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!

Cream cheese dip in a bowl with chips on the side

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.

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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

Cream cheese dip in a bowl garnished with green onions and shredded cheese

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 in a bowl with chips on the side
5 from 17 votes
Review Recipe

Cream Cheese Dip

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
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!


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese or Mexican cheese blend, finely shredded
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • ¼ cup jalapenos finely chopped and drained (optional)

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  • Mix cream cheese, sour cream, taco seasoning and salsa with a hand mixer until fluffy.
  • Fold in cheddar, onions and jalapenos if adding.
  • Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 196, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 53mg, Sodium: 658mg, Potassium: 135mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 1160IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 152mg, Iron: 1mg

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

Keyword cream cheese dip
Course Appetizer, Dip
Cuisine American


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  1. Delicious! Made this for the Super Bowl to serve with tortilla chips. I added 1/4 cup more salsa, and I used 1/4 cup of bulk taco seasoning instead of an envelope of seasoning. Love the flavor, and it makes a good quantity of dip!5 stars

  2. Followed the recipe and it came out perfect! So good. We used scoops Fritos for dipping. I also used cilantro salsa .

  3. So yummy!! Thank you for the recipe!! My whole family loves it even my seven-year-old Who is so picky.5 stars