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Aldi Mexicali Dip (Park Street Deli) Review

A hand holding a plastic container of Aldi Mexicali Dip from Park Street Deli brand.

It made my dreams come true.*

Seldom do I find a grocery store thing which makes all my dreams come true, but here we are.

I went to Aldi with this vague goal of buying either a pimento cheese spread, or a queso dip. In the back of my mind, I was thinking how nice it would be if someone had invented a product that was a little bit of both. And, like a thirsty desert mirage that seemed too good to be true, I was suddenly staring at that exact thing. If my life was a cartoon, the heavens would have opened above me, and chubby angels singing eerily high-pitched, wordless music would have descended all around me.

(Maybe I feel the need to compensate after all the mean things I said about Aldi’s Spinach & Cheese Manicotti.)

A white plate with mini tacos and vegetables with a scoop of Aldi Mexicali Dip.

Anyway. I really liked this dip/spread/magic substance, and now I will tell you about it, so that you can like it, too.

A mini taco dipped in Mexicali Dip from Aldi, in front of a vegetable plate.

Aldi’s Park Street Deli Mexicali Dip is basically a cream-cheese, sour cream, and mayo spread, which features spicy salsa-like confetti and grated cheddar cheese. When refrigerated, it’s almost as thick as a cheese ball, and can be used as a cracker spread. I heated mine slightly and used it as a warm queso dip for my mini tacos. The heated consistency is soft and luscious, perfect for dipping or pouring.

Fingers holding a zucchini slice dipped in Park Street Deli Mexicali Dip from Aldi.

I also dipped zucchini slices and cherry tomatoes (and mini tacos) in my Mexicali dip. It was all delicious. I think this would also taste good spread on an omelet. But I didn’t do that.

Fingers holding a red cherry tomato dipped in Aldi Mexicali Dip from Park Street Deli brand.

What makes this stuff better than a typical jarred queso is that it isn’t made from frankenstein vegetable-oil rubber cheeserie (“cheeserie” is a word now — deal with it) and weird “creamy” things that aren’t really cream. The base ingredient in this Mexicali dip is cream cheese. And sour cream. I love cream! My body thanked me for feeding it this dip. I have a polite body.

A scoop of Aldi Mexicali Dip, surrounded by mini tacos, on a white plate.

Overall, it’s a lightly spicy taste, with a little brightness from the tomato and pepper bits. The cheesiness is about as strong as pimento cheese spread. There’s a slight twang from vinegar. Plus the wonderful, tangy taste of the cream cheese and sour cream. The savory flavor is a mixture of garlic and onion powder, jalapeno, chipotle, and red peppers. Mmmmm.

I could do without the added mayonnaise, though.

Nutrition Facts and Price

Pretty predictable nutrition profile: each 2 tablespoon serving has 100 calories, 10 grams of fat, 1 sad gram of protein, and no fiber. There’s only 3 grams of carbohydrates per serving, of which 1 gram is sugar. Zero grams added sugars, even though sugar is an ingredient on the label? Strange.

The 10 ounce tub cost $3.39 at my local Aldi, which was higher than I wanted it to be. But, fulfilling dreams comes at a price, no? Since there are 9 servings per container, that means each serving costs 38 cents.

Nutrition Facts and Ingredients from the label on Aldi Mexicali Dip from Park Street Deli store brand.

Ingredients in Aldi Mexicali Dip

Here are the ingredients from the label:

  • Cream Cheese Spread (Pasteurized Milk and Cream, Water, Whey Protein Concentrate, Salt, Cheese Culture, Modified Food Starch, Guar Gum, Potassium Sorbate [preservative], Lactic Acid, Carob Bean Gum, Xanthan Gum, Natural Flavor)
  • Sour Cream
  • Mayonnaise (Soybean Oil, Water, Corn Syrup, Egg Yolks, Distilled Vinegar, Contains 2% or less of: Mustard Seed, Salt, Calcium Disodium EDTA added to protect flavor)
  • Monterey Jack Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes, Natamycin [a natural mold inhibitor])
  • Jalapeno Peppers (Green Jalapeno Pepper, Water, Salt, Distilled Vinegar, Sodium Benzoate [preservative], Calcium Chloride)
  • Chipotle Pepper Sauce (Chipotle Peppers, Distilled Vinegar, Water, Salt, Sugar, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Spiced, Pepper Pulp [Distilled Vinegar, Red Pepper, Salt])
  • Contains 2% or less: Seasoning [Salt, Dehydrated Onion, Maltodextrin, Spices, Sugar, Natural Flavoring], Dried Tomatoes, Dried Green Pepper, Dried Red Peppers, Spices, Distilled Vinegar, Modified Food Starch, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate [preservatives], Dried Jalapeno Peppers, Annatto [color], Glucono Delta Lactone, Salt, Paprika.

Do I completely love these ingredients? Not really. There are preservatives and too much processed stuff, like modified food starch. Also, “bioengineered food ingredients.” But, still better than typical jarred queso. Change my mind.

A hand holding a plastic tub of mostly empty Mexicali Dip from Aldi's Park Street Deli store brand.

Shelf Life

Mine expired about 8 days after purchase. I ate it too quickly for that to matter.

The End.

*Results may vary. Certain restrictions apply. Dreams sold separately.

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Author’s note: I have noooooooo affiliation with Aldi, and I was not compensated in any way for this review.

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