Hot Bacon Cheese Dip Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Total Time
Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2 hours
This crowd-pleasing cheesy bacon dip won't last long on your appetizer table. Best served hot with tortilla chips or toasted French bread, this dip is versatile and filling.

Updated: Jul. 02, 2024

This cheesy, melty bacon dip recipe will satisfy your weekend cravings. Made with a mix of cream and cheddar cheeses, it’s perfectly gooey, and thanks to the bacon, it has a nice smoky flavor. Serve it piping hot with crunchy yellow corn chips, or smear it on crispy toast rounds. You can’t go wrong either way—this bacon cheddar dip recipe is an absolute crowd-pleaser that’ll keep you coming back for more.

Bacon Dip Ingredients

  • Cream cheese: Cube your cream cheese to encourage a more even melt.
  • Cheddar cheese: Sharp shredded cheddar cheese will add a more robust flavor.
  • Half-and-half cream: The higher fat content in half-and-half helps to make this dip nice and creamy.
  • Worcestershire sauce: This sauce will balance the bacon, with a hint of sweet, savory and salty flavors.
  • Dried minced onion: A teaspoon of dried minced onion will infuse your dip with an instant flavor boost.
  • Prepared mustard: Yellow mustard, or another simple mustard, will do well here.
  • Bacon: Cook your bacon until it’s crispy enough to crumble into pieces.
  • Tortilla chips: Tortilla chips are always a good choice, but if you prefer, serve your dip with toasted bread such as a sliced baguette.

Directions

Step 1: Melt the cheese

In a 1-1/2-quart slow cooker, combine the cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, half-and-half, Worcestershire sauce, onion and mustard. Cover and cook on low for two to three hours or until cheeses are completely melted, stirring occasionally.

Step 2: Fry the bacon

While the cheeses are melting, cook the bacon. Be sure to cook it until it’s crispy and brown—you want it to crumble nicely. Once it’s cooked, put it on paper towels to absorb the excess grease, and let it sit until the slow-cooker process is finished.

Step 3: Add bacon and serve

Just before serving, stir in your crispy bacon crumbles, reserving a bit of bacon to crumble on the top. Serve the dip with tortilla chips or toasted bread.

Bacon Dip Variations

  • Add garlic: Saute garlic in a separate pan with a bit of leftover bacon grease. Stir the garlic into the slow cooker once the cheese has melted.
  • Consider a topper: Add diced scallions or chives to the top just before serving.
  • Make it spicy: If you love a bit of spice, diced jalapeno peppers or crushed red pepper would be a delicious add-in.

How to Store Bacon Dip

This dip is so popular that you’ll likely not have to worry about storing it, but if you do, it’s quite easy. Simply store it in an airtight container in your fridge for up to four days.

How do you reheat hot bacon cheese dip?

The best way to reheat bacon cheese dip is to do so slowly and stirring frequently, to distribute the heat evenly. You can do this in increments in a microwave, in the oven on low or on the stovetop on medium-low. Heat it until your desired warmth has been reached.

Bacon Dip Tips

What should I serve with hot bacon dip?

Bacon dip is the ideal appetizer, so serving it alongside other apps is your best bet. It’s delish with creamy guacamole, salsa and other bean or cheese dips. It’s also yummy as a starter for barbecue pulled pork, if you’d like to serve it with a meal.

Can I make this dip vegetarian?

Yes. Just swap the bacon for a plant-based alternative.

Can I freeze bacon dip?

If you like to prepare appetizers ahead of time, you can actually make this dip and freeze it. As long as it’s stored in an airtight container or freezer bag, this dip can be stored for up to two months.

Hot Bacon Cheese Dip

Prep Time 15 min
Yield 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, cubed
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 16 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • Tortilla chips or toasted French bread slices

Directions

  1. In a 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 6 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until cheeses are melted, stirring occasionally.
  2. Just before serving, stir in bacon. If desired, top with crumbled bacon. Serve warm with tortilla chips or toasted bread.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup: 261 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 417mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 11g protein.