How to Make Dip shows you how to make many easy cold homemade dip recipes for everything from dips for chips, bread, wings, crackers and vegetables.
Browse through the many easy and delicious recipes below and you’ll never settle for store-bought dips again! You’ll see just how easy it is to make tasty homemade dips perfect for any palette.
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- Quick Blue Cheese Dip
- Creamy Blue Cheese Dip
- Buttermilk Ranch Dip (looking for dips for chips? Consider this one!)
- Caesar Parmesan Dip
- Easy Vegetable Dip – Cream Cheese Dip for Crackers
- Easy Savory Vegetable Dip
- Creamy Herb Dip
- Creamy Horseradish Dip
- Chipotle Lime Dip
- Dill Dip
- Honey Mustard Dip
- Honey Mustard Mayo
- Garlic Mayo
- Chipotle Mayo
- Spicy Mayo Sauce
- Copycat Neiman Marcus Dip (Million Dollar Dip)
- Caramelized Onion Dip
- Slow Roasted Onion Bacon Dip
- Easy Fruit Dip
- Spicy Harissa Aioli Sauce
- Avocado Aioli
- Wasabi Aioli
- Lemon Garlic Aioli
- Truffle Aioli
- Copycat Taco Bell Avocado Ranch Sauce
- Copycat Taco Bell Salsa Verde
- Copycat Taco Bell Diablo Sauce
- Buffalo Ranch Sauce
- Copycat McDonald’s Buffalo Sauce
- Burger King Buffalo Sauce
- Vegan Buffalo Sauce
Quick Dip Tricks
Most homemade dips have two general instructions.
First, chop ingredients and mix together (some recipes will call for heating or melting ingredients together but it’s the same general premise).
Second, mix the rest of the ingredients in.
Many people assume homemade dipping recipes like this are difficult or require a lot of strange ingredients so they never attempt it. But you’re here, which means you are ready for a challenge.
And the amazing part is, you’ll realize there’s nothing difficult about making homemade dip. In fact, you’ll wonder why you avoided it for so long!
Here are some additional quick tricks:
- For chopping or mincing, a food processor will make this step much quicker!
- Need a warm dip to stay warm? Use a slow cooker or fondue pot
- Many dip recipes begin with a dairy base (such as sour cream or cream cheese) but you can easily swap these ingredients for dairy-free substitutes
- Most cold dips should be chilled in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving—they just taste better!
- Serving a fruit dip? Keep your fruit from browning by squeezing a bit of lemon juice over it
How Long Does Homemade Dip Last?
If you’re making a dairy-based recipe then it will keep in the refrigerator for about three to four days.
While it’s possible to freeze dairy-based dips made with sour cream, yogurt, mayonnaise, cream cheese, etc., it is not recommended as they don’t typically freeze well and it affects the quality and could impact its texture.
What Makes a Dip?
Dips are easy to confuse with sauce so this is a great question! A dip, also known as dipping sauce (see? Confusing!) is any type of thick sauce you dunk your food into.
A sauce, on the other hand, is typically thinner and poured over food rather than dipped into.
What is the Most Popular Dip in North America?
This answer changes based on region but in general, french onion dip is the most popular dip when paired with potato chips or vegetables while salsa and guacamole are the preferred dip for tortilla chips.
Best Homemade Dip Recipes
Best Dips include all our favorite homemade dip recipes, including the following:
These easy Quick Dip recipes are for everything from wings to vegetables and so much more.
Double-dipping is of course optional. ?
There are more than 15 of our favorite delicious homemade dips recipes in total, and I’ll likely add more of them as I go.
If the dip is tasty and I can give you a recipe, this is exactly where you’ll find it.
If you’re in the mood for a simple snack to enjoy on a Saturday night to watch a movie with or need some appetizers to feed a crowd for the holidays or a sporting event, one of the easiest things to do is make a homemade dip.
A Great Way to Add Flavor
Dips are wonderful because they add flavor to so many foods. Everything from crackers and chips to carrots and celery. They can be as expensive or inexpensive as you want them to be.
Myself, I prefer cheap and cheerful, whenever possible, and these dips are pretty reasonably priced overall and simply oh so tasty. Each and every homemade dip recipe in their own so special way.
Have I got some dips for you! Perfect served with everything from wings and drumsticks to vegetable sticks. These dips are so good and definitely worth a try.
Ideally, prepare your homemade dip the day before or much earlier in the day so it has a chance to set inside your fridge. The flavors will totally blend together and your dip will have an excellent, thick consistency.
You will be so glad you did.
I highly recommend allowing your homemade dip to set inside your fridge for at least an hour before adding any additional salt or pepper. A little tends to go a long way and as the flavors blend together you don’t want there to be too much of any one ingredient.
Super Easy Appetizers
I LOVE all of these super easy appetizer recipes and you will too. These easy cold dip recipes are perfect for any occasion from movie night to entertaining a crowd.
I have to admit that I almost always use sour cream to make these dips. I usually have sour cream in the house and rarely have Greek yogurt, otherwise I would use it myself.
I just love making homemade dips. Being in control of every ingredient is super important. I’m always tasting along the way just to be sure.
I’m grateful to own a dishwasher with all of the spoons I use throughout the entire cooking process. You would laugh. My husband always does.
Easy Cold Dip Recipes
We love these easy cold dip recipes and have been making them for so long. Always such a simple way to enjoy a snack or impress company. Always a huge hit at potlucks and parties.
I’m always asked for recipes. Every time I serve it.
How to Make a Dip
The most important issue you need to know when learning how to make a dip recipe, especially a cold dip, is the need to make them ahead of time.
These easy cold dip recipes all need to be refrigerated for at least two hours before serving.
Creamy dips need time for all of the flavors to meld together. The only way to achieve this is to allow your homemade dips to sit in an airtight container in your fridge for a couple hours.
You will be so glad you made these dips ahead of time.
Dips for Chips, Bread and Crackers
But that doesn’t answer your pressing question!
The truth is, the best dips for chips really is in the eye of the beholder. What do your tastebuds love? There’s a dip-chip pairing for that.
Because dips for chips aren’t limited. At all. The options are endless!
When choosing dips for chips, bread and crackers, consider the flavor palette you’re presenting.
Consider these pairing suggestions when choosing dips for chips
- Roasted Onion Bacon Dip with potato chips
- Buttermilk Ranch Dip with sweet potato chips
- Copycat Neiman Marcus Dip with tortilla chips
- Creamy Herb Dip with pita chips
- Honey Mustard Mayo with pretzel chips
- Chipotle Lime Dip with sweet potato fries
- Tzatziki with plantain chips
- Chipotle Mayo with Fritos
This dip recipe is what we call fast and fabulous. After all these years I can’t understand why it tastes so good. It is a favorite of my husband’s and I can almost guarantee you will like it too.
Everyone does that tries it. I have never seen anything like it before.
The most classic pairing for blue cheese dip is with wings but this fantastic dip doesn’t have to be limited! It also makes a great veggie dip as long as you’re good with this unique, sharp, and salty taste.
This recipe tastes just like a classic blue cheese dip. Better than any store-bought we have ever tasted. If you love blue cheese you will love this dip.
Ranch is a popular flavor in North America so you’ve likely tried it before, even if you haven’t made it yourself yet. This buttermilk-based recipe has a combination of ingredients including salt, garlic, onion, herbs, and spices, mixed into an oil-based sauce such as mayonnaise.
This dip is definitely a personal favorite of mine. I am capable of eating this entire batch of dip with just a few carrots or chicken wings. Best dip EVER in my opinion.
I believe it is worth buying a small jar of anchovy fillets, just to try this dip. You should know that the anchovy fillets add INCREDIBLE flavor and completely disintegrate in the dip.
I really hope you will give this dip a try.
I think I have been making this cream cheese dip for crackers for almost thirty years. I thought about updating it but then I figure why? It’s perfect just as it is. This sweet and tangy dip is the perfect pairing with any vegetable you can think of.
This is the easiest dip on earth to make. It takes less than a handful of ingredients and one step to make, and it pairs beautifully with every vegetable I have ever tried with it.
I still can’t decide whether I like this dip better with cream cheese or without. Both ways are super tasty though and oh so good. And as far as dips for chips go, this one is a winning recipe.
This homemade dip is so easy to make! All you have to do is mix the ingredients in a bowl. Although, you definitely want to make it in advance (perhaps while your prime rib is cooking? Just a suggestion!) and chill it in the fridge before serving.
While this is great as far as dips for chips go, Chipotle Lime Dip really shines when paired with sweet potato fries. Try it, you’ll see!
Homemade dill dip is perfect to serve with your favorite vegetables like grape or cherry tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, sweet bell peppers, carrots, celery and green onions.
This healthy honey mustard dipping sauce is packed with honey mustard flavor and nothing else. This flavorful sauce is perfect for pretzels, chicken fingers, nuggets, or even a sandwich topping.
This honey mustard mayo dip is terrific. My husband uses three tablespoons of honey and two tablespoons of mustard. I do the complete opposite.
This delicious garlic mayo is absolutely delicious. Creamy and tangy, it’s the perfect dip for everything from onion rings to potato wedges, and it makes a great sandwich spread or topping for burgers, dogs, and more.
This chipotle mayo is the perfect combination of cool, creamy, and spicy. It’s perfect for dipping or as a sandwich topping.
Spicy mayo sauce only takes 3 ingredients, but the flavor is amazing. This delicious homemade spicy mayo makes the perfect creamy, spicy dip or sandwich topping.
This copycat Neiman Marcus Million Dollar Dip is loaded with all the flavors we love about this famous dip. This Neiman Marcus cheese dip looks and tastes fancy, but it’s super easy to make.
This caramelized onion dip recipe is rich, creamy, and loaded with the sweetness of perfectly caramelized onions. This flavorful dip is delicious and deliciously easy to make.
Slow roasted onion dip with bacon combines the sweetness of roasted onions with the salty goodness of bacon! This roasted onion dip recipe is loaded with rich flavors that everyone will love.
You may have heard of tzatziki sauce if you’ve ever eaten Greek food. If you’re like me, you’ll order extra to dip your pita, chicken, pork, or lamb in!
But even if you’ve never heard of it, you’re about to be introduced to something wonderful. An amazing creamy cold dip made with Greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, olive oil, and at times, a few other common ingredients.
Perfect for serving with pita bread, chips, crackers, your favorite vegetables, and cooked meats, from chicken to fish to pork.
This three-ingredient easy fruit dip is a definite keeper. Full of cream cheese, yogurt, and marshmallow fluff, this fruit dip recipe will not disappoint.
If you need an amazingly flavorful, creamy, and simple dip for your fruit, you have come to the right place. Ready, using a few ingredients, in just a few minutes.
Fiery hot harissa is mixed with mayonnaise to make this spicy Harissa aioli. It makes a delightful dip for fries or as a flavorful sauce for burgers and sandwiches. All you need are four simple ingredients to make it!
This creamy avocado aioli makes a delicious creamy dip or sauce to serve with a variety of meals. It mixes up in less than five minutes in one bowl with only a fork or spoon. The flavor is slightly spicy and tangy from the lemon juice making it a great addition to flavor up your meals.
This basil aioli recipe is rich, creamy, and loaded with the zesty flavors of basil, garlic, and lemon. It’s a great dip or sauce for almost anything.
Wasabi aioli is a simple mixture of wasabi powder and mayonnaise that mixes up quickly and adds an exciting zing to your food! Use wasabi sauce to add flavor to salads, sandwiches, meal prep lunch bowls and so much more!
Lemon garlic aioli is a zesty sauce that pairs wonderfully with all kinds of dishes. The zesty citrus and garlic pairing combine perfectly with the rich, creaminess of the aioli to create a sauce that really hits the spot.
This white truffle aioli recipe is so zesty and creamy. A rich base of may and sour cream is infused with white truffle oil, garlic, and lemon zest for an earthy, tangy sauce that’s perfect with so many foods
This copycat Big Mac sauce has all the sweet and tangy flavor that we love on the classic McDonald’s sandwich. It’s easy to make, and it might even be better than the original!
Copycat Taco Bell avocado ranch sauce gives us all the flavor we love in this delicious condiment but better! This homemade version is so rich and creamy, and it goes well with almost anything.
This delicious copycat Taco Bell Verde sauce is loaded with everything we love about the original. Tomatillos, onions, peppers, garlic, herbs, and more come together to create a flavorful, spicy condiment that’s perfect for all of your favorite Mexican foods.
This copycat Taco Bell diablo sauce delivers all the blistering heat and flavor of the original, and it’s so easy to make! Three kinds of peppers and spices come together to create our favorite super hot taco sauce!
Buffalo ranch sauce combines the flavors of buffalo wing sauce with creamy ranch dressing. An easy-to-make homemade sauce with vibrant spicy flavors and creamy texture you can use as a dip or sauce on sandwiches.
If you’re a fan of McDonald’s buffalo sauce, now you can make it at home in a matter of minutes! This copycat buffalo sauce is easy to prepare and makes the perfect dipping sauce for crispy chicken tenders, nuggets and so much more!
This copycat Burger King buffalo sauce recipe is even better than the original. Rich, creamy, and spicy, this sauce is perfect on burgers, dogs, with wings, and almost anything else you can think of.
Do love eating spicy food? This vegan buffalo sauce makes the perfect way to add heat to your food. It’s made with only four simple ingredients and takes about five minutes to prepare!! It’s a delicious addition to drizzle over roasted vegetables or to serve up with your favorite cauliflower wings.
Whether you’re looking for dips for chips, a creamy dipping sauce for your wings, or a new recipe to try on crackers or bread, I know you’ll find something you love here.