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Crock Pot Beer Cheese Dip – An Easy & Delicious Appetizer Recipe

Crock Pot Beer Cheese Dip is one of my favorite recipes to make on game day.

Not only is it easy to make, it can stay warm for hours because it is prepared and cooked in a slow cooker.

And that means that we can eat it before, during or at half time of the big game and it will still be nice and warm.

I love to serve it with pretzels or homemade soft pretzel bites. But you can also serve it with toasted baguettes slices, tortilla chips, potato chips and even vegetable slices for a low-carb treat.

crock pot beer cheese dip
Crock Pot Beer Cheese Dip is a great appetizer, especially for a tailgate party!

Crock Pot Bacon Cheddar Beer Dip

INGREDIENTS

1. Cream cheese
  • A standard bar of cream cheese is used for this recipe. You can use full fat, low fat or no fat cream cheese. The less the fat, the thinner you dip will be.
2. Butter
  • Unsalted butter is always the preference for this, and most of my recipes. The reason, because you can always add more salt, but you can’t take it away.
3. Garlic
  • Although fresh garlic provides more flavor and intensity, jarred minced garlic will work as a substitute. 1 medium clove of garlic equals 1 teaspoon of jarred minced garlic.
  • However, if all you have on hand is garlic powder, use only 1/8 of teaspoon. That is because dried herbs are more intense in flavor than fresh.
4. Beer
  • Most people prefer a light beer for this Crock Pot Beer Cheese Dip recipe. Therefore, a lager or pilsner would be your best bet.
  • However, if you are looking for a more intense flavor, feel free to use a stout or porter beer. Just be aware that the beer flavor will be much stronger.
lager beer
Most often a light beer is used in this recipe. But you can use whatever beer you have on hand, although the flavor may vary.
5. Milk
  • Just like the cream cheese choices, you can use whole milk, low fat milk, or even skim milk if you prefer. And by all means, if you use a non-dairy milk you can substitute that as well.
  • The purpose of the milk is to add a little creaminess to the dip, but also to thin it out a bit.
6. Bacon
  • One of the highlights to this recipe is the bacon bits that are scattered throughout the dip. Of course, this isn’t a must have ingredient.
  • However, the salty and crisp flavor of the bacon really puts this dip over the top! I highly recommend cooking and using pork bacon rather than using dried bacon bits.
  • It is easy to make Air Fryer Bacon while you prepare your other ingredients. Or of course, you could make it on the stove or in the oven as well.
crispy bacon pieces
An easy way to cook bacon is to cut it into little bits before you cook them. Not only do they cook faster, but they don’t have to be crumbled after they are cooked.
7. Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • As always, it is best to use fresh grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese for this Beer Cheese Dip recipe. That is because pre-packaged shredded cheese has an anti-caking agent added to the cheese to prevent it from clumping.
  • However, I am a realist and know that most of use will buy pre-packaged shredded cheese for this recipe. And the dip will turn out just fine.
  • Although it may need to be stirred a little more than if you used fresh grated cheese.
8. Salt and Ground Black Pepper
  • Add salt and black pepper at the end of the recipe to your preference. And if you like things a little hot, feel free to add some crushed red pepper flakes as well.

Optional Garnish Ingredients

  • Bacon
  • Green Onion

If you prefer, you can top your dip with additional cooked and crumbled bacon and diced green onion. Not only do these garnish ingredients add a little more flavor, they also add some nice texture to the dip.

INSTRUCTIONS

The first step in making this Crock Pot Beer Cheese Dip is to gather a small, 3 quart crock pot. You could use a larger slow cooker, however the smaller version is perfect for dips.

I use the smaller slow cooker whenever I make my Enchilada Dip and a small batch of Buffalo Chicken Dip as well.

block of cream cheese in crock pot
No need to break the cream cheese into chunks for this recipe. It will melt down as the crock pot heats up.

Once you have your slow cooker ready, add the bar of cream cheese. Although the cream cheese does not need to be softened to room temperature, it would help your dip cook faster.

However, I rarely plan ahead enough to set it out. Therefore, I typically add it to the crock pot straight out of the refrigerator.

Then add the melted butter, garlic, beer, milk, Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard to the crock.

Next add half of the shredded cheddar cheese on top. But do not stir. This will help prevent the cheese from sticking and burning to the sides of the crock pot.

Cook Time

Turn the crock pot on HIGH and cook the Beer Cheese Dip for one hour. Then stir the mixture until the cream cheese and shredded cheese have melted.

You may need to use a silicone spatula to press the clumps of cream cheese against the side of the slow cooker so that it breaks down and melts.

shredded cheese in dip
Although it is best to use fresh grated cheese, it is okay to use pre-packaged cheese. Just be sure to stir it more often.

Then stir in the remaining shredded cheese and reduce the heat to LOW. Continue to cook on low for 2 hours. Stir again.

If everything is melted together and the sides are at a light bubble, the dip is almost ready to serve.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Then sprinkle the top with the remaining cooked crumbled bacon and sliced green onions.

Serve warm with pretzels, soft pretzel bites, tortilla chips, baguettes or veggies. If you are going to keep the Beer Cheese Dip in the crock pot for serving, decrease the temperature to Keep Warm.

Stir frequently to prevent the cheese from burning on the edges of the pot.

crock pot beer cheese dip
When you are ready to serve the Beer Cheese Dip, sprinkle some bacon and/or diced green onion on top.

Enjoy! Mary

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Yield: 16 servings

Slow Cooker Beer Cheese Dip

crock pot beer cheese dip

Creamy Beer Cheese Dip that is perfect for your next tailgate or party. Serve with pretzels, chips, baguettes or veggies.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced
  • 6 ounces beer
  • 6 ounces milk
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled, divided
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a small crockpot add the cream cheese.
  2. Then add the melted butter, garlic, beer, milk, Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard.
  3. Add 1 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese on top. Do not stir.
  4. Cook on HIGH for 1 hour, stir until the cream cheese and shredded cheese has melted. Stir in the remaining shredded cheese.
  5. Reduce heat and cook on LOW for 2 hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Sprinkle the top with cooked crumbled bacon.
  7. Serve with pretzels, soft pretzel bites, tortilla chips, baguettes or veggies.

Notes

Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 144Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 228mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 6g

Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.

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