14 Dips That Start With a Container of Sour Cream
Just about universal in their appeal, sour cream-based dips are a delicious go-to appetizer for any gathering (or, let's face it, weeknight Netflix-binging.) Sour cream's subtle tanginess and, well, creamy texture make it a near-perfect base for all kinds of dip recipes, from traditional picks like onion, ranch, and spinach-and-artichoke, to spicier options like Layered Buffalo Chicken Dip. Plus, most of us tend to keep a container or two of sour cream in the fridge anway. No matter the occasion, this collection of dips starts with a container of sour cream and ends with, "Yum!"
Buffalo Cauliflower Dip
This meat-free twist on Buffalo dip delivers every bit of creamy, tangy flavor you crave, but it’s loaded with buttery cauliflower instead of shredded chicken. It’s a hearty, party-perfect app that everyone will love.
Homemade Onion Dip
Trust us, you’re not going to want to make onion dip from a packet ever again after trying this recipe. Not only does it come together quickly and easily, it is full of flavor from charred sweet onions (we recommend Vidialia onions), Parmesan cheese, a splash of your favorite hot sauce, and fresh chives. This delicious party dip will be devoured at any get-together and pairs well with any type of chip, from tortilla to pita to potato. You can even serve it with crudité if you prefer.
Miso Ranch Dip
Get ready—this dip is about to become your party go-to. It’s quick and easy to make, and you can serve it with any type of vegetable (we particularly like it with carrots, radishes, and cucumbers). Be sure not to puree the chives or pepper, as they will discolor your sauce. Use leftover dip as a spread for pulled pork, hamburgers, or other sandwiches, or thin it out with water or another tablespoon or two of buttermilk to dress lettuces.
Creamy Feta-and-Herb Dip
The real secret to a crowd-pleasing crudités platter? A rich, tangy homemade dip. Choose feta that’s sold in blocks stored in brine. Crumbled feta contains an additive that prevents clumping, and it will not blend as smoothly. Serve on a tray piled with colorful baby vegetables such as rainbow carrots, English cucumbers, and French Breakfast radishes. This dip can easily be made ahead, refrigerated, and transported for a party. Instead of the usual plastic container, choose to store the dip in a mason jar, which can also double as your serving dish. If you do make it ahead, give the dip a quick stir before serving to make sure all ingredients are incorporated.
Easy Chili-Bean Dip
Get your dip on with this super easy, 7-ingredient Tex-Mex dip. Just combine your ingredients and heat them together on the stove. Then top the creamy dip with any cheese – we love sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack, or queso fresco – along with black olives, green onion, and anything else that strikes your fancy. If you can’t find canned pico, you can use Rotel diced tomatoes, instead.
Creamy Crab Dip
Celebrate the delicately sweet flavor of lump crabmeat with this simple seafood starter. Make a creamy base from sour cream and mayonnaise, then mix in the crab, chopped scallions, lemon juice, herbs, and seasonings. This dip pairs well with celery sticks and buttered toast rounds alike.
Layered Buffalo Chicken Dip
This buffalo chicken dip is a completely homemade labor of love, and your guests will fall head over heels for this incredible appetizer. This dip offers the complete buffalo chicken experience all in one dish and combines layers of different ingredients and flavors along with a unique scratch-made carrot ranch dressing. There is a crunch, a richness, and a level of spice all mixed together in this wow-worthy dip that make it the perfect contributiion to any party or tailgate. This dish delivers intense flavor and an all-inclusive and truly delicious buffalo chicken experience.
Goat Cheese Queso Dip with Vegetable Chips
This warm, tangy twist on fundido is perfect with sparkling wine; the bubbles help cut through the richness. We pair with veggie chips, but you can also serve with crudités for a fresher take.
Caramelized Onion-and-Spinach Dip
This incredible variation on traditional spinach-and-artichoke dip pumps up the flavor by adding homemade caramelized onions. The onions' subtly sweet and tangy flavor perfectly complements the spinach, artichokes, and water chestnuts.
Smoky Black Bean Dip
Say hello to your new go-to party snack. The canned chipotle in adobo lends a remarkable smoky depth and just the right level of heat to this simple black bean dip. Serve with fresh chopped vegetables or tortilla chips.
Caramelized Leek and Spinach Dip
Beautifully caramelized leeks and onions cannot be rushed; resist the urge to crank up the heat. Leeks become especially silky and sweet when left to cook awhile. If they start to stick to the bottom of the pan, add a tablespoon or two of water, and stir (the liquid will evaporate during cooking). Instead of bread or crackers, serve the dip with an array of vegetables, such as baby carrots, endive leaves, radishes, diagonally sliced cucumber, and mini sweet bell peppers for a bit of freshness, color, and crunch. You'll also save calories and room for the rest of the meal.
Buttermilk Ranch Dip
If you don't have buttermilk, you can make your own by thinning an equal amount of yogurt with milk. Be sure to use full-fat sour cream here, as it's important for the dip's consistency. Plus, fat-free sour cream tends to taste watery. Serve this with homemade soft pretzels, chicken wings, pizza, grilled chicken, tomato salad, or anything else you think needs a zippy, herbaceous dip. It's not a bad idea to double this recipe because, well, extra dip is never a problem.
Our Taco Dip is cool, creamy and flavored with all the toppings on your favorite taco or taco salad. It’s not overly spiced or heavy, thanks to its lack of meat, which allows the vegetables and creamy base to shine. This worked great with Fritos Scoops, but it’d also be great on any tortilla chip or fresh veggie slices. Or, don’t use it as a dip at all and serve it as a side for grilled meat or topping for your next taco night. Make sure the cream cheese is well softened in order to mix together a smooth dip.