To Dip or Not to Dip

To Dip or Not to Dip

Full transparency, I almost named this post “Favorite Party Dips”; however, my husband and I are eating Buffalo Chicken Dip for dinner tonight. So! I wanted to dedicate this blog post to the dips that have a special place in my heart and that are EASY. These dips are versatile and some of my favorites – whether it is for a football-watching party (now that it is almost back, fingers crossed) or just a “cheat” dinner on a Tuesday night (I won’t judge if you won’t).

Funny enough, both of these dips have sweet memories attached. It’s cool how food does that sometimes, so I’m going to share some of those with you too – and I would love to hear the same from you!

If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart

Cesar Chavez

Dyl’s Buffalo Chicken Dip

Rookie Rating: 5/5
I swear that my husband’s Buffalo Chicken Dip sealed the deal for me when we were dating (and honestly, I think Katie’s too ha). This is one of his “staples” and early on in our relationship, he made it for me while we were watching a Georgia Tech away game in college. Any guy that makes a mean Buffalo Chicken Dip is worth keeping! It is everything you want out of a Buffalo Chicken Dip – cheesy, creamy, and somehow you can’t seem to get enough. It’s been a “fan favorite” at every football-watching party we’ve every hosted or attended, so I can’t wait to share it with you!

Here’s what you’ll need…
– 1 bottle of Ranch Dressing
– 1 bottle of Hot Sauce (while it’s tempting to buy the “Buffalo-branded” sauces here, Frank’s Red Hot Original is the best to use here, just trust me)
– 2 8oz packages of cream cheese (go for the full fat here, we’ve tried to go “healthier” and it just isn’t worth it)
– 1 8oz pack of shredded cheddar cheese
– Chips to dip with! You can’t go wrong with Tostito’s here.

Here’s what you’ll need to do…
– Prepare 3-4 small chicken breasts and shred (see here for tips on how to shred in your standing mixer)
– Pull your 2 packages of cream cheese out of the fridge and allow to soften
– Pour the entire bottle of Ranch and Hot Sauce into a big pot and heat on LOW. We usually use our stockpot since it gives us plenty of room to mix the ingredients in, even if it is a bit overkill.
– Once the mixture is warm, mix in your cream cheese and stir until melted. I’ve found that it’s easier to melt the cream cheese if I divide it up into chunks before I put them in.
– Once the cream cheese is melted in, pour in your package of cheddar cheese and stir until melted
– Once, combined, pour in your shredded chicken and THAT IS IT (I told you it was easy).

This makes a lot of dip – so it’s perfect to share with a group. However, if it’s just Dyl and I, we will freeze the leftovers in plastic containers for a rainy day 🙂

Mrs. Meyer’s Bean Dip

Rookie Rating: 5/5
Now, this one is very special. When I was playing basketball in high school, I remember just being constantly hungry – especially after practice! Whenever we would go to my friend Lauren’s house afterwards, her mom would always have her special bean dip waiting for our arrival and we would devour it! I have such sweet memories of sitting around the table in their kitchen, chatting with my best friends, getting advice from Mrs. Meyer, and eating bean dip. Unfortunately, Mrs. Meyer passed away several years ago. Making this bean dip reminds me of her, Lauren, and their sweet family. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did back then!

Here’s what you will need…
– 1 9oz can of Frito Bean Dip – This comes in a little can usually in the middle of the chips on the chip aisle
– 1 16oz container of sour cream
– 1 package of taco seasoning (to be honest, I have a giant tub of this from Costco since we use it so much)
– 1 8oz package of shredded cheddar cheese
– Chips for dipping – I prefer Fritos Scoops for this one!

Here’s what you’ll need to do…
– Find a medium-sized casserole dish that you will store/ serve the dip in – I use my Corningware oval baking dish, but a medium-sized Pyrex container works too
– Spread the can of Frito Bean dip in the bottom of the dish, in an even layer. This will be the base of the dip.
– Mix your container of sour cream with the package of taco seasoning until seasoning is evenly distributed and spread out in an even layer on top of the bean dip
– Empty your entire package of shredded cheddar cheese evenly on top and you are ready to eat! Store in the refrigerator until serving.

Hope you enjoy these dips! If you’ve got a good one, feel free to pass along! The easier the better 🙂

Happy dipping!

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