cilantro, lime juice, yogurt, garlic powder, cumin, and salt. Serve immediately or chill and serve later with your favorite veggies and chips.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Process 2 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup white or red onion, diced (About half of an onion)
  • 4 cups poblano peppers, diced (About 4-5 peppers)
  • 1 1/2 cups plain, whole fat yogurt or Greek yogurt (Use less for a creamier dip)
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime, juiced (Makes about 2 tablespoons of lime juice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (Or more to taste. I used Redmond's Real Salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Optional Ingredient

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped


  • Heat olive oil in a medium-sized pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook for 2-3 minutes until translucent. Next, add the poblano peppers and sear for 5-6 minutes. If using a jalapeño pepper, you'll add it along with the poblano peppers. Once cooked, set the onion and pepper mixture aside and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • Set aside 1/4 cup of the poblano and onion mixture to add later for texture. In a food processor or high-powered blender, add the onion and poblano mixture along with the rest of the ingredients- yogurt, cilantro, lime juice, salt, cumin, and garlic powder. Process until smooth about 2-3 minutes. Be sure to scrape down the sides as you go.
  • Once processed add the reserved 1/4 cup onion and peppers back into the dip and stir. Serve immediately or chill in the fridge and serve when ready.


Additional Topping Ideas:
  • Chopped green bell pepper
  • Chopped green onion
  • White or red onion, diced
  • Feta cheese
  • Pine nuts
  • Cilantro
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