Easy Creamy Bacon Dip recipe combines crispy bacon, sour cream, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix for a quick cheesy appetizer! Serve bacon cheddar ranch dip hot or cold for a game day or holiday dip.
9slicescooked chopped bacon,reserve 1 piece for topping
1 ½cupsshredded cheddar cheese
Garnishes:additional sliced green onions, chopped bacon, or cheddar cheese
Serve with:potato chips, crackers, or sliced french bread,
Cold Bacon Dip:
In a medium bowl beat cream cheese until light and fluffy then mix in sour cream. Stir in ranch seasoning mix (with 1 teaspoon removed), chopped bacon (some reserved for topping), cheddar cheese, and green onions.
If additional seasoning is desired, add in reserved teaspoon of ranch dressing mix. Garnish with additional sliced green onions, chopped bacon, or cheddar cheese. Serve with potato chips, crackers, or sliced french bread. Cover and refrigerate leftovers.
Warm Bacon Dip:
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Butter a small 1 quart overproof dish and set aside.
Prepare bacon dip according to directions above. Spread into prepared baking dish, sprinkling additional cheese and bacon on top, if desired. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Alternatively, pour into a mini slow cooker and warm for 2-4 hours. Serve with potato chips, crackers, or sliced french bread.
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Tips for Making Creamy Bacon Dip
To save time substitute 1 cup bacon bits or pre-cooked chopped bacon.
For best taste use freshly grated cheese instead of packaged pre shredded.
Save calories by using light cream cheese and sour cream.
The dip may be made up to 2 days ahead of time. If serving hot, warm right before serving.
To reheat dip, heat in the microwave or place in a mini slow cooker at low setting for 3 hours.
I found the dip a tad too salty using the whole ranch dressing packet. For a more balanced flavor, remove 1 teaspoon before adding.
More Bacon Dip Recipe Ideas
Keep the bacon, cream cheese, sour cream, and green onions the same, but switch out cheeses and seasonings to make one of these equally delicious bacon dip recipes!
Bacon Onion Dip - Saute a large sweet onion until golden and caramelized. Omit green onions and substitute freshly grated parmesan or swiss for the cheddar cheese. Use ranch dressing mix or substitute 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Serve warm or cold.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Dip - Add 2 cups of chopped cooked chicken to the recipe. Serve warm.
Bacon Blue Cheese Dip - Instead of cheddar cheese use 3/4 cup blue cheese or gorgonzola. Use ranch seasoning mix or replace with 1 teaspoon garlic powder. Serve warm or cold.
Bacon Swiss Dip - Replace shredded cheddar cheese with swiss or gruyere cheese.
Bacon Spinach Dip - Thaw a 10 ounce package of frozen chopped spinach, drain, and squeeze until very dry. Instead of cheddar cheese use a combination of mozzarella and shredded parmesan.
Jalapeño Bacon Dip - Finely chop 1/2 cup jalapeños with seeds removed, or use 4 ounce canned jalapeños, well drained. Use ranch seasoning mix or replace with 1 teaspoon garlic powder. Serve warm.