FACT: Bacon makes everything better. So do pickles. Combine the two, and you get bacon pickle dip, the perfect snack for parties, tailgates, and summer entertaining. Learn how to make it here.
If you’re obsessed with pickle-flavored everything (like my MIL), you’re going to love this creamy, tangy, flavorful pickle dip. It’s easy to put together and perfect for potlucks and parties. It’s a real crowd-pleaser!
And a pickle dip with added bacon and cheese? Come on. Can you really think of anything better?
Why You’ll Love This Dill Pickle Dip Recipe
We think this bacon pickle dip sells itself, but if you need convincing, here are just a few reasons while you’ll love and crave it:
- Perfect for parties and a nice change of pace from the usual ranch dip everyone brings
- The flavors get even better after they come together for about 24 hours
- Tastes great with veggies, crackers, or chips
- You can even slather it on bread if you want
Kitchen Tools Needed to Make Bacon Pickle Dip
You don’t need any special tools to make this pickle dip recipe. But since we prefer cooking bacon in the oven, here are a few things that will come in handy (affiliate links are included):
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Mixing bowls
- Hand mixer (optional, but helpful)
Ingredients for Your Pickle Dip
Making your shopping list? Here’s what you’ll need to make a bowl of delicious dill pickle dip. For exact amounts, jump to the recipe card below.
Cream cheese: This serves as the creamy base for the dip. Bring it out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature before making your dip. Room temp cream cheese is way easier to work with.
Sour cream: Smooth things out and add a little tanginess to boot. You can substitute plain Greek yogurt here if you’d prefer.
Dill pickles, diced: We recommend small dill pickles for a little crunch. We personally think the small ones taste better, too. Dice them fine to make mixing easier.
Shredded cheddar cheese: Because, why not? Cheese and pickles just work well together.
Garlic powder: This is just a little flavor boost. Adjust the amount to your liking.
Pickle juice: Add a little more pickle flavor and/or use it to thin out your dip if it’s too thick.
Crumbled cooked bacon: The crispier, the better.
Green onions: For an added fresh flavor and crunch.
How to Make This Pickle Dip Recipe
Step 1: Cook your bacon.
Use whatever cooking method you prefer to cook your bacon. As we mentioned above, we cook ours in the oven on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper at 400 degrees. We start checking for doneness around 12 minutes for thin bacon or around 15-18 minutes for thicker bacon. Make sure it is cooked thoroughly. Place the cooked bacon on paper towels and let it cool. Crumble the bacon once cooled.
Step 2: Combine all the ingredients.
Save half of the bacon for topping the dip. Add the remaining half of the bacon and the other ingredients to a medium bowl, and mix to combine. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours for the flavors to come together. 24 hours is better.
Step 3: Top and serve the bacon dill pickle dip.
Right before serving, remove the dip from the fridge. Stir it up, and top with the remaining bacon crumbles and an extra tablespoon of green onion.
Serving Suggestions for Dill Pickle Dip with Bacon
There are so many ways to serve this dip. Try sliced carrots or thin crackers, as you see here. Chips are also a good choice, but make sure they’re thick chips to hold up to this dip. Zucchini or cucumber chips are fabulous.
You could even spread this on bread and make a sandwich if you wanted to. It would be kinda weird, but you could.
Popular Substitutions and Additions
If you want to change up this recipe, it’s easier to make a somewhat lighter version… that said, is anything really “light” when bacon is involved? Probably not.
That said, using low-fat cream cheese or sour cream is fine. Subbing Greek yogurt for the sour cream is okay, too. You won’t get the exact same taste, but it’s still pretty good with these modifications.
How to Store Pickle Dip
Best Way to Store Leftover Bacon Pickle Dip
Store your leftovers (if there are any) in an airtight container in the fridge.
How Long is Pickle Dip Good for in the Fridge?
Pickle dip is good in the fridge for about 3-4 days. I don’t recommend freezing the leftovers because with the added bacon and green onions, the flavor and texture just won’t hold up well to freezing.
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Bacon Dill Pickle Dip
- 8 oz. Cream Cheese softened
- ½ Cup Sour Cream
- ½ Cup Dill Pickles diced
- ½ Cup Shredded Cheese
- ½ tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 Tbsp Pickle Juice
- 1 Tbsp Fresh Dill
- 2 Tbsp Green Onions chopped
- 10 slices of Bacon cooked and crumbled
- Cook bacon using your preferred cooking method. Let cool, and then crumble the pieces. Set aside half.
- Combine half the bacon and the rest of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover with a lid and place in the refrigerator for about 24 hours to let the flavors come together.
- When ready to serve, remove the pickle dip from the fridge, stir it up, and top with the remaining bacon and an additional tablespoon or so of green onions.
- Serve with fresh veggies, crackers, chips, or pita.