Rating: 4.46 stars
113 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 80
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 5

This is a GREAT alternative to chips and dip. I take this everywhere and always get asked for the recipe. It is awesome! It is best served with mini-twist pretzels, but it's also great with veggies.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
56
Yield:
3 1/2 cups
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Ingredients

56
Original recipe yields 56 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a bowl, mash the cream cheese with the ranch dressing mix until thoroughly combined, then stir in the Cheddar cheese. Mix in beer, 1 tablespoon at a time, until you reach the desired consistency (add more for a thinner dip). Stir in the seasoned salt and cayenne pepper. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 1 hour.

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Nutrition Facts

46 calories; protein 1.6g; carbohydrates 0.6g; fat 4.1g; cholesterol 13mg; sodium 87.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (113)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2011
I love this dip and make it all the time. The only thing I do is use a heaping TBSP of dry chopped onion and I rehydrate it in the beer before I add it to the recipe. I also don't add seasoned salt since the ranch makes it pretty salty. Great with pretzels. You'll never go home with leftovers. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/07/2012
I had high hopes for this because of the high reviews however it did not go over well at the super bowl party we went to. Read More
(4)
113 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 80
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2011
I love this dip and make it all the time. The only thing I do is use a heaping TBSP of dry chopped onion and I rehydrate it in the beer before I add it to the recipe. I also don't add seasoned salt since the ranch makes it pretty salty. Great with pretzels. You'll never go home with leftovers. Read More
(94)
Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2011
I made this for a family gathering at Christmas, New Year's and put a bowl out with fresh veggies to hold off the crowd til dinner could get done at Easter. There has never been any leftover. My 8 year old GS said we should just plan on having it "everytime" we get together even when he just comes to visit for a weekend!! Delicious, easy, simple ingredients. Can't ask for more. **UPDATE** Well, here it is late 8/2011 and he's here visiting. He specifically asked that we make this today. Heading to store for another brick of cream cheese. Doing only "half" of this recipe is a complete waste of time in my house!! When kids ask for it by name and dig in with glee with their celery sticks, how can you say no to that kind of celebration!!! Read More
(80)
Rating: 4 stars
05/31/2011
At first, I thought this tasted a lot like beer. I scaled the recipe all the way to 7 servings to try out the taste only. I used whipped cream cheese, because it was all I had. I did use a darker beer, that has a stronger taste, but the recipe didn't specify. Once I let it sit in the fridge for 24 hours, and then dipped pretzels in it, the flavors blended together well. The beer just enhanced the cheese flavors instead of dominating it. It does go great with pretzels. However, I would definitely make it the night before so the cheese has time to absorb the beer and blend right. It will also be much thicker by then and the right consistency for dipping. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/04/2012
This is MUCH better if you substitute 8oz of sour cream for one of the packages of cream cheese. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2011
Delish! Made the whole thing in the processor - took about 5 minutes. I didn't use any seasoned salt and I'm not a fan of cayenne but I did want a little "kick " so I added a healthy dose of horseradish. I used a little more than 1/2 cup of Terminal Gravity IPA and it was good straight out of the processor workbowl. I got some Snyder's giant pretzel rods as a go-with...can't wait to taste it after it's had a chance to meld. Thanks for a keeper! 10/8/11 - 24 hours later. I'm not going to change the rating but I will do a couple of things differently next time. First I was surprised by how thick it was so that means I'll add more beer. Second I couldn't really taste the horseradish at all so I'll be adding more of that too. It was very good but just a wee bit too "ranchy." I took it to a party in the bread bowl and got lots of compliments...nice about not having to worry about taking the bowl home! Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
05/20/2011
I haven't tried this particular recipe yet but have been making a variation for year. Only difference is no salt or pepper but two chopped green onions mixed in. Everyone loves this dip! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2011
This is always my go to appetizer for work functions parties and snacks at the house. Only thing different I do is add garlic powder instead of the salt/cayenne. I always get request for this recipe! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2011
I make this for parties or get togethers. I put in 1/2 of a 12 oz. beer or a little more. I don't use salt or cayenne pepper. I also add 1/4 cup of chopped green onions. It always gets devoured. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2012
This is identical to a dip I've been making for years except I never add seasoning salt or cayenne pepper. I do however add chopped green onions which goes great in this dip. You must let this chill AT LEAST 8 hours for it to taste best. The longer it sits, the better it will taste. And I think light beer is best to use, as a darker beer will be too over powering. Read More
(9)
Rating: 3 stars
02/07/2012
I had high hopes for this because of the high reviews however it did not go over well at the super bowl party we went to. Read More
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