10 of the Best Chips and Dip Recipes You Can Make

Guacamole is typically the dip of choice when you’re looking to get your chips and dip fix. But there are a number of other dips and sauces into which your chip can take a deep dive. Whether you like cheese, tomatoes, or beans in your dip, there’s a food formula for you.

1. 7-Layer Mexican Dip

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Our first recipe from Gooseberry Patch is what dip dreams are made of. The seven-layer Mexican dip is almost too good to be true, as you get all of your favorite ingredients in one, including refried beans, sour cream, guacamole, cheese, olives, and tomatoes. You’ll want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo every day if it means this dip is involved. All you need to do is layer your ingredients as directed in a square clear glass dish, and then serve with tortilla chips.

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

  • 16-ounce can refried beans
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1¼ ounces package taco seasoning mix
  • 2 avocados, pitted, peeled, and mashed
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 green onions, diced
  • ¼ cup black olives, sliced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • Tortilla chips

See recipe directions from Gooseberry Patch.

2. Spicy Queso Dip

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Cheese and spice make everything nice, proven by this spicy queso dip from Southern Living. You’re going to love dipping your chips in this cheesy number, and you only need a handful of ingredients to prepare it at home. Pepper jack is the cheese of choice, and green chilis give the dip a kick. Queso is addicting no matter what, but when it’s homemade and comes with a spicy twist, everyone is sure to dunk their chips in this queso dip.

Serves: Makes 3 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 package pepper jack pasteurized prepared cheese product, cubed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes and green chilis
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Tortilla chips

See recipe directions from Southern Living.

3. Perfect Guacamole

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Everyone needs a good guacamole formula in his or her recipe arsenal, and this one from Simply Recipes is the ticket. It has your staples on its ingredients list, along with the important add-ins, including chopped cilantro, chilis, onions, and tomatoes. You can customize your guacamole however you choose. But make sure your avocados are ripe, and don’t forget the salt. As we said before, guacamole is usually a party host’s go-to dip, so make sure you can master yours.

Serves: 2 to 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice or lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons to ¼ cup of minced red onion or thinly sliced green onion
  • 1 to 2 serrano chilis, stems and seeds removed, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro (leaves and tender stems), finely chopped
  • A dash of freshly grated black pepper
  • ½ ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped

See recipe directions from Simply Recipes.

4. Mexican Corn Dip

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If you like Mexican street corn, you’re going to love this recipe from Damn Delicious. It’s a Mexican street corn dip you can scoop up with chips. Or you can simply enjoy it on its own. If you have five minutes of prep time and corn, mayonnaise, lime juice, chili powder, and cheese on your hands, you can make this dip. It’s a delicious deviation from the guacamole and queso that are typically found at Cinco de Mayo parties, and it provides a pop of color on your table.

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cups corn kernels, frozen, canned, or roasted
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled cotija cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • Juice of 1 lime

See recipe directions from Damn Delicious.

5. Restaurant-Style Salsa

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Next up is salsa. Skip the store-bought version, and make your own with this recipe from With Salt and Wit. It’s an easy dip that can be made in 20 minutes from start to finish. The end result is a flavorful and chunky-style salsa that is full of tomato, onion, and jalapeno pieces. Do away with the pureed salsa, and go with this food formula instead. As long as you don’t overdo it with the chips, the restaurant-style salsa is a healthy and satisfying snack that you can easily customize to your liking.

Serves: Makes ¼ cup

Ingredients:

  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 small jalapenos
  • Juice of two medium limes
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ sweet onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch sugar

See recipe directions from With Salt and Wit.

6. Fresh Mango Salsa

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You can also give your salsa sweet and spicy flavor by making it via this recipe from Cookie & Kate. The salsa formula yields a colorful mango salsa that is as fun to look at as it is to eat. The bright colors come from the mangoes, bell peppers, red onions, and cilantro on its ingredients list, and those salsa elements are also responsible for its simple and delicious flavor. This mango salsa is so good you can eat it on its own or with chips and on tacos.

Serves: 3 cups

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe mangoes, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1 large lime, juiced (about ¼ cup lime juice)
  • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon salt, to taste

See recipe directions from Cookie & Kate.

7. Guacamole Hummus

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Guacamole hummus is perfect for those who can’t decide between their two favorite dips. Luckily, you can add avocado and garlic to your ground chickpeas, and you get the best of both dip worlds. This recipe for guacamole hummus from Martha Stewart will show you how it’s done. The bright and creamy dip has a green hue, and it’s all made in the food processor by combining chickpeas, cilantro leaves, garlic, avocado, olive oil, and lemon juice. Blend the good stuff until the mixture is smooth, and then season it with salt and pepper. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo or your favorite holiday with this guacamole hummus, and you’ll never separate your two favorite dips again.

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • Lemon wedges
  • Tortilla chips

See recipe directions from Martha Stewart.

8. 3-Cheese Chicken Mexican Dip

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Next up is a three-cheese chicken Mexican dip from Dixie Chik Cooks. You’re going to have to fight cheese lovers for this one. As the dip’s name suggests, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, and cheddar cheese are all featured in this dreamy, creamy dip. You’ll combine chicken, the cheeses, sour cream, and pico de gallo in a baking dish before baking your dip for 30 minutes. After that, you can serve your dip warm with tortilla chips. Good luck not making a dinner out of this dip.

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces block cream cheese
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, diced
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • Hot sauce

See recipe directions from Dixie Chik Cooks.

9. Beef Enchilada Dip

Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada in a white tray

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You can beef up your dip using this recipe from Betty Crocker for beef enchilada dip. Instead of serving enchiladas as an entree, make them into an appetizer or an easy and satisfying snack. You’ll still get your Mexican food fix, but now you can enjoy other dishes without leaving the meal in a food coma. The beef enchilada dip is made with ground beef, onions, green chilis, enchilada sauce, and cheese. And it feeds a crowd, making it the perfect dip to bring to a party to share.

Serves: 10

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • ½ cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can red enchilada sauce
  • 1 can chopped green chilis
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Tortilla chips, as desired

See recipe directions from Betty Crocker.

10. Mexican Slaw Dip

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Last but not least is one more Mexican dip that is perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any gathering with guests who like their chips and dip. This Mexican slaw dip from Reluctant Entertainer is meat-free, and it’s also relatively healthy, using fresh, in-season ingredients. It has all of the components found in a traditional slaw. But it loses the mayonnaise and instead flavors its ingredients with olive oil, rice vinegar, and seasoning. The slaw is the perfect salsa into which your chips can dip, and it’s so good you can even enjoy it as a side salad.

Serves: 14 to 16

Ingredients:

  • 1 head green cabbage, shredded
  • 4 ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 small white onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 bunches cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 2 4-ounce cans jalapenos, chopped (do not drain)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin

See recipe directions from Reluctant Entertainer.