BEST Guacamole Recipe

There are so many ways to make guacamole, but we’re convinced this is the best guacamole recipe you’ll ever make and the only one you’ll whip up after you try it! Creamy avocado, bright pops of tomato, and fresh cilantro and lime make this dip one of our favorites. Any time you serve up salsa and queso, you can count on this guacamole to complete your Mexican dip trio! Avocados are one of the most…

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Guacamole recipe in a bowl with chips on the side.

There are so many ways to make guacamole, but we’re convinced this is the best guacamole recipe you’ll ever make and the only one you’ll whip up after you try it! Creamy avocado, bright pops of tomato, and fresh cilantro and lime make this dip one of our favorites. Any time you serve up salsa and queso, you can count on this guacamole to complete your Mexican dip trio!

Avocados are one of the most finicky fruits around, so keep this recipe on hand the next time more than one is ripe at once, or you need a little something extra to top off your tacos, nachos, or burrito bowls. You only need two ripe avocados, but this recipe can easily be doubled to serve a crowd. And don’t worry about leftovers! Just follow our foolproof method below to keep this guacamole recipe fresh and green for up to 2 days!

How to Make the BEST Guacamole Recipe

Ingredients

Guacamole ingredients in a kitchen.

Process

  1. Place avocado and lime juice into a mixing bowl.
  2. Season with salt and pepper and mash until desired consistency is achieved.
Avocados in a bowl about to mashed up.
Avocado mashed together in a bowl.
  1. Add remaining ingredients except cilantro and green onion.
  2. Fold together until fully combined.
Mashed avocado in a glass bowl with mix ins added.
Guacamole mashed in a glass bowl.
  1. Add cilantro and green onion.
  2. Fold together until fully combined. Season with more salt and pepper as needed and serve.
Guacamole in a glass bowl with onions being mixed in.
Guacamole all mixed up in a bowl ready to be served.

Why We Think This is the Best Guacamole Recipe!

Our guacamole recipe uses simple, high-quality ingredients that add a lot of flavor without a lot of fuss. Tomato, red onion, jalapeno peppers (if you like things spicy), cilantro, green onion, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice add the most amazing flavor and texture to the avocado.

Our Favorite Guacamole Variations

While we love this recipe as is, there are a few ways to make this guacamole recipe your own!

  • A tropical twist: Dice a mango or pineapple and gently stir it into the guacamole for a bright, fresh, and tropical spin.
  • A smoky, spicy kick: Add a tablespoon of diced chipotle pepper to adobo sauce.
  • Roasted corn: If you’re making this guacamole in the summer when fresh sweet corn is available, lightly char a corn cob on the grill and shave a few tablespoons of corn into the guacamole.
  • Make a loaded guacamole: Add black beans, corn, extra tomatoes, and diced bell peppers.
  • Roasted garlic: stir a few roasted garlic cloves into the guacamole for a kick of garlic in every bite!
Guacamole recipe in a bowl with chips on the side.

Storing Tips

While freshly made guacamole is always best, you can store this recipe and keep it fresh for up to two days with our fool-proof storage method.

  1. Put the leftover guacamole in a glass container and smooth out the top so the surface is flat and all the dip is pressed into the container.
  2. Pour a small amount of water on the top of the guacamole, just so it covers the surface. This helps prevent air from getting to the guacamole, which will turn it brown.
  3. Cover the dish with plastic wrap, pressing it down just slightly to the top of the guacamole. Then cover the bowl with a lid.
  4. When you’re ready to enjoy your guac again, just remove the plastic, gently pour off the water, and give it a stir!
A hand holding up a chip with guacamole on it.

Recipes that Pair Perfectly with Our Guacamole

While, of course, guacamole is delicious scooped onto tortilla chips, it takes every one of these recipes from amazing to over-the-top delicious:

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BEST Guacamole Recipe

This is the BEST guacamole recipe – a simple, no-fuss recipe that uses quality ingredients to create a mouthwatering dip that pairs perfectly with chips, tacos, burritos and more!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Diet Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 113kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados seeded and peeled
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons diced roma tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon seeded and diced jalapeño optional
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 1 thinly sliced green onion optional
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place avocado and lime juice into a mixing bowl.
  • Season with salt and pepper and mash until desired consistency is achieved.
  • Add tomatoes, red onion, garlic, seeded jalapeno (if using). Fold together until fully incorporated.
  • Add cilantro and green onion.
  • Fold together until fully combined. Season with more salt and pepper as needed and serve.

Notes

Storing Tips
While freshly made guacamole is always best, you can store this recipe and keep it fresh for up to two days with our fool-proof storage method.
  1. Put the leftover guacamole in a glass container and smooth out the top so the surface is flat and all the dip is pressed into the container.
  2. Pour a small amount of water on the top of the guacamole, just so it covers the surface. This helps prevent air from getting to the guacamole, which will turn it brown.
  3. Cover the dish with plastic wrap, pressing it down just slightly to the top of the guacamole. Then cover the bowl with a lid.
  4. When you’re ready to enjoy your guac again, just remove the plastic, gently pour off the water, and give it a stir!

Nutrition

Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 587mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 216IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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Baked Potato Dip

Our loaded baked potato dip takes all of your favorite potato toppings: bacon, shredded cheese, and chives, and combines them in a rich and creamy dip. We took things up a notch by mixing caramelized onions and cornichons into the dip for a flavor upgrade you didn’t know you needed. This dip takes only 20 minutes to make and is the perfect pairing for everything from french fries and pretzels to pepper wedges and cucumber…

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Baked potato dip recipe with potato chips dipped in it.

Our loaded baked potato dip takes all of your favorite potato toppings: bacon, shredded cheese, and chives, and combines them in a rich and creamy dip. We took things up a notch by mixing caramelized onions and cornichons into the dip for a flavor upgrade you didn’t know you needed.

This dip takes only 20 minutes to make and is the perfect pairing for everything from french fries and pretzels to pepper wedges and cucumber rounds. To serve a crowd, we like adding this to a giant snack board along with fried pickle dip and beer cheese. Just don’t forget our favorite dipper for this loaded dip, which includes everything but the potato: potato chips!

How to Make Baked Potato Dip

Ingredients

Ingredient to make Baked Potato Dip recipe.

Process

  1. Place a pan over medium-low heat. Add oil, followed by diced onion. Caramelize onions, stirring occasionally, about 12 to 15 minutes. Stir in grated garlic and continue to cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside to slightly cool.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine Greek yogurt, kewpie, caramelized onions, cornichons, crumbled bacon, and finely shredded cheddar. Season with salt and pepper.
Onions and garlic cooling in a skillet for Baked Potato Dip.
Ingredients added to a bowl to be mixed together for baked potato dip.
  1. Fold together until combined.
  2. Top with sliced chives and serve.
Baked potato dip mixed together in a glass bowl.
Baked potato dip in a bowl with chives sprinkled on top.

Tips for Success

  • If the heat is too high when cooking your onions, they’ll brown instead of caramelize. Lower heat helps bring out the sugars, making the onions soft as they brown instead of crispy.
  • Dice the cornichons finely and grate, or finely mince, the garlic so that their flavor disperses throughout the dip.
  • You can serve this dip chilled or slightly at room temperature.
Baked potato dip in a bowl with potato chips on the side.

What to Serve with Our Baked Potato Dip

  • Potato wedges, french fries, or waffle fries
  • Potato chips or corn chips
  • Crudités like pepper strips, cucumber rounds, carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, radishes, jicama sticks
  • Crackers
  • Crostini
  • Pita chips
  • Garlic bread

Storing Instructions and Tips

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. This dip is also perfect for making a day or two ahead of time. As it sits, the ingredients combine and create a more intense flavor profile.

Baked potato dip in a bowl with some potato chips dipped in it.

Variations

  • Make it spicy by adding a diced jalapeno pepper or a sprinkle of red chili flakes or cayenne pepper to taste.
  • Swap finely shredded cheddar for smoked cheddar, pepper jack, Gouda, or even blue cheese to change the flavor.
  • For a vegetarian baked potato dip, leave out the bacon.
  • Add diced green pepper or mushroom to the onions as they caramelize for added vegetables.
  • Top the dip with a swirl of BBQ sauce, hot sauce, or buffalo sauce for an extra burst of flavor.

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Baked potato dip in a bowl served with chips.
Baked potato dip recipe in a bowl with chips.
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Baked Potato Dip

Bacon, cheese, caramelized onions, and chives are all combined in a creamy loaded baked potato dip that takes just 20 minutes from start to finish!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 216kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small sweet onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 1/3 cups Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Kewpie mayonnaise (American mayonnaise is fine)
  • 2/3 cup finely diced cornichons (15-20)
  • 2/3 cup finely shredded cheddar
  • 2 strips cooked and crumbled bacon
  • salt and pepper to taste

garnish

  • 3 1/2 tablespoons thinly sliced chives

Instructions

  • Place a pan over medium-low heat. Add oil, followed by diced onion. Caramelize onions, stirring occasionally, about 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Stir in grated garlic and continue tocook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside to slightly cool.
  • In a mixing bowl combine Greek yogurt, kewpie, caramelized onions, cornichons, crumbled bacon, and finely shredded cheddar. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Fold together until combined.
  • Top with sliced chives and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 794mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 189IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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Fried Pickle Dip

Creamy, tangy, and covered in a crunchy panko crust, this fried pickle dip is one of our favorites for game day. It’s a bit milder than our spicy pickle dip for the guests who don’t love the heat but crave the flavor and crunch of dill pickles. With a rich and creamy base made from a mixture of sour cream, cream cheese, and Greek yogurt and plenty of diced dill pickles and seasonings, every bite…

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Fried pickle dip in a bowl with potato chips on the side.

Creamy, tangy, and covered in a crunchy panko crust, this fried pickle dip is one of our favorites for game day. It’s a bit milder than our spicy pickle dip for the guests who don’t love the heat but crave the flavor and crunch of dill pickles.

With a rich and creamy base made from a mixture of sour cream, cream cheese, and Greek yogurt and plenty of diced dill pickles and seasonings, every bite is beyond flavorful. What really makes this pickle dip pop is the top layer of fried panko that truly makes this a fried pickle chip in dip form.

Whether you’re making an appetizer for the football game or looking for easy party food to set out at your next family get-together, this is the dip for you!

How to Make Fried Pickle Dip

Ingredients

Fried pickle dip ingredients all laid out on a kitchen counter.

Process

  1. In a bowl, combine cream cheese, yogurt, and sour cream. Mix together until fully combined and smooth.
  2. Add pickles, pickle juice, dill, chives, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir together. Season with salt and pepper and stir again.
Fried pickle dip ingredients being mixed in a bowl.
Fried pickle dip in a bowl mixed with a spoon.
  1. Pour mixture into a serving bowl and smooth top.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add panko crumbs and toast until golden brown. Remove panko crumbs from the heat and stir in chives (or dill).
Fried pickle dip in a bowl with a smooth top.
Fried pickle dip topping being toasted in a skillet.
  1. Pour toasted crumbs over dip in an even layer and serve with chips, crostini, crudité, pretzels, etc.
Fried pickle dip with the topping on it.

Tips for the BEST Fried Pickle Dip

This pickle dip is incredibly simple, but here are a few key tips to give you the very best dip each and every time.

  • Make sure the cream cheese is 100 percent softened to room temperature. This ensures the texture is rich and creamy, without any lumps or bumps of cream cheese hanging around.
  • Watch the panko closely! Once the panko starts to brown, it can go from toasted to burnt fairly quickly.
  • Toast the panko just before serving. The panko will go from crispy to chewy as it soaks in the moisture from the dip. While this won’t make it taste bad, you’ll get the full crunchy effect of the fried pickle dip if you toast and top it just before serving.
Fried pickle dip in a bowl with potato chips.

Variations

  • Add a diced jalapeno pepper for a spicy kick.
  • Stir one-third to one-half cup of freshly shredded cheese, like sharp cheddar or pepper jack, into the dip before topping with the fried panko.
  • Add extra veggies like finely diced red pepper or green onions for more color and flavor.
  • Add three strips of diced, crispy bacon into the dip for a smoky, meaty flavor.

Make Ahead Instructions

You can make this dip up to three days before serving. Combine all of the dip ingredients as directed and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Just before serving, toast your panko and sprinkle on top.

What to Serve with Our Fried Pickle Dip

  • Crackers
  • Potato chips
  • Pretzels
  • Chicken fried potatoes
  • Crostini
  • Crudité including sugar snap peas, baby carrots, radish chips, cucumber coins, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, and bell pepper strips
  • Onion rings
  • French fries

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Fried Pickle Dip

Our fried pickle dip is a blend of tangy dill pickles, savory seasonings, and a rich and creamy base, all topped with toasted panko. Just like your favorite fried pickle chips, but in a dip!
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 203kcal

Ingredients

dip

  • 8 ounce cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup chopped dill pickle
  • 2 tablespoons pickle juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced dill
  • 1 tablepsoon thinly sliced chives
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

panko topping

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons thinly sliced chives

Instructions

  • In a bowl combine cream cheese, yogurt and sour cream. Mix together until fully combined and smooth.
  • Add pickles, pickle juice, dill, chives, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir together. Season with salt and pepper and stir again.
  • Pour mixture into a serving bowl and smooth top.
  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add panko crumbs and toast until golden brown.
  • Remove panko crumbs from heat and stir in chives (or dill).
  • Pour toasted crumbs over dip in an even layer and serve with chips, crostini, crudité, pretzels, etc.

Nutrition

Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 818mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 647IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1mg

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Whipped Goat Cheese

Don’t let the simplicity of our Whipped Goat Cheese fool you into thinking it’s less than spectacular. Whipping goat cheese and cream together creates a velvety, smooth, and tangy spread that pairs incredibly well with hot honey, everything seasoning, bacon crumbles, and sliced green onion. It takes only 10 minutes to put together, and you’ll watch it disappear just as fast as guests spoon it onto crostini and dive back in for more. Serve this…

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Whipped goat cheese with a crostini dipped in it.

Don’t let the simplicity of our Whipped Goat Cheese fool you into thinking it’s less than spectacular. Whipping goat cheese and cream together creates a velvety, smooth, and tangy spread that pairs incredibly well with hot honey, everything seasoning, bacon crumbles, and sliced green onion. It takes only 10 minutes to put together, and you’ll watch it disappear just as fast as guests spoon it onto crostini and dive back in for more.

Serve this on a plate as an appetizer, or use the whipped goat cheese on salads, spread on sandwiches, topped on grilled meat, or spooned onto pizza.

How to Make Whipped Goat Cheese

Ingredients

Ingredients to make whipped goat cheese.

Process

  1. Place the goat cheese and cream (if using) into a food processor and blend it until smooth.
  2. Transfer the whipped goat cheese to a plate with a wide rim or a wide-mouthed bowl and spread it into an even layer.
Whipped goat cheese in a food processor.
Whipped goat cheese in a bowl.
  1. Top the goat cheese with a drizzle of hot honey. Then top it with bacon, everything seasoning, and green onions. Serve with crostini.
Whipped goat cheese in a bowl with toppings on top.

Why We Love Whipped Goat Cheese

  • It’s incredibly simple. This whipped goat cheese is just two main ingredients (or one if you leave out the heavy cream), and a handful of toppings. It takes less than 10 minutes to whip together for a decadent last-minute appetizer.
  • It’s versatile. While we love serving this on a plate with crostini or crackers, you can use this whipped goat cheese to top bread, pizza, grilled vegetables, meat, eggs, and more. In addition to the many ways you can use it, you can also change up the toppings for a variety of flavors!
  • Easy to make ahead. If you’re in charge of an appetizer for your next party, a plate of whipped goat cheese can be prepared up to two days in advance. Just prep the goat cheese and get your toppings ready. Drizzle and sprinkle everything on top just before serving.

Purpose of Heavy Cream in Whipped Goat Cheese

Heavy cream is optional in our recipe, but we absolutely love what it does to it. Whipping a small amount of heavy cream into the goat cheese helps thin out the texture and creates a smoother, more luxurious dip. If you choose to skip the cream, your whipped goat cheese will still be smooth, but it will be much thicker with less of a “whipped” texture.

Whipped goat cheese with crudite on the side.

Variations

Once you have your base of goat cheese whipped and spread on a plate, the toppings you can add are truly endless. If you want to try something different than our suggested hot honey, everything seasoning, bacon, and green onions, try any of these additions or a combination for a whole new flavor!

  • Honey
  • Toasted chopped walnuts
  • Pistachios
  • Cinnamon
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Roasted garlic
  • Fresh herbs, including parsley, thyme, oregano, dill, basil, rosemary, or cilantro
  • Citrus zest from lemons, limes, or oranges
  • Fruit compote, including blueberry, strawberry, cherry, or raspberry
  • Boozy bacon jam
  • Caramelized onion
  • Balsamic glaze

What to Use for Dipping

Crostini is our go-to choice for this recipe, but there are plenty of other things you can dip in this whipped goat cheese, including:

  • Crackers (everything from Ritz to woven wheat)
  • Bagel chips
  • Pita bread
  • Raw vegetables, including carrots, cucumbers, peppers, broccoli, celery, and cauliflower
  • Pretzels
  • Fresh fruit, including strawberries or apple slices

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Whipped goat cheese with a crostini dipped in it.
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Whipped Goat Cheese

Whipped goat cheese topped with hot honey, seasonings, and bacon spooned onto crostini is a simple and delicious 10-minute appetizer!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 152kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Whipped Goat Cheese

  • 11 ounces goat cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream optional

Toppings

Instructions

  • Place goat cheese and cream (if using) into a food processor. Blend until smooth.
  • Transfer whipped goat cheese to a plate with a wide rim or a wide mouthed bowl and spread into an even layer.
  • Top goat cheese with a drizzle of honey.
  • Then top with bacon, everything seasoning and green onions. Serve with crostini.

Nutrition

Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 474IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg

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Creamed Corn Dip

In less than 30 minutes, you’ll be serving up and diving into a pan of this decadent creamed corn dip that’s the perfect meld of three cheeses, corn, and spices. We love serving this dip with a big bowl of corn chips whenever we have guests over, but especially for game days and holiday parties when a crave-worthy dip is an absolute necessity. Try serving it as a dip-trio with our buffalo chicken dip with…

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Creamed corn dip recipe with chips on the side.

In less than 30 minutes, you’ll be serving up and diving into a pan of this decadent creamed corn dip that’s the perfect meld of three cheeses, corn, and spices. We love serving this dip with a big bowl of corn chips whenever we have guests over, but especially for game days and holiday parties when a crave-worthy dip is an absolute necessity. Try serving it as a dip-trio with our buffalo chicken dip with pita chips and roasted onion dip alongside a plate of veggies.

Using canned corn helps this appetizer come together incredibly quickly and with minimal effort. A little sauteing, stirring, and baking is all you need to do for this crowd-pleasing appetizer.

How to Make Creamed Corn Dip

Ingredients

Creamed Corn Dip ingredients on a kitchen counter.

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F. In a pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add corn and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in sugar and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 1 more minute. Remove from heat.
  2. Place cream cheese and mayonnaise into a large mixing bowl and stir together to break up the block of cream cheese.
Corn in a skillet with shallots and butter.
Corn dip base in a glass bowl.
  1. Add all of the corn mixture and all but 2 tablespoons each of the mozzarella, gruyere, and Parmesan—season with salt and pepper. Mix until completely and evenly combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into a 3-4 cup baking dish or 8-inch skillet and smooth the top. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
Corn dip mixture in a glass bowl.
Corn dip in a skillet with cheese on top.
  1. Bake the creamed corn dip for 15 minutes. Then place it under the broiler for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  2. Remove the pan from the oven, top it with chives, and serve with corn chips.
Corn dip in a skillet warmed.
Corn dip in a skillet with chives on top.

Using Canned Corn vs Fresh Corn vs Frozen Corn

While we use canned corn for convenience and uniform flavor, you can use any corn for this recipe.

Fresh corn: We love using fresh corn in recipes when it’s in season! If using fresh corn off the cob, you’ll need to cook it before adding it to the dip.

Canned corn: Canned corn is packed at peak ripeness and is ready to be tossed into the recipe straight from the can after being drained and rinsed.

Frozen corn: Like canned corn, frozen corn is picked and frozen when ripe, so the flavor is fresh and uniform any time of year. If using frozen corn, empty it into a colander and thaw it under running water before adding it to the dip.

Corn dip close up with chips being dipped into it.

Prep Ahead Instructions and Storing and Reheating Leftovers

Prep Ahead

To make this recipe even easier, with less hands-on time during the day of serving, you can prepare a few things ahead of time so it’s ready to go.

Prepare everything for this creamed corn dip, up to step 4, just before it needs to be baked in the oven. Cover and refrigerate the unbaked dip for up to 48 hours. When you’re ready to serve, place the dip in the pan and continue to bake as directed. If baked straight from the refrigerator, it may need a couple extra minutes in the oven.

Storing and Reheating Leftovers

To store leftovers, place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The best way to reheat your creamed corn dip is to place it back into an oven-safe pan or baking dish and bake at 375˚F for 5-7 minutes or until heated through and bubbly again.

Creamed corn dip on corn chips.

Variations for our Creamed Corn Dip

We kept this recipe pretty basic because it tastes incredible without many extras. But with a few additions, you can give this corn dip a whole new flavor. Try some of these fun variations:

  • Make it spicy. Dice up a jalapeno pepper and saute it along with the shallots and garlic, or add 1/4- 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
  • Swap the cheeses. With three types of cheese, there’s plenty of room to experiment with different varieties to find your favorite. Try incorporating Pepper Jack, Monterey Jack, or Sharp Cheddar.
  • Add bacon. Dice a few slices of cooked bacon and stir it into the dip before baking. Then, sprinkle the top with minced chives before serving.
  • A little sweet, a little spice. Sweet corn already has a subtle sweetness, but you can take that up a notch by adding a hefty drizzle of honey to the dip and balancing it with a couple of splashes of your favorite hot sauce.
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Creamed Corn Dip

This piping hot creamed corn dip is loaded with mozzarella, gruyere, and parmesan for a cheesy, lusciously decadent dip that's perfect for game day tailgates, parties, or anytime you need an irresistible appetizer on the table.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 295kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 15 ounce canned corn drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 ounces shredded mozzarella, divided (about 2/3 cup in volume)
  • 2 ounces shredded gruyere, divided (about 2/3 cup in volume)
  • 2 ounces grated Parmesan, divided (about 3/4 cup in volume)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced chives garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  • In a pan, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add shallots and garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add corn and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in sugar and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 1 more minute. Remove from heat.
  • Place cream cheese and mayonnaise into a large mixing bowl and stir together to breakup block of cream cheese.
  • Add all corn mixture, and all but 2 tablespoons each mozzarella, gruyere, and Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Mix together until completely and evenly combined.
  • Pour mixture into a 3-4 cup baking dish or 8-inch skillet and smooth top.
  • Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Bake creamed corn dip for 15 minutes. Then broil for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove from oven, top with chives and serve with corn chips.

Notes

Prep Ahead Instructions
To make this recipe even easier, with less hands-on time during the day of serving, you can prepare a few things ahead of time so it’s ready to go.
Prepare everything for this creamed corn dip, up to step 4, just before it needs to be baked in the oven. Cover and refrigerate the unbaked dip for up to 48 hours. When you’re ready to serve, place the dip in the pan and continue to bake as directed. If baked straight from the refrigerator, it may need a couple extra minutes in the oven.
Storing and Reheating Leftovers
To store leftovers, place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The best way to reheat your creamed corn dip is to place it back into an oven-safe pan or baking dish and bake at 375˚F for 5-7 minutes or until heated through and bubbly again.

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 876mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 682IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 202mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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Whipped Brie

If you’re new to Whipped Brie – you’re in for a HUGE treat! This 1 ingredient appetizer (3-4 ingredients if you include the toppings) will become your new favorite thing to eat and bring to get togethers. It couldn’t be easier to make and is always crazy popular and gone within minutes! We promise you won’t want to eat brie another way after trying this out! How to Make Whipped Brie Ingredients Process Why Whipped…

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Whipped brie recipe in a bowl with honey.

If you’re new to Whipped Brie – you’re in for a HUGE treat! This 1 ingredient appetizer (3-4 ingredients if you include the toppings) will become your new favorite thing to eat and bring to get togethers.

It couldn’t be easier to make and is always crazy popular and gone within minutes! We promise you won’t want to eat brie another way after trying this out!

How to Make Whipped Brie

Ingredients

Whipped brie ingredients on a kitchen counter.

Process

  1. Place brie into the well of a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Transfer brie to a bowl and top with honey and sea salt flakes. Finish with herb blossoms of choice, if using. Serve with crostini or crackers.
Whipped brie in a food processor.
Whipped brie in a bowl with honey on top.

Why Whipped Brie is the BEST

When you whip the brie in a food processor you’re aerating it, leaving you with the silkiest and fluffiest brie ever! The creamy texture can’t be beat! Whipping it also turns it into a delightfully dippable treat.

Variations

  • Fold fresh herbs into the mixture or your favorite spices.
  • Add some roasted garlic to the food processor to give the brie a delicious caramelized garlic flavor.
  • Top the brie with some warm jam instead of honey or even a little maple syrup.
Whipped brie with honey and crostini on the side.

What to Serve with Whipped Brie

Some of our favorite things to serve with this dish are:

Make Ahead Instructions

Although we think this dish is best served fresh you can certainly make it ahead of time.

Whip brie until light, fluffy and smooth. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

When ready to use, set container of brie on the counter, at room temp, for 30 minutes. Stir thoroughly to soften the cheese back up. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with honey, sea salt flakes and fennel flowers (or other herbs of choice) if using.

Whipped brie smeared on a crostini.

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Whipped Brie

Whipped Brie – one of the most delicious, decadent and simple appetizers that will be devoured in minutes. We love making this for special occasions or when we just want to enjoy a delicious snack at home!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine French
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 190kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 14 ounces brie rind removed and cut into chunks3
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt flakes
  • fennel flowers optional garnish

Instructions

  • Place brie into the well of a food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Transfer brie to a bowl and top with honey and sea salt flakes.
  •   Finish with herb blossoms of choice, if using.
  • Serve with crostini or crackers.

Notes

Make Ahead Instructions
Whip brie until light, fluffy and smooth. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
When ready to use, set container of brie on the counter, at room temp, for 30 minutes. Stir thoroughly to soften the cheese back up. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with honey, sea salt flakes and fennel flowers (or other herbs of choice) if using.

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 748mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 0.02g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 294IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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Taco Dip Recipe

We are so excited about our Taco Dip Recipe! This recipe is so simple, makes a great appetizer or snack for a crowd and is always devoured in minutes! We love the free form nature of this dip too -you can see all the delicious layers and it’s still very scoop friendly. How to Make Our Taco Dip Recipe Ingredients Process Ground Beef Chipotle Sour Cream Assembly Why We Love This Taco Dip Recipe We…

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Taco dip on a platter with chips and beer on the side.

We are so excited about our Taco Dip Recipe! This recipe is so simple, makes a great appetizer or snack for a crowd and is always devoured in minutes! We love the free form nature of this dip too -you can see all the delicious layers and it’s still very scoop friendly.

How to Make Our Taco Dip Recipe

Ingredients

Process

Taco dip ingredients all laid out on a kitchen counter to make the recipe.

Ground Beef

  1. Place a skillet over medium heat and add oil. Add beef and brown, breaking apart with a wooden spoon. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika and stir together for 1 minute. Stir in tomato paste and stock until bee is evenly coated. Lower heat to medium low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside and slightly cool.
Ground beef cooking in a skillet.
Ground beef cooking in a skillet with spices to make taco dip.

Chipotle Sour Cream

  1. Place sour cream, chipotle peppers and lime juice into a food processor and blend together until smooth.
Sour cream and chipotles combined to make a sour cream for taco dip.

Assembly

  1. Spread chipotle sour cream in a thin layer onto a platter.
  2. Top with an even layer of ground beef mixture.
Sour cream on a platter for taco dip.
Sour cream with ground beef on top for taco dip.
  1. Top beef with shredded lettuce, then half the tomatoes.
  2. Top with shredded cheese and finally with remaining tomatoes. Season with black pepper and serve with tortilla chips.
Taco dip with toppings being added to the top.
Taco dip with cheese and tomatoes added to the top.

Why We Love This Taco Dip Recipe

We love this taco dip recipe for so many reasons! The flavors are so good. It’s really like eating a crunchy ground beef taco in dip form. It’s such an easy appetizer to make and you can prep all of it a day or two ahead of time and assemble it right before serving. We also love this dip because it feeds a crowd and doesn’t cost much to get it all together!

Variations and Substitutions

  • If you want to go the more traditional 7 layer dip route, you can add a layer of guacamole and a layer of refried beans to this dip.
  • We love substituting the ground beef for carne asada, ground chicken or turkey or even for some crumbled tofu (for a vegetarian option).
  • For even more flavor, make a batch of pico de gallo to sprinkle on top instead of just diced tomatoes OR spoon some roasted tomato salsa on top!
  • Swap the shredded cheddar out for shredded pepper jack cheese or crumbled queso fresco.
  • Add some fresh sliced or pickled jalapeños for a kick.
Taco dip with chips dipped into it on a plate.

Prep Ahead Instructions

All the components can be prepped up to 2 days ahead of time. Keep each component in a separate, airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.

When ready to serve, heat taco meat up in a skillet over medium-low heat or microwave for 2 to 3 minutes before assembling.

What to Serve with Our Taco Dip Recipe

There are so many delicious dishes that would go great served with our taco dip and some of our favorites are:

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Taco dip with tortilla chips on the side.
Taco dip on a platter with chips and beer on the side.
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Taco Dip Recipe

A free form Taco Dip Recipe that everyone will love! It tastes just like a crunchy beef taco, but in dip form! We promise it'll be a huge hit at your next party, bbq, picnic, potluck, etc!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine mexican american
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 229kcal

Ingredients

ground beef

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/3 cup beef or chicken stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

chipotle sour cream

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 1 lime juiced

assembly

  • 3 ounces shredded cheddar
  • 2 roma tomatoes seeded and diced
  • 2/3 cup shredded iceberg lettuce

Instructions

ground beef

  • Place a skillet over medium heat and add oil. Add beef and brown, breaking apart with a wooden spoon. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika and stir together for 1 minute.
  • Stir in tomato paste and stock until bee is evenly coated. Lower heat to medium low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside and slightly cool.

chipotle sour cream

  • Place sour cream, chipotle peppers and lime juice into a food processor and blend together until smooth.

assembly

  • Spread chipotle sour cream in a thin layer onto a platter.
  • Top with an even layer of ground beef mixture.
  • Top beef with shredded cheese, then half the tomatoes.
  • Top with shredded lettuce and finally with remaining tomatoes. 
  • Season with black pepper and serve with tortilla chips.

Notes

Prep Ahead Instructions
All the components can be prepped up to 2 days ahead of time. Keep each component in a separate, airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.
When ready to serve, heat taco meat up in a skillet over medium-low heat or microwave for 2 to 3 minutes before assembling.
Variations and Substitutions
  • If you want to go the more traditional 7 layer dip route, you can add a layer of guacamole and a layer of refried beans to this dip.
  • We love substituting the ground beef for carne asada, ground chicken or turkey or even for some crumbled tofu (for a vegetarian option).
  • For even more flavor, make a batch of pico de gallo to sprinkle on top instead of just diced tomatoes OR spoon some roasted tomato salsa on top!
  • Swap the shredded cheddar out for shredded pepper jack cheese or crumbled queso fresco.
  • Add some fresh sliced or pickled jalapeños for a kick.

Nutrition

Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 615mg | Potassium: 389mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 788IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 2mg

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Tahini Sauce

This homemade tahini sauce recipe is quick and easy to make with 5 ingredients and tastes amazing with everything from falafel to roasted veggies, grilled meats, wraps, salads and more. The sauce that makes just about everything better. ♡ Seriously. From grilled veggies to meats, salads to sandwiches, falafel to kebabs and beyond, tahini sauce […]

This homemade tahini sauce recipe is quick and easy to make with 5 ingredients and tastes amazing with everything from falafel to roasted veggies, grilled meats, wraps, salads and more.

Tahini sauce

The sauce that makes just about everything better. ♡

Seriously. From grilled veggies to meats, salads to sandwiches, falafel to kebabs and beyond, tahini sauce is one of those magically versatile recipes that can be used in a million different ways. And its classically creamy, nutty, rich flavor never fails to make any dish taste amazing.

All you need are 5 simple ingredients (tahini, lemon, garlic, salt and cumin) and about 10 minutes to whip up a quick batch of this Middle Eastern-inspired sauce. This homemade tahini sauce recipe also happens to naturally be vegan and gluten-free. And while we most often stick to the classic ingredients here in our kitchen, there are countless fun variations that you can try to add some extra herbs, spice, heat, sweetness to customize your own tahini sauce recipe.

So grab some tahini and let’s make a quick batch!

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Homemade Tahini

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Ever tried making homemade tahini? ♡

This beloved creamy and nutty Middle Eastern condiment is actually very easy to make from scratch with just three ingredients — sesame seeds, oil and salt. It comes together quickly in about 10 minutes using either a food processor or high-speed blender. And while there’s definitely nothing wrong with store-bought tahini, I have to say that nothing rivals the fresh flavor that comes with making a homemade batch with freshly-toasted sesame seeds. So rich and delicious!

I’ve included all of my best tips below for how to make tahini, plus a list of suggestions for all sorts of delicious ways to put it to use. I’m of course a huge fan of using it in classic dips like hummus or baba ganoush, but it’s also fantastic in everything from salad dressings to smoothies, baked goods, marinades and beyond.

So the next time you’re craving a recipe that uses tahini, round up some sesame seeds and let’s blend up a quick batch of DIY tahini together!

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How to Make Tartar Sauce

This easy homemade tartar sauce recipe is perfect for slathering on fried fish, seafood, or french fries. Dill pickles, capers, dijon mustard, and lemon juice add the perfect tang to the creamy mayonnaise base. You’ll never want to eat the stuff from a bottle again after learning how to make tartar sauce yourself! Origins of Tartar Sauce The tartar sauce we know today likely originated from France (home of hollandaise, bechamel, and red sauce), although…

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Tartar sauce recipe in a bowl with ingredients on the side.

This easy homemade tartar sauce recipe is perfect for slathering on fried fish, seafood, or french fries. Dill pickles, capers, dijon mustard, and lemon juice add the perfect tang to the creamy mayonnaise base. You’ll never want to eat the stuff from a bottle again after learning how to make tartar sauce yourself!

Origins of Tartar Sauce

The tartar sauce we know today likely originated from France (home of hollandaise, bechamel, and red sauce), although some claim it’s been around since the Roman era. In the 1920’s, you could find this seafood-friendly sauce on grocery store shelves.

There are several different ways to make tartar, but the basics include mayonnaise or aioli, pickles, capers, and herbs. Some variations include hard-boiled eggs or lemon juice as well. Different regions typically have their own special flair to tartar sauce, but the creamy and tangy base remains the same.

How to Make Tartar Sauce

You only need 7 basic pantry ingredients to make a batch of homemade tartar sauce. It doesn’t get easier or more delicious than this!

Ingredients

Ingredients to make tartar sauce.

Process

  1. Place all ingredients into a small mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk together until thoroughly combined.
Tar tar sauce recipe ingredients in a bowl ready to be mixed together.
Freshly made tartar sauce in a bowl with a whisk.

How to Use Our Tartare Sauce Recipe

Tartar sauce is the perfect pair for any type of seafood, fried foods, or even roasted vegetables. Bring out the tartar sauce the next time you make:

Ingredients Substitution Options

Instead of lemon juice, substitute vinegar, either white or apple cider.

Instead of chopped pickles and pickle juice, substitute with relish or even chopped onion or shallots

Substitute chives with parsley or tarragon.

You could also add seasonings like onion powder, dried dill, or old bay seasoning if you’d like!

Storing Information and Shelf Life for Our Tartar Sauce Recipe

You can serve this tartar sauce immediately or store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Letting the sauce sit in the refrigerator for at least a few hours will get the flavors melding together, which we prefer!

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Tartar sauce recipe in a bowl.
Tartar sauce recipe in a bowl.
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How to Make Tartar Sauce

Learn how to make tartar sauce with this simple recipe. Just 7 ingredients whisked together for an ultra creamy, tangy, and delicious dip fit for any fish dinner.
Course condiment
Cuisine French
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 77kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup dill pickles
  • 2 tablespoons chopped capers
  • 1 tablespoon dill pickle juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced chive
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 grated garlic clove
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into a small mixing bowl.
  • Whisk together until thoroughly combined.

Notes

**recipe makes 1 1/4 cups – each serving is 1 tablespoon **
Ingredients Substitution Options
Instead of lemon juice, substitute vinegar, either white or apple cider.
Instead of chopped pickles and pickle juice, substitute with relish or even chopped onion or shallots
Substitute chives with parsley or tarragon.
You could also add seasonings like onion powder, dried dill, or old bay seasoning if you’d like!
Storing Information and Shelf Life for Our Tartar Sauce Recipe
You can serve this tartar sauce immediately or store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Letting the sauce sit in the refrigerator for at least a few hours will get the flavors melding together, which we prefer!

Nutrition

Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.3g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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