If you want to be the most popular person at a gathering, take this Warm Bacon Cheese Dip. It’s creamy, cheesy, warm and loaded with bacon flavour. Hands down the most popular dip at every party I’ve taken it to!

scooping Warm Bacon Cheese Dip with cream cheese, bacon and cheddar and served in a bread bowl

Let’s be honest. If you combine cream cheese, cheese, LOTS of bacon and a handful of seasonings, the end result is always going to be good.

But OH MY GOSH. This is beyond good. This dip is a Snack Monsters’ dream come true.

It is everything you love and dream about dips. It is gloriously smooth and creamy. It’s at its absolute best warm (that stretchy cheese, all that stretchy cheese!) but it’s still absolutely lip smackingly delicious at room temperature.

And all that bacon!!! Bacon throughout and bacon on top…

overhead of Warm Bacon Cheese Dip served in a bread bowl

This bacon cheese dip itself is super fast to make, especially because I melt the cheese in the microwave. If you aren’t using a bread bowl like I have, then it’s a dip you can make in 10 minutes flat.

But I love serving this in a bread bowl because it just looks so fantastic and it’s always fun to see how excited everyone gets when they start tearing into the dip soaked bread!! No one ever waits until the dip is finished before the bread carnage starts. Is it just me who hovers around, wondering how soon is too soon to start ripping off bits of bread? ;-)

I like to top the dip with crushed crackers before popping it in the oven because it protects the top from drying out, as well as adding texture to the dip. But you could just as easily use panko breadcrumbs instead if you prefer.

I contemplated whether to add dill pickles into this because I think the little pops of tang will complement this really well. But then I remembered that the last recipe I shared here on Spend With Pennies was a Creamy Dill Pickle Chicken so I thought I had better opt out of back to back dill pickle recipes!

Warm Bacon Cheese Dip with cream cheese, bacon and cheddar in a bread bowl with crackers

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Warm Bacon Cheese Dip

This dip is warm, creamy, super cheesy, and loaded with bacon flavors!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10
Author Nagi
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  • 12 ounces bacon chopped
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 scallions finely chopped

Bread Bowl & Toppings (optional

  • 1 round cob bread sourdough works best
  • 5 Jatz / Ritz or other plain savoury cracker crushed
  • Oil spray

To Serve

  • Crackers, chips, toasted bread


  • Heat skillet over high heat, cook bacon until browned. Drain on paper towel lined place.
  • Mix together remaining dip ingredients until well combined, reserving some bacon and scallions for garnish.
  • Microwave on high for 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Mix well to bring together. Serve warm, garnished with crushed crackers, extra bacon and scallions.
  • See directions below if serving in a bread bowl.

Bread bowl

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Use a small knife to cut a circle on the top of the bread then remove enough bread to make a bowl, leaving around a ¾" sides and base. Pour the dip into the bowl.
  • Top with crackers, spray generously with oil then bake for 20 minutes or until golden.
  • Top with remaining bacon and shallots. Serve warm.
4.72 from 7 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 460 | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 564mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 708IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 192mg | Iron: 1mg

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

Course Appetizer, Party Food
Cuisine American

My good friend Nagi is the master of dips and originally published her Cheese and Bacon Dip over at RecipeTinEats.com. I literally drooled over this recipe so much that Nagi couldn’t resist offering to share it with all of you here on SpendWithPennies.com!

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  1. Loved this. Made for a Sr group and had hope no one would try it cause they are so fussy well unfortunately they tried it and loved it. I had made two one with Swiss cheese which had planned on having at night with a few friends. No such luck had to make the second one and now they are asking for this dip in the bread bowl once a week. SO I gave them all recipes and said perhaps some of you can make it. I got a lot of oh too expensive or not good at doing dips etc etc. one even told me she was too lazy. Interestingly the 4 men in the group all said they would make it and put their names on the calendar so each would make it once a week for 4 weeks. I can’t wait to try others to see if they added stuff or got creative. Thanks for making this a new and exciting dip for Our  Senior Group5 stars