This post is sponsored by Kettle Brand Potato Chips.
Kansas City seems to be an equal mix of smiles and yawns this week…because our Royals are in the World Series for the second year in a row!!! And better yet, we’ve won our first two games!!!
This of course has resulted in a mega increase in smiley-ness around town, especially if anyone spots you wearing your blue and gold. And after nights like Game 1, when the teams decided to stretch things out past 1am until the 14th inning, yawns everywhere have also been contagious. Oof. As one of my friends said on Facebook, the day after was undoubtedly the “least productive day in recent Kansas City workforce history”. But hey, we’ll take it. So proud of our Royals!!!
Now that I’m back in town, I was excited to invite a big group of friends over to watch Game 2 at my place. I had planned to spend the afternoon cleaning my house after being gone for weeks, and whip up a bunch of my favorite appetizers to serve. But my work project on the other side of town ended up running late, and I arrived home right just before the game to a mega pile of dishes and a still-messy house, which almost tempted me to back out and have another friend host. But then I reminded myself, no one cares. We all just want to watch the game!
So I tossed all of the dishes in the sink, cleared my piles of projects off of the living room table, made sure the fridge was at least stocked with some drinks, and then decided to pop a batch of popcorn and quickly whip up one of my all-time favorite game day indulgences — this 5-Minute Cheddar Bacon Ranch Dip.
If you’ve never had it before, take it from me — this dip is a winner.
I’ve been eating this dip since I was a kid. And honestly, I still get as excited when I see that someone brought it to a party as I did when I was a kid. Because with simple ingredients like these, you totally can’t go wrong. And those ingredients couldn’t be easier!
All you need is:
a block of cream cheese (I use low-fat)
shredded cheddar cheese (I recommend sharp part-skim cheddar)
The directions couldn’t be easier. Simply stir everything together…
And then grab a bag of my favorite crunchy Kettle Brand Potato Chips for dipping. (I served my favorite Sea Salt chips, but my friends were even more obsessed with the Pepperoncini flavor and absolutely demolished a bag!) I always keep a bag of these guys on hand because they’re nice and thick and sturdy for dipping (especially with heavy dips like this), they’re made sustainably and with all-natural ingredients, and they are simply good. If you haven’t checked out all of their new flavors lately — especially the Red Curry, Roasted Garlic and Sriracha flavors — you must!
Anyway, once you have your chips and your dip, this fantastic appetizer will be ready to go in just minutes! And in just minutes, it will probably disappear like that. Because indulgent dips like this one never last for long around my house. :)
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and stir until combined. Garnish with extra bacon and green onions, if desired.
Serve immediately with Kettle Brand Potato Chips for dipping. Or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.
This post is sponsored by Kettle Brand Potato Chips. I have teamed up with them to create this tasty new recipe for dipping, and all Kettle Chip-loving opinions are 100% my own as always. Thanks for continuing to support the brands who help make this blog possible!
I definitely shouldn’t read your blog when I’m hungry! This dip looks fantastic, and I love the fact that it’s so easy to make. It would be perfect for tailgating too!
Haha thanks Ashley, we hope you enjoy this! :)
Go Royals! My stomach growled when I read this recipe, it sounds so great!
This looks delicious. Nothing like a quick dip and my favorite is a good chip dip – yum!
Thanks Becki, we hope you enjoy it!
I can’t imagine what it’d be like to live in Kansas City right now — that must be a BLAST! I’m a huge MLB fan (my dad and I are trying to go to all 30 stadiums together, and KC is on our list for next year!), but I’ve never been in the same city as a team in the World Series before. That would be a huge dream come true for me. Especially if it involved this amazing dip!!
Oh my goodness my boyfriend would love this! High calorie but so worth it!
This dip looks delicious. Those bacon pieces are just so tempting. I have to find an opportunity to make this.
Glad the Royals are doing so well! I confess, I watch for the food. I can appreciate game day culture. I like to watch an occasional game with The Man though!
Ali, I live in KC and love your blog! I need a dip recipe for a combined Royals/Halloween party tomorrow night. This is perfect. Thanks and GO ROYALS!!
Thanks Megan, we hope you have a blast and enjoy he dip – go Royals! :)
This looks delicious! I just wanted to say how much I love that you give homemade recipe alternatives for all the typically processed items. I can’t eat any form of MSG so making my own stuff is essential, not to mention way healthier for my family.
Thank you Autumn, we appreciate you saying that! We’re all for trying to make things a little healthier any way we can (without sacrificing flavor, of course!) ;)
Wahoo for the Royals. I’m super nervous for tonight’s game!! I need more quick and easy dips to bring to parties up my sleeve. Looks delicious Ali!
Wait, they have Roasted Garlic and Pepperoncini flavors now?! Kettle Chips are the BEST!!! I want both of those bags and ALL of this dip, yum!
Looks ? tasty! Have a recipe from another blogger that I just filed, for ranch seasoning, so will use that with your dip recipe! Thanks, I will pretend this is nonfat, healthy, etc. Lol!
Do you know how many calories are in the dip
Hi Jody! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!
Made this for playoff Sunday. Great to please the “who cares” and the “I’m trying to eat more healthfully!” groups. Added a tsp of mustard, used the Hormel 40% less fat already cooked bacon pieces that you can buy at Sam’s Club and heated it in the mic on 50% for 5 minutes, stirring once throughout. Fantabulous reviews – thank you!
Thanks for sharing, Tammy — we’re glad it was a hit!
This was very good but the ranch was extremely overpowering. I will be trying it with maybe 1tbsp or less next time.