Cheesy baked dip recipe served warm out of the oven! Hot Beer Cheese Dip makes an easy appetizer for game day or for your next party.
Hot Beer Cheese Dip
There are a few variations of this recipe around, but they typically call for the pretzel beer cheese 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 cheese 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.
If you’d prefer a good pretzel dip without alcohol in it, check out my BBQ Pretzel Cheese Ball Dip recipe.
Tips for Making Hot Beer Cheese Dip
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.
What kind of beer to use?
You can use your favorite brand/type of beer for this recipe, but I do recommend 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.
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 and then pop in the oven before serving. I have also 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 for about 20 minutes. The grill adds a wonderful, slightly smokey flavor.
You can also throw the mixed dip into a Crockpot and heat on high for an hour.
What can I use as dippers?
Pretzels are my favorite thing to dip into this, but chips or crackers could also be served with this beer cheese dip. Cheers!
Adapted slightly from: Lady Behind the Curtain
How to Make Hot Beer Cheese Dip
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.
Step 5 – Stir in shredded cheese.
Step 6 – Spread into a small baking dish and heat in oven.
Hot Beer Cheese Dip
- 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)
- 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.
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