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Beer Dip with Cheese {crock pot option}

With only 5 ingredients, this hot Beer Dip makes an easy appetizer for a game day, party or potluck.

green baking dish with beer cheese dip

There are a few variations of this recipe around, but they typically call for this dip to be served cold. I do like it cold as well, but actually prefer to treat this as a warm dip and bake it in the oven.

Even if you don’t like beer, you should still give this hot beer dip a try. I’m not a huge beer fan myself (I like my wine or cider these days) .

However, I love this dip and I have had lots of friends who like this, but don’t like beer at all.

Tips and Tricks

Shred your own cheese

If you have time, I do suggest shredding your own cheese as I think it tastes better. If you are in a pinch or don’t care to shred your own, bag cheese will still work just fine.

The beer

You can use your favorite brand/type of beer for this recipe. I use a darker beer so more of the flavor will come through.

I typically use Shiner Bock, but Guinness is also one of my favorites to use.


I have made this lots of times for tailgates. I make the dip at home the night before, put it in an aluminium pan, and throw it on the grill on low heat for about 20 minutes.

The grill adds a wonderful, slightly smokey flavor.

Other great tailgate or game day recipes:

Recipe FAQs

What to serve with beer dip?

Pretzels are my favorite thing to dip into this, but chips, veggies or crackers also work great.

What is ranch dressing mix? 

Ranch dressing mix is a dry mix of seasoning used to make salad dressing. It is not already prepared salad dressing.

You can usually find this in a small packet near the bottled salad dressings.

You can also use a homemade ranch mix. If using homemade, I suggest starting out with 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp and then tasting to see if you need to add more.

Can you make this dip ahead of time?

You can make this dip a day ahead, store in the fridge and then pop in the oven before serving.

You can also throw the mixed dip into a slow cooker in the fridge and then heat when ready.

Adapted slightly from: Lady Behind the Curtain


Step 1 –  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Step 2 – Using a stand or hand mixer, whip the cream cheese until creamy.

Step 3 – Mix in packet of ranch dressing mix.

Step 4 – Slowly add in the beer until incorporated.

beer being added to mixer bowl

Step 5 – Add cheese to bowl

cheese added to mixer bowl

Step 6 – Stir in the cheese

All ingredients mixed together in bowl

Step 6 – Spread into a small baking dish and heat in oven.

baked beer cheese dip in green dish

Beer Dip with Cheese

Darlene Kratz
Easy, 5 ingredient dip recipe. Hot Beer Dip is a great appetizer for your next game day, party or potluck. Great served with pretzels, chips, crackers or veggies.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 221 kcal


  • 2 8 oz blocks of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1 oz package ranch dressing mix
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2/3 cup beer (preferably a darker beer)


Baking Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
  • Add in ranch dressing packet and mix to combine.
  • Continue mixing and slowly add in the beer. 
  • Stir in shredded cheese.
  • Spread dip mixture into a small casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes or until the dip is heated through.

Crock Pot Instructions

  • Make dip according to instructions above. Add dip mixture to a slow cooker.
  • Heat on high for 1 hour or until warm. Stirring occasionally.


Calories: 221kcal
Keyword beer, cheese dip, hot taco dip
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    1. Hi Renee, I would think that this dip would taste well with slices of beer bread. This dip is on the thicker side though so a softer bread may be harder to “dip” in. I imagine a queso dip would also go well. You can always try it and see 🙂

  1. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it is prettv fantastic, I can’t wait to share with friends tomorrow (assuming it lasts that long)

    1. Hi Wendy, I make this in a 2 quart crock pot all the time. Just mix all the ingredients and heat on high for about an hour; stirring occasionally.

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