Spicy Paprika Feta Dip with Roasted Red Peppers

Paprika feta dip is perfect for any occasion, whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply craving a savory snack. A quick addition to your holiday feast, this spicy feta dip could become your next favorite last-minute appetizer.

Spicy feta dip in a white bowl with carrot sticks and pita chips on a plate.

Why you’ll love this paprika dip

  • Bold flavors: The combination of spicy paprika and creamy feta makes it a great appetizer.
  • Creamy Texture: Feta paprika dip combines rich and creamy feta with the smoky sweetness of roasted red peppers.
  • Roasted garlic adds a unique twist to this dip as in the creamy roasted garlic sauce.
  • Versatile: Perfect as a dip, spread, pairing with various snacks or even as a topping for various dishes.
  • Easy to make: Simple ingredients come together for a flavorful cheesy dip with minimal effort. It is as easy as tahini yogurt sauce.
  • Crowd-pleaser: This spicy feta dip recipe, (like spicy hummus with harissa) appeals to both spice lovers and those who enjoy savory, tangy flavors.
  • Mediterranean Twist: This paprika feta dip is full of Mediterranean flavors (it is adapted from the traditional Tirokafteri, a delicious Greek dip).

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Let’s get to the recipe right away!

Ingredients

(You can find the exact measurements and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this page.)

Labelled ingredients for spicy feta dip.

This spicy feta dip requires just a handful of ingredients.

  • Feta: Good quality feta cheese is key to this spicy cheese dip recipe.
  • Garlic
  • Red bell peppers: You can roast them yourself as explained in this recipe. If you don’t have enough time, use store-bought ones. (In that case roast garlic with a splash of oil in a small pan on stove-top.)
  • Spices: Creamy dips taste more delicious when various spices are added. You’ll need only a couple of them here:
    • Paprika
    • Cayenne pepper: you can also use crushed red pepper flakes.
    • Cumin
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

How to make paprika feta dip: Step by step

Step 1: Roast red peppers and garlic

Preheat the oven to 210°C/410°F.

Place red bell peppers and garlic cloves (with skin) on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. 

Spray olive oil. Wrap the garlic cloves in a small piece of aluminium foil.

Red peppers and garlic on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

Roast in the oven for 30 minutes, flipping the red peppers at the 15-minute mark.

Roasted red peppers and garlic wrapped in foil on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

Remove the baking tray from the oven and cover the peppers with a large bowl. This will make them easier to peel.

This is the same hack I used in the roasted pumpkin soup recipe and spicy red chili pesto.

Roasted red peppers covered with a large ceramic bowl.

Open after 5 minutes. Let it cool.

Now the skin would come right off.

Roasted (and steamed) red peppers and garlic wrapped in foil on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

Step 2: Blend

Peel the peppers and discard the skin and seeds. Chop them roughly.

Peel the garlic cloves.

Reserve a tablespoon of crumbled feta for garnish.

Place the chopped red peppers, garlic and crumbled feta cheese in a food processor. Add paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper and lemon juice.

Ingredients for paprika feta dip in a food processor jar.

Process until almost smooth. While the processor is still running, drizzle the olive oil slowly.

This hack makes the dip creamy, as in pesto recipes like Thai basil pesto and easy spinach almond pesto.

Olive oil being drizzled into feta paprika dip into a running food processor.

I prefer a little bit of texture to the dip. Feel free to process it a bit more if you want a smoother texture.

Ensure that you don’t over-process.

That’s it! You’ve made one of the best creamy dips with feta and paprika.

Blended feta paprika dip in a food processor jar.

Step 3: Garnish

Transfer the delicious dip into a serving bowl.

Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and the reserved crumbled feta.

Paprika feta dip in a white bowl with carrot sticks and pita chips on a plate.

More toppings

This red pepper dip can be made more interesting with these toppings:

  1. Toasted sesame seeds or any other seeds or nuts.
  2. Chopped Kalamata olives or black olives.
  3. Caramelized onions.
  4. Additional fresh herbs like basil, cilantro or dill.
  5. Red chili flakes or freshly cracked black pepper.

Tips to make the best feta paprika dip

  • Prepare the ingredients: To make the perfect dip, crumble the feta and chop the red peppers before you add them to the food processor.
  • Drizzle olive oil: Add extra virgin olive oil slowly while the processor is still running. This will emulsify the dip and make it more creamy.
  • For a thinner dip: Add a bit more of extra virgin olive oil.
Feta paprika dip being scooped out with pita chips from a white bowl.

Variations and additions

  1. No cayenne pepper? Fresh chili peppers or jalapenos can be used instead.
  2. Love garlic flavor? Add ½ a teaspoon of garlic powder.
  3. Smoked paprika dip: Want more smoky flavor in addition to the roasted red peppers? Use smoked paprika instead of regular paprika.
  4. For slightly sweet undertones: Substitute with sweet paprika.
  5. Like more citrus? Add a teaspoon of lemon zest.
  6. Want a more creamy dip? Add a tablespoon or two of Greek yogurt (top up with a pinch of spices and salt to balance the flavors).

Making it for a crowd

This spicy feta dip recipe can be easily adapted to suit any number of people.

Use the scale in the recipe card to make this dish according to your desired number of servings.

Storage and making ahead tips

Storage: This feta paprika dip will keep in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. You can make this dip in advance and store it in an airtight container.

Making ahead: If you want to make ahead and store for more than 4 days, you can freeze it. It keeps in the freezer for about 2 months if stored properly in an airtight container. Defrost overnight in the fridge when you’re ready to use.

Feta paprika dip in a white bowl with carrot sticks and pita chips on a plate.

What to serve with spicy feta dip

This paprika dip can be served (like the traditional recipe) as a part of a cheese platter with:

  • Warm pita bread
  • Crunchy pita chips
  • Tortilla chips
  • ​Crusty bread
  • Fresh veggies like carrots, celery and cucumbers sliced into sticks for dipping.

More serving suggestions

  1. In sandwiches: Use it as a spread for sandwiches or wraps to add a flavorful kick to your lunch or dinner.
  2. Top Off Grilled Meats: Spoon over grilled or baked chicken, steak, or fish to infuse them with the spicy feta dip’s robust flavors.
  3. Soup topping: Drizzle the paprika dip over soups like creamy pumpkin carrot soup to make them more flavorful.
  4. Salad Dressing: Thin it out with a bit of olive oil and vinegar for a unique and tangy salad dressing. Tastes amazing when added to a simple salad like roasted pumpkin quinoa salad or easy balsamic pasta salad.
  5. On roasted vegetables: Add a dollop to a bowl of easy green beans and carrots or balsamic roasted brussels sprouts and carrots.
  6. Part of a Mezze Platter: Include it alongside olives, hummus, and other Mediterranean dips for a flavorful mezze spread.
  7. On pasta: This versatile paprika dip tastes great as pasta sauce!

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Spicy feta dip in a white bowl with carrot sticks and pita chips on a plate.

Spicy Paprika Feta Dip Recipe

Paprika feta dip is perfect for any occasion, whether you're hosting a gathering or simply craving a savory snack. A quick addition to your holiday feast, this spicy feta dip could become your next favorite last-minute appetizer.
Author: Sheeba
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer, dip, Party food
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4
Calories 153.8 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 150 grams (5.3 ounces) feta cheese
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ tablespoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions
 

Roast red peppers and garlic

  • Preheat the oven to 210°C/410°F.
  • Place 2 red bell peppers and 2 cloves garlic(with skin) on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
  • Spray olive oil. Wrap the garlic cloves in a small piece of aluminium foil.
  • Roast in the oven for 30 minutes, flipping the red peppers at the 15-minute mark.
  • Remove the baking tray from the oven and cover the peppers with a large bowl. This will make them easier to peel.
  • Open after 5 minutes. Let it cool.
  • Now the skin would come right off. Peel the peppers and discard the skin and seeds. Chop them roughly.
  • Peel the garlic cloves.

Blend

  • Crumble 150 grams (5.3 ounces) feta cheese.
    Reserve a tablespoon of crumbled feta for garnish.
  • Place the chopped red peppers, garlic and crumbled feta cheese in a food processor.
  • Add ½ tablespoon paprika, ½ teaspoon cumin, ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1½ tablespoons lemon juice.
  • Process until almost smooth. While the processor is still running, drizzle 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil slowly.

Garnish

  • Transfer the contents to a serving bowl.
  • Garnish the paprika dip with 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley and the reserved crumbled feta. (See notes below for more topping suggestions.)

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Notes

If you don’t have the time to roast bell peppers, feel free to use store-bought ones.
Feta paprika dip can be made more interesting with toppings like:
  1. Toasted sesame seeds or any other seeds or nuts.
  2. Chopped Kalamata olives or black olives.
  3. Additional fresh herbs like basil or green onions.
  4. Red chili flakes or freshly cracked black pepper.
For more tips and variations, see the post above.
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Paprika Feta Dip Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
153.8
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
12
g
18
%
Saturated Fat
 
5.5
g
34
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.8
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
4.3
g
Cholesterol
 
33.4
mg
11
%
Sodium
 
432.4
mg
19
%
Potassium
 
198.7
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
6.7
g
2
%
Fiber
 
1.7
g
7
%
Sugar
 
2.8
g
3
%
Protein
 
6.3
g
13
%
Vitamin A
 
2676.3
IU
54
%
Vitamin C
 
81.6
mg
99
%
Calcium
 
199.4
mg
20
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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