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 its flavor is 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. Serve it with bread, corn chips, bagel chips, pita chips, or your favorite cracker!

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.

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Psst… this pineapple cheeseball appeziter 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! 

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What’s in a name?

The Charleston Cheese Dip name originated when Trisha Yearwood (who actually creates tons of fun Southern recipes) 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! – Trisha’s recipe for Charleston Cheese Dip was born!

It also makes it that much more interesting to have the delicious dip you serve originated from 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 crispy 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 Ritz crackers, crushed

Directions for making Charleston Cheese Dip

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Blend together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Jack cheese, mayo, 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 Ritz crackers.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. 
  7. Serve with corn chips, pita chips, bagel chips, or your favorite cracker.


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

Charleston Cheese Dip

Rachel Norman
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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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Southern
Servings 6
Calories 686 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz 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 Ritz crackers crushed

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Blend together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Jack cheese, mayonnaise, and cayenne pepper until smooth.
  • Stir in the crumbled bacon and onion.
  • Pour into an 8 X 8 inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Top with crushed Ritz crackers.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Serve with corn chips, pita chips, bagel chips, or your favorite cracker.

Nutrition

Calories: 686kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 19gFat: 66gSaturated Fat: 25gPolyunsaturated Fat: 14gMonounsaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 909mgPotassium: 242mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 809IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 250mgIron: 1mg
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