Beer, cheese, and ranch come together in this genius pub-style dip that takes just minutes to make and is a must-have at any party. It doesn't matter if you're on team pretzel or team chip, everyone's a winner with this amazing dip.
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You certainly don't have to like sports to love ranch beer cheese dip. It can be a tasty snack for other events, too: potlucks, showers... to suggest a few. Just because a recipe is perfect for Game Day (which it is) doesn't mean you can't enjoy it on any other day(which you should).
This recipe for Beer Cheese Dip makes a fairly large amount. Of course, you can break the recipe in half, or you could just invite some extra people over. Divide the cheese dip into two bowls, so you can replenish the dip when one bowl is is ready for the sidelines.
What is absolutely necessary, however, is having something great to dip: soft pretzel bites, melba toast, celery sticks, carrots, pretzels, or potato chips. Or even a finger, while everyone else is focused on the game.
Making Beer Cheese Dip for a Game Day party? Click and slide the number next to “servings” on the recipe card below to adjust the ingredients to match how many you’re feeding—the recipe does the math for you, it’s that easy.
What you need to make Beer Cheese Dip:
It's super easy to make, but here's what you gotta grab.
- Cream cheese. Three, yes three-- whole blocks, in fact, because the recipe makes a lot of dip.
- Dry ranch dressing mix. Make your own, or buy the packet at the store. (Important: buy the dressing mix packet, not the dip mix packet, which has a lot more sodium.)
- Cheddar cheese. Shredded. (Shredding your own cheese will give better results, especially if you're planning on serving the dip warm.)
- Beer. You don't even need a whole bottle. Use your favorite beer: something light for a mellower taste, something dark for a more robust flavor. If you want to make the cheese dip without beer, use n/a beer or even apple cider.
- Garlic powder.
- Chives or scallions. Save some for garnish.
- Pretzels, crackers, potatoes chips. Whatever you plan to dip! (This is the best beer cheese dip for pretzels.)
Best beer for Beer Cheese Dip:
While there's no hard and fast rule, there's enough beer in the cheese dip that you can taste it. Therefore, use a beer that you actually like to drink. Lager, pilsners, and lighter beers make a slightly sweet, mild dip.
Heartier beers like stout, dark lagers, porters, or schwarzbiers will make the cheese dip a little more fully-flavored.
Will kids be at the party? you can also make the dip with apple juice or apple cider.
How to Make Ranch Beer Cheese Dip
No cooking needed for this easy beer cheese dip!* This recipe is for cold beer cheese dip, just like your favorite brew.
- The recipe works best with softened cream cheese, so let those silver bricks sit out on the counter while you do something else.
- Then mix together the beer, cream cheese, ranch packet, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, and chives. Make sure everything is well combined.
- Give the dip a taste, then add more garlic powder if you think it could use it.
- That's it! Chill the dip for 30 minutes to let the flavors meld together. Then you're ready to go to town with some pretzel sticks, soft pretzels, chips, even veggies.
*To make this beer cheese dip hot, add the ingredients to a saucepan and whisk over low heat until warm to the touch. Garnish with chives or extra scallions, and serve immediately. Tastes incredible on Homemade Soft Pretzels.
Fun Beer Cheese Dip Spin-Offs:
- Roasted jalapeño poppers. Stuff the dip in half of a jalapeño pepper (scoop the seeds out first) and roast in the oven until tender at 425 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes.
- Beer cheese dip with taco seasoning. Homemade or store-bought taco seasoning stands in for Hidden Valley Ranch. Throw in a can of green chilies. Serve with diced tomatoes and corn chips. Boom.
- Celery ribs. Stuff the cold dip inside celery stalks for a low carb treat.
- Toasted bread. Add 8 ounces of chopped salami to the dip, spread the dip on a baguette loaf that's been sliced in half lengthwise, and bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes. Cut into slices and eat.
- Leftover dip sandwiches. Slather any leftover beer cheese dip on rye bread with deli ham and some lettuce. Perfect weekday sandwich, coming right up!
Beer Cheese Dip Recipe
- 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese softened
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 recipe Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix or one packet store-bought
- 6 ounces beer
- 4 chives or 1 scallion, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish if desired
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or more to taste
- Potato chips pretzels, or crackers, for serving
- Combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, ranch mix, beer, chives, and in a large bowl and mix well. Add garlic powder to taste, starting with 1/2 teaspoon and adding more if desired.
- In a large bowl, add cream cheese, cheddar cheese, ranch mix, beer, chives, and garlic powder (start with 1/2 teaspoon and add more to taste if desired). Stir to combine.
- Cover and chill at least 30 minutes or until serving time. Garnish with more chives if desired and serve with chips, pretzels, or crackers.