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. ๐Ÿ˜€ 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 Sandiโ€™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 ๐ŸŽต in the year 2000 ๐ŸŽต (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. ๐Ÿ™‚

#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. โค

Have a great 4th of July everyone!


3 replies »

  1. Happy 4th to you as well! Dog food dip? Iโ€™m going to have to check that out… I canโ€™t say Iโ€™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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