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Three Easy Dips Using Cream Cheese

Updated on December 29, 2012
Taco Dip
Taco Dip | Source

Quick Dips

Whenever I am attending a party and I have to bring a dish, I immediately go to these easy dips. I am always looking for the quick way to elicit many ooos and ahhhs but not spend too much time or energy in the kitchen. So here are three quick and easy dips that send your guests begging for more.

Warning: *For each of these dips, be sure that you keep them on another plate of ice to keep cool. You don't want to have your guests get sick from the food not staying at the right temperature.

Photos of making the taco dip.

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1 jar of salsa, 1 block of cream cheese, 1 cup of shredded cheddar or colby jack cheesePouring the salsa into the bowl with the cream cheese.Mixing the salsa and cream cheese.Adding the shredded cheese.Final mixing of the ingredients.So easy even a four year old can make it!
1 jar of salsa, 1 block of cream cheese, 1 cup of shredded cheddar or colby jack cheese
1 jar of salsa, 1 block of cream cheese, 1 cup of shredded cheddar or colby jack cheese | Source
Pouring the salsa into the bowl with the cream cheese.
Pouring the salsa into the bowl with the cream cheese. | Source
Mixing the salsa and cream cheese.
Mixing the salsa and cream cheese. | Source
Adding the shredded cheese.
Adding the shredded cheese. | Source
Final mixing of the ingredients.
Final mixing of the ingredients. | Source
So easy even a four year old can make it!
So easy even a four year old can make it! | Source

Cream Cheese and Salsa Taco Dip

This dip uses just three ingredients and takes less than five minutes to make. The ingredients are one jar of salsa, one cup of shredded cheddar or colby jack cheese, and one block of cream cheese.

To make this dip you simply mix the salsa with the cream cheese and then stir in the cheese. It is that simple. Serve with tortilla chips and your bowl will be empty before you know it! It is a great dish to bring to a party or to serve if you are hosting one.

Step by step photos of making the crab dip.

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Ingredients for the dip.Shredding the crab meat.Mix the cream cheese and crab meat evenly.Form into a ball.Pour cocktail sauce over and serve.
Ingredients for the dip.
Ingredients for the dip. | Source
Shredding the crab meat.
Shredding the crab meat. | Source
Mix the cream cheese and crab meat evenly.
Mix the cream cheese and crab meat evenly. | Source
Form into a ball.
Form into a ball. | Source
Pour cocktail sauce over and serve.
Pour cocktail sauce over and serve. | Source

Crab Dip

Just three ingredients and you will be on your way. All you need is a block of cream cheese, a can of lump crab meat, and about four tablespoons of cocktail sauce.

In a bowl, shred the crab and then add it to the cream cheese that is in another bowl. Combine the cream cheese and crab meat together so that it is a consistent mixture. Transfer to a serving plate and form into a ball. Pour the cocktail sauce over the top of the sauce of the crab and cream cheese ball and spread evenly. Serve with your favorite crackers. It is that easy and your guests will come back for thirds and fourths!

Step by step photos of the layered taco dip.

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Gather the ingredients.Sour cream and cream cheese mixture.Refried bean layer.Adding the salsa layer.Next comes the shredded lettuce.Followed by the shredded cheese.Add the additional toppings like the black olives and green onion.
Gather the ingredients.
Gather the ingredients. | Source
Sour cream and cream cheese mixture.
Sour cream and cream cheese mixture. | Source
Refried bean layer.
Refried bean layer. | Source
Adding the salsa layer.
Adding the salsa layer. | Source
Next comes the shredded lettuce.
Next comes the shredded lettuce. | Source
Followed by the shredded cheese.
Followed by the shredded cheese. | Source
Add the additional toppings like the black olives and green onion.
Add the additional toppings like the black olives and green onion. | Source

Layered Taco Dip

Although this dip is a little more involved, it is still very easy and will be a hit at your next gathering.

Ingredients

1 can of refried beans

1 oz. of taco seasoning

1 cup of sour cream

1 block of cream cheese

1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar or colby jack cheese

1 cup of salsa

1 1/2 cups of shredded lettuce

1/4 cup of sliced black olives

1-2 chopped green onions

Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix the cream cheese and sour cream together. Spread evenly on a serving plate.
  2. In another bowl, mix the refried beans and taco seasoning together and spread another layer over the top of the cream cheese mixture.
  3. Pour the salsa over the top of the beans and spread evenly for the next layer.
  4. Sprinkle the lettuce evenly over the top of the salsa. Then sprinkle the cheese on top of the lettuce followed by the olives and green onion. You can add any other veggies that you like such as green pepper, additional tomatoes or even green olives. What ever your taste buds desire!
  5. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

I hope that you find these dips as easy to make and as tasty as we do. Enjoy the dips and have a great time at your next event!

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    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Shoot sunshine, I guess you're gonna have to! :P I guess life got busy and I forgot to mail it out...I wondered what that was in the back of the fridge! Have a great New Year!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Cara, I'm still waiting on my Taco Dip...think it's time I made it myself ;)

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      If only it would last that long in the mail! They are very tasty dips! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'll take the Taco Dip "to go" please!:)

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks alocsin. They are really easy and perfect for gatherings.

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      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      These look easy enough that even I should try them. Voting this Up and Useful.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      I'm not a Super Bowl watcher either but they are still fun to munch on! Hope you get a chance to make it sometime.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      They are PERFECT for large parties! I'm having a Lia Sophia party in a couple of weeks for as a fundraiser for The American Cancer Society and I will be making a couple of these as well. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks HBN, so glad that you found it useful. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      That's a great idea Susan. I hope it is a hit!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Great Anil and Honey, hope you like it!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Hope you enjoy it katrinasui!

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      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      I LOVE crab dip. These all look wonderful. Bookmarking. If I were watching the Super Bowl tomorrow, I would make this. Thanks!

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      Frannie Dee 

      6 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb

      Just bookmarked this. Great combination of easy dips for a large party! Thank you!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow! These look delicious, especially the crab dip. Will definitely be trying it in the future and will bookmark this hub. Voted up across the board.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      All of these dips look great especially the layered taco dip. I think I will try the crab dip first and make this to go along with Valentine's Day dinner as an appetizer.

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      Anil 

      6 years ago from Kerala

      Thanks today i will try for preparing it.

    • katrinasui profile image

      katrinasui 

      6 years ago

      love crab dip:) I will try this recipe soon:)

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      I could eat that one for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

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      Danette Watt 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      I like the layered taco dip best, yum! Thanks for sharing your recipes.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      It is a good one. I brought over for New Years and it was a hit. You don't need to entertain to make any of these though. Make it an appetizer dinner! :)

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      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      HI Cara, your recipes brought back memories of many gatherings and good times with friends-thanks! My favorite is the crab meat one-I'd forgotten about that until you mentioned it. Too bad I don't entertain anymore. :) Thanks for sharing.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      I know what you mean randomcreative. My secret love is cheese, in all of its forms. These dips are perfect for something easy to make. Hope you get a chance to try them.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love easy dips (and cream cheese)! Thanks for the great recipes and photos.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      You're welcome savingkathy. They take just minutes to make and are always a hit. Hope you enjoy them.

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      Kathy Sima 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for sharing! All of these recipes look easy and delicious!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Me too VeronicaFarkas. I'm sure that fresh crab would be fantastic in this recipe. I did not have the time to go and get some. The lump crab is still real crab meat, just not fresh as you stated. Thanks so much for your comments.

      I LOVE Mexican food Pamela99. Both of these taco dips are great. Enjoy!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from United States

      All these dips look good but I especially like the taco one. Thanks.

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      Veronica Roberts 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Mmm I love crab dip! =] I'm going to try your recipe. I think, though, I may use fresh crab.

      Thanks for the recipes. I'm off to read more of yours!

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