This Spicy Cranberry Salsa recipe is a mouthwatering addition to your holiday spread.  It takes minutes to make and is the perfect combination of spicy and sweet!

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It’s officially party season and that, my friends, is my favorite time of year.

When else is it totally socially acceptable, even expected, to have appetizers count as a full meal? This Spicy Cranberry Salsa with Cream Cheese is a fresh spin on the traditional pepper jelly and cream cheese appetizer that I love. Add this to your holiday spread and watch it disappear.

I’m always looking for new additions to our holiday party that we host each December. I have my tried and true favorites that everyone expects like the Bacon Cream Cheese Bites and this Asiago Dip . But I like to change things up a little bit and this Spicy Cranberry Salsa with Cream Cheese is simply irresistible. I love the combination of tangy fresh cranberries, spicy jalapeños and cool cream cheese. Slather it on a cracker and I can’t stop eating it. Simple, festive, and absolutely delicious. It’s your new go-to dish for the holiday season.

Tip: Be sure to let the salsa chill for at least 4 hours, overnight is even better. If you try and eat it right away, your mouth will pucker. Those cranberries need to hang out in the sugar mixture to mellow their tartness. But once they do, you won’t be able to stop eating.


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Spicy Cranberry Salsa spooned over cream cheese on a silver platter. Garnished with Green onions and Tricuit crackers on side for eating.

This Spicy Cranberry Salsa is a delightful spin on your traditional cream cheese and pepper jelly. It combines tangy fresh cranberries with spicy jalapeños. #salsa #cranberry #appetizers #partyfood




Yield: 8 servings

Spicy Cranberry Salsa with Cream Cheese

Spicy Cranberry Salsa with Cream Cheese

This Spicy Cranberry Salsa recipe is amouthwatering addition to your holiday spread.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 (12-ounce) bag cranberries, fresh
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 block cream cheese (for serving)


Place cranberries in bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

Add sugar and stir to combine.

Add cilantro, green onions, jalapeño, salt and the juice of one lime.

Place in glass dish and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

Place cream cheese on a plate and use a slotted spoon to mound the cranberry salsa on top.

Serve with crackers or bread.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/4 cup

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 60 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 4mg Sodium: 31mg Carbohydrates: 12g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 10g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
Spicy Cranberry Salsa with Cream Cheese is a great appetizer to add to your holiday party menu!