This Dried Beef Dip recipe with cream cheese is creamy, flavorful and so good served on crackers, crostini or fresh vegetables! It’s a perfect dip for the holidays or the big game!
Dried Beef Dip is one that we had many times over when I was a kid. I still remember my mom setting it out just before guests arrived, knowing I had to wait just a little while longer before I could dig in.
What is Dried Beef?
If you’re familiar with chipped beef, then you’ve had dried beef. It’s beef that’s been smoked, cured, salted then sliced very thin. Popular brands of dried beef include Hormel, Armour and Buddig.
It is often served as a breakfast dish called “Creamed Chipped Beef” which is made by combining the beef with a cream sauce or milk and serving it over toast. We had Chipped Beef on Toast when I was a kid all the time. It’s an economical, easy dinner that I still crave on occasion today.
Dried Beef Dip Ingredients
It’s really one of the easiest dips to make. The original recipe my mom always made calls for just three ingredients: a small jar of dried beef, softened cream cheese and green onions. You can make it that way and it will be delicious.
- Dried beef: A jar or package of dried beef will work and can be found in the refrigerated deli section.
- Cream cheese: The key to the cream cheese is to leave it out of the fridge for several hours, until really soft.
- Sour cream: I like the consistency of a little sour cream to thin out the cream cheese. You could omit that or mix in a few tablespoons of milk or heavy cream.
- Garlic & Horseradish: These two ingredients add a smidge more flavor and really elevates this dip.
- Green onions: The green onions add a zesty note but look great as a garnish.
- Freshly ground black pepper: The fresh black pepper enhances the flavor.
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How to Make Dried Beef Dip?
This easy recipe comes together in just 5 minutes!
Mix all ingredients together in a small to medium-sized mixing bowl. Place in a small serving dish. Allow to sit at room temperature for one hour, then serve.
How to Serve Dried Beef Dip
The one thing that is a must for this Dried Beef Dip recipe? It must, no matter what, be served at room temperature (or you can warm it slightly in the microwave). Just don’t serve it straight from the fridge. The difference in flavor and texture is astounding. Plus, it’s spreadable and creamy and oh-so-perfect when it’s soft. I love it spread on little melba toasts, but give it a try with some fresh, crunchy veggies, too!
Serve with crostini, pretzels, pita chips, crackers, potato chips, pumpernickel slices, or Fritos. Make it a low carb dip and serve it with fresh vegetables.
- Make it spicy by adding jalapeño or even pickled jalapeño.
- Thin beef deli slices can be substituted in a pinch but you’ll miss that smoked, salted flavor.
- Make this recipe your own by adding corn kernels, pepperoncini or pecans.
This is the perfect make ahead party dip because it can be refrigerated up to two days before serving; bring to room temperature before enjoying.
- 1 2.25 jar dried beef
- 16 ounces cream cheese, very soft
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1-2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
- 4 green onions, sliced (plus more for garnish, if desired)
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Mix all ingredients together in a small to medium-sized mixing bowl. Place in a small serving dish. Allow to sit at room temperature for one hour, then serve. (Can be refrigerated up to two days before serving; bring to room temperature before enjoying).
- Serve with crostini or fresh vegetables.
Be sure to serve this dip at room temperature (or warmed slightly in the microwave).
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 693mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 10g
This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.
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