20 Regional Dips Perfect for Super Bowl Snacking
Eat your way across the USA this football season with our collection of delicious dips. From New England Clam Chowder Dip to Kentucky Beer Cheese Spread, you're sure to find a recipe that will be a hit at your next tailgate.
Kansas City: Big Al's K.C. BBQ Sauce
Since the Kansas City Chiefs are one of the teams facing off at the Super Bowl, we're starting with a local classic: Kansas City barbecue sauce. Recipe creator Alan Arthur describes this mixture as a "Kansas City-style sauce that I make in my restaurant. It is sweet and smoky with a little bite." If you need a dip for chicken wings or chicken fingers, don't miss this Kansas City staple.
San Francisco: Chef John's Green Goddess Dressing
The Chiefs will battle the San Francisco 49ers at the Super Bowl, and the Bay Area is home to one of the finest dips to ever grace a crudité platter: green goddess dressing. "This creamy, herby, addictively delicious sauce is not only my favorite salad dressing, but is one of my favorite dips as well," recipe writer Chef John says of this tangy and herbaceous sauce.
New England: New England Clam Chowder Dip
New England takes enormous pride in its local clams, and New England clam chowder stands out as a signature dish of the region. The creamy texture and clam-centric flavor profile of New England chowder translates smoothly into this dip, and reviewer dan todaro calls this version a "great recipe; always a hit at parties".
New York: Thousand Island Dressing Mastered
A recipe hailing from the Thousand Islands region on the border of New York State and Canada, this salad dressing became famous when it appeared on the menu at the acclaimed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in NYC. As a dip, Thousand Island works beautifully with everything from mini-Reubens to a vegetable platter. "Great, zesty, and tasty recipe. I used it for my Reuben sandwiches," says commenter DebbyO.
New York: Buffalo Chicken Dip
The city of Buffalo claims an exalted position in the pantheon of game-day snacks, thanks to their unofficial hometown hero, the Buffalo chicken wing. These hot sauce-slathered bites are an undeniable crowd-pleaser, but they're also relatively messy to eat. For a tidier alternative that still packs all of that bold and spicy wing flavor, try a Buffalo chicken dip instead. "This tangy, creamy dip tastes just like Buffalo chicken wings. It's best served hot with crackers and celery sticks. Everyone loves the results!" insists recipe creator NUNPUNCH.
Maryland: Spicy Maryland Crab Dip
Marylanders treasure their soft-shell crabs, and this lively dip combines crab meat, smooth sour cream, melted cheese, and plenty of spice. "A delicious hot crab and cheese dip that comes straight from the heart of the Chesapeake Bay! Serve with crackers or a warm baguette," recipe writer Laura Superczynski says.
Virginia: Mexican White Sauce
If you visit a Mexican restaurant in coastal Virginia, you'll likely be presented with a basket of tortilla chips accompanied by salsa and a mysterious ranch-dressing-esque dip known locally as "white sauce". It's garlicky, creamy, and a perfect counterpoint to salty chips and the spice and acid in tomato-based salsa. "This recipe is a great party/get-together snack! It is wonderful and truly tastes just like [what you'll find] in Mexican restaurants...I'm sure it's the same stuff. It is so easy and you should let it sit [for] a couple hours [before serving] so the flavors blend," effuses commenter Cecilie Hamilton.
The Appalachian Mountains: Southern-Style Chocolate Gravy
A dessert dip makes a welcome addition to any snack table, and the luxurious, hot fudge-like sauce known as "chocolate gravy" in Appalachia is perfect for dunking fruit, cookies, mini-donuts, biscuits, and everything in between. "When I was a little girl, all my friends wanted to spend the night so they could have Chocolate Gravy for breakfast. My kids have introduced several of their friends to it as well....looks like the tradition is in no danger of dying out anytime soon!" raves reviewer Marcie Killian Connally.
Kentucky: Kentucky Beer Cheese Spread
Arguably Kentucky's greatest culinary innovation, Kentucky beer cheese works equally well as a chip or cracker dip and as a cheesy, tangy, spiced sandwich spread. "The flavor is amazing, the assembly couldn't be easier, and the heat is just right. I used an IPA for the beer and the flavor really shined. Give this one a try!" user Cowgirll says about this recipe.
The South: Southern Pimento Cheese
The state of Tennessee likes to take credit for pimento cheese, but Southerners from throughout the region grew up with this popular party snack, and they love it for both nostalgic reasons and because a cheese dip with a hot-pepper kick is just all-around delicious. "This wonderful version of pimento cheese can be used for grilled cheese sandwiches, as a spread for crackers, or served alongside your favorite fried green tomatoes," insists recipe creator QueenReyney.
Mississippi: Mississippi Sin
A cheese dip that's easy to customize, Mississippi Sin Dip can easily serve as a vessel for fun mix-ins like bacon, hot peppers, and ham. "This is a wonderful dip that can be served in bread or in a small crock pot if you can't find round bread. I've made this dip for years with a few minor changes and someone always wants the recipe," says BamaMom.
Louisiana: Shrimp Dip
Gulf shrimp play a major role in Louisiana cuisine, and this dip especially succeeds when made with fresh seafood. "I have been making this dip for all family functions for years, always a huge hit," says reviewer MonicaMend.
Florida: Smoked Fish Dip
A state surrounded by water on three sides like Florida should be famous for its seafood, and the Sunshine State fully delivers on that front. This dip features whitefish, a popular catch off the Florida coast. "This recipe for smoked fish dip is world class, puts most others to shame, and is served in several prominent restaurants on the gulf coast of Florida. We used smoked whitefish, well boned, but any other smoked fish should work. Serve with crackers, lemon or lime wedges, and capers," recommends recipe writer KPerkins100.
Texas: Queso (Cheese) Dip
Served with tortilla chips at many, many Texan restaurants, queso includes melted cheese, processed cheese (usually Velveeta), hot peppers, heavy cream, and spices to taste. "Being from Texas, I know my queso, and I think this is the one that beats them all!" says recipe creator Shrimpbait. "It's full of flavor and all fresh ingredients."
Ohio: Skyline Dip
The tomato-heavy spin on chili known as "Cincinnati chili" is a well-known (and fairly polarizing) Ohio specialty. At Skyline Chili, the restaurant credited for popularizing this regional dish, the loose, sauce-like chili can be served on top of spaghetti (the signature Cincinnati preparation) or incorporated into other recipes, like Skyline Dip. "A quick and easy Cincinnati favorite! Excellent dip. Garnish with jalapeño peppers and serve with tortilla chips," says recipe writer MidwestCincy.
Michigan: Grandpa’s Classic Coney Sauce
Although their name references the waterfront NYC neighborhood of Coney Island, "Coney dogs" are a beloved Detroit tradition. Like Cincinnati chili, the sauce used to top Coney dogs is a close cousin to chili, although slightly sweeter. Coney dogs make great sustenance for a backyard barbecue, but if you're hosting an indoor Super Bowl party, you can use Coney sauce as a savory dip for pigs in a blanket. "My grandfather owned a drive-in restaurant back in the 1950s, [and] this is his exact recipe for Coney Dogs from back in the day," recipe developer Sean S. says of his Coney sauce version.
Utah: Fry Sauce
Serving up some deep-fried spuds at your Super Bowl shindig? Take a cue from the good folks of Salt Lake City and put a ramekin of fry sauce on the platter. "[Fry sauce] is a very simple and general condiment for lots of things in place of ketchup, mayo or similar condiments. I have always known it as "Secret Sauce" because that's what Mom called it. None of our friends knew about it when we moved to CA or elsewhere, [but] we've converted a lot of people that just can't do plain ketchup any more," reviewer Nikki_D declares in support of this Utah must-try.
New Mexico: Green Chile Cheese Dip
Green chiles occupy a crucial place in New Mexico cuisine, and residents of this state are typically eager to find any and every excuse to include these verdant peppers in recipes. That's why this spicy spin on cheese dip both reflects New Mexico's culinary tradition and makes a great football nosh. "A new spin on a classic dip! Everyone at my party loved it and requested the recipe," says commenter EPruetz.
Los Angeles: French Onion Dip from Scratch
French onion dip feels pretty ubiquitous at parties throughout the U.S., but this crowd-pleasing chip accompaniment got its start in the City of Angels. The popular method for making this dip involves sour cream and French onion soup mix, but if you want to take things up a notch, you can easily whip up a flavorful version using actual caramelized onions. "Everyone has [had] the soup-mix onion dip. Try this fabulous recipe for a homemade version that is much better!" writes recipe creator CCummins.
Alaska: Irresistible Smoked Salmon Dip
The cold waters surrounding the state of Alaska are fertile spots for salmon-fishing, which accounts for smoked salmon's popularity in the Last Frontier. "This is a savory treat, and as a bonus it's low carb. This dip goes great with Mary's Gone Crackers. You can also dip celery or pork rinds, or freeze scoops of it for a savory fat bomb," says Carol Castellucci Miller.