This beer dip is an easy make-ahead appetizer that’s ready in 10 minutes! Mix it up, chill it, and serve it with your favorite dippers, like pretzels, veggie sticks, or crackers. It’s a creamy cold cheese dip flavored with beer, ranch, and a few other simple ingredients.
This dip checks so many boxes: It’s easy to make, goes with all the dippable things, and you can make it ahead of time. The combination of beer, cheese, and fresh green onions is so good you’ll be glad it makes a big batch – everyone will want a taste (or two or three!).
And it’s this time of year when we need easy things, so make this beer dip recipe for the holidays or a game day get-together – I think you’re going to love it!
How to Make It
One bowl, a mixer, and 10 minutes are all you need for this recipe! It tastes best after it has chilled in the fridge for a few hours – the flavors meld together, so it’s even better.
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Cheddar Ranch Beer Dip
This is an easy make-ahead cold dip ready in 10 minutes! Serve it with your favorite crunchy pretzels, fresh veggie sticks, chips, or crackers.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 16 servings 1x
- Category: Appetizers
- Method: Mix
- Cuisine: American
- 16 oz cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 (1-ounce) packet ranch seasoning
- 1/3 cup lager-style beer
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 3 green onions, sliced
- Add the cream cheese, sour cream, and ranch to the bowl of your mixer. Mix on medium speed until smooth. Adjust the speed to low and mix in the beer until well combined.
- Mix in the cheddar cheese and green onions. Cover and chill the dip for a few hours or overnight. Give the dip a good stir before serving it.
Cream cheese tip: It’s easier to mix softened cream cheese, but if you forget to leave it out at room temperature beforehand, no worries. Slice the block into cubes before you mix it with the sour cream. This will make it easier to mix if it’s cold.
Beer: You can use non-alcoholic lager-style beer in this recipe. It’s a great way to get the beer flavor without the alcohol.
- Calories: 179
- Sugar: 1.5g
- Sodium: 408.7mg
- Fat: 15.9g
- Saturated Fat: 9.1g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0.7g
- Trans Fat: 0.2g
- Carbohydrates: 2.6g
- Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 5.2g
- Cholesterol: 46.9mg
Keywords: cold beer cheese dip, cream cheese beer dip
The nutrition is an estimate only. It was calculated using Nutrifox, an online nutrition calculator.
There are many variations of this recipe out in the world, and my version is adapted from one I found on Taste of Home. I add some sour cream to make it creamier and green onions for a pop of color and fresh flavor. They make a big difference!
You can use an electric mixer or food processor to make this recipe. If you use a food processor, the shredded cheese and scallions will blend more into the dip, so there’s not as much texture.
I think a lager beer or light-style beer works best for this recipe. You can use a dark-style beer if you want a bolder beer flavor, but it will alter the color of the dip. You can also use non-alcoholic beer.
Cheddar cheese works great, but feel free to switch it to another cheese you like. I think pepper jack, gruyere, or gouda would be delicious.
This is such a crowd-pleasing dip! It’s great if you need something easy to take to a party or if you’re hosting and want something to make ahead. It pairs great with pretzels, chips, crackers, or veggies like carrots, celery, and bell peppers. I hope you try it!
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