You can always count on beer cheese dip if you need a quick, easy, and flavorful appetizer recipe. The dump-and-go combo of sharp cheddar cheese, cream cheese, milk, beer, and a few other spices makes this one of the most favorite recipes for game day.
Why this recipe works
Whether you need a dip appetizer idea for a tailgate party, church potluck, or the next family gathering – this crock pot beer cheese dip can be a quick go to. Since all you have to do is add the ingredients to a slow cooker and walk away, it’s ideal when you need something on the fly.
This cheese dip is also versatile. It can be served variousty of sides (see ideas below) and can easily be ao to make a heartier beer cheese dip.
- Sharp Cheddar Cheese: This is where all of your delicious cheesy goodness comes from.
- Cream Cheese: Added to the sharp cheddar cheese to create a creamy cheese texture and flavor.
- Milk: Enhances the dip’s creaminess.
- Beer: A must-have for beer dip; however, you won’t taste the beer flavor much.
- Worcestershire Sauce: Gives the beer cheese dip a subtle kick.
- Spices: Dijon mustard, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder add the finishing flavors.
Step One – Cube the cream cheese and shred the sharp cheddar cheese. Add both into the slow cooker.
Step Two – Add the remaining ingredients.
Step Three – Lightly stir to combine.
Step Four – Cover and cook on HIGH For 1 hour or until smooth, ,melty and hot.
How to serve
- Crock pot beer cheese dip can be served straight from the pot itself. Once it has reached the desired consistency, turn the slow cooker to the keep warm setting.
- This beer cheese dip can also be served on a platter with a variety of sides for dipping. Pour the cheesy beer dip into a medium-sized serving bowl and place it on the center of a platter dish. Sprinkle a variety of the following around it: toasted baguette slices, pita chips, soft pretzel bites, crackers, and/or sliced veggies like carrot sticks. You can even serve it with sliced cold kielbasa.
- Serving a large crowd? Consider doubling this beer cheese dip recipe and pouring it into a fondue pot. You can also provide toppings on the side. Sliced green onions, sour cream, crumbled bacon, and extra shredded sharp cheddar cheese to sprinkle on top is easy.
- Add meat: Make this beer cheese dip hearty by adding a pound of cooked and crumbled hamburger meat. Fried and crumbled bacon works well too. The flavors of these meats would be a delicious addition.
- Different Cheese Ideas: Although this recipe calls for sharp cheddar cheese, you can always switch it up with pepper jack cheese (which will give it a kick). Mild cheddar cheese and/or mozzarella cheese work well too.
- Use a Dark Beer: I went with a pilsner, but you can also, opt in for a darker beer. This will give it a slightly more complex taste.
Add any leftovers to an airtight container and store in the fridge for a couple of days. In most cases, the dip may thicken so when reheating it, you may want to add a bit more milk to help make it creamy again.
No, there may be traces of alcohol left in the dish. Don’t serve to anyone who does not drink alcohol.
Pilsner or your favorite beer is the best. Don’t use something you wouldn’t drink. If you don’t drink beer, but love beer cheese, use a very light beer such as bud light.
Slow Cooker Beer Cheese Dip Recipe
- 16 oz. cream cheese (two 8-oz. packages)
- 8 oz. FRESH FINELY shredded sharp cheddar cheese (8 oz. block, not preshredded bagged cheese)
- 1/2 cup beer (I use pilsner or a light beer)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
- 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne (or paprika if you don't want any spice)
- pretzel bites, pita chips, kielbasa, or tortilla chips
- Cube the cream cheese and add to the slow cooker. Add the sharp cheddar cheese, beer, milk, dijon mustard and seasonings.
- Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on HIGH For 1 hour or until smooth, melty and hot. (stirring occasionally).
How to Video:
- Not sure what kind of beer to use? Pilsner or your favorite beer is the best. Don’t use something you wouldn’t drink. If you don’t drink beer, but love beer cheese, use a very light beer such as bud light.
- Alcohol does not completely cook off in the slow cooker. Keep that in mind when serving anyone who doesn’t drink alcohol, including kids.
- Add any leftovers to an airtight container and store in the fridge for a couple of days. In most cases, the dip may thicken so when reheating it, you may want to add a bit more milk to help make it creamy again.
Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.