Appetizers & Dips

favorite dips for 4th of july & summer bbqs

It’s rare that you come to my house and I don’t have a dip out to share. I don’t know what it is about dips, but I adore them (any and all kinds). I have even been known to chow down on some onion dip with ruffles as my main course for dinner. πŸ˜€ Living my best life.

I even run a “dip-off” quarterly at work. Everyone brings a dip, we eat all the dips for lunch, then we vote and the best dip gets a little award. It’s seriously one of my favorite days.

So in the spirit of the busy summer cook-out season, 4th of July, and my love of all things dippy, I thought I’d share my top 5 dips with y’all! I even ranked them in order, which was crazy difficult because they’re all pretty damn good.

I would LOVE to hear about your go-to dips as I’m always looking to add new ones to my rotation. So comment with them below please!

I hope you try one or all of these and love ’em as much as I do!

#5: Three Cheese + Beer Crock-pot Queso Dip

If I remember correctly, this ended up being a finalist in one of the dip offs I ran at my last company. It’s super easy to make and has that yummy twang of beer flavor that layers in so perfectly when mixed with cheese. How’s that for a description? LOL. It makes sense in my head.

#4: Cousin Sandi’s Black Bean & Corn Dip

This is absolutely one of my go-to dips for summer parties. It’s lighter than some of my other cheese-laden dips so its a refreshing one to serve during the hot summer months. And with ingredients like hearty black beans, cilantro, balsamic vinegar, and lime juice, this here dip just SINGS in a tortilla scoop. I prefer very classy dip vessels.

#3: Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip

My friend Justin introduced me to this recipe 🎡 in the year 2000 🎡 (any Conan fans out there?), and I’ve never tried another spinach artichoke dip recipe since. This is it – this is THE one. I love that it’s just a few, simple ingredients that make a fab + flavorful creamy and delicious dip. I bring this to Christmas every year and it gets gobbled up. Definitely a must-try!

#2: Dog Food Dip

A family classic with such an endearing name! I know, it sounds gross. But you know what, just try it once. I’ve gone through batches of this crazy good goop at parties. Everyone always wants the “recipe” – which is hard for me to provide without laughing. But you know what, I’m not here for fancy, I’m here for yummy – even if it is kind of hillbilly. πŸ™‚

#1: Caramelized Onion and Pancetta Dip

Can we just all agree that some kind of wacky flavor magic happens when you caramelize onions? Like really, there should be a name for this process. “Magic-i-nation?” “Flavor-burst-ification?” No matter what we’re going to call it, the onions bring really fantastic flavor to this dip – which is why it’s become my all time favorite. And add crispy pancetta to it? Have mercy.

Alright dudes and dudettes – those are my fave dips that I promise will not disappoint. I hope you find one that strikes your fancy.

Next up for us – we’re headed to what I think is our 10th year of Naperville’s Ribfest. A day of fried oreos, eating our weight in ribs, cheese and bacon fries, carnival rides, rock n’ roll music, cold beers and likely a shot of malort – it is a kick-ass day! We are so excited! I’ll report back on our adventure. ❀

Have a great 4th of July everyone!

Annie

3 replies »

  1. Happy 4th to you as well! Dog food dip? I’m going to have to check that out… I can’t say I’ve ever heard of that! 4th of July really is a fun picnic-type food day. A day I eat potato chips, my favorite junk food. Damn, that should have been part of my last meal!!!

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