There’s just something completely soul-satisfying about dipping veggies, chips, and even fruit into a luscious and tasty dip. Dips are so versatile, whether savory or sweet. And you can use them for more than a dip. Along with my list of 20 Divine Dip Recipes, I’ll include some novel ways to use them.
Cream cheese, mayo, tomatoes, red or green peppers, oh, the list goes on. Most of these babies can be thrown together in about 10 minutes.
Want an easy appetizer for the holidays or game day?
Slice up some veggies real quick and kick them up a notch with a super simple dip. Open a bag of plain potato chips and make them extra special with a Ranch or French Onion dip.
Wanna give your fruit a special twist?
How about cream cheese frosting with some ground cinnamon and cloves sprinkled over it?
On the rare occasion that I can kick back with my son, we love to watch a good movie and munch on crunchies. I’ve collected my favorite sweet and savory dip recipes that make giving in to the munchies a lot more fun.
The healthiest dip recipe is up for debate. Some say Hummus is the healthiest, while others lean toward Tzatziki if they use Greek yogurt. While it may not be the healthiest, Spinach Artichoke Dip is pretty close. I mean, how can you go wrong with spinach and artichokes?
Honestly, this question is a little bit dangerous. There are so many different points of view, and it’s really not worth arguing about. You smother your food with a sauce, and you stick your food in a dip. That aside, many dip and sauce recipes can be used interchangeably.
I love this question. Really!
Let’s start with using them on sandwiches instead of plain mayo. Then on pasta for a great pasta salad. I love to toss a couple of tablespoons of chimichurri in my rice just before serving. A topping on pizza instead of regular pizza sauce. Spice up a stew or soup. A pick-me-up for roasted veggies. And I’m just getting started!😉
The 20 Divine Dip Recipes Countdown
Variety is the spice of life. Having a good selection of dip and sauce recipes is a real lifesaver. Did you know that you can take the same old boring recipe, add an incredible dip or sauce, and you have a brand new flavor sensation in your weekly rotation?
The flavorful, really smoky salmon is so delicious and just lingers in your mouth. And it’s real salmon meat with cream cheese and incredible spices!
This dip recipe is so much better and cheaper than store-bought. It goes so well on crackers, veggies (especially celery sticks), and toasted bread, like my No-Knead Bread.
Usually, it’s still good after 2-3 days if it gets refrigerated soon enough. I have stretched it to five, and it was fine, but I wouldn’t go longer than that. And oh, it kinda firms up when refrigerated. So bring it to room temperature first, give it a little gentle stir before serving.
Homemade African Pepper Sauce is primarily made with habanero, garlic, onion, basil, and other interesting spices.
It’s such a versatile sauce that it can be used as a condiment, dip, or appetizer enhancer. There is just something about pepper sauce that takes a dish from bland and boring to flavorful and addictive. Puff puff isn’t the same without it.
This sauce made with fresh ingredients will last 5 days to a week if properly stored in the fridge. You can also freeze or can it if you’d like to make a big batch and have it around longer.
People go crazy over Buffalo chicken dip. And can you blame them? This awesome recipe has everything you want in a dip. It’s creamy, cheesy, and spicy with boatloads of shredded chicken in the mix.
It goes perfect with tortilla chips, sliced baguettes, or veggies for game days, gatherings, or simply for movie nights. Think of your favorite Buffalo chicken wings in the form of a dip. Finger-licking good!
Any time you cook with animal products, you need to be a little more careful about storage. This awesome dip recipe will last in the fridge for 2-3 days because it has cream cheese. Outside the fridge at room temperature, it will last for about 2 hours.
This creamy and tangy HOMEMADE TARTAR SAUCE is packed with so many flavors and tastes so much better than bottled tartar sauce.
No matter what the occasion is, I want a bottle of tartar sauce in my fridge. Trust me, snacking is my weakness, and I always love some dips to go with what I’m munching on.
What’s even better, this Tartar Sauce lasts up to seven (7) days when stored properly in the refrigerator. Just make sure to store it in a jar or anything with a lid to keep it fresh.
This hot pepper sauce here has a tropically sweet spin to it. Yes, mango and pineapple are used here not only to sweeten things up but also to calm down the hot-headed pepper.
Because it has no animal products in it, this amazing Caribbean Pepper Sauce can last up to three months in the fridge. Some people say it will last longer, thanks to the vinegar. I wouldn’t know because it’s always gone before then.
Remoulade sauce is an awesome sauce with French roots. It’s mayo-based with mixtures of herbs, pickles, and anchovy, closely resembling a tartar sauce, and just as versatile. Anything that loves to be dunked in tartar sauce will love this one, too. My personal favorite is fried pickles. Yes, you read right! Hey, don’t knock it til you try it 😉.
I know what you’re thinking! Caramel sauce isn’t a dip because I pour it over ice cream. Think again, dahling.
Heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla combine for the perfect dip for apple and pear slices. Actually, just about any fruit will feel privileged to bathe in this scrumptious caramel dip. Not to mention graham crackers dipped in caramel and then dipped in a cold refreshing glass of milk. Ooooh, and pretzels! Oh my! Talk about salty-sweet perfection.
And no need to worry about this baby going bad on you fast. It will last in the fridge for up to a month and in the freezer for three months. Just warm it up a little after taking it out of the fridge because it will be stiff.
Chickpeas blended with roasted garlic, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and cumin can even make a complete meal. You won’t be able to go back to the store-bought stuff after you this hummus dip.
This incredible dip recipe will last for a week in the fridge, and you can freeze it. I also like to put a thin layer of olive oil on top to help preserve it longer.
9. Bean Dip
Bean Dip is famous for its Tex-Mex origin. Unlike regular bean salsa, the beans are pureed into a smooth consistency along with the rest of the ingredients like green chiles, cream cheese, cheese, and jalapeno, among others. The perfect dipping tool is homemade tortilla chips. Yum!
What makes this dip crazy good is the authentic Taco Seasoning for that exciting Mexican flavor profile that will keep you coming back for more.
This Cheesy Bean Dip is perfect for making in advance. Just prepare according to the recipe instructions, then cover and refrigerate until about half an hour before you’re ready to bake it.
That half-hour lets it warm up, so it doesn’t go into shock when you put it in the oven. After it’s cooked, it can last for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
This perfectly creamy cheesy and super satisfying fan-favorite dip loaded with spinach, artichoke hearts, cream cheese, sour cream, and layers of cheeses is a temptation worth not resisting. No wonder it always disappears so fast at parties and holiday gatherings!
My fave way of eating this popular dip recipe is toasted no-knead bread slices.
And yes, you can definitely make this super dip recipe the day ahead. Just cover with foil or cling wrap and refrigerate. Bring it out so it can come to room temperature for about 30 minutes, and pop that baby in the oven. Don’t forget to remove the foil!
Leftovers (if there are any) will last properly stored in the fridge for four to five days.
11. Beer Cheese Dip
A smooth, creamy, and thick dip with a hint of heat uses just a handful of ingredients and requires little to no effort to make. A must-have for game nights, football parties, or when you have friends coming over.
Let this easy cheese dip recipe cool down first before transferring it to an airtight container. Then it will last in the fridge for 3-4 days.
And when serving, simply reheat it in the microwave or over the stovetop on low heat, constantly stirring, until heated through. I wish it froze well, but alas, it doesn’t. So make it fresh and enjoy it for all it’s worth.
12. Fruit Dip
OMG, I could eat this creamy, delicious, sweet yet tangy fruit dip all by itself.
With just a few simple ingredients and 5 minutes, you’ll have the perfect dip to go with your fruit trays. The summery flavors are so refreshing and delicious.
This scrumptious dip recipe will last properly stored in the fridge for up to a week. I wish it froze well, but it’s so versatile and yummy that I don’t usually have enough left over to matter. On the rare occasion, there is some leftover, I mix it all together for an incredible fruit salad.
13. Refried Beans
These cool beans make the perfect dip. Refried beans, or frijoles refritos in Mexico, are made with cooked beans, then sauteed with some mouthwatering spices and seasonings, and added with water before it’s mashed thoroughly.
The spices and creamy textures of mashed pinto beans are so satisfying. Lard makes them better, but if you’re worried about fat, they’re really good with olive oil
They can be made the day before, and leftovers can be stored in the fridge for three or four days. Yes, you can freeze them for up to three months.
14. Pico de Gallo
What’s Mexican food without Pico de Gallo? I love the name; it means rooster’s bill. One of my favorite sauces served at Mexican restaurants is this delicious cilantro-laden sauce with fresh chunky tomatoes and jalapeños.
This is not a salsa you want to make ahead. It’s best freshly made. However, you can store leftovers for up to three or four days in the fridge.
This incredible green sauce (dip) originated in Uruguay and Argentina. This drool-worthy sauce will take your grilled meat dinner to another level.
This easy dip recipe (yes, I know it says sauce) is a super easy condiment made of finely chopped parsley, garlic, onion, vinegar, oregano, and other spices. You can have this ready in just 10 minutes, no cooking. I also love it on tostones.
Red wine vinegar helps this sauce last longer than others. You can store this chimichurri sauce in the fridge for as long as two weeks, provided that it’s well-covered.
I add a little olive oil to help it keep longer, too. This sauce can get darker over time, but that doesn’t affect the delicious flavor.
So I wanted a dip to go with taro chips and could not think of a better one than corn dip. If you can’t find fresh corn, frozen will work, too.
In this incredible dip recipe, fresh corn is the star with some heat from the jalapeno, garlic, and, of course, cheesy goodness that makes this dip oh so delicious.
The cheese makes this dip incredible, but it does shorten it’s lifespan. It will keep in the fridge for up to a week. If you want to freeze it, leave out the cheese until after you thaw it and are ready to serve.
17. Spinach Dip
This spinach dip here is one of the easiest dips to make, and you probably have all the ingredients sitting in your pantry and fridge or freezer.
No seasoning pouch is needed to elevate the flavors in this easy dip. Homemade is always best!
Sour cream, cream cheese, parmesan, and mozzarella give this dip recipe a pleasant tartness and slight sweetness and lots of umami. My homemade Creole seasoning makes it all better.
Spinach dip has a fairly short lifespan and doesn’t freeze well. Try to use it up within two or three days. I know, that won’t be a problem.😉
18. Pimento Cheese
Pimento peppers are bright red heart-shaped sweet peppers that are around 3-4 inches long and 2-3 inches wide. They are very mild, sweet, and flavorful. They add a sweet pepper flavor to this pimento cheese dip that is irresistible. You can usually find them in most grocery stores close the olives.
The nice thing about this dip recipe is that it has a longer lifespan. It can last up to two weeks in the fridge. I’m saying what I’ve been told because, honestly, it’s never lasted long enough at my house to prove if that’s true or not.
19. Tzatziki Sauce
Because of the cucumbers and yogurt, this dip goes south fast. I try to use it up within a few days, four at the most.
20. Cocktail Sauce
Oh my, this sauce is so addictive. There’s something about a hint of horseradish that makes any dip or sauce a whole lot better.
Cocktail sauce is often served with seafood. It is a simple sauce that combines ketchup, chili sauce, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and prepared horseradish. And yes, it’s a little on the spicy side. Yum!
This vegan-friendly sauce has no animal-based ingredients, so it lasts a little longer than most dips. It will last at least two weeks if properly stored.