Cream Cheese Dip

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Everyone loves a good dip and even better when that dip takes just a few minutes to make!

This quick and delicious cream cheese dip mixes cream cheese (of course!) with taco seasoning, salsa, and cheddar, no baking required.

Make it mild or spicy by changing up the salsa and grab a bag of potato chips or tortilla chips.

cream cheese dip in a bowl tortilla chips

Ingredients

Cream cheese makes the base of this dip (of course!!) and adding a little sour cream softens it and makes it easy to scoop.

Simply seasoned with taco seasoning (homemade or a packet) and your choice of mild or spicy salsa, it’s deliciously flavorful. Stir in some jalapenos for a little kick and  a sprinkle of shredded cheese (we love a cheddar or a Mexican cheese blend).

It doesn’t get easier than that!

adding seasoning and salsa to cream cheese in a bowl

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 cream cheese dip recipe with potato chips, 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 dip too.

adding shredded cheese to cream cheese dip

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 Favorite Additions

  • Veggies Corn, diced bell 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 with chips

Make Ahead

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

Got leftovers?! Cook up some pasta and add in the leftover dip. Stir and add a little bit of milk (or broth) until its smooth and creamy! So good.

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Did you love this Cream Cheese Dip? Be sure to leave a comment and a rating below! 

5 from 22 votes
Review Recipe

Cream Cheese Dip

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Cream cheese dip is always a crowd favorite! It's creamy, cheesy, and perfect with tortilla chips or veggies.

Ingredients

  • 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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Instructions

  • 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.

Recipe Notes

Using a hand mixer adds air to the dip and makes it easy to scoop.
Cream cheese can be softened in the microwave. Remove the foil wrapper and place it in a bowl. Microwave at 60% power for 30-40 seconds. Check if it's soft and if not, add another 15 seconds.
Use any type of salsa from mild to hot, even homemade salsa works in this recipe. 
This recipe lends well to mix-ins from jalapenos, black olives, diced tomatoes, red onions, or cilantro.
 

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.)

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