Delicious Dips for Every Occasion

Delicious Dips for Every Occasion


Whether for a chill backyard hangout or high-end cocktail party, an elaborate holiday feast or just mid-week hangout with friends, dip is always a welcome party guest. And we’re not just talking spinach artichoke, French onion and guac. Our recipe developers have proven that almost anything can be transformed into a creamy, indulgent dip. Philly Cheesesteak, Vermont Maple Bacon or Old Bay Crab, anyone?  

The Basics of Homemade Dips

Creating your own homemade dips allows you to experiment with flavors and ingredients. Here's a simple guide to crafting delicious dips at home.

  • Start with a creamy foundation such as Greek yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese or mayonnaise. For healthier dip recipes, consider using hummus, guacamole or even blended beans.
  • Experiment with fresh herbs, spices, garlic, citrus or hot sauces to create a unique taste profile. Roasted vegetables or caramelized onions can also add depth to your dip.
  • Include ingredients for texture, such as diced vegetables, grated cheese or crispy bacon. This not only adds tasty crunch but also creates a more interesting mouthfeel.
  • Balance is key. Ensure your dip is well-seasoned with salt, pepper, and any other preferred seasonings. Taste as you go to adjust the flavors to your liking.

Elevating Dips to the Next Level

Turbocharge your dip game with these creative ideas.

  • Serve your dip in hollowed-out bread, a carved-out pumpkin or individual shot glasses for a visually appealing presentation.
  • Add a drizzle of olive oil, balsamic glaze or hot sauce on top. Garnish with fresh herbs, chopped nuts or grated cheese for an extra burst of flavor and texture.
  • Instead of store-bought chips, make your own pita chips, tortilla strips or vegetable crisps. This adds a personal touch and elevates the overall dip experience.

Tips for Perfect Dips Every Time

Follow these tips to ensure your dips are always a hit.

  • Many dips benefit from some time in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to meld and intensify.
  • Provide individual serving utensils to avoid the awkward double-dipping situation.
  • Pay attention to the balance of flavors—sweet, salty, savory and spicy—to create a well-rounded dip.
  • Don't be afraid to experiment with ingredients and combinations to discover your own signature dip.

Dips Around the World

From romesco in Spain to French aioli, dips play a significant role in diverse cultures around the world. 

Guacamole — Mexico: Guac is an addictive mix of mashed avocados, tomatoes, onions, lime juice and cilantro. This refreshing dip is perfect for dipping tortilla chips or accompanying tacos, adding a burst of flavor and color to any meal.

Tzatziki — Greece: This cooling and tangy dip made with yogurt, cucumber, garlic and fresh herbs. Often served alongside grilled meats or as a condiment for gyros, it’s refreshing taste and creamy texture make it a popular choice during hot summer days.

Baba Ganoush — Middle East: Baba ganoush is a smoky and savory dip made from roasted eggplant, tahini, garlic and lemon juice. Similar to hummus, baba ganoush is enjoyed with pita bread or as a side dish. 

Sour Cream and Onion Dip — United States: This classic American party dip is a staple at picnics and parties. A combo of onion soup mix and sour cream, it pairs perfectly with potato chips, and is a nostalgic favorite for many.

Favorite Dips to Try

Explore a variety of classic dips from the McCormick team turned up a notch (or two!) to suit different occasions and tastes.

Dip Recipes You'll Enjoy:

7 Layer Dip

Old Bay Hot Crab Dip

Texas Trash Dip

Chili Cheese Dip

Spinach Dip

Hoosier Corn Queso Dip


Homemade Salsa

Taco con Queso


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