The only dip recipe you need for your next party! The yummy flavors of this BBQ bacon cheeseburger dip melt together in the crock pot to make a creamy, irresistible crowd pleaser!
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I know I don’t usually post many appetizer or party kind of recipes.
There’s Sticky BBQ Slow Cooker Meatballs and Sticky Sweet Chili Chicken Wings, but apart form that? Not much.
It’s mainly because as a busy mom I don’t really throw (or attend) many parties that don’t involve ten tiny kids and lots of chocolate cake.
But sometimes even us moms need to bring something along to a get-together or host a football party, and what better to serve than a creamy, cheesy dip full of bacon? And it’s no lie that I love cheesy bacon goodness, as proven by my Mozzarella Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf!
What You Need to Make this Slow Cooker BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Dip
A small slow cooker
Having a small slow cooker alongside your large 6 quart slow cooker really helps with making smaller-batch things like appetizers and dips!
I don’t want to cook dip for 30-40 people, that’s why I’m in love with my 4 quart crock pot!
What I really love about this recipe (and I’m sure you will as well)? The small ingredient list!
There’s just 8 ingredients, most of which don’t require any prep time.
Granted, this is not the healthiest of recipes – but party food is always worth an indulgence, right?
The BBQ sauce I almost always use is this one right here. I have tried many different ones, but this one stays my firm favorite! I used it in this recipe as well.
I’m also using both mozzarella and cheddar. The mozzarella melts really nicely and makes a creamy dip. And the cheddar adds flavor!
Things to Watch Out for When Making this Bacon Cheeseburger Dip
★ The creaminess of the dip
The one thing I want to talk about though is the consistent of the dip.
How chunky or creamy it is really depends on the water content of your beef and cream cheese!
If you feel that the dip is too firm after mixing all the ingredients in the skillet, feel free to add an additional packet of cream cheese.
You can also play with the amount of BBQ sauce – 1/2 cup will give you less BBQ flavor and a firmer dip while 1 cup will give you a creamier and more BBQ-y dip.
★ Making the dip in advance
This cheese dip recipe is great to make ahead, as it can easily be frozen.
Freeze it for up to a month in an air-tight container.
To re-heat, thaw in the fridge and then heat in a microwave or on in a small pot until piping hot all the way through.
Don’t re-freeze or re-heat again!
Here’s the Printable Slow Cooker BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Dip Recipe:
Slow Cooker BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Dip Recipe
- 8 slices bacon chopped (plus extra for garnish, if you like)
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup BBQ sauce
- 1 teaspoon Italian dried herbs
- Brown the bacon in a large skillet. Remove and set aside.
- Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook until browned. Stir in all other ingredients and the cooked bacon. If you cooked extra bacon for garnish, refrigerate it for later.
- Transfer the mixture to a 3 1/2 - 4 quart slow cooker and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until hot and bubbly.
- Stir well before serving with chips, crackers or vegetable sticks.
Use 1/2 cup BBQ sauce for a more subtle BBQ flavor and 1 cup for a stronger BBQ flavor.
The consistency of the dip really depends on how much water is in your ground beef, how firm your cream cheese is etc. If you notice that your dip looks too chunky and firm in the skillet, you can add an additional 4-8 ounces of cream cheese.
This dip freezes really well! Freeze in an air-tight container for up to a month. To re-heat, defrost in the fridge and then place in a microwave or small pot and heat until piping hot all the way through. Do not re-heat or re-freeze!