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This easy cheese dip recipe takes only minutes to make with cream cheese and shredded cheddar, and is guaranteed to be a hit at your next party!

I like to serve the dip with a variety of potato chips, crackers, and pretzels. Other favorite cheese dips are this chorizo cheese dip, whipped feta cheese dip, and chili cheese dip.

Cream cheese with shredded cheddar in a large bowl with crackers.
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Why We Love This Recipe

  • Quick Recipe – Ready in only minutes!
  • Simple Ingredients – You only need three ingredients plus a couple spices/herbs.
  • No Cooking or Chilling Required – Just mix up and serve!


Combine two cheeses, sour cream, and some spices for an easy appetizer recipe.

  • Cream Cheese – Use the full fat brick style and soften to room temperature
  • Sour Cream – For a lighter version, you can swap half or all for plain Greek yogurt.
  • Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Spices – Ground mustard, garlic powder
  • Fresh Minced Chives
  • For Serving – Crinkle cut potato chips, crackers, pretzels

How To Make This Easy Cheese Dip Recipe

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This cheese dip takes only minutes to make!

  1. Beat Cream Cheese and Sour Cream – In a medium bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and sour cream with a hand mixer until well combined and fluffy.
  2. Remaining Ingredients – Add in the remaining ingredients and mix until smooth.
  3. Serve – Transfer the cheese dip to a serving dish and serve with potato chips, crackers, or pretzels. Enjoy!
Cream cheese, shredded cheddar and chives in a large bowl.
Cream cheese dip in a bowl with chives garnish.

Recipe FAQs

How long is a sour cream and cream cheese dip good for?

A cream cheese/sour cream based dip will keep in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. You can let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes or so before serving so it softens again.

What do you eat with cheese spread or dip?

A cheese dip or spread is great with crackers, potato chips (especially the crinkle cut kind), pretzels, or even veggies.

How do you mix cream cheese with sour cream without lumps?

The key to a smooth, lump-free, consistency when mixing cream cheese and sour cream is using cream cheese that has been softened to room temperature. Using an electric mixer is also much easier than mixing by hand.


Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. It’s a great make-ahead option!

Expert Tips

  • Other Mix-Ins – This dip is great on its own, but it also lends well to other add-ins like diced jalapenos, cooked and crumbled bacon, or sliced green onions.
  • Use Softened Cream Cheese – It’s important to use softened cream cheese to get a smooth consistency. If you forget to take the cream cheese out, you can remove the cream cheese from its foil wrapper and microwave on a plate in 5 second increments on a low power setting. The goal is to soften it, but not melt it.
  • Other Shredded Cheese – Instead of the sharp cheddar cheese, you can use another cheese. I also love using pepper jack to add a kick.
Potato chip with cream cheese dip

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Easy Cheese Dip

This easy cheese dip recipe takes only minutes to make, uses just a few simple ingredients, and is guaranteed to be a hit at your next party!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 10


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoons minced chives
  • Crinkle cut potato chips, crackers, or pretzels for dipping
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  • In a medium sized bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream with a hand mixer until well combined and fluffy.
  • Add in remaining ingredients and mix until smooth.
  • Transfer dip to a serving dish and serve with potato chips, crackers or pretzels.


Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 218kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 7gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 226mgPotassium: 80mgFiber: 0.03gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 687IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 206mgIron: 0.1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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