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Cream Cheese Dip with Bacon and Onion

This easy, tasty cream cheese dip with bacon and onion has incredible flavor, and is the perfect easy-to-make appetizer for parties and potlucks. Sometimes called “crack dip,” it’s not uncommon for guests to scrape the bowl clean and beg for the recipe!

If you like the flavor of classic French onion dip, you’ll love the flavor of golden brown, caramelized onions in this dip. By blending cream cheese and sour cream (no mayo), you get the most creamy base for the addition of cheddar cheese and crispy, crunchy, amazing bacon.

Cream cheese dip with bacon and onion in a white serving bowl, surrounded by ruffle potato chips.

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Why You’ll Go Hog Wild for This Recipe

This easy party appetizer takes just 35 minutes to make.

Your guests will love the combination of the creamiest dip loaded with crumbled cooked bacon, caramelized onions, and melting cheddar cheese!

You can easily double this recipe for bigger crowds.

It’s easy to make ahead of time. Just warm it before serving with your favorite dippers (see ideas below), and enjoy the party!

Ingredients and Substitutions

Shredded cheddar cheese, onion, sour cream, chopped chives, pepper, cream cheese and bacon on a cutting board.

From the top, here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese – We like sharp cheddar in this recipe, but you can use medium, Colby, or whatever you like.

1 large onion – A sweet onion like Vidalia adds especially nice flavor, but any onion will work fine.

2 cups sour cream – We used full fat sour cream in this recipe, but feel free to use low-fat if you prefer. You can also substitute Greek yogurt for some or all of the sour cream if you like.

Chopped chives – For extra flavor as a garnish. You can use chopped green onions if you prefer, or skip this.

4 ounces cream cheese – Philadelphia cream cheese is always a favorite, but you can use store brand, too.

freshly ground black pepper

1 pound bacon – You can used smoked or unsmoked, cured or uncured, thick or regular sliced. It’s totally up to you!

Equipment Needed

Here’s what you’ll need to prepare this recipe:

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife or kitchen scissors to chop bacon
  • A large skillet for frying bacon and cooking onion
  • A slotted spoon for removing the bacon from the pan
  • Paper towels for draining bacon
  • A spatula for combining ingredients
  • A serving bowl

Step by Step Instructions

Cut the bacon in 1/2-inch pieces, using a sharp knife or kitchen shears.

A pile of chopped bacon and a knife on a cutting board.

Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until it’s golden brown, about 10 minutes.

Chopped cooked bacon in a black cast iron skillet with a slotted spoon scooping it out.

Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat. (We always strain and keep bacon drippings, a.k.a. “liquid gold,” for cooking and baking; do you? Here’s more info about what to do with bacon grease.)

Use a slotted spoon to drain the cooked bacon on a double layer of paper towels.

A pile of golden brown cooked chopped bacon draining on a white paper towel.

Cook the chopped onion in the bacon pan drippings over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until they are golden brown.

Golden brown fried chopped onions in a skillet.

To easily soften cream cheese, warm it in the microwave in a heatproof dish. Use 50% power and heat in 15-second increments until it stirs easily.

In a serving dish, combine the sour cream and softened cream cheese until smooth.

A red spatula combining softened cream cheese and sour cream in a white bowl.

Sprinkle in the shredded cheese and stir to combine.

Shredded cheddar cheese being stirred into a white bowl containing sour cream and cream cheese.

Next, add the warm caramelized onions and stir until blended.

Caramelized cooked chopped onions being added to a bowl of cream cheese dip with a red spatula.

Add most of the cooked, drained bacon bits, saving a handful for garnish.

Golden brown cooked chopped bacon being added to a bowl of cream cheese dip with a red spatula.

Stir until well blended.

Cream cheese dip with bacon in a white bowl, just combined and ready to be garnished and served.

Garnish with reserved bacon bits, sprinkle with chopped chives, and serve with your favorite chips.

Finished bowl of cream cheese dip with bacon and caramelized onions, garnished with chopped chives.

Pro Recipe Tips

Make sure the cream cheese is completely softened before combining it with the sour cream. This will help the flavors blend completely.

Add the caramelized onions while they’re still warm. This will make the cheese melt slightly, which makes the dip even better.

Because this hearty dip is loaded with tasty ingredients, sturdy dippers work best. See ideas below!

Recipe Variations

Feel free to add additional ingredients to personalize the flavors of this delicious bacon cream cheese dip to suit your tastebuds!

Here are some ideas for add-ins:

  • One 4 ounce can chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1 or 2 fresh jalapeños, seeded and minced
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ranch dip seasoning
  • A finely minced clove of garlic
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • A dash of your favorite hot sauce

If you prefer a hot dip, you can serve this in a mini crock pot set on Low temperature.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

Leftover dip may be stored in the refrigerator, tightly wrapped, for up to 2 days.

The cream cheese in this dip thickens as it cools, so you’ll want to warm it up before serving. Gently heat the dip in the microwave on medium 50% power for a minute or two, or reheat in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until warm, about 3-4 minutes.

What to Serve with Bacon Cream Cheese Dip

A hand holding a Ruffles potato chip dipping into a bowl of cream cheese bacon onion cheddar dip.

This hearty dip pairs well with sturdy dippers, and there are so many yummy accompaniment possibilities! Here are some of our favorites:

  • Ruffled potato chips
  • Crisp fresh veggies
  • Tortilla chips
  • Seeded crackers
  • Pita chips
  • Carrot chips
  • Pretzel thins
  • Club crackers
  • Bagel chips
  • Triscuits

Can You Serve Cream Cheese Dip Cold?

When this dip is chilled, it becomes firm. The best way to serve it cold is to roll it like a cheese ball (garnish the outside with more shredded cheese and crumbled bacon) or shape it in a log, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm.

Then, serve with sturdy crackers and a spreading knife.

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Finished bowl of cream cheese dip with bacon and caramelized onions, garnished with chopped chives.

Cream Cheese Dip with Bacon and Onion

Eliza Cross
The creamiest dip is loaded with crumbled cooked bacon, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese and seasonings for the perfect easy party appetizer.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Bacon Appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 403 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound sliced bacon
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • chopped chives, for garnish
  • chips for dipping

Instructions
 

  • Cut the bacon in 1/2-inch pieces, using a sharp knife or kitchen shears.
  • Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until it’s golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  • Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat. (Here’s what to do with bacon grease.) Use a slotted spoon to drain the cooked bacon on a double layer of paper towels.
  • Cook the chopped onion in the bacon pan drippings over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until they are golden brown.
  • Combine the sour cream and softened cream cheese in a serving bowl until smooth.
  • Stir in the shredded cheese and stir to combine. Next, add the caramelized onions and stir until blended.
  • Reserve 2 tablespoons of the cooked bacon for garnish, and stir the rest into the dip mixture.
  • Stir until well blended. Garnish bowl with reserved bacon bits and chopped chives. Serve with chips for dipping. 8 servings.

Notes

Leftover dip may be stored in the refrigerator, tightly wrapped, for up to 2 days. 
The cream cheese in this dip thickens as it cools, so you’ll want to warm it up before serving. Gently heat the dip in the microwave on medium 50% power for a minute or two, or reheat in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until warm, about 3-4 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 403kcalCarbohydrates: 4.7gProtein: 17.2gFat: 35.2gSaturated Fat: 18.5gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 830mgPotassium: 295mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.8gCalcium: 187mgIron: 1mg
Keyword appetizers, cheese, cream cheese, dip, hot dip
Tried this recipe? Show us on IG!Tag us at @BensaBaconLovers!

Got questions? Just ask! I’m happy to help.

If you post your creations on social media, tag #BENSABaconLovers so I can share! Thank you for your support. – Eliza

Nutrition Disclaimer: All nutritional information shared on this site is an approximation. I am not a certified nutritionist, and any nutritional information should be used as a general guideline.

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About Eliza & BENSA

BENSA was founded by bacon expert Eliza Cross, author of more than a dozen cookbooks. She has written three bacon cookbooks including the award-winning Bacon Beans and Beer, the bestselling 101 Things to Do With Bacon, and the popular sequel 101 More Things to Do With Bacon. Learn more about BENSA...

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