Easy Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip Recipe

This Easy Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip recipe is perfect for parties, game days, or any time you need a crowd-pleasing appetizer. You will find that you won’t want to stop eating this dip, which is why sometimes this is referred to as “crack.” Not only delicious, but the best part is that this dip is made with just four simple ingredients, comes together in minutes, and is sure to be a hit with both kids and adults alike.

Are you looking for another easy dip recipe to make for your family and friends at your next party? Then, check out this Keto Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe. It’s low-carb, easy to make, and jam-packed with flavor. 

Dip with cheese bacon topped with green onions.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • One great thing about this delicious dip recipe is that you only need simple ingredients to make it, so it’s an economical option when entertaining. 
  • Plus, there are only a couple of steps that make this recipe, which makes it one of the easiest dips to make on game day. 
  • When you make delicious cheddar cheese and ranch flavor you always have a crowd favorite, even the picky eaters will love this appetizer recipe. 

​Instead of a savory dip, you can also serve this Cherry Chocolate Chip Dip to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth at your next gathering. 

Ingredients Needed to make this Yummy Bacon Ranch Dip Recipe

You will need a few basic staples to make this creamy dip, gather these ingredients on your next trip to the grocery store so that you can share this dip with your family. 

  • cream cheese – I use full fat, but you can use lower fat or Neufchatel cheese.
  • sour cream – Lite or full-fat
  • mayonnaise
  • Ranch dressing mix, preferably homemade.
  • cooked and crumbled bacon
  • shredded cheddar cheese – I buy blocks of cheese and shred it myself.
  • garlic powder
  • green onions
Ingredients to make bacon cheddar ranch dip.

How to Make This Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip

Making this homemade cheddar bacon ranch dip is so simple. Just follow these step-by-step instructions or check out the full steps in the recipe card at the bottom of this post, and you will have a creamy and cheesy dip that is full of ranch and bacon flavor to share with your friends in no time. 

Step 1: Mix the cream cheese, sour cream, and mayo. 

In a large mixing bowl, mix the softened cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise with a hand mixer.

Mixing cream cheese and sour cream in a mixing bowl.

Step 2: Fold in the remaining ingredients.

With a rubber spatula, fold in the ranch mix, bacon, cheese, garlic, and green onion, and mix to combine.

Spices and shredded cheese in a cream cheese mixture for homemade crack dip.

Step 3: Chill before serving.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve with pretzels, corn chips, tortilla chips, crackers, or chopped vegetables.

A pretzel rod dipped in a creamy cheese appetizer.

What To Serve With This Dish

There are so many great options to pair with this delicious appetizer, you can serve it with your favorite dippers, such as homemade potato chips, celery sticks, carrot sticks, pita chips, or even toasted baguette slices. You can also serve it alongside other party favorites like these Homemade White Castle Sliders.  

Substitutions and Additions

​Do you want to change up the delicious flavors in this bacon cheddar dip recipe? Here are a few of my favorite tried and true substitutions: 

  • Don’t have the ingredients on hand to make homemade ranch dressing mix? You can use a ranch packet from the grocery store instead. 
  • I’ve found that using crispy bacon that you have cooked yourself will give you the best flavor and crunch in this crack dip recipe, however, if you are in a hurry you can also use store-bought bacon bits. 
  • One of my favorite things about this recipe is that you can use different types of shredded cheeses, I prefer to use sharp cheddar cheese, but you can use any type of hard cheese that your family enjoys. 
  • Greek yogurt makes a great substitution for sour cream or even the mayo in this recipe, just keep in mind that it will change the flavor slightly. 
  • You can also add a little heat to this dip by adding a splash of hot sauce to the cheese mixture
Top view of an appetizer plate with crack dip served with pretzels.

How To Store

One of my favorite things about this dip recipe is that it’s great to make it ahead of time. Simply store it in the fridge covered in plastic wrap or an airtight container for 3-4 days. 

Sandra’s Pro Tips

Here are a few tips that you can use to ensure that this recipe turns out perfectly for you when you make it. 

  • Your cream cheese must be at room temperature before you make this dip because it’s the base of the dip you will need to mix the other ingredients into the dip. 
  • I’ve found the best dip texture, if you allow the dip to warm slightly before you serve it, it will be a better texture, so take it out of the fridge 10-15 minutes before you are ready to enjoy it. 
  • Sliced green onions and extra bacon both make a beautiful garnish to go on top of this recipe. 
Appetizer dip in a small bowl with pretzels in the background.


Do you have questions about this perfect party appetizer recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions for this recipe. 

What cheese goes with sour cream & ranch dip?

I’ve found that cheddar cheese works best in this dip. However, you can also experiment with other types of cheese such as Colby Jack or Monterey Jack for a different twist.

What do you eat with ranch dip?

There are so many different things that you can eat with this dip, from chips to fresh veggies such as bell pepper strips, your dipping options are endless. 

What is a crack dip made of?

Crack dip is made of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, a Hidden Valley Ranch packet, and cooked bacon. It’s called crack dip because it always gets rave reviews and people don’t want to stop eating it. 

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A small serving bowl with a blue rim filled with bacon cheddar ranch dip.

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip Recipe

This Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip, sometimes referred to as "crack", comes together in minutes and is sure to be a hit. Serve this 4-ingredient dip for game days, parties and more.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon cheddar ranch dip, crack dip
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 159kcal


  • Large bowl
  • rubber spatula 
  • Serving bowl


  • 1 package 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1 container 16 oz sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Ranch dressing mix, preferably homemade
  • ½ cup bacon 6 slices cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 green onions tops sliced


  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the softened cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise with a hand mixer.
  • With a rubber spatula, fold in the ranch mix, bacon, cheese, garlic, and green onion. Mix to combine.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
  • Serve with pretzels, corn chips, tortilla chips, crackers, or chopped vegetables.


Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 0.2mg


Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.

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