Need a great dip recipe for that upcoming party and have no idea what to make? If so, you are going to love this easy BLT dip with cream cheese, sour cream, and mayo!
Super creamy and full of flavor, this bacon, lettuce, and tomato dip will be the star of the party! Serve with your favorite chips, crackers, or veggies.
Why You'll Love This
I'm excited to share with you this scrumptious BLT appetizer. This dip has been one of my favorite easy appetizer recipes for parties and get-togethers for many years.
BLT dip only takes about 30 minutes to whip up and it works for any occasion, any time of year. It's a great finger food for a party - no utensils required! Win and win, right?!
Why This Recipe Works
Similar to the famous (and very delicious) BLT sandwich, this dip gets its name from the three key ingredients - bacon, lettuce, and tomato.
Unlike some other dips, this is a BLT dip with cream cheese and cheddar cheese. I think that makes it a bit different from most others. The cream cheese makes it a bit denser and the cheddar cheese adds extra flavor and texture.
What Goes Into This
The ingredients for BLT dip are pretty straightforward.
- Cooked and chopped bacon - if you're in a pinch, you can certainly use the pre-cooked bacon.
- Sour cream, mayo, and cream cheese - these are key ingredients to this dip. Full-fat versions are my top choice, but if you need to make any substitutions (low-fat versions), the flavor and consistency may change.
- Romaine lettuce - lettuce is used in the dip and as a topping (the finishing touch). Feel free to use another variety of lettuce. No wrong choice for this recipe.
- Roma tomatoes - any kind of tomato will do, but Roma tomatoes are known to be less "watery" than other varieties and that's a good thing for this BLT dip recipe.
- Mild cheddar cheese - the cheese adds more flavor and texture to this dip so don't leave it out. You could use sharp cheddar cheese if you prefer it over mild.
Keep in mind that the ingredients listed above are how I make this BLT dip. You can certainly add more bacon (which is never a bad idea, right?), reduce the amount of mayo if you aren't a big mayo fan, etc.
Feel free to experiment a little and find the perfect combination for your taste. That's part of the fun of cooking.
The steps are pretty simple for this creamy BLT dip. Really, the hardest part is cooking bacon (and you don't even have to do that if you buy the precooked bacon).
Step 1: Preheat oven to 400F. Lay 8 strips of bacon on a shallow cooking sheet. Bake according to package directions. Drain and chop. Set aside.
Step 2: Place the mayo, sour cream, and cream cheese into a medium-size bowl and mix thoroughly.
Step 3: Add the shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce, green onion, and tomato
Step 4: Add chopped bacon and a dash of salt and pepper to taste and mix thoroughly.
Tip: After mixing all the ingredients, transfer the dip to your favorite dip container. Sprinkle the extra bacon, green onion, lettuce, and tomato on top for a beautiful presentation.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you're short on time, remove the cream cheese from the foil wrapping and place it on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave the cream cheese in 10-second increments, checking frequently as you don't want to melt the cheese - just soften it.
Definitely! I recommend making it at least a few hours before serving or even the day before. This gives plenty of time for all the ingredients to mingle and really enhances the flavor of the dip. Keep the dip covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Save the garnish until you're ready to serve the dip.
When stored in the refrigerator, this BLT dip can last for a couple of days. When left out, this dip should be fine for only an hour or two due to the mayo and sour cream. My recommendation is that you keep the dip refrigerated as much as possible.
If you are looking for a low calorie, low-fat option, you can certainly make some substitutions/changes such as:
Turkey bacon rather than pork bacon
Low-fat cream cheese
Low-fat sour cream
Eliminate the cheddar cheese
Serve celery or cucumber slices with your dip rather than chips, crackers, or bread
By making these simple changes, you can cut back on the calories and fat content.
BLT dip, on its own, is low carb! To make it keto, use avocado oil mayonnaise. Serve with low carb veggies such as broccoli and cauliflower florets. Pork rinds are an option, too.
I prefer cooking the bacon in the oven (vs stovetop) because it frees you up to mix the other ingredients. If you want to save on the baking time, you can use pre-cooked bacon.
I use kitchen shears to cut up the bacon into small bits or you can use a cutting board and chopping knife.
When it comes to what to serve with this easy BLT Dip, there are a bunch of choices. Personally, I am a big fan of Crostini D'Emily bread. I can sit and eat a lot of this dip with a plate of crostini.
If you aren't familiar, crostini is a baguette crouton that you can find in the deli section at your local grocery store. My store offers it already toasted, but you can easily toast yours on a cookie sheet in the oven if need be.
My husband, on the other hand, thinks that a bag of Fritos corn scoops makes for the best BLT dip!
Because I make this BLT dip with cream cheese, I recommend serving it with something rather firm. Tortilla chips may crumble way too easily for this dip. Consider offering:
- Triscuit crackers
- toasted bread
- bagel chips
- pita chips
- or vegetables (celery or cucumber slices)
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Easy BLT Dip Recipe
- Kitchen shears
- 2 cups bacon cooked and chopped
- 1 ½ cups mayo
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 2 cups sour cream
- 3-4 Roma tomatoes, chopped and seeded
- 1 dash salt
- 1 dash pepper
- 1 cup green onions chopped
- 1 cup romaine lettuce shredded and chopped
- 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- Preheat oven to 400F. Lay 8 strips of bacon on a shallow cooking sheet. Cook for 14 - 16 minutes or until crispy. I prefer this method of cooking the bacon (vs stovetop) because it frees you up to mix the other ingredients. If you want to save on the baking time, you can use pre-cooked bacon.
- After the bacon is done, drain off the extra bacon grease and use a paper towel to absorb grease from the bacon. I use kitchen shears to cut up the bacon into small bits or you can use a cutting board and chopping knife.
- Place the mayo, sour cream, and cream cheese into a medium-size bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Add the shredded cheddar cheese, chopped bacon, lettuce, green onion, and tomato to the mayo, sour cream, cream cheese mixture (save some bacon, lettuce, green onion, and tomato for garnish). Similar to the bacon, I use kitchen shears to cut up the lettuce and green onions.
- Add a dash of salt and pepper to taste and mix thoroughly.
- After mixing all the ingredients, transfer the dip to your favorite dip container. Sprinkle the extra bacon, green onion, lettuce, and tomato on top to make a really nice looking dip. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors come together. Serve with your favorite chips, crackers, or veggies.
- Let me know what you think! Comment on the recipe and take a pic of your awesome looking BLT Dip and share with me on IG or Pinterest. I'd love to hear from you!
This recipe was originally published in 2020 and was updated in 2022.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy to my readers. I'm not a nutritionist and I don't guarantee the accuracy of this data. The data may differ according to the brands I used versus the brands you use. To calculate the data yourself using your brands, try using an online nutrition calculator or app.