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Slow-Cooker Cheddar Bacon Beer Dip

My tangy, smoky dip won the top prize in our office party recipe contest. Use your favorite beer or ale, but steer clear of dark varieties. —Ashley Lecker, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3 hours
  • Makes
    4-1/2 cups


  • 18 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup amber beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled, divided
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • Soft pretzel bites


  • In a greased 3-qt. slow cooker, combine cream cheese, sour cream, mustard and garlic powder until smooth. Stir in beer, cheese and all but 2 tablespoons bacon. Cook, covered, on low, stirring occasionally, until heated through, 3-4 hours.
  • In the last 30 minutes, stir in heavy cream. Top with onion and remaining bacon. Serve with soft pretzel bites.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Your favorite ale will also work in this recipe. The Test Kitchen loved the flavor of New Belgium Fat Tire.
  • To lighten this up, use reduced-fat cream cheese, light sour cream, half-and-half and reduced-fat shredded cheese. Serve with fresh celery and carrot sticks.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1/4 cup: 213 calories, 19g fat (10g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 378mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 8g protein.

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    • Adele
      Sep 21, 2020

      I go to a lot of potluck events. I can see taking this; however, I am not prepared to buy a 3-quart slow cooker for it. Thanks to the commentor who said they did it in the oven. I would be inclined to do it at about 300°F, low and slow.

    • penelopez
      Mar 6, 2020

      How would you adapt this to bake in oven?

    • Keith
      Dec 10, 2019

      Making this for a party of 20 or so...should I double it?...or is 3qts enough.

    • shannondobos
      May 30, 2019

      I made half a batch of this....but...I should have made the whole thing. It was gone INSTANTLY. I served it with another Taste of Home recipe - Soft Beer Pretzel Nuggets. I made exactly as written. You MUST make this. The flavor was amazing, with the pretzels I made, and even a veggie platter. Everyone loved it.

    • TrishtheDish1
      Oct 27, 2018

      I didn't use a crock pot, just made it in the oven instead. Good flavor overall, but I would use a milder beer next time. Added more garlic powder and some paprika too.

    • Venky
      May 31, 2018

      No comment left

    • aug2295
      Feb 5, 2017

      This was delicious - the mustard gave it a bit of kick. I really appreciated how all the flavors came through.

    • ejshellabarger
      Jan 12, 2017

      Oh my goodness, this recipe was a hit. I baked freezer pretzels, cut into bite sized pieces, instead of the pretzel buns. Will definitely make again!

    • rrstehouwer
      Dec 23, 2016

      I made this for Thanksgiving and had to hand the recipe out to more than one person. I served it with pretzel cornbread. It was awesome.