Cream Cheese Dip


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Cream cheese dip is always a crowd favorite! With a combination of cream cheese (of course!), salsa, taco seasoning and cheddar, this dip needs just minutes to prepare.

It’s perfect with any dippers you may be serving, from chips to veggies!

A bowl of cream cheese dip with tortilla chips ready to serve

How to Make Cream Cheese Dip

Start with softened cream cheese for easy mixing. When making dips, a hand mixer creates a light fluffy base making it the perfect consistency.

  1. Using a hand mixer, combine cream cheese, sour cream and salsa (per recipe below).
  2. Fold in shredded cheddar and other ingredients.
  3. Chill and serve.

What to Serve with Cream Cheese Dip: Serve this dip with celery sticks, veggies, tortilla chips, bagel chips, or as a spread for crackers or toast.

It makes a great dip in the center of a raw veggie platter.

Two process shots showing cream cheese dip being assembled in a bowl.

Variations

Tex Mex flavors like taco seasoning and salsa mean this dip is easy to add any number of favorites.

Make this into a jalapeno cream cheese dip by adding ½ cup of chopped pickled jalapenos from a jar. More favorites:

  • Veggies Corn, diced peppers, chopped tomatoes
  • Spice Hot sauce, hot peppers, a pinch of cayenne
  • Meat Ground beef or sausage can ‘beef up’ this dip.
  • Toppings Black olives, green onions, extra cheddar, cilantro

A bowl of cream cheese dip topped with green onions and cheese next to some tortilla chips.

Can You Make Cream Cheese Dip in Advance?

It’s a good idea to make cream cheese dip in advance to give the flavors a chance to develop. Keep it tightly covered in the refrigerator. It will keep up to a week.

Not a good candidate for freezing, however. This is a dairy rich dip, and will separate when thawed, so better confine it to the fridge.

Cream Cheese Dip

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Appetizer, Dip
Cuisine American
Cream cheese dip is always a crowd favorite! It's super creamy, cheesy, and perfect with any dippers you may be serving, from chips to veggies!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese or Mexican cheese blend, finely shredded
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 1/4 cup jalapenos finely chopped and drained (optional)

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Instructions

  1. Mix cream cheese, sour cream, taco seasoning and salsa with a hand mixer until fluffy.
  2. Fold in cheddar, onions and jalapenos if adding.
  3. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 196, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 53mg, Sodium: 658mg, Potassium: 135mg, Carbohydrates: 6g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 6g, Vitamin A: 1160%, Vitamin C: 6%, Calcium: 152%, Iron: 1%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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A serving bowl of Cream Cheese Dip next to tortilla chips garnished with green onions.
A bowl of cream cheese dip topped with green onions and cheese next to some tortilla chips.
Top photo - A serving bowl of Cream Cheese Dip next to tortilla chips garnished with green onions. Bottom photo - A process shot showing cream cheese dip being assembled in a bowl.

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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