Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip is the perfect cold appetizer dip with ranch mix, cheddar, sour cream and bacon that will be a hit for game day celebrations!

If you’ve already tried Jalapeno Popper Dip, Spinach Artichoke Dip and Queso Dip and you want something that everyone will love for the next big get together you’ve got planned, this is a great, easy dip recipe to try.

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip from above

BACON CHEDDAR
RANCH DIP 

If you want to make a cheese dip for the big game day party you have planned but you also want something that everyone, even the picky eater in your friend group, will think is yummy, you should try this recipe.

Bacon cheddar ranch dip is a delicious blend of cheesy, crunchy ranchy goodness that your guests may end up fighting over. It’s incredibly easy to make and doesn’t take all afternoon.

Bacon cheddar ranch dip is a yummy appetizer that is different from your traditional game-day dip because, unlike a lot of cheese dips, it is served up chilled instead of piping hot from the microwave or oven. This means that it makes for a great side to bring along to a summer BBQ or a pot luck because the cool, creamy ingredients are refreshing on a hot day (which is also a great excuse if you can’t wait until next Super Bowl to try them again.)

HOW TO MAKE BACON CHEDDAR RANCH DIP

  • Blend the sour cream and ranch-style dressing mix together in a medium bowl.
  • Make sure that everything is well blended together without any major lumps anywhere.
  • Add in the bacon bits and the cheddar cheese and stir well.
  • Put the whole bowl in the fridge and let it chill for about 20 minutes before serving.

VARIATIONS

  • Veggies: try getting a plate of cruditĂ©s from the store to eat your dip with or you can just chop up whatever you have around. The best dipping veggies for this recipe are celery, broccoli, snap peas, carrots and cauliflower.
  • Pretzels: pretzels add a touch of salt to the dip, which is absolutely delicious and changes the flavor palette subtly.
  • Pita chips: pita chips have a richer, stronger flavor and are thicker so they can hold much more dip (always a plus.) They are fantastic with bacon cheddar ranch dip because they can deliver so many more bacon bits to your mouth faster.

Chip and Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip

SERVE WITH

  • Parmesan Chips: make your own crispy, cheesy chips from just one ingredient. They are savory and go really well with the richness of the dip without contrasting with the flavor.
  • Lime Chips: make your own lime chips in no time. They taste just like (or even better) the ones you find at the store, and you can make the perfect amount for your party so you don’t run out halfway through.
  • Easy Taco Pizza: serve up a taco pizza with your dip if you want something fun but hearty to feed everyone for dinner. The nice thing about this main course is that it divides up like nachos but has a delicious Italian American flavor to it.

HOW LONG IS IT GOOD?

  • Serve: you shouldn’t leave this dip out for longer than about 2 hours because of the dairy and the meat in it. It tastes better chilled anyway.
  • Store: your leftover dip will be good in the fridge for up to 4 days before you should throw it out and make a new batch.
  • Freeze: you shouldn’t freeze your leftover dip. Unfortunately the dairy bits of the recipe don’t thaw out well enough to make defrosting it worth the effort.

WHEN IS BACON SAFE TO EAT?

Bacon is safe to enjoy when it reaches 145 degrees F (62.7 degrees C), according to the USDA’s official website.

Bacon Ranch Dip with tortilla chips

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Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip is the perfect cold appetizer dip with ranch mix, cheddar, sour cream and bacon that will be a hit for game day celebrations!
Yield 12 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dip
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 1-ounce package dry Ranch-style dressing mix
  • 1 package cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, thoroughly blend the sour cream, cream cheese, and ranch-style dressing mix.
  • Mix in the bacon bits, Cheddar cheese, and chopped green onions (if preferred, leave some chopped green onions for garnish.)
  • Chill in the refrigerator 20 minutes or longer before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 508IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: bacon cheddar ranch dip, dip, ranch dip

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip with Tortilla Chips

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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    1. Yes though you may want to add some seasoning to it, like garlic powder, to give it a bit of extra flavor. Good luck!

  1. Very good! Mine was thick enough to form into a cheese ball. I served crackers, red and green peppers, celery, pretzels. Family loved it. Thanks

  2. This is the perfect party dip! I love all of the variations and options you offer to serve this with.

  3. In the baton cheddar ranch dip, how msg cream cheese is used? It does not say in the recipe.