Our 22 Best Cheese Dip Recipes

Poblano Pimento Cheese
Photo: Abby Hocking

Try to name a better snack than a bowl of molten, gooey melted cheese—I’ll wait. You honestly can’t. So let’s celebrate some of our favorite ways to serve it. There’s a warm beer and cheese dip reminiscent of Welsh rarebit, perfectly paired with pretzels and sliced salami; if you’re a fondue fan, we have plenty of recipes, from aged gouda fondue with caraway croutons to a classic Swiss.

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El Original Queso

El Original Queso
© Kalei Talwar

This jalapeño- and pico de gallo-laced queso was served at the now-shuttered El Original in New York City.

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Blue-Cheese-and-Walnut Dip with Waldorf Crudités

Blue-Cheese-and-Walnut Dip with Waldorf Crudités
David Malosh

With walnuts, mayonnaise, apples and grapes, this recipe is a riff on classic Waldorf salad.

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Classic Cheese Fondue

Classic Cheese Fondue
© Rob Howard

Chef Ryan Hardy makes his luxurious fondue with two kinds of Swiss cheese (Emmentaler and Gruyère) and two kinds of spirits (white wine and Kirsch), all traditional ingredients. Some of the dipping items are also classic, like cubes of crusty bread and pickles, but some are unconventional, like slices of Hardy's salami and other hearty house-cured charcuterie, which are all wonderful with the winey fondue.

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Corn Queso Fundido

Corn Queso Fundido

F&W's Justin Chapple uses frozen sweet corn from Gill's Farm in Hurley, New York, to create this cheesy, slightly spicy dip.

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Three-Cheese Fondue with Pickles

Three-Cheese Fondue with Pickles

To make her fondue especially rich and creamy, Ali Larter adds Brie to a mix of Swiss cheeses. She serves the fondue with bread as well as more original accompaniments like fennel wedges and tangy cornichons.

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Katie's Pimento Goat Cheese

Katie Lee's Pimento Goat Cheese
© Earl Carter

"My grandpa always used to make pimento cheese for me with sharp cheddar, or even Velveeta," says Katie Lee about the sweet pepper-studded spread, a Southern classic that's also a great dip. "I wanted to make it more grown-up."

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Ratatouille-and-Goat Cheese Dip

Ratatouille-and-Goat Cheese Dip

Ratatouille becomes a warm, creamy dip when it’s baked over a layer of fresh goat cheese.

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Bayless's Queso Fundido al Tequila

Bayless's Queso Fundido al Tequila

This simple, 20-minute dip of melted cheese flavored with tomatoes, chiles, onion and a hit of tequila is just the thing to satisfy a sudden craving for something warm, salty and gooey.

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Goat Cheese-Edamame Dip with Spiced Pepitas

Goat Cheese-Edamame Dip with Spiced Pepitas
© Lucy Schaeffer

Canned chipotles in adobo sauce give this clever, creamy dip an enticing heat and smokiness. The spiced pepitas (roasted and salted pumpkin seeds) scattered on top are great as a snack on their own.

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Classic Swiss Cheese Fondue

Classic Swiss Cheese Fondue
© Bill Bettencourt

Steamed red-skinned potato chunks, grilled or toasted Tuscan bread cubes and pear slices are all great for dipping in the melted cheese. Be sure to stir the fondue as you dip.

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Silky Potato Fondue

Silky Potato Fondue
© Con Poulos

In this recipe, David Barzelay takes his master cheese sauce recipe and incorporates potatoes, white wine and lemon juice, resulting in a supersilky fondue that holds up at the table for far longer than most fondues. This is so good that it goes with everything from crudités to Ruffles potato chips.

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Aged Gouda Fondue with Caraway Croutons

Aged Gouda Fondue with Caraway Croutons
© Ryan Robert Miller

"My friend Natalie's mother, who lives in Amsterdam, brings me aged Gouda each year," chef Barbara Lynch says. "I wanted to serve it as a fondue instead of on its own as an hors d'oeuvre." For those without an overseas cheese connection, Lynch suggests buying an eight-month-aged Gouda—"Nothing too smoky; just a beautiful, salty Gouda."

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Walnut Pesto and Goat Cheese Dip

Walnut Pesto and Goat Cheese Dip
© William Meppem

Try mixing walnut peso with goat cheese for a delicious and easy cheese dip.

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Whiskey-Cheese Fondue

Whiskey-Cheese Fondue
Ditte Isager

Matt Lewis is enamored of fondue—in fact, he had a special pot made for dessert fondues at his former Manhattan shop, Chocolate Bar. His terrific cheddar-Jack cheese fondue includes whiskey, which adds a great kick.

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Pimento Cheese with Salt-and-Pepper Butter Crackers

Pimento Cheese with Salt-and-Pepper Butter Crackers
© CON POULOS

TV chef Carla Hall makes her own crunchy crackers to serve with her cheese spread, a riff on a Southern classic.

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Gouda, Pancetta and Onion Fondue with Pretzels

Gouda, Pancetta and Onion Fondue with Pretzels

Leyden, a Dutch cheese flecked with cumin seeds, inspired Laura Werlin to create this cumin-spiced Gouda fondue. Serve it with soft, warm pretzels or pickled vegetables for dipping.

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Pepper-Glazed Goat Cheese Gratin

Pepper-Glazed Goat Cheese Gratin

This warm, sweet-spicy goat cheese dip is an easy alternative to a cheese plate.

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Philly Cheesesteak Queso

Philly Cheesesteak Queso
Abby Hocking

F&W’s Justin Chapple combines Tex-Mex queso and Philly Cheesesteak to make his crowd-pleasing dip. He mixes provolone and white American cheeses to form a gooey base for sautéed peppers, onions, and thinly sliced rib-eye steak. Justin recommends serving this dip with toasted slices of hoagie rolls, but tortilla chips are just as delicious.

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Nacho Snack Dinner with Sweet Potato Queso

Nacho Snack Dinner with Sweet Potato Queso
Antonis Achilleos

This is a great idea for movie night or game night. Or, you know, any time of any day during the whole year.

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Warm Beer and Cheese Dip

Warm Beer and Cheese Dip
© Abby Hocking

Spiked with English ale, dry mustard powder and a pinch of cayenne, this warm, gooey Welsh rarebit-type dip goes great with pretzels, crackers and, especially, sliced salami.

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The Stinker Cheese Fondue

The Stinker Cheese Fondue
© Abby Hocking

This fondue made with Taleggio, a melty, brine-washed Italian cheese, is cookbook author Liz Thorpe’s favorite. Including its rind enhances the funkiness and adds an almost bacony flavor. The recipe also calls for Époisses cheese and a floral, dry Riesling.

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Poblano Pimento Cheese

Poblano Pimento Cheese
Abby Hocking

Ashley Christensen inspired Justin Chapple’s riff on classic pimento cheese. Chapple loves serving this spread with crudités and crackers, like saltines and Ritz, but it also takes everyday roast chicken to another level in his Poblano Pimento Cheese-Roasted Chicken.

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