Cream Cheese Bacon Dip is a quick and easy recipe! With bacon bits, green onion, cream cheese and Greek yogurt this dip comes together with minimal effort. Whip it out as an appetizer, game day starter, or pop it on a charcuterie board. This bacon and cream cheese dip is the perfect appetizer and a crowd favorite at the same time.
🤍 Recipe Highlights
I have summarised everything that you will come to know and love (LOVE ❤) about the bacon cream cheese dip recipe in the points below:
- No bake: we fry off the bacon with the green onions, garlic and onion powders. However, once done the dip is simply combined and not oven baked.
- Simple ingredients: you will be able to get everything you need to make the recipe from your local grocery store. They are year round available ingredients that will be easy to get your hands on. It is a good dip to bring together last minute so have the ingredients on hand to make this family favorite when the craving hits.
- Super quick: from start to finish to will only take you 15 minutes to bring this party dip together. Yet despite its simplicity it still delivers deliciousness with every bite. It is one of the easiest dips you can make 😁👌.
- Taste and texture: from the chunky bacon pieces in the dip to the crispy bits on top, combined with the sharp green onions and smooth yogurt cheese there is a lot of tasty boxes being ticked!
- Make ahead: one of the best things about this appetizer is that you can make it ahead. Store it in the fridge, then whip out the cold bacon cream cheese dip, throw some crackers on the plate and you are good to go. It is a real crowd pleaser!
The photo below is to show you everything you need to make the cold bacon cheese dip. Please refer to the printable recipe card for specific ingredient measurements as well as detailed instructions.
As you can see the recipe calls for:
- Garlic powder: a fantastic pantry staple to have in your spice draw. It works across so many recipes and offers convenience and ease of use.
- Onion powder: as above. Also a complimentary flavor to the garlic powder. These bottles do have a tendency to dry out if you have them but not use them regularly. So check your bottle before you head to the shops to avoid having to make a second trip 😉👍.
- Green onions: also known as scallions. We use about 4 of these and trim the base and roots before thinly slicing them. They add both great taste and texture to the dip.
- Colby cheese: we need a 2nd type of cheese to go in the dip and freshly grated from a block is best. I use colby cheese, you can also use tasty cheese or cheddar cheese.
- Bacon: store bought diced bacon is recommended. It requires no chopping and provides the perfect chunky bacon pieces that we want in the dip for texture.
- Greek Yoghurt: thick and creamy this yogurt is an excellent ingredient to use for dips.
- Cream cheese: cream cheese helps to make the dip creamy with a thick texture. It needs to be at room temperature to allow us to stir it in with the rest of the ingredients.
Top Tip: I like to provide you with a number of substitutions and variations giving you an array of options when making my recipes. If in doubt of any of the above ingredients, or wanting alternatives, read this section (further below) before jumping into the instructions on how to make the recipe which are coming next 😉👌.
Here are the step by step instructions to make the recipe. We start by cooking the bacon.
- Fry the bacon, scallions, garlic and onion powders (Photo 1)
- Add Greek yogurt to a bowl (Photo 2)
- Then add the cream cheese (Photo 3)
- Add the colby cheese (Photo 4)
👩🍳 How to Make Cream Cheese Bacon Dip
Start to make the recipe by frying off the bacon. To do this place a large frying pan on the stove top, turn the heat to high and add the diced bacon, sliced scallions, garlic powder and onion powder.
Cook this mixture, stirring to combine it as you go till the bacon crisps up and the green onions soften. This will take around 3-4 minutes.
Next add the Greek yogurt to a large bowl, then chop and combine cream cheese, followed by the colby cheese and stir till softened.
You can see what this will look like in the photo below.
- Stir to combine (Photo 5)
- Reserve some of the combined bacon mixture (Photo 6)
- Add the rest to the cheese mixture (Photo 7)
- Stir again to combine (Photo 8)
Next reserve some of the bacon mixture as we want to use that to top the dip when serving.
Then transfer the rest of the cooked crispy bacon mixture into the mixing bowl like you see me doing in the photo above 😁👌.
Once done stir again to combine.
Now that the dip is combined, you can transfer it to a bowl and get ready to serve it.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
You can also provide some healthy options using fresh vegetables such as celery sticks and peeled and sliced carrots sticks. Throw some cherry tomatoes on the plate and cut broccoli florets to offer a mix of dipping options.
You can also pair the dip with spicy chips. The ones that you see in the photo above are an Aldi Sticky Ribs variety and they go down a treat with the dip. (Almost a little too well, if you know what I am saying 😂!!)
Plain chips work well too or flavored like salt and vinegar, barbecue or your favorite crackers.
👍 How to Guide
How to Store
Store the dip in the fridge in a sealed, airtight container or a bowl with plastic wrap over the top until you are ready to serve it. It can be kept for 3 days.
How to Reheat
This dip can be served both warm or cold. If you do wish to heat it, you can do so in the microwave. 1-2 minutes will do the trick. It is best 'warm' not 'melting' as then it gets too runny.
How to Freeze
This dip is not suitable to freeze.
😉 Substitutions and Variations
Here are my sub ins and outs that you might be thinking about as you read the post and I will tell you if I think they will work or why they won't:
- We don't need salt and pepper to season the dip ingredients as the bacon is salty enough plus the garlic powder and onion powder help with the flavors in the recipe.
- You can use chopped chives as an alternative to the green onions. However, if wanting to do so, I would not cook them, I would simply add them into the mix as well as using for garnish on top of the dip.
- You can use dried onion in place of the onion powder if you wish too. This is in the herbs and spices aisle and is dried onion flakes.
- I don't recommend however, using 'garlic salt'. As we have the bacon we don't want extra salt in the recipe.
- If you love bacon and want to add extra bacon to the recipe, I won't stop you 😁👌.
💡 Tasty Tips
Here are my top tips and tricks that I want to share with you so that you master the recipe from the get go:
- Grab the cream cheese out of the fridge as a starting point to make the recipe. It will soften and this will make it more easier to combine when the cheese is at room temperature.
- We don't use oil when frying off the bacon. This is because the bacon grease will render out and create enough natural oil for the ingredients to cook.
- A non stick frying pan is best to use if you have one. You also won't need to spray it with oil. We want to avoid the dip becoming 'oily' or 'greasy' as the intent is for it to be 'creamy' and 'cheesy' 😁👍.
- You need a large mixing bowl to combine the dip ingredients.
- We reserve some of the bacon mixture so that these small pieces add texture and visually inform the taste of the dish. You can sprinkle these over the top and gently push them into the top of the dip so they will stick.
- Super thin potato chips will break when being dipped into the dip, so provide a cheese knife and it can be 'scooped' onto the chips.
🤓 Frequently Asked Questions
How do you thicken cream cheese dip?
You can thicken cream cheese dip by adding another type of cheese to it. This cheese should be grated. Some options are sharp cheddar, triple cheddar cheese or colby cheese.
What is a good substitute for sour cream in cheese dip?
Greek yogurt is a great alternative to using sour cream in cheese dips. Substitute the equivalent amount.
Can I use cream cheese instead of mayonnaise?
Yes you can. Not all recipes will have an easy swap of cream cheese for mayonnaise, however, for simple recipes like dip, using cream cheese in place of mayonnaise will work well.
😍 More Easy Dips And Spreads Recipes
Party in style with easy recipes that provide a little yum from the get go. We all know parties are all about the food more than anything right 😉👍:
- Green Olive Dip
- Spinach Cob Loaf Dip
- Chili Cream Cheese Dip
- Bacon And Cheese Cob Loaf
- Cream Cheese Spinach Dip
- Black Olive Tapenade
- Sun-dried Tomato Tapenade
- Artichoke Olive Tapenade
- Olive Tapenade
- Cream Cheese Salsa Dip
It is time to get our easy bacon dip on my friend! You can also find all of my dips and spreads recipes in the one spot. Or opt for either the olive platter or grazing platter if you are feeding a crowd.
Cream Cheese Bacon Dip
- 1 cup bacon diced, Note 1
- 4 green onions roots and tips trimmed then thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 cup Greek Yoghurt
- 250 grams/8 oz cream cheese at room temperature, chopped into cubes
- 1 cup colby cheese grated using a handheld or box grater, Note 2
- potato chips Note 3
- Bacon: place a large frying pan on the stove top, turn the heat to high, add the diced bacon, sliced green onions, garlic powder and onion powder. Cook for 3-4 minutes and stir to combine. Once cooked, reserve 2-3 spoonfuls of the mixture.
- Cheese and yogurt mixture: add the Greek yogurt, cream cheese and colby cheese to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Combine: next add the cooked bacon mixture to the combined cheese and yogurt mix then stir till consistently mixed in.
- Transfer: transfer the combined cream cheese bacon dip into a bowl and use the mixture that you reserved to top the dip.
- To serve: place the bowl of dip into the centre of a serving plate, slide a cheese knife into the dip and then spread potato chips around the bowl.
- Note 1: Bacon: to make this dip the quickest, easiest around town, I recommend you purchase diced bacon. It provides the texture that we want in the dip and cuts out the process of slicing our own bacon.
- Note 2: Cheese: the 2nd cheese adds extra savory flavor to the dip. This is as the cream cheese brings the sweet creaminess. The cheese I like to use is colby cheese. Freshly grated using a hand held or box grater. You can also use cheddar cheese, tasty cheese or your favorite freshly grated cheese.
- Note 3: Crackers: thin chips like shown in the photos throughout the post will break off due to the thick creamy texture of the dip. However, if you provide a cheese knife it can be scooped onto the chips 😉👍.
- Serving size: you will be able to fill the brown bowl you see in the photos twice with the dip (or simultaneously serve 2 bowls of it).
Recipe published December 2020. Updated in October 2023 with new photos and a rewrite with more tasty tips for you 😁👌.