Charleston Cheese Dip

Cheese Dips & Cheese Balls, Southern Appetizers
This Charleston cheese dip will start off any party with a big bang. It's cheesy and more-ish, easy to make, and absolutely divine.

This Charleston cheese dip will start off any party with a big bang. It’s cheesy and more-ish, easy to make, and absolutely divine.


Let’s admit it…who doesn’t love a gooey, ooey cheese dip? Most Southerners will queue up to the table to munch down on a good creamy cheese dip served with crackers, bread, or chips!

I know in my family our love of cheese started with my grandfather-Papa. He would buy old-fashioned “hoop” cheese by the block and slice off a piece whenever he felt the urge.

Then my grandmother, Mema, would whip up a big pot of cheese grits and feed us grand kids when we visited. My love of cheese grew from there. I even remember one time eating an entire block of cheddar cheese.

Psst… this pineapple cheeseball is a fan fave too!

Am I the only one who’s eaten a whole block of cheese?

Admittedly that probably wasn’t the wisest idea I ever had, but it was good while I was eating it. My children today absolutely love Queso dip and chips.

By the time they have finished a bowl of the dip, there are streams of cheese dip from the bowl to each child’s plate and smiles on their cheesy faces.

I think you get the idea…..we LOVE our cheese. What better way to enjoy it than in a crowd-pleasing dip! 

charleston cheese dip wooden spoon

What’s in a name?

From what I can gather, this Charleston Cheese Dip name originated when Trisha Yearwood made a tour stop in Charleston, ate a great cheese dip, then created a recipe around it.

Apparently, a hotel left a basket with yummy crackers and cheeses and, of course, bacon, and – voila!- Charleston Cheese Dip was born!

It also makes it that much more interesting to have a dip you serve that originated with a country music singer, am I right? Can’t get more southern than that!

Charleston Cheese Dip

Why not take a yummy cheese dip and elevate it with bacon (a Southern favorite), mayonnaise, and a dash of cayenne for a little kick. It takes cheese dip to another level. 

Also, kudos for you if you are from South Carolina and make this dip!

Ingredients for Charleston Cheese Dip

  • 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 lb. bacon, browned and crumbled
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 to 3/4 sleeve of butter crackers, crushed

Directions for making Charleston Cheese Dip

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Blend together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Jack cheese, mayonnaise, and cayenne pepper until smooth.
  3. Stir in the crumbled bacon and onion.
  4. Pour into an 8 X 8 inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  5. Top with crushed butter crackers.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. 
  7. Serve with tortilla chips.


This recipe was first published in Cancer Freeze: Cookin’ For A Cure. Printed with permission.

Charleston Cheese Dip

This Charleston cheese dip will start off any party with a big bang. It's cheesy and more-ish, easy to make, and absolutely divine.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 557kcal
Author: Rachel Norman

Ingredients

  • 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • 1 lb bacon browned and crumbled
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup onion finely diced
  • 1/2 to 3/4 sleeve butter crackers crushed

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  • 2. Blend together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Jack cheese, mayonnaise, and cayenne pepper until smooth.
  • 3. Stir in the crumbled bacon and onion.
  • Pour into an 8 X 8 inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Top with crushed butter crackers.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Serve with tortilla chips.

Nutrition

Calories: 557kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 788mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 301IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 1mg

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