I love having a delicious dip recipe that comes together in minutes!
This cheese dip uses just a few ingredients (that I always have on hand) and is super fast to make!
A simple combination of cheeses and seasonings makes this the perfect dip for chips and vegetables.
Our Favorite Easy Cheesy Dip
This cheese dip is a perfect chip dip, great for veggies, and thick enough to spread onto toast or sandwiches too! Many cheese dip recipes are heated or cooked (more like a queso dip) but this is quick to mix and enjoy.
- Ready in 5 minutes it is an easy appetizer that is so quick to prepare.
- This dip only gets better the longer it sits and has lots of real cheese flavor (it’s perfect to make ahead).
- While delicious on its own, this recipe also lends itself well to so many additions. It’s the perfect cheesy base, so get creative and make a dip as unique as you are!
- Leftovers can be used as a dip but make a great sandwich spread or it melts well as a pasta sauce with a splash of milk.
Cream cheese is the base of this dip. We love to add in sharp cheddar. Since the cheese isn’t melted, pre-shredded cheese works great in this recipe. Change it up and try pepper jack!
Simple seasonings complement the cheddar flavor but you can certainly add in your own favorite seasonings to this recipe. Ranch dressing mix or fresh herbs make great additions! Homemade taco seasoning is another favorite and makes this into a tortilla chip dip!
ADD-INS The possibilities are endless.
- jalapenos or mild green chiles
- chopped bacon
- green onions
- defrosted and drained spinach
How to Make Cheese Dip
This dip can be mixed and served immediately but the flavor is even better if you have time to allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes.
- Beat softened cream cheese with mayonnaise, sour cream, and seasonings.
- Stir in shredded cheese (per the recipe below).
- Chill and enjoy!
Using a hand mixer makes the base fluffy and keeps your chips from breaking when you dip them. This dip can also be pulsed in a food processor if you’d prefer.
To quickly soften cream cheese – simply remove foil wrapping and microwave on the lowest power setting in short bursts, checking frequently. Or, leave it sealed in the foil wrapper and immerse in warm water until soft.
Serve this easy dip as the center of a dip platter or alongside a bowl of potato chips
- Veggies: celery sticks, carrots, broccoli or cauliflower florets, and cherry tomatoes
- Bread & Crackers: pita, potato chips, bagel chips, toasted baguette rounds, crackers, and tortilla chips
Fill celery sticks this this cheese dip, or pipe it onto cucumber slices. Or, garnish with chopped chives or parsley, olives, halved cherry tomatoes, pimento, or your favorite topping.
Tips for the Best Cheese Dip
- Use a hand mixer or food processor. This will make the cheese nice and soft, perfect for scooping.
- Cheese dip can be made well in advance to allow the flavors to blend. It will keep in the fridge for as long as the shortest expiration date mentioned on your ingredients used.
- Make Leftovers into Pasta! Melt the dip in a large skillet with a splash of milk. Stir in some cooked pasta and enjoy!
More Easy Dips
- Crack Dip – great party appetizer!
- Sour Cream Dip – perfect for a potluck
- Pimento Cheese – a Southern classic
- Taco Dip – another great 5 min dip
- Everything Bagel Dip – quick!
- Bacon Cheddar Dip – a crowd favorite
- Cream Cheese Dip – perfect with tortilla chips
- Creamy BLT Dip – classic flavor combo
Easy Cheese Dip
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
- Combine cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise in a bowl with a hand mixer until fluffy.
- Add remaining ingredients and combine until smooth.
- For best flavor, refrigerate 1 hour if time allows.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)