Hot Bacon Cheese Dip

hot bacon cheese dip recipe

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a huge fan of dips, but I’m not sure if I properly conveyed my deep love and affection for a good dip. You see, dips are so creamy and cheesy and dippy. They are fun to eat and are generally filled with some of my favorite things. Dips are fun. They take me to my happy place.

So, please, don’t tell me that it was wrong that my kids ate this dip, and only this dip, for lunch yesterday. It has four major food groups in it! Dairy, protein, grains, and vegetables! Well, I guess the vegetable group probably isn’t properly covered when you consider I only added a 1/4 cup of a very finely chopped onion, but I’m okay with overlooking that. We should all live on the wild side once in a while! Besides, dip doesn’t need to be healthy. It just needs to be delicious.

Trust me on this. This dip? Is outta this world. I’ve made a bacon dip before and it was good. Now, however, I know what good really means and this dip blows that other dip outta the water.

Besides, it’s served in a bread bowl which makes this dip infinitely cooler than those other dips that rely on bowls for serving.

Please. Make this dip. It’d be perfect for lunch. Or, if you’re more reasonable than me, perfect for your next get together. I guarantee people will beg you  for the recipe.

This recipe is a part of Bacon Week, the best week there ever was!


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Hot Bacon Cheese Dip


1 unsliced round loaf bread
2 cups (8 ounces) Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1 cup (4 ounces) Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup finely diced onion
7 bacon strips, diced and fried
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp crushed red chile flakes


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Slice the top quarter off the loaf of bread and set aside. Carefully hollow out the inside, leaving a 1 inch shell. Cube removed bread and set aside for dipping.

Combine remaining ingredients in a large bow, spoon into bread bowl. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and cover with the reserved top quarter of the loaf to prevent the dip from becoming to brown while baking.

Bake for 45 minutes or until heated through. Serve with bread cubes and crackers.

slightly adapted from Taste Of Home Bacon Recipe Cards, June 2010


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60 Responses to “Hot Bacon Cheese Dip”

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet June 29, 2010 @ 7:54 am (#

    You just HAD to put it in a bread bowl! Now there is a giant puddle of drool on my desk. Oh em gee. Fabulous.


  2. The Blue-Eyed Bakers June 29, 2010 @ 8:36 am (#

    Oh goodness…this is just beautiful. Really, it’s foodie bacon loving bliss! And completely appropriate for lunch no?


  3. Barbara June 29, 2010 @ 10:46 am (#

    OK, Karly, I will. This is the perfect weekend to try it out too! Although I know you and there will be no “trying out”, it will be fabulous!
    Such a pretty presentation, too!


  4. Michelle June 29, 2010 @ 11:33 am (#

    I’m totally sold. I’m gonna bookmark this for the next time I need a dip. Bring on the bacon!


  5. Your Mama June 29, 2010 @ 2:28 pm (#

    That looks darn good. Think maybe you could bring it on the 4th?


  6. Rebekah June 29, 2010 @ 6:06 pm (#




  7. Katie June 29, 2010 @ 8:05 pm (#

    Just started checking out your blog recently. Ohhh… yum! That dip looks so good.

    By the way, I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but if you accidently type a similar web-address by accident it leads to a not-so-nice adult website. Whoops!


  8. Erin @ Making Memories June 29, 2010 @ 8:44 pm (#

    YUM!!! I just passed along your blog address to a friend of mine who ADORES bacon! Sh’es going to flip!!! Looks delicious!!!


  9. MelanieL June 30, 2010 @ 9:12 am (#

    This looks so good!! I’m loving bacon week:)


  10. Amy Kelly June 30, 2010 @ 11:44 am (#

    Oh my, this sounds absolutely sinful! My husband and I are in the process of buying our first home and I’ve already added this to the list of things I will be making for our future housewarming. Thank you for sharing what I’m sure will be one amazing recipe!


  11. grace June 30, 2010 @ 4:22 pm (#

    as much as you love dips, that’s only a dent in the amount of my love for bread bowls. i can’t get enough, regardless of what’s contained inside!


  12. Ashley July 7, 2010 @ 10:03 am (#

    Mmm I’m a dipaholic too. Love that this dip is baked in a bread bowl!!


  13. Tom July 7, 2010 @ 1:21 pm (#

    For the love of all that is holy and tasty… And I’m supposed to WORK after seeing this?!?

    I WILL NOT lick the screen… I WILL NOT lick the screen.


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  15. Julia May 12, 2011 @ 10:47 am (#

    Came across this on tastespotting and posted it on my pinterest board. Holy smokes, this looks out of this world!


  16. Michelle July 15, 2011 @ 9:34 am (#

    This was a winner at our house! And I’m in love with your blog :)


  17. anna August 14, 2011 @ 6:07 pm (#

    OMG… everything is better with bacon. I had a bacon brownie once – sounds crazy but it was really good! Just a little of the smoky bacon flavor.

    Love the bread bowl! Fewer dishes, haha.


  18. Kelsey January 26, 2012 @ 3:29 pm (#

    Just wondering, I live in a small town and dont’ have specialty breads readily available (i.e. the round loaves) and was wondering if I could put this in a small crock pot and acheive the same results? –any and all suggestions would be helpful!!! thanks


  19. Karly January 26, 2012 @ 3:49 pm (#

    Kelsey, I think that would be fine!


  20. PaigeP February 2, 2012 @ 11:11 am (#

    I found this recipe on Pinterest. I cannot wait to try it as a Super Bowl appetizer. Yum!


  21. Lisa March 9, 2012 @ 12:19 pm (#

    Sorry, but I have kind of a stupid you buy the round loaf of bread already baked or dough? I was just wondering if it is already baked, wouldn’t it burn/over bake the 45 minutes we put it in the oven? It looks delicious and I just don’t want to screw this up.


    • Karly replied: — March 10th, 2012 @ 11:49 am

      @Lisa, you want the baked bread. You would think that it would burn, but it doesn’t! You might not need the full 45 minutes either. I usually get impatient. Just take it out when everything is hot and gooey.


  22. Emily A March 10, 2012 @ 11:21 am (#

    Would this recipe be good if you substituted the mayo for cream cheese? I am not a huge mayo fan at all but this recipe sounds good, but I’d like to try it with cream cheese. :)


    • Karly replied: — March 10th, 2012 @ 11:50 am

      @Emily A, I think it’d be fine! Sounds tasty to me.


  23. kathleen August 18, 2012 @ 8:48 pm (#

    I have made this wonderful dish a few times. It’s always a winner. I started using bacon bits in place of regular bacon. It saves time and I feel like no bite is void of bacon :)


  24. Pamela Ennis August 31, 2012 @ 8:52 am (#

    This looks amazing!! I am going to make it tomorrow for a football party. I was just wondering if when the recipe calls for 2 cups and then it say 8 ounces. Is the 8 ounces what you adapted it too? Or do I actually use 2 cups. And then do I use the proper measurements like the cup of mayo?


  25. Pamela Ennis August 31, 2012 @ 8:54 am (#

    This looks amazing and I want to make it this weekend for a football party. Just wondering if when it says 2 cups (8 ounces) which do I use? Is 8 ounces what you adapted it to? Also do I go ahead and use the proper measurements for the rest of the recipe? Like 1 cup of mayo? Thanks!


  26. Beckie September 1, 2012 @ 6:59 pm (#

    Did I miss something…? How much bacon and I assume you cook the bacon first?


    • Karly replied: — September 3rd, 2012 @ 9:51 am


      Yep! :) The recipe calls for 7 slices of chopped and fried bacon.


  27. Jennifer September 17, 2012 @ 1:48 pm (#

    This looks delicious…after cooking it in the oven does the bread still stay soft??? I am doing it for a party and I don’t know if it sits out will the bread get really hard?


    • Karly replied: — September 17th, 2012 @ 2:13 pm


      It gets a bit crunchy on the outside, but the inside stays soft. :)


  28. Barb Stanley November 14, 2012 @ 1:28 pm (#

    Hi I was just wondering if I didnt want to use the bread bowl and I just wanted the dip for crackers, how I would go about making it, on the stove or in microwave and how long to get it soft and mixed together. Thanks Sounds really yummy


  29. Rachael December 24, 2012 @ 10:22 am (#

    I added 3 more strips of bacon, and green onions instead of white – then put in the Crock Pot rather than bread. Also used chili powder because I didn’t know what red chile flakes were. This was DELICIOUS! I had it in a trio dipper and this was gone while the other two were full. This will definitely be a new go-to dip for us!!


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  31. Bhreagh October 10, 2013 @ 2:11 pm (#

    I featured this recipe on my blog today! I’ve made it in the past and it was delicious.

    Check it out –



  32. Kat November 14, 2013 @ 5:07 pm (#

    Hi! I just made it for my boyfriend and it was GREAT!!! Honestly, I love the vague taste of garlic that the dip has the most. My boyfriend LOVES bacon so we added just one extra strip. My only thing is that it took longer than 45 min for all the cheese to melt, is this because I had to really pack the filling in? I’m not sure I hollowed the loaf out enough. Could this be why?


    • Karly replied: — November 16th, 2013 @ 5:31 pm


      Hmm, I’m not sure why it would take so long! As long as your bread didn’t burn, go with it though. :)


  33. Carol March 11, 2014 @ 5:11 pm (#

    This was delicious! The only problem I had was the bread on top slowed down the cooking process so I just took it off and then continued to bake it, next time ill put the bread on top half way through because it made it so crispy and delicious! Thanks!


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  35. stober July 24, 2014 @ 9:43 pm (#

    too salty. added smoked paprika. nect time will omit the parm and use mix of chedder and old white chedder.


  36. Becca December 30, 2014 @ 7:51 pm (#

    Would this be good with tortilla chips?


    • Karly replied: — December 31st, 2014 @ 10:52 am

      Yeah, I think so!



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