Creamy Chilled Queso Dip.

This creamy chilled queso dip is the perfect summer spread. Make it ahead of time for ultimate flavor then serving with tortilla chips or pretzels. It’s super flavorful and extra cheesy! This title does this delicious dip no justice. I wish I could explain how incredible this cheesy spread is. It has all the incredible […]

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This creamy chilled queso dip is the perfect summer spread. Make it ahead of time for ultimate flavor then serving with tortilla chips or pretzels. It’s super flavorful and extra cheesy!

This title does this delicious dip no justice.

creamy chilled queso dip

I wish I could explain how incredible this cheesy spread is. It has all the incredible flavors of a melty queso but is chilled and spreadable… so it’s ideal for summer.

grated cheddar and monterey jack

This dip… oh my gosh. This has quickly become our new favorite dip. It’s served cold, but is super creamy and almost mousse-like. It’s very pimento cheese-esque, but I’ll go as far to say that I think we like this BETTER than pimento cheese.

Which is huge. 

scallions, jalapeños and red peppers

When I tell you that this is the ultimate pool snack, I am not exaggerating.

Sure, it does have to be kept cold. But if you pack it on ice then set it on a bowl over ice, you’re golden. You can use something fancy like this or literally just set a bowl of it over a larger bowl of ice. It will be gone in minutes! 

creamy chilled queso dip

This dip turned out better than we could ever imagine. Lacy and I wanted to make this after she had Hillstone’s queso last year – a creamy, cheese, tex-mex dip but served COLD.

I will admit that I was not on board at first. It didn’t sound overly appealing to me. Heck, after all, one of the best things about queso is the creamy, melty cheese pulls. 

BUT.

I am happy to say that I was wrong. This dip is everything I want it to be and more. It tastes exactly like how you’d think a hot, melty queso would taste.

creamy chilled queso dip

And that’s the bonus. After all, you’re not going to make and serve hot melty queso at the pool. There isn’t an easy way to keep queso hot, unless you rig up some kind of mini crockpot and extension cord situation. 

creamy chilled queso dip

Here’s how it comes together!

The base is a mix of mayo and grated cheese. OH yes. No, there isn’t something you can sub for the mayo. Sour cream or greek yogurt just doesn’t give this the same effect.

The key is that you MUST grate the cheese yourself and the dip turns out better if you finely grate the cheese into smaller shreds – not thicker ones. Use a mix of sharp cheddar and monterey jack for the perfect queso flavor.

Then the adds in! I like pickled jalapeños, red bell peppers and scallions. Dice all of them into the same size, roughly. A little lime juice too.

Stir everything together with a spatula – don’t blend or puree it. Then stick it in the fridge for a few hours or even overnight.

creamy chilled queso dip

As it sits, the flavor develops. The consistency turns into that mousse-like spreadable but still dippable cheese. 

This dip works with tortilla chips, pretzels, crackers, celery or carrot sticks – almost anything. You really can look at it as a spread and/or a dip. Put it on burgers (like I did with pimento cheese here), sandwiches, in pasta or even a casserole. 

It doesn’t look like anything overly special, but you have to try it! Mind = blown. (more…)

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Hot Crab Dip with Old Bay Crostini.

This hot crab dip is super cheesy, flavorful, comforting and perfect for happy hour. Serve with old bay crostini for the perfect spiced crunch! Summertime and the app is crab dip! This hot and cheesy crab dip with fresh lemon and herbs is bright, comforting, flavorful and tastes like SUMMER. It’s the ultimate summer snack […]

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This hot crab dip is super cheesy, flavorful, comforting and perfect for happy hour. Serve with old bay crostini for the perfect spiced crunch!

Summertime and the app is crab dip!

hot crab dip with old bay crostini

This hot and cheesy crab dip with fresh lemon and herbs is bright, comforting, flavorful and tastes like SUMMER.

It’s the ultimate summer snack and I adore it. Give me a chilled glass of white wine and this is my perfect happy hour. 

crab dip ingredients

A few years ago I started making this lobster dip and the funny thing is that the idea really came from a crab dip. My mom used to make a hot crab dip and then I started making my own version. And while I never shared it, I made it with lobster for you after discovering the decadence one new year’s eve.

The lobster version is wonderful, the crab is just as good. Depends on what you love, what you have access to and what you can find at the grocery store! 

old bay crostini

I love to use the good lump crab for this dip. You can most likely find it near your seafood counter in the grocery store – it often comes in 8 or 16 ounce jars and will say lump crab meat. 

P.S. you could totally use half for this dip and then half for a batch of crab mac and cheese. Hello summer snacks.

bowl of crab, herbs, scallions, cheese, lemon zest, garlic

I also love the dip to have lots of fresh lemon zest. It brings a wonderful brightness to the dish that basically screams sunshine. And fresh herbs too. I will use almost any – chives, basil, parsley and thyme are probably my top picks here.

hot crab dip with old bay crostini

This is what you need to make the hot crab dip!

A good lump crabmeat. 

Cream cheese for the base.

A mix of sour cream and mayonnaise. 

Lots of garlic.

Fresh lemon zest for the ultimate citrus zing.

Fresh herbs, like parsley and chives.

Super thinly sliced scallions. They’re so good in here.

A mix of cheddar and gruyere cheese. OMG.

A drop of dijon, a sprinkle of dill and a hint of chili flakes.

hot crab dip with old bay crostini

Oh my gosh. THIS IS HEAVENLY.

Seriously it tastes like a delicious app you’d get at a restaurant on the beach. It’s rich and decadent so a little bit goes a long way. Perfect for a party or a crowd, or just for a nice happy hour or small dinner party at home. Everyone LOVES it. You can head to instagram today to see me make it.

Oh and don’t forget the old bay crostini!

This is nothing groundbreaking. It’s a baguette, sliced and spread with butter and then sprinkled with old bay. Baked until golden and toasty and warm and crunchy. Ideal for dunking in a hot and cheesy dip. (more…)

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Tiramisu Dip

10 minutes is all you need to whip up this delicious Tiramisu Dessert Dip! Much quicker than an original Tiramisu
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10 minutes is all you need to whip up this delicious Tiramisu Dessert Dip! Much quicker than an original Tiramisu

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Smoky Chipotle Layered Taco Dip.

Here’s a spin on the classic taco dip! I make a smoky chipotle beef, layer it with beans and sour cream and salsa verde and load it up with toppings for the perfect layered taco dip. It’s so delicious! Raise your hand if you’d like to eat layered taco dip for dinner! Or let’s be […]

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Here’s a spin on the classic taco dip! I make a smoky chipotle beef, layer it with beans and sour cream and salsa verde and load it up with toppings for the perfect layered taco dip. It’s so delicious!

Raise your hand if you’d like to eat layered taco dip for dinner!

smoky chipotle layered taco dip

Or let’s be real – just about every single meal. It is the best.

Sign me up for bottomless chips, margaritas and a plate of this deliciousness. I am a happy girl! 

seasoned taco ground beef

This is my slightly elevated version of the layered taco dip that we all grew up eating and loved so much.

You know – beans, sour cream, guac, olives, tomatoes? That one?

I do like that one, but I make one that we like a little more. Especially Eddie, considering the guac and olives are a no go for him. 

This version is a bit more satisfying, a little fancier and kind of even reminds me of my turkey taco nacho skillet

refried beans + sour cream + salsa verde

I can’t even express how good this is! It is SO flavorful, the perfect party plate and something you’ll want to make over and over. Game day, BBQ, dinner party – the works! Make it for all the things. 

This dip has lots of texture, tons of flavor and looks super pretty on a plate too. I like to serve it on a platter where you can actually see some of the layers and colors, but you could throw it in a baking dish too! 

smoky chipotle layered taco dip

This is how we layer!

I start with the classic refried beans layer. I LOVE refried beans. They make the best base layer, especially because they are heavier than everything else. 

Next, I do a layer of sour cream and salsa verde, combined. YES. This is so super delicious. I simply stir together some salsa verde and sour cream and spread it on top of the refried beans.

The next layer is our smoky chipotle ground beef. You could do ground turkey, chicken or even a plant based version. I sprinkle it all over the sour cream. This is amazing for the texture and of course, flavor. 

smoky chipotle layered taco dip

Cheese! Sharp cheddar is my go-to, but you can choose your favorite here. What do you love on a taco? Grate it and sprinkle it all over the beef layer. 

Then it’s time to load on the toppings. I like to do tomatoes, then shredded lettuce, some cilantro and green onions. I kind of toss it all together and throw it on.

Finally, pickled onions for the win! You know I can’t live without these. Pretty pink color and a wonderful tangy bite. They are one of my most favorite ingredients of all time. 

smoky chipotle layered taco dip

Because I make this for get-togethers, I usually skip an avocado layer. I KNOW! I know that sounds crazy. There are a few reasons for that. First, I just don’t love store-bought guac. I can’t ever get into it. And that’s what people usually use for the guac layer.

And second, I like to prep this ahead of time or let it sit for a bit and the avocado browning just brings down the vibe. I like to keep it vibrant and pretty!

smoky chipotle layered taco dip

When I add avocado, I just cube it and sprinkle it on top with the lettuce and scallions and tomatoes right before serving. 

And the other option I love is to serve a bowl of guac on the side so you have the best of both worlds. Layered taco dip AND guac. No need to play favorites here. 

Serve this with lots of chips, an icy beer or a margarita on the rocks. HEAVEN.  (more…)

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Our Favorite Ranch Dressing Recipe!

This ranch dressing recipe is our absolute favorite! You can use a base of greek yogurt or sour cream, dried herbs or fresh herbs and it has a touch of smoky flavor. It’s incredible!  Say hello to my all-time favorite ranch recipe. EVER! Yes, this is the only ranch dressing you need. This ranch made […]

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This ranch dressing recipe is our absolute favorite! You can use a base of greek yogurt or sour cream, dried herbs or fresh herbs and it has a touch of smoky flavor. It’s incredible! 

Say hello to my all-time favorite ranch recipe. EVER! Yes, this is the only ranch dressing you need.

homemade ranch dressing recipe

This ranch made its first appearance in my cookbook Everyday Dinners. I’ve shared it in a few different recipes, but it’s buried inside those recipes and since I use it so often, I wanted a landing page for just.the.ranch.

It deserves it!

fresh herbs, yogurt, mayo in a food processor

In Everyday Dinners, I have a Sauces & Dressings chapter and it is my lifeline. It’s basically my fridge essentials chapter. The chapter consists of tons of different vinaigrettes (chili lime! balsamic!), creamy dressings (green goddess! strawberry black pepper!), sauces (tahini! avocado!) and things I keep in the fridge like garlic confit, tomato confit, pickled onions and more. 

I LOVE this chapter because prepping one or two of these recipes for the week and storing them in the fridge totally changes the game for all meals. The options add so much versatility to regular weeknight meals. They elevate leftovers and make lunches feel “special.” You know? 

homemade ranch dressing ingredients

Anyway!

My ranch recipe also lives in that chapter and boy oh boy is a popular one around here.

This is so much more than a dressing! It’s a dip. A spread. Even a drizzle. It makes everything taste incredible, but doesn’t overwhelm foods with ranch flavor.

homemade ranch dressing recipe

Okay want to hear something crazy? I never cared for ranch dressing growing up. Honestly – I would still probably not buy a bottle of it. I never dipped (or dip?) pizza crust in ranch. I never dipped veggies in ranch or drizzled it on anything. 

Pretty sure that stems from my parents who never had ranch in the house. My mom would make salads with dinner but they are very big balsamic/oil and vinegar/house italian dressing people. And very much into blue cheese crumbles instead of ranch.

Not that it has to be one or the other, but it often is. 

I wasn’t super into ranch until I started making this ranch. OH MY WORD.

homemade ranch dressing recipe

Here’s what I love about this ranch dressing recipe:

  • You can use dried herbs or fresh herbs. Totally depends on the season and what you have. The general rule is that one tablespoon of fresh herbs equals one teaspoon of dried herbs. So they definitely have different measurements and I have that listed for you below! I’ve made this a million times with both fresh and dried, so I’m including my favorite way. If you want more herbs, feel free to add them. Fresh herbs may make the dressing a bit more green in color! 
  • Plain greek yogurt or sour cream work. Either is fine – it is your preference! Base it on what you have in the fridge. 
  • I use a pinch of smoked paprika in this recipe, regardless of whether I’m using dried or fresh herbs. It adds the best hint of smokiness. If you don’t have this, I would just omit paprika completely. No need to use traditional paprika. 
  • The mayo in this recipe is necessary. It helps cut the tang from the yogurt or sour cream and makes a huge difference. I don’t suggest skipping it! If you leave it out, this will be overly tangy and not taste like traditional ranch. 

homemade ranch dressing recipe on chicken meatballs

And let’s talk about my favorite way to make this!

I use my nutribullet. It’s amazing. I use the nutribullet nearly everyday to make vinaigrettes or my favorite mini sauces for recipes. I occasionally use it for smoothies, but I always use it for dressings like this. It is easy and foolproof!

It’s the best on my ranch chicken meatballs, potato chip crusted chicken fingers and broccoli and my grilled sweet potatoes.

So that is how I make our favorite ranch… and now please have it in your fridge at all times! (more…)

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Tuna Dip

This easy and creamy tuna dip recipe is done in minutes and can be made hot or cold. As an
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This easy and creamy tuna dip recipe is done in minutes and can be made hot or cold. As an

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

This hot Spinach Artichoke Dip is rich, creamy, and cheesy, baked with a buttery panko topping for extra flavor and texture. This homemade version is sure to rival even your favorite restaurant’s dip! This post is sponsored by Challenge Butter. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make My Baking Addiction possible. Confession: …

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This hot Spinach Artichoke Dip is rich, creamy, and cheesy, baked with a buttery panko topping for extra flavor and texture. This homemade version is sure to rival even your favorite restaurant’s dip!

Overhead view of spoon dishing out spinach artichoke dip from a skillet

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Confession: Artichokes are not my jam. I’ll generally avoid them, unless it’s in one very specific dish: Spinach Artichoke Dip.

Put a bowl of warm Spinach Artichoke Dip in front of me and I will ignore all other foods. It’s just me, the dip, and whatever I’m using as a dipper – chips, bread, veggies, they’re all welcome here.

It’s one of my favorite things to order as an appetizer when I’m at a restaurant, but I decided I wanted to be able to enjoy it any time, so it was time to come up with my own version.

This dip is easy to prep ahead of time and will disappear quickly, whether you’re serving it as a dinner party appetizer, part of a game-day spread alongside Buffalo Chicken Dip and Baked Potato Dip, or as a movie-night snack.

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Loaded Baked Potato Dip

A good chip dip is a must for any game-day spread. This Loaded Baked Potato Dip is filled with all of the ingredients that go on top of a baked potato and is delicious with potato chips or even waffle fries! You know I love a good chip dip. My buffalo chicken dip is a …

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A good chip dip is a must for any game-day spread. This Loaded Baked Potato Dip is filled with all of the ingredients that go on top of a baked potato and is delicious with potato chips or even waffle fries!

Bowl of baked potato dip on a white platter next to chips and fresh veggies

You know I love a good chip dip. My buffalo chicken dip is a staple around here, and french onion dip is a must.

When I shared my homemade ranch dip, I got to thinking about ways I could make it even better.

One popular dip here in the Midwest is Top the Tater. They’re known for making dips that are perfect on baked potatoes — so of course I had to make my own ideal version of loaded baked potato dip!

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