Ranch Bacon and Cheddar Dip

2013 – Gluten Free Living

Well, I saved the best for last! Ranch Bacon and Cheddar Dip is a dynamite dip with the wonderful, savory flavors of bacon, cheddar cheese and with the delightful addition of Ranch dressing mix that makes it unique and sumptuous. This simple four-ingredient recipe was the one that got the most raves and the one everyone kept coming back for continually a few weeks ago when I served it. Seriously, no one could get enough of this great tasting recipe. They dipped it with sun chips and crackers. They dipped it with veggie dippers. Some ate it without anything at all! But across the board, everyone–pre-teens, teenagers, and adults–gave this tasty recipe their unconditional seal of approval! And they were greatly saddened when it ran out!

I was trying to come up with different ways to serve veggies to our church workers throughout our week of Vacation Bible School. I  made several Hummus recipes, a neat Jalapeno Taco Party Appetizer, a fabulous hot Cheesy Bean Dip and a tasty Garden Vegetable Ranch Dip. All of these were fantastic recipes. But Ranch Bacon and Cheddar Dip came in first place! I happened to see the recipe on the back of my Hidden Valley Dips Mix package and decided to go with it. I had everything on hand so why not give it a go? Isn’t it interesting how recipes you don’t even plan to make end up being everyone’s favorite! Out of all the coffee cakes, cookies, fruit and veggie platters, dips, hummus recipes, and tortilla roll ups that I made, this recipe was the most talked about and turned out to be everyone’s favorite!

While this recipe is gluten free, it’s neither low in calories nor particularly healthy since Ranch dressing mix has maltodextrin and MSG. But it is one of the tastiest, most delicious and flavorful dip recipes you’ll ever come across. If you’re looking for a spectacular, savory dip for chips, crackers, or even veggies, then consider this M-A-R-V-E-L-O-U-S recipe! Hey, it only has four ingredients–it’s really easy to make up. It’s so big on taste that you will WOW your company in nothing flat! But who says you have to make this great tasting dip for company? Make up a batch for yourselves to eat during your favorite movie or sporting event! Yeah.

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Ranch Bacon and Cheddar Dip won the prize for being everyone’s favorite recipe at our Vacation Bible School workers’ brunches every day a few weeks ago.

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Everyone savored this delicious dip and wanted so much more! We served it with crackers, sun chips, pita bread dippers, and veggie dippers. 

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Here’s a close up of Ranch Bacon and Cheddar Dip so you can see the texture of the dip.

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Ranch Bacon and Cheddar Dip is S-E-N-S-A-T-I-O-N-A-L!!!! I only got one little taste of this dip because it went so fast!


Here’s what I did.

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Place sour cream in a mixing bowl. You can add the Ranch Dip Mix here and stir to combine. I ended up just mixing all the ingredients together at once.

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Add sharp grated cheddar cheese.

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Add a packet of Ranch Dips Mix and crisp-fried, crumbled bacon.

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Stir ingredients to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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To serve: Spoon Ranch Bacon and Cheddar Dip into a large serving bowl. Garnish with snipped chives and additional cheese and bacon pieces, if desired. Serve with assorted crackers, chips, or veggie dippers.

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Here’s another close up so you can see the texture of Ranch Bacon and Cheddar Dip. This recipe makes about 2 cups of dip.

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This dip is so amazing. The essence of Ranch Dips Mix permeates the sour cream giving this dip such a splendid flavor. Oh, yum! Wow your company with this easy, four-ingredient recipe sometime soon!


Here’s the recipe.


(Recipe adapted from Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix)

[b]Ranch Bacon and Cheddar Dip[/b]
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from[url href=”https://www.hiddenvalley.com/recipe/429/hidden-valley-bacon-cheddar-dip/” target=”_blank” title=”hidden valley ranch bacon and cheddar dip”] Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix[/url]
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 10
Fabulous 4-ingredient appetizer recipe that’s great for any party. Quick and easy to make, and gluten free, too.
  • 1-oz. pkt. Hidden Valley Original Ranch dips mix
  • 16-oz. sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 to ½ cup crisp-cooked, crumbled bacon
  • snipped chives, additional crumbled bacon and cheese for garnish, if desired
  1. Combine Ranch dressing mix with sour cream.
  2. Stir in cheese and bacon.
  3. Chill at least an hour.
  4. Serve with chips, crackers, or veggie dippers.
  5. Garnish with snipped chives, additional crumbled bacon and shredded cheddar cheese, if desired.
  6. Makes 2 cups.


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The savory flavor of crisp-fried bacon added such richness and depth to Ranch Bacon and Cheddar Dip.  You may want to plan on making a double batch of this great recipe. It won’t last long around your house–especially if you have company! Try this recipe for the Super Bowl or any tailgating party.

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Each bite of Ranch Bacon and Cheddar Dip is awesome. If you set this dip out as an appetizer, you probably won’t have enough room to eat anything else!

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If you’re looking for a great tasting dip for parties, special occasions or you just want a great snack to eat in front of the television, then consider making Ranch Bacon and Cheddar Dip sometime soon. This dip is kid-friendly! All our pre-teens and teenagers LOVED this recipe, and you will too.  🙂

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