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Delicious and simple appetizer -- a loaded baked potato dip. All of your favorite baked potato toppings in appetizer form

Loaded Baked Potato Dip

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 -10 appetizer servings
Author Chelsea, adapted from AllRecipes

Ingredients

  • 5 strips hardwood smoked bacon
  • 1 small jalapeño finely chopped, optional
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese full-fat
  • 1 cup sour cream I used reduced-fat
  • 1 package (1 ounce) ranch seasoning and dressing mix dry, do not prepare
  • 1 and 1/2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese freshly grated
  • 1/4 cup green onions sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper

What to dip in it:

  • Food Should Taste Good Jalapeno Cheddar Tortilla Chips
  • Food Should Taste Good Cantina Tortilla Chips
  • Celery sticks Carrot Sticks, Red pepper sticks

Instructions

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon strips until crispy.
  2. Drain on a paper towel lined plate and dab off any additional grease.
  3. Wearing gloves, remove the seeds and finely chop the jalapeño. Saute the jalapeño in the bacon grease for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Remove and dab with paper towel.
  4. In a medium-sized, microwave-safe bowl, place the cream cheese. Soften in the microwave until easily stirred.
  5. Using hand mixers, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the sour cream and the DRY ranch mix (do not prepare the mix.)
  6. Stir in the cheddar cheese, green onions, and freshly cracked pepper.
  7. Crumble up the bacon and stir in the bacon OR save the bacon and add right before serving if you want it to keep some of the crunch.
  8. Chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving.*
  9. Serve with Food Should Taste Good Jalapeno Cheddar Tortilla Chips, Food Should Taste Good Cantina Tortilla Chips, celery sticks, red pepper sticks, carrots, etc.

Recipe Notes

*This dip tastes even better after sitting in the fridge for a few hours and allowing the flavors to meld.