Is there anything with more umami goodness than a cheesy dip for an appetizer? Well, maybe a sweet dip for dipping our fruit and cookies.
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Dips are so versatile. You can use dip recipes to make party appetizers and game-day snacks, but the fact is, many dips are hearty enough to have as a meal. Also, you don’t have to just serve them with chips. Dips are also great with pita bread and crusty French bread.
There are tons of delicious dip recipes online, but how do you choose the best dip recipes?
Well, the good news is that we don’t have to limit ourselves to just a few party dips. In fact, we’ve found 31 of the best dip recipes and we’re sharing them all with you.
From cheesy dips for chips and crackers to sweet dips for fruit, we’ve got a little bit of everything on this list of easy dip recipes.
Whether you’re serving a group of rowdy football fans, going to a potluck, or just making a quick snack at home for the family, there’s something on this list of easy dips for you.
Let’s dive in and get ready to dip!
Judging from the name of this dip, you might get the idea that it’s intended for use as a dip for jalapeno peppers.
But what the name means is that this dip tastes just like spicy jalapeno poppers.
Jalapeno popper dip is a warm dip that’s super creamy and has just the exact amount of kick.
With two blocks of cream cheese, shredded Mexican cheese, and Parmesan cheese, this is one dip that is as cheesy as can be.
To get an extra crispy crust, use Panko bread crumbs for this appetizer. You can also sprinkle this creamy dip with bacon bits.
You probably remember where you were the first time you tasted the wonderful appetizer that is seven-layer dip.
This savory bowl of goodness positively explodes with flavor, and we can’t get enough of it.
There are tons of different variations of seven-layer dip out there, but this one is ideal.
With seasoned refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, and shredded cheddar cheese, this dip has all that you want and so much more.
The tomatoes, black olives, and green onions load this dip up with some solid nutrition, and cilantro and garlic salt season it perfectly.
3. Bean Dip
Do you remember when everyone’s idea of the best dip was bean dip in a can? Yep, we loved it, too, and it’s still fun to eat it occasionally with some Fritos.
However, bean dip is incredibly easy to make at home and you will love this recipe.
All you need to make this homemade bean dip is a can of refried beans, sour cream, picante sauce, some cumin and chili powder, and tons of cheese.
This recipe has three types of cheese: cream cheese, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, and shredded cheddar cheese.
All dips are tasty, but we love one that is super colorful like cowboy caviar dip.
Although this dip has a lot of ingredients, it’s really easy to make and it will get you some rave reviews from the folks you feed.
Besides being tasty, cowboy caviar is loaded with veggies like corn, black beans, red onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, tomatoes, and black-eyed peas.
You don’t have to add the sugar to this dip if you want to leave it out.
The fresh parsley and fresh cilantro add tons of flavor and even more color to this excellent dip.
Everything you need to know about this dip is right there in the name: easy cheesy pizza dip.
This creamy pizza dip is loaded with your favorite toppings, savory sauce, and plenty of melty cheese.
The recipe specifies pepperoni, but you can use any of your favorite pizza toppings.
The creaminess of this pizza dip comes from cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, and Mozzarella cheese. That is a bunch of cheese and we can’t get enough of it.
Serve this dip with tortilla chips, breadsticks, or sourdough bread.
If you love fruit or want to serve fruit at a party, you will adore this sweet and creamy cream cheese fruit dip.
This dip is excellent for dipping strawberries, apples, canteloupe, honeydew melon, grapes, pineapple, and more.
Here’s another use for this yummy dip. If you don’t have any fruit, this dip is wonderful when spread on a bagel.
Cream cheese fruit dip gets its sweetness from marshmallow creme, Cool Whip, and powdered sugar.
The recipe calls for vanilla extract, but you can actually omit that if you want. Also, a couple of tablespoons of cherry juice make this yummy, but it’s optional, too.
There are a few dessert dips on this list, but none are as decadent as this cookie dough dip recipe.
This dip is loaded with chocolate chips and cream cheese, and it’s perfect for dipping cookies, waffle cones, green apples, graham crackers, pretzels, fruit, and more.
The sweetness comes from not just the chocolate chips, but also from light brown sugar and powdered sugar.
Want to get really crazy and wild? Try dipping Fritos in this dip for a surprisingly delightful salty and sweet combo.
When you’re craving the cheesy deliciousness of a spinach dip and the crunchy, salty yumminess of bacon bits, this dip can be your new go-to recipe.
This recipe is super creamy thanks to the cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise. You can also use Greek yogurt as a substitute for the sour cream in this dip.
The spices used are smoked paprika and garlic powder, and the rest of the sublime flavor comes from the crispy bacon.
Use frozen spinach for this dip, but be sure to squeeze all of the water out before cooking.
Serve this bacon dip with toasted baguette slices or other types of bread. We won’t be mad at you if you eat this with tortilla chips, either.
There are times when nothing but chocolate will do, and that’s where chocolate fondue comes in.
Certainly, you can enjoy chocolate fondue at specialty restaurants, but it’s also ridiculously easy to make at home.
This recipe calls for bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, heavy cream, milk, and vanilla extract. It’s just that easy.
If you have a fondue pot, that’s great, but you can also cook your chocolate fondue on the stovetop. Just be sure to not let it come to a boil. It needs to stay at low heat.
For dipping, use fresh strawberries, banana slices, cookies, marshmallows, and other fruit.
Spinach artichoke dip first became popular several years ago, and home cooks have never looked back.
This dip is brimming with not just flavor but also some solid protein and veggies.
To make this dip, you need three different types of cheese: cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, and Mozzarella cheese. Who can resist this type of cheesy wonder?
The artichoke hearts add so much flavor, and you can use frozen spinach for this dip.
The sour cream and mayonnaise add even more creaminess.
Spinach artichoke dip is traditionally served with sweet Hawaiian bread, but you can serve it with any type of bread and even chips.
11. Hormel Chili Dip
Besides how delicious and cheesy this is, the best thing about the famous Hormel Chili dip is that it has only three ingredients.
All you need to make this dip is cream cheese, a can of chili (you can use vegetarian chili), and shredded cheese. You can use Mexican cheese, cheddar cheese, or whatever type of cheese you like.
Believe it or not, Hormel chili dip is a layered dip. To make it, you spread your cream cheese on the bottom, then add the can of chili, and then sprinkle your shredded cheese on top.
12. Crab Rangoon Dip
One of our favorite treats from Asian restaurants is crab rangoon, so when we saw this recipe for crab rangoon dip, we couldn’t resist it.
Cream cheese makes this dip creamy, and the sour cream and mayonnaise add even more creaminess to the mix.
We love that the recipe includes instructions on how to make homemade wonton chips, so you can enjoy them with this dip.
You can eat this delicious cheesy dip with tortilla chips, wonton strips, crackers, slices of toasted bread, or potato chips.
If you’re looking for a dessert dip that is unique and fun, you’re going to fall in love with this Reese’s peanut butter ball.
At the center, there are blended chocolate peanut butter cups and cream cheese, brown sugar, powdered sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla extract.
On the outside, Reese’s Pieces provide a delightfully colorful exterior.
You can use graham crackers, broken waffle cones, vanilla wafers, pretzels, apple slices, or even other fruit to gobble this dip up.
Be sure to allow it to soften before serving it.
Fall is the time for caramel apples, and you will be ready for it when you’ve got this delicious cream cheese caramel apple dip ready to serve.
This recipe is remarkably easy to make because it calls for a jar of caramel sauce. However, you can always melt down your own caramel if you like.
For the topping, use chopped Heath candy bars or toffee bits.
Cream cheese caramel apple dip is wonderful served with Granny Smith apples, but it’s really pretty when you serve this dip with other types of apples, too.
15. French Onion Dip
If you were around from the 1970s through the 1980s, one of the first dips you ever tried was probably the classic French onion dip.
You can buy French onion dip pre-made at the store, but it’s super easy to make it homemade from scratch. And when we say this dip is made from scratch, we’re not kidding.
For this dip, you need to saute some Vidalia onions in butter and olive oil.
The dip gets its creaminess from the mayonnaise and sour cream. However, you can make this dip with Greek yogurt if you’re watching calories.
The seasoning comes from Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, and black pepper.
Some foodies frown at Velveeta cheese, but it’s a nice treat occasionally. Best of all, you can use it to make some excellent dips.
Velveeta sausage dip has only three ingredients and you can make it in your slow cooker.
All you need to make this dip are ground sausage, Rotel tomatoes, and Velveeta cheese. However, you can add some cream cheese for extra creaminess.
You can also make this classic Velveeta dip with ground beef if you want a change, but the sausage sure does add a ton of flavor and spiciness.
No list of the best dip recipes would be complete without homemade fresh salsa.
A staple in Mexican restaurants, salsa can be found at the grocery store, but there’s nothing quite like homemade salsa.
This salsa recipe calls for both ripe Roma tomatoes and canned tomatoes.
The magnificent flavors come from cilantro, garlic, lime juice, chili powder, and cumin.
Besides using salsa as a dip, you can add it to beans and rice to make it a part of a full meal. Also, salsa can be used in tons of different recipes.
It was hummus that put the humble chickpea on the map and made chickpeas famous.
While you can buy countless flavors of hummus at the store, it’s also surprisingly easy to make hummus at home if you have a food processer.
You will need tahini for this hummus dip recipe. Tahini is a wonderful paste that is created from ground sesame seeds and it’s the secret to making the best hummus.
You can make tahini from scratch or buy it already made. This recipe shows you how to make it from scratch.
Authentic guacamole that’s made in Mexico is naturally somewhat chunky because it’s mashed by hand, not processed with tons of preservatives and fillers.
Guacamole is supposed to be easy to make, and this recipe is as easy as can be.
The most important thing about making guacamole is choosing perfectly ripe avocados. The second secret to making the best guacamole is using fresh ingredients.
For this dip recipe, you need fresh lime juice, roasted garlic cloves, sea salt, chopped fresh cilantro, a diced jalapeno pepper, tomatoes, and onion.
In addition to serving guacamole with tortilla chips, you can also serve it with veggies.
Garlic and butter were born to be together, weren’t they?
To make this wildly popular sauce, all you need is unsalted butter, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder.
This recipe calls for melting the butter in a saucepan, which tends to give it more flavor than if you microwave it.
Of course, you can dip your pizza in this sauce, but you can also use it for pasta, breadsticks, garlic knots, and even mashed potatoes.
You can also brush it on bread before making a grilled cheese sandwich. Yum!
In the fall when fresh cranberries are in season, it’s fun (and yummy) to make this cranberry cream cheese dip.
This dip recipe calls for fresh cranberries, cream cheese, green onions, sugar, lemon juice, cumin, and salt.
The jalapeno and cilantro give this dip a surprising kick that your guests won’t be expecting (but they will love it!).
If you’re worried about how sweet cranberries and onions go together, worry not. Just trust us: it’s delicious.
You can serve this dip with crackers, bread, celery sticks, and even tortilla chips.
22. Dill Pickle Dip
Have you ever tried dill pickle wraps? They’re made with dried beef, a dill pickle, and cream cheese.
This dip will remind you of those, and it’s even better because it’s in dip form.
To make this dip recipe, you need two packages of cream cheese, dried beef, baby dill pickles, and whatever you’re going to use to dip up this heavenly stuff.
You can use crackers or bread for this dip, or also potato chips and tortilla chips.
This dip is also excellent spread on a tortilla and cut into pinwheels.
23. Cannoli Dip
Everything you love about cannoli can be found in this decadent dip recipe.
Cannolis aren’t exactly simple to make, but you can get all of your favorite cannoli flavors right in this dip.
Best of all, this dip has only five ingredients and takes less than 15 minutes to prepare.
Thanks to mascarpone cheese and ricotta cheese, this cannoli dip is super creamy.
The sweetness in this dip comes from powdered sugar and chocolate chips.
For dippers, use graham crackers, waffle cones, fruit, cookies, or any of your other sweet favorites.
Some of us like to take shortcuts occasionally and stir a dip mix into a tub of sour cream. Voila, we have a dip!
There’s nothing wrong with doing things the easy way, but you might be surprised to learn that you can easily make a delicious creamy sour cream veggie dip from scratch.
This dip gets tons of creaminess from sour cream and mayonnaise, and the lemon juice gives it a nice kick and natural preservative.
The spices in this creamy dip are some you probably already have in your spice cabinet.
25. Beer Cheese Dip
When you need to feed a hungry group of folks for Sunday afternoon football, this dip is ideal.
Something interesting happens with this dip. The flavor can change drastically depending on what brand of beer you use.
You can use dark ale to get a stronger beer flavor, or you can use light beer if you just want a hint of beer flavor.
Also, this is a dip that is delicious either warm or cold. It’s much creamier if you serve it warm, of course.
Serve this dip with bread, crackers, or chips.
Are you looking for a dip to celebrate the coming of autumn? Apples are in season and it’s great to find a dip that can be eaten with fresh apples.
Anything with Heath toffee bits is a winner, in our opinion. However, this sweet dip takes deliciousness over the top.
All you need for this yummy fruit dip is cream cheese, light brown sugar, confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar), vanilla, and your toffee bits.
You can use this dip for apples, but it’s also wonderful with other fruits like pears and melons. It’s also yummy with vanilla wafers.
27. S’Mores Dip
If you have ever wished you could eat s’mores by the spoonful, you’re going to love the idea of s’mores dip.
With this dip, you can have all of the delicious sweet campfire flavors of s’mores, but all in the convenience of your own kitchen.
The best part is that this dip is super easy to make. All you need are milk chocolate chips, marshmallows, and graham crackers.
This dip is perfect for dipping graham crackers, of course, but it’s always amazing with cookies, waffle cones, Oreos, pretzels, gingersnaps, strawberries, apple slices, and other sweet treats.
28. Blue Cheese Dip
Blue cheese dip is very similar to ranch dip or French onion dip, but it has the wonderful tanginess of blue cheese.
This is a dip that is super creamy and it’s great to use as a dipping sauce.
To make your blue cheese dip extra creamy, be sure to use both mayonnaise and sour cream.
Also, if you use buttermilk, you will not regret it! It adds tons of flavor.
For the blue cheese crumbles, consider giving Gorgonzola a try. It’s so delicious.
Lemon juice adds a tangy freshness to this classic dip.
29. Pimento Cheese
In the South, one of the things that mark summertime is a big stack of pimento cheese sandwiches with slices of vine-ripened tomatoes.
Pimento cheese isn’t just for sandwiches, though. You can also use this cheesy classic as a tasty dip.
Best of all, pimento cheese takes only 10 minutes to make, and this recipe will win you rave reviews at any potluck.
To make this pimento cheese dip super creamy, use cream cheese. The extra-sharp cheddar cheese gives it tons of flavor.
Spices used are smoked paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper.
30. Cowboy Crack Dip
Cowboy crack dip will remind you of a classic Velveeta dip, but it has corn in it, which gives it tons of substance.
This delicious cheesy dip has only five ingredients, and instead of Velveeta, cream cheese and cheddar cheese are used to make this dip super creamy and cheesy.
Like many of the dips on our list of easy dip recipes, this one can be made in the slow cooker.
Nearly everyone has their favorite queso recipe, and most of the time, it’s a queso they have at their favorite Mexican restaurant.
However, queso is famously easy to make at home and you can probably find a copycat version of your favorite restaurant version.
Your own recipe may become one of the best dips.
We love this recipe because it’s made from scratch with real cheese and evaporated milk to make it extra creamy.
The seasoning comes from garlic, onion, onion powder, cilantro, and fire-roasted green chiles.
Serve this creamy dip with tortilla chips, pita chips, or potato chips, poured over burritos, and more.
Want one more bonus dip? Watch this video and learn how to make Million Dollar Dip for your next gathering.
Our 30+ BEST Easy Dip Recipes (+Cream Cheese Fruit Dip)
- 1 package room temperature cream cheese
- 1/3 cup confectioner's sugar powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 jar marshmallow creme
- 2 Tbsp. cherry juice or grenadine syrup
- 1 cup whipped topping thawed
- Beat the cream cheese for 3 minutes.
- Add in other ingredients and mix well.
- Serve with fruit.
Organize all the required ingredients.
Enjoy the food.