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Mexican Crab Dip

Mexican crab dip

I love this crab dip. It is a mix of cream cheese, tangy seafood sauce, veggies and canned crab.

This crab and cream cheese appetizer recipe can be prepared two ways and both are outlined in the directions below. The first way is to mix the beautiful crab meat and seafood sauce into the cream cheese mix, with the veggies and cheese sprinkled on top as shown in the image.

The second is an easy variation of the traditional layered Mexican dip recipe, often called a layered surprise spread. The surprise is a can of crab meat.

Replace the seafood sauce with an equal amount of salsa for a true Mexican style crab dip.

If you like crab, you will love this tasty crab dip recipe.

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Mexican Crab Dip

This crab dip is a mix of cream cheese, tangy seafood sauce, veggies and canned crab. Let it sit a bit to meld those wonderful flavors before serving.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 320 kcal


  • 12 ounces cream cheese, 1 1/2 packages
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 7 ounces canned crab meat, well drained
  • 1 cup seafood sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups cheese, grated, see notes
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup green pepper, diced
  • 2/3 cup tomato, chopped


  • Beat the cream cheese and sour cream together until they are smooth. Add in the crab meat and seafood sauce and mix all together well.
  • Cover and chill until ready to serve. When ready to serve, top with the chopped green onion, pepper and tomatoes.


Calories: 320kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 13gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 399mgPotassium: 246mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1158IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 263mgIron: 1mg
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Serve with tortilla chips. Or try it with wedges of pita bread.

Alternate Preparation:

This Mexican dip can also be served as a layered dip. Here’s how you would do it.

Beat the cream cheese and sour cream together until the mixture is smooth. Spread it evenly in a shallow flat serving dish. Cover with a layer of the crab meat, then with a layer of seafood sauce.

Sprinkle a layer of onion, then green pepper, tomato, and finally the cheese on top.

Notes and Suggestions:

  • I suggest using a mix of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, but try your favorites. Sharp cheddar cheese or tangy Monterey Jack cheese work really well.
  • If you are using a narrower, deeper serving dish, like in the image above, make two layers of each ingredient.
  • You can use fresh crab meat if you prefer and have the budget for it.

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