The BEST Vegan Cream Cheese

If you’ve been missing cream cheese in your dairy-free life, your suffering is now over. We’ve put our heads together to bring you the BEST vegan cream cheese made with recognizable ingredients! It’s thick, creamy, tangy, super spreadable, and ready to…

The BEST Vegan Cream Cheese

If you’ve been missing cream cheese in your dairy-free life, your suffering is now over. We’ve put our heads together to bring you the BEST vegan cream cheese made with recognizable ingredients! It’s thick, creamy, tangy, super spreadable, and ready to be best friends with bagels (recipe coming soon!), frosting, and beyond.

Not only does it look, feel, and taste as good as the real thing, but it’s easy to make with just 1 blender, 8 ingredients, and 30 minutes required.

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Mexican Inspired Corn Dip

This Mexican street corn dip recipe is inspired by the irresistible flavors of street corn: lime, chili, cilantro and crumbled…

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This Mexican street corn dip recipe is inspired by the irresistible flavors of street corn: lime, chili, cilantro and crumbled cheese!

Mexican Corn Dip

Looking for a fast and easy dip to impress at parties or a simple dinner? Try this Mexican inspired corn dip! This recipes celebrates the flavors of elote (Mexican street corn), riffing on them to make a tasty dip for eating with crunchy tortilla chips. The pops of sweet corn against the tangy lime, zingy green chiles and salty crumbled cheese is absolutely irresistible! It’s quick to put together with canned corn, though any type of cooked corn works too (especially grilled!). Serve it as a party dip or a simple side for tacos and you won’t want the bowl to end.

Ingredients in Mexican street corn dip

This Mexican corn dip is inspired by the flavors of Mexican street corn, aka elote or equites: corn that’s slathered in a creamy sauce made with lime and chili powder, coated with crumbly Cotija cheese and fresh cilantro. (It’s up there as one of our top favorite dishes!) Elote is grilled corn on the cob, and esquites is corn kernels served in a cup with a spoon. This dip recipe is not authentic to Mexican cuisine, but it celebrates the flavors of these traditional dishes in a quick dip you can eat with tortilla chips. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • Lime juice
  • Chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and salt
  • Canned corn (or cooked corn)
  • Green onion
  • Red pepper
  • Cilantro
  • Canned green chiles
  • Cotija cheese or feta cheese
Mexican Street Corn Dip

For the corn: use canned or cooked

This Mexican corn dip uses canned corn, which has great flavor (we recommend it versus frozen, which can taste rather bland). But if you have fresh corn on the cob on hand and want to cook it, even better! Here are a few easy methods for cooking corn:

You can also microwave corn on the cob, but you can only cook up to 4 cobs at once. This recipe requires about 5 cobs, so it’s a less efficient method. We recommend microwaving when you want to cook 1 or 2 cobs.

Mexican Corn Dip

Cotija cheese vs feta cheese

You might wonder: why is feta cheese in a Mexican recipe when it’s Greek in origin? Well, it’s a substitute for Mexican Cotija! Cotija cheese is a Mexican cow’s milk cheese: it’s white with a dry texture and salty flavor. You can buy it fresh or aged, but it’s usually easiest to find fresh at the grocery. 

Can’t find Cotija? You can substitute feta cheese: it has a similar texture and salty flavor to Cotija. Queso fresco is another similar Mexican cheese, but the flavor is very mild and not nearly as salty as Cotija. We wouldn’t recommend using it here.

Ways to serve Mexican corn dip

This Mexican corn dip is very versatile: you can even serve it as a side instead of a dip! Here are a few ways to serve this recipe once you’ve mixed up the ingredients:

Mexican Corn Dip Recipe

Leftover storage

This Mexican corn dip stores well: keep it for up to 3 days refrigerated. (You likely can store even longer, but it does become slightly watery over time.) Make sure to bring it to room temperature prior to serving.

More dip recipes

Love to dip? Here are a few favorite dip recipes you’ll love:

This Mexican corn dip recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Mexican Corn Dip

Mexican-Inspired Corn Dip


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8

Description

This Mexican street corn dip recipe is inspired by the irresistible flavors of street corn: lime, chili, cilantro and crumbled cheese!


Ingredients

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon each garlic powder and cumin
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 3 cans corn kernels, drained (or 4 ½ cups cooked corn or grilled corn*)
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 red pepper, finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 7 ounce can diced green chiles
  • 1 cup crumbled Cotija cheese or feta cheese

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, lime juice, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and kosher salt.
  2. Prepare the corn, green onions, red pepper and cilantro as noted above. Mix together the drained corn, chopped vegetables, green chiles, cheese, and dressing. If desired, top with a sprinkle more cheese crumbles. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Notes

*This should require about 5 cobs corn, depending on their size.

  • Category: Dip
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Mexican Inspired
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Mexican corn dip

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Spicy Chipotle Hummus (10 Minutes!)

Oh, hummus. You never let us down! This chipotle hummus takes all the creamy, savory satisfaction of regular hummus and kicks it up a few notches. Spiciness and smokiness abound, making it perfect with veggies, crackers, and naan, or in bowls or sandwi…

Spicy Chipotle Hummus (10 Minutes!)

Oh, hummus. You never let us down! This chipotle hummus takes all the creamy, savory satisfaction of regular hummus and kicks it up a few notches. Spiciness and smokiness abound, making it perfect with veggies, crackers, and naan, or in bowls or sandwiches (recipe coming soon!).

We’re obsessed with how versatile and flavorful this hummus turned out, especially considering it’s ridiculously quick and easy to make.

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Easy Peach Cucumber Salsa

Summertime calls for salsa! And what better way to brighten up your taste buds and salvage your quickly (over) ripening peaches than with a fresh and sweet peach salsa?! 
This versatile condiment is perfect for dipping tortilla chips or topping ta…

Easy Peach Cucumber Salsa

Summertime calls for salsa! And what better way to brighten up your taste buds and salvage your quickly (over) ripening peaches than with a fresh and sweet peach salsa?! 

This versatile condiment is perfect for dipping tortilla chips or topping tacos, bowls, fish, chicken, and salads (recipe coming soon!). It’s quick and easy to make, with just 15 minutes, 7 ingredients, and 1 bowl required!

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Loaded Hummus Dip

Hummus dip is a quick and easy appetizer! Top a platter with cucumber, tomatoes, olives and feta cheese, then dip…

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Hummus dip is a quick and easy appetizer! Top a platter with cucumber, tomatoes, olives and feta cheese, then dip with pita chips.

Hummus Dip

Here’s a recipe that’s ideal for parties and entertaining in any season: Hummus Dip! This one even doubles as a tasty snack or a light dinner with a few other filling appetizers. Spread hummus on a platter or in a bowl, then top with cool cucumber, tomatoes, olives, artichokes and feta cheese. Each bite is a burst of tangy, bright and creamy flavor! It’s best with crunchy pita chips, but anything goes here. Once you start dipping…it’s hard to stop.

Ingredients in hummus dip

This hummus dip is a play on a layered dip: it’s like taco dip with Mediterranean flavors. It’s very simple to whip up: throw hummus on a platter or in a bowl and top with the toppings. Keep in mind: you’ll want a best quality hummus here: or you can make your own! Here are a few notes on the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Hummus: Use the best quality brand you can find. We suggest avoiding Sabra brand as the flavor is much too aggressive. We like Hope Hummus, but it can be expensive. It’s easy to make Homemade Hummus for the best flavor.
  • English cucumber: Use an English cucumber for best flavor. This variety is long and thin, and comes wrapped in plastic in the grocery store. The flavor is sweeter and milder than a standard cucumber, and the peel is not as tough.
  • Red onion
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Artichoke hearts: Look for any type of canned artichoke hearts you can find; marinated works too!
  • Kalamata olives
  • Feta cheese
  • Fresh parsley or dill
Hummus Dip

Serve with pita chips, or make your own

The best thing to dip in hummus dip? Pita chips! They’re crispy and salty, and make the best vessel for delivering this tasty party snack to your mouth. Pita chips are easy to find at the store, but we love making our own. Why? They taste much fresher than the store-bought kind, which can have an artificial aftertaste.

All you have to do? Split open pita pockets, brush with olive oil and season with salt, cut into wedges and bake for about 8 to 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Head to this recipe: Homemade Pita Chips.

Pita chips recipe
Homemade pita chips are ideal for hummus dip

What to dip in hummus

The type of foods you can dip into hummus are endless! Both bread-items and veggies work here. You can get creative and go outside the box with ideas, but we find that classic flavors work the best. Here are our best ideas for what to dip in hummus:

  • Pita bread
  • Pita chips
  • Flatbread
  • Pretzel chips
  • Bagel chips
  • Crackers
  • Crostini
  • Carrots or rainbow carrots
  • Celery
  • Cucumber slices
  • Bell pepper slices
  • Snap peas or snow peas
  • Broccoli

Storage info

This hummus dip is best the day it is made, which is what we suggest if you’re serving it for entertaining. But it does keep well in the refrigerator! We like making a large platter for lunches and eating off of it all week. Store covered in the refrigerator for 3 days, but we’ve stretched it to 5 days.

Hummus Dip

How to serve hummus dip

Hummus dip is an ideal summer appetizer, great for barbecues, cookouts and potlucks. But it works any time of the year: it’s especially nice for showers like baby showers or bridal showers, or works for any type of pitch-in.

You can also eat it as a healthy snack or as part of an appetizer dinner! Make this hummus dip and a charcuterie board, grab a glass of wine and you’ve got an easy dinner.

More dip recipes

Homemade dips are ideal for parties, snacks and anytime! Here are a few more easy dip recipes:

This hummus dip recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free (without pita chips).

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Hummus Dip

Loaded Hummus Dip


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6

Description

Hummus dip is a quick and easy appetizer! Top a platter with cucumber, tomatoes, olives and feta cheese, then dip with pita chips.


Ingredients

  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups hummus (10 to 15 ounces)
  • ½ cup chopped English cucumber
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ cup canned artichoke hearts, chopped
  • ¼ cup Kalamata olives, chopped
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 handful fresh parsley or dill, chopped
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • Pita chips, for serving

Instructions

  1. Prepare the vegetables as noted above.
  2. Spread the hummus on a large plate, bowl or platter. Top with the cucumber, onion, tomatoes, artichokes, olives, feta cheese, and chopped herbs. Drizzle with olive oil, if desired. Serve with pita chips. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for 3 days.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean inspired
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Hummus dip, what to dip in hummus

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Amazing Avocado Dip

This creamy avocado dip recipe is a tasty alternative to guacamole! It’s quick to whip up and magically stays green…

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This creamy avocado dip recipe is a tasty alternative to guacamole! It’s quick to whip up and magically stays green for days.

Avocado Dip

We know, guacamole reigns supreme as the chip dip du jour. But here’s an alternative that we (gasp) think is even more fun: this creamy Avocado Dip! Dip a chip into this luxuriously creamy, intensely savory magic sauce and pow! The meld of avocado, lime, cilantro and cumin is like a heightened version of your favorite guac. Even better: unlike guacamole, it magically stays green in the refrigerator for days! We were immediately hooked and it’s our new go-to dip for friends and parties.

Ingredients in this avocado dip recipe

The most important thing you’ll need for this avocado dip recipe? Ripe avocados. Just as a banana muffins cannot be made without ripe bananas, avocado dip requires beautifully ripe avocados. Other than that, the cast of characters is simple. The difference with guacamole? You’ll add a little yogurt or sour cream and blend it up! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Ripe avocados
  • Greek yogurt (or sour cream; substitute cashew cream for vegan)
  • Lime juice
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic powder
  • Cumin
  • Salt
Avocado Dip

How to make avocado dip: processor, blender, or fork

This avocado dip works best in a food processor, where it whips up to a smooth green sauce in seconds. You can also use a blender if you like: but you’ll likely want to use a small blender due to the quantity of ingredients. It’s possible you could use a standard blender, but it depends on the exact size and strength of your blender.

Don’t have either of these tools? You can make a chunky avocado dip by hand! Simply mash the avocados with a fork and stir in the remaining ingredients. Easy peasy! It just doesn’t look quite as lovely and creamy, but it works.

Storage info & how it stays green

This avocado dip is not only tasty and versatile: it stays green for days. That’s right: no crazy tricks like putting water or plastic wrap on it like you’ll hear to do with guacamole.

  • How does it stay green? The acidity in the lime juice naturally makes this avocado dip stay green.
  • Avocado dip lasts refrigerated for up to 5 days. You may need to stir to re-incorporate liquid that separates over time.
Avocado Dip

Ways to serve avocado dip

There are lots of ways to serve this avocado dip: outside of just dipping chips! Of course, that’s the best and easiest way, in our opinion! Here are a few ways to serve:

How else would you eat it? Let us know in the comments below.

More avocado recipes

Got a few ripe avocados on hand? Here are a few great recipes for using this tasty vegetable (er, fruit):

This avocado dip recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free

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Avocado Dip

Amazing Avocado Dip


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 ½ cups (6 to 8 servings)

Description

This creamy avocado dip recipe is a tasty alternative to guacamole! It’s quick to whip up and magically stays green for days.


Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt (or sour cream; substitute cashew cream for vegan)
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • ½ cup cilantro, tightly packed leaves and tender stems
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Tortilla chips, for serving

Instructions

  1. Cut the avocados in half, pit them, and scoop both halves into a food processor or small blender. (Alternatively, for a chunkier dip you can mash the avocados with a fork and stir in the remaining ingredients.)
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Store in a covered container for up to 5 days refrigerated: it stays green without special storage instructions (unlike guacamole).
  • Category: Dip
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Appetizer
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Avocado dip, avocado dip recipe

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The BEST Edamame Guacamole

Inspired by True Food Kitchen, this edamame guacamole is truly something special! You’d never guess there’s (fiber- and protein-rich!) edamame hidden in this creamy and classic condiment. 
To get the texture just right, we threw it in the fo…

The BEST Edamame Guacamole

Inspired by True Food Kitchen, this edamame guacamole is truly something special! You’d never guess there’s (fiber- and protein-rich!) edamame hidden in this creamy and classic condiment. 

To get the texture just right, we threw it in the food processor for an extra smooth and satisfying result! Just 7 ingredients and 25 minutes required for this delicious, nutrient-packed dip.

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15-Minute BBQ Sauce (Vegan + GF)

We wanted to make the Easy Vegan BBQ Sauce from our cookbook even better, but the truth is, friends, it’s already magical. It’s perfectly sweet and tangy, just a little spicy, and FULL of flavor. This slightly modified version has all that flavor, and …

15-Minute BBQ Sauce (Vegan + GF)

We wanted to make the Easy Vegan BBQ Sauce from our cookbook even better, but the truth is, friends, it’s already magical. It’s perfectly sweet and tangy, just a little spicy, and FULL of flavor. This slightly modified version has all that flavor, and we simplified it even more. 

It’s made in 1 pot in just 15 minutes and happens to be gluten-free and vegan — and can be naturally sweetened, too.

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Easy Vegan Avocado Crema

Look out tacos and enchiladas, there’s a new condiment in town! This avocado crema is SO delicious and endlessly versatile! We’ve been enjoying it for years and decided it needed its own dedicated space on the blog. With a few tweaks to maximize flavor…

Easy Vegan Avocado Crema

Look out tacos and enchiladas, there’s a new condiment in town! This avocado crema is SO delicious and endlessly versatile! We’ve been enjoying it for years and decided it needed its own dedicated space on the blog. With a few tweaks to maximize flavor and ensure success every time, it’s here!

This crema is bright, fresh, perfectly rich and creamy, and plant-based, too! Bonus points?

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Jalapeno beer cheese

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