Loaded Baked Potato Dip
This loaded baked potato dip combines all of the fantastic flavors of a classic loaded baked potato – sour cream, bacon, cheese and scallions. Scoop away with potato chips!
For the longest time, the only way I ever made a baked potato was in the microwave. Sometimes you just can’t argue with quick and easy, right? Well, once I started baking them in the oven, there was no turning back for me – baked potato perfection! I typically keep it fairly simple when I have baked potatoes and usually top them with butter, salt and a lot of pepper. However, there really is nothing better than a loaded baked potato when you’re feeling the urge to splurge. A steaming hot baked potato topped with mounds of sour cream, bacon, cheese, and chives. This is heaven for most of us carbaholics (and cheese and bacon fanatics) – so much goodness!
Now imagine everything that is awesome about a loaded baked potato and throw it into a dip that you can scoop up with potato chips. A favorite meal/side dish instantly became one of my favorite appetizers – behold the loaded baked potato dip!
While it takes a little bit of patience to wait for a baked potato in the oven, this dip definitely satisfies my quick and easy soft spot for microwave baked potatoes. This loaded baked potato dip contains only four ingredients, and it can easily be made in less than 15 minutes. It’s one of the most outstanding dips I’ve ever chowed down on… supremely addictive.
I’ve made this countless times over the last handful of years and each and every time it’s met with oooh’s and ahhh’s. When people ask what’s in it, no one can believe how simple it is to make. Keep this recipe on hand for an easy party dip – it’s great for everything from the Super Bowl to a casual get together and summer picnics!
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Loaded Baked Potato Dip
- 16 ounces (453.59 ml) sour cream
- 12 ounce (340.2 g) package bacon, cooked and finely chopped
- 8 ounces (226.8 g) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving to allow flavors to meld together. Garnish with extra shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, and chopped green onions. Serve with your favorite potato chips or pretzel crisps.
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This recipe was originally published on January 31, 2012.
Love this dip? Here are a few of my other favorites:
Jalapeno Popper Dip: Spicy, creamy, cheesy and a crunchy topping!
Spinach Dip: So easy and delicious – you wouldn’t even know it’s on the healthy side!
Slow Cooker Spicy Beef Queso Dip: Best. Queso. EVER!
can you freeze this dip
I added a 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper for an extra kick. Also, use bagel chips to dip into this as the dip is thick.
Hi would it be ok to use real bacon bits(pieces) that come premade?
I have always used the pre-made real bacon bits for ease of preparation for this dip. Tastes just as good.
This recipe sounds great but doesn’t seem to say the amount of potatoes to be used.
The potatoes are the chips.
According to the ingredients & directions, there are no potatoes in this recipee!
I thought it was made of potatoes.
I was thinking cheddar and Gouda cheese, what do you think?
I came across this recipe recently and made it for a family gathering. It was a huge hit. I found setting it out an hour before it was needed helped it to soften up enough to enjoy. Although I served it with a bowl of chips, I also baked some waffle fries to scoop a spoonful of dip onto. They were gobbled up immediately. Great recipe. Thank you.
I really love the spinach dip, so fresh, I love the different crackers, and vegetables. Thanks so much for sharing my story line.
I make this same recipe but include a can of Campbell’s Cream of Potato soup. The recipe won first place in our local Kitchen Aid
cooking contest in the appetizer category! It was shared with me by my Aunt Mary so we call it Aunt Mary’s Baked Potato Dip.
Will try this for game day party. How would chopped, cooked mushrooms affect dip? Icky color? Too much moisture? Thanks for recipe!
As long as they’re already cooked I don’t think moisture would be an issue!
I used your recipe and it made an amazing dip, then i decided I would actually add real potato and it made an awesome potato salad mixture, so not only does it make an amazing can’t stop eating dip but if you want a good loaded potato salad add real potatoes, everyone requests both types when i go to an event now😁💜
I’ve been making your loaded potato dip recipe for several years now. It’s become a family favorite!! I use dried chives instead of green onions (personal preference) and always have to make a double batch, if not triple. I’ve also used other shredded cheese blends as well with great success. We also have used the dip as a topping for baked potatoes….YUM!! Very versatile recipe!! Thanks for a family favorite!!
How long do I bake it and on what temperature do I bake it????
HI Shawne, You don’t bake it, you serve it cold.
what do i put the honey on
There is no honey in this recipe?
I make this dip for most every family gathering or party. It’s become a family favorite. It’s requested often and never any leftovers when I make it. I typically make a double batch.
This recipe says four ingredients but is there potatoes in this recipe?
Hi Cheryl, No, you use potato chips to dip – that’s the potato!
I don’t see potatoes on the list. How many potatoes do you use?
Ignore my previous comment. I guess it is strictly a dip, and the chips are the potato! lol
The recipe, in my mind, doesn’t make it clear that the
chips are the potatoes.
Great recipe ideas!
I just made this and it’s absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for the recipe!
Thinking of taking it to a party. How long can this dip sit out. As for me, ill b making it at 3pm, put in fridge for 1 hr. Then off i go to party, and it wont be served till 5pm. Is that to long?
Hi Cecili, I’ve left it out for an entire afternoon at a party, so your timeline above would be perfectly fine! Enjoy!
I used swiss cheese instead of cheddar for this recipe. I whipped it up for a baby shower and everyone absolutely loved it! Thanks so much for sharing this.
I made this for a party yesterday, it was a big hit! I made it the night before, which I think helped the flavors meld together.
This looks so delicious! I could just dive into this!
Looks like a great recipe and I can’t wait to make it, but I just thought you should know that if you have to refrigerate for an hour before serving, then the total time is 70 minutes, not the 10 minutes you have listed. It should read 10 minutes prep time, 70 minutes total time. Otherwise someone is going to start making this 10 minutes before their guests show up and not realize until too late that everyone is going to be hungry for an hour. Please fix.
Why don’t you read the recipe again before getting an attitude? The dip can be served as soon as it’s made. It only needs refrigerated if making ahead of time.
We loved this potato :) I made it for a party – a family party they all loved it. Thank you
Would it be bad if I ate a whole bowl of this on my own???
Big hit at work!
Made this dip for staff Christmas party. Taste amazing, but is soooo think. Chips were breaking in the dip bowl. Ended up having to use a spoon to kind of spread it in a chip to eat. Did I do something wrong or is it suppose to be this thick. What should I do to make it more “dip able” and less think?
Sorry: less thick
Hi Julie, If it’s too hard, simply take it out of the refrigerator 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving to allow it to soften up and be more “dippable”.
do you mix bacon in too or just put it on top?
Hi Rachel, Yes, per the instructions, mix all of the ingredients together, then garnish with extra cheese, bacon and scallions if you’d like.
This is my FAVORITE dip to make for a party! Everyone who tries it, loves it! Thanks so much for this recipe. It’s a great idea and it is soooo delicious.
I make this for pretty much any and every party or potluck I go to! Everyone goes crazy over it and I ALWAYS get asked for the recipe. This dip will increase your popularity greatly! ;)
Sounds great. Gonna make for Super Bowl party. I am gonna serve with potato skins. Excited to serve it
If you replace the sour cream with 0% fat plain greek yogurt, it tastes exactly the same, with no fat and added protein! (not that the other ingredients don’t add fat :) But this helps!) Make sure and get the thick and creamy kinds of plain greek yogurt (like Chobani or Fage) instead of the thinner kinds (Oikos or such).
Could you substitute the sharp cheddar with mild please? I have a load of mild cheddar that I wanted to get rid of, was wondering whether it would turn out OK anyway. Thanks
Hi Kelly, Yes, that would work! Enjoy!
I made this dip for New Year’s Eve with my family. It was absolutely delicious and everyone went crazy for it! It is essential, however, to use good quality potato chips (who would have thought there would ever be a use for that sentence?) – not generic ones. This dip is very thick, so cheap chips will break easily!
Hey! Thanks so much for this simple but delicious recipe. Even though the chip was meant to be the potato component, my friends and family preferred it when I crumbled up some potato in it – they loved the little chunks mixed in (boiled or heated in the microwave-doesn’t have to be perfect as it isn’t the “star”). I also mixed half regular sour cream and half reduced fat so it was a tad more healthy and a little less thick (no broken chips!)
I want this. Love baked potato
I made this dip for my office pitch in, and everyone loved it. I followed your directions exactly, then added a bit more bacon and chives. It was perfect!
I have been making this dip for a long time and it is great. The only addition is to add a package of Ranch Dressing to it. Everyone loves it and it makes alot. So I don’t feel so guilty I use Trader Joes reduced guilt potatoe chips with it.
I tried this the day you posted it and it has been a huge hit at home and when I make it for our employees, it just disappears and I’ll hear someone say, “No, it’s not any good try something else.” Then they take the bowl away to their own table. Making it ahead of time and giving it time to sit so the flavors enhance is the key, it needs no other ingredients IMHO. Home Run Michelle.
To others, you do need to let it sit out at room temp for it to “soften up” a bit”.
I’ve made this enough times I don’t follow the recipe exactly so I add more of this or less of that to make the consistency easier to dip but still taste amazing.
Well…. there were a couple of things that I did to this already awesome:) idea!
After baking the potatoes I added the center’s within the mixture.. and lastly I sliced up raw potatoes and made homemade potato chips to serve with the dip.. some flavored with salt and vinegar and the other with dry ranch seasoning! You could use as many variations as you would like!
Just tried this. It was good, but too thick to “dip” chips without breaking. Also, VERY salty. I think this would be great mixed into mashed potatoes though. Thanks!
Brought this to a little gathering this evening, and it was a big hit. Thanks, Michelle!
YUM! I just made it and realized it was missing something. It then dawned on me I was eating it with my fingers. It’s even better when you use potato chips!
I made this with half a package of Ranch dressing mix. Yum!!! Big hit at our party! Thank you!
Made this with part cream cheese instead of sour cream, and a little smoked gouda in addition to the cheddar. It was a-MAZ-ing. I also had trouble getting chips to successfully scoop it, so I heated it. It was delicious as warm, melty dip, even reheated many times. It was quite the salt overload though. I had to limit my portions.
I made this for a bacon themed party and followed the directions but it was just too thick! Even the wavy thicker chips would break when someone tried to dip it. I felt kind of bad for bringing it. All the other recipes I’ve tried here have been awesome but I was surprised that this was in the top 10.
Hi Mimi, I’m sorry you were disappointed. The next time you might try taking it out of the refrigerator at least 15 minutes before serving to let it come up to temperature a bit if you found it hard to dip.
I have just done these then loded back into the skins, baking for 10 mins.
Love this next time I’m at the store im going to get everything for this. And my Chives I have planted are growing and will be perfect for this. Oh and if you want to have even better baked potatoes you need to roll the uncooked potatoes in butter or cold bacon fat then set a cast iron pan out and pour in Kosher or coarse sea salt and place the buttered up potatoes on the bed of salt and bake for a hour till done. The skin is so crisp and yummy and the inside is so fluffy.
Don’t need a special occasion for thie. Just the dip and a bag of chips
I made your recipe. Really nice flavors. I’ve posted it on my Danish food blog, if you’re Curious. (There is a translator on the sidebar) Thank you for the inspiration. http://ellevildmad.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/loaded-baked-potato-dip-dip-til-kartofler/
I made this more than once during our Ohio State football Saturdays last fall. Big hit with all the fellas, so thanks for sharing!
I make this with 1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce added, then you put it in a hollowed out sourdough round, wrap in 2 layers of tinfoil and bake at 325′ for 50 minutes. It is sooooooo good warmed and served with the bread you would not believe it! I have made it for years and get so many request from family and friends!
I just made this today for a Super Bowl party and its fantastic!!!
Clever idea! Sounds great. Think the only change I’ll make is to serve the dip with crispy waffle fries!
I just made this and it’s amazing
I’m making this now to shove my face with while watching hockey all day!!! Welcome back, NHL.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that despite my frequent usage of your recipes, I haven’t managed to score any of the “The best of Brown Eyed Baker 2012” last year. In a desperate attempt to remedy that, I made this dip for the New Year’s Eve party. I think it should definitely count, especially since none of the dip survived past midnight ;)
I made this dip for a party this past weekend! It was a huge hit! Thanks for the recipe!
I will be making this for a new years party but dont like the house smelling of bacon, do you think it would be as good with ReadyCrisp bacon?
Btw, i’m excited, this looks delicious!
Hi Christine, I am not sure what ReadyCrisp bacon is (you’re talking to a girl who LOVES the smell of bacon, ha!), but I can tell you with 100% certainty that this will be better with real bacon ;-) If you really don’t want it, you can substitute something else, but it likely won’t taste the same.
I made 1/2 a recipe of this to test drive it for a party on Friday and it’s amazing! Thank you so much! I can hardly wait to bring it to the party :)
Thank you for posting this. It looks great! I’ll be making this dip this week for a dinner party. I’m thinking of making if the night before. Do you think it would hold up, taste fresh and not get too soggy if I do this? Thx again.
Hi Karly, Definitely! I would take it out of the fridge maybe 15 to 30 minutes before you plan to serve it.
Thank you for your quick response. I’m very much looking forward to making this! :) Happy Holidays.
How many potatoes does this call for? The recipe does not say….
Hi Trina, There are no potatoes in the actual dip. You use potato chips to dip with.
Is it better with chives or the scallions? anyone have an opinion on this?
I make the base with cream cheese, light mayo, and sour cream. So creamy and yummy.
Maybe I am dumb, but do you scoop out the baked potato or make it like a potato boat?I am not clear. If you scrape it out how many potatos do you use? I see it in the bowl but do not see the potatos themselves. Could you clear this up. I looks good and easy if I could figure it out. Thank you
Hi Jackie, You don’t use an actual potato in this dip. The concept of the dip is the “loaded” part of loaded baked potato – sour cream, bacon, cheese and chives (or green onions)… the potato part is the potato chip that you use to dip with.
Yes, you are.
And you are rude
Simply joking… Just don’t understand all the confusion, I thought the author of the recipe was quite clear.
this dip is DELICIOUS! I’m actually eating some now, for breakfast, it’s bosses day; and it’s even more delicious with Doritos and Fritos honey bbq flavor twists; this would be perfect for Sports Sunday or any day! Also, take it up a notch by shredding a little jalepeno cheese in it – uhhmmm, yum!!!
Made this for a fantasy football draft party, and it was a HUGE hit! I left out the green onions (several of the people who were coming don’t like onion of any kind) and it was still amazing! I was worried it was going to taste too sour creamy (after all, there’s 16 oz in this!!) But it didn’t at all! I think letting it set for a couple of hours is the most important part. The yummy bacon flavor melded with the sour cream, and it was just smokey, cheesy, creamy and delicious!! My son ate half of it on his own, he loved it so much!! Making it for a Pee Wee football tailgate tomorrow!
YUMM!!! I am making this tomorrow, my friends are going to go crazy for this!
I make a recipe very similar, except mine is a warm dip. 16oz sour cream, 8oz cream cheese, 2 cups shredded cheddar, 3oz pkg Oscar Mayer real bacon pieces, and 1 cup green onions chopped. Throw it all in the crock pot until mixed and warm. Serve with potato chips. Sooo good! I’ve never had the cold version. I’ll definitely be trying it!
This would be awesome on an actual baked potato, too, I bet! Mmm…
If you prefer your potatoes in the oven a great way to cut the cook time is a new gizmo from Pampered Chef. It’s in with the grilling stuff but would work just as well in the oven and it was only $10. It has a piece if metal that you slap your potatoe on so the heat goes into the middle and you cook from the inside and the outside. I never keep the boxes so no clue what it’s called but it was love at first potatoe.
Psst! There is no “e” at the end of potato.
This reminds me of crack dip – sour cream, pack of ranch, cheese and real bacon bits.
I love food like this – they are so easy and perfect to whip up when family is coming over. Thanks for sharing! I’ll have to give it a try!
Can’t wait to try this. Was wondering if you could substitute plain yogurt for the sour cream?
Hi Katie, I personally wouldn’t, but if you REALLY like yogurt and think it would taste good with the other ingredients, you certainly can. I’m just not sure that the resulting flavor would be as close to the original as you’d want.
thank you. I will stick with good ole’ sour cream!!!
This sounds delicious…….. but – I think I’d want to heat it up to eat.
I LOVE loaded baked potatoes!! YUMMY!
I make basically the same thing but I heat mine up in the oven, then transfer to a bread bowl and then serve with pita chips, bagel chips and pretzel rods, it tastes even better warm!
Great dip! I’ve made this a few times and on a cold night here in Sydney, transfered the cold dip into a pie pan and heated in the oven- until the cheese on top was melted and browned slightly- soo yummy! Just a tip, if you do choose to heat the dip- don’t use Low Fat or Light Sour Cream, it doesn’t hold up to the ovens heat (or at least the varietys we have here don’t).
I just made this dip for my husband’s ‘Hail and Farewell” tomorrow night. He is going away for Army training. I am SUPER excited about it. It was SO easy to make. I did double the recipe as we will be having several guests tomorrow night. We are actually going to use waffle fries for our dipping. I hope it turns out well! Thanks for the recipe!
This sounds so yummy! Another great way to do baked potatoes is in the crock pot….rub with just a little olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt (or anything you like), pop them in the crock pot on low for 3-4 hours and voila! A no hassle baked potato that you made while you went about your day!
This is perfection! And so simple too.
I made the dip for the Super Bowl as well! Huge Hit with everyone!
HUGE hit at the Super Bowl party tonight…It’s a very thick dip, though, so make sure you use a good, sturdy potato chip, like the wavy cut in the picture. I also used lower fat ingredients and didn’t tell anyone…no one was the wiser. Thanks, Michelle!
Making this tomorrow for the Super Bowl! I’m going to make steak fries as my dipper so we’ll get lots of loaded baked potato flavor :D
And go Giants!
I’ve been on a huge dipping kick lately… Love the look of this one! :)
Oh my, this sounds right my my alley!
Wow, that sounds amazing! I love dips!
Definitely making this! Will try it out here at home first (poor me!), then make a batch for our soccer parent meeting next weekend. Thinking of adding some dashes of garlic powder and maybe a finely diced carmelized onion. Any thoughts?
I’m sure it would be good! I love the simplicity of the regular loaded baked potato ingredients, but the beauty in food is that you can easily adjust recipes to suit your tastes. I say go for it if you’ll like it!
Sounds like a perfect dish – my four hungry daughters will thank you!
That baked potato dip is looking so good!
I want to eat this with a spoon … hold the chips. I just want to eat it all :( I can only make this sunday afternoon, 15 minutes before the game or I will eat it all … lol now, that’s how you know you just created a killer dip :)
I want it. I want the whole bowl. Let’s be best friends and do nothing besides eat this dip. (Who cares that we’ll get fat eventually? We’ll be best friends so there won’t be any judgement from each other!)
I like this idea!
This dip looks fabulous! Will definitely be making this one! (I also rub potatoes with olive oil and then I sprinkle them with some kosher salt and bake at a high temperature so the outside is crunchy and inside is soft – delish!)
This dip really is awesome. I add a few dashes of hot sauce and it comes out perfect every single time!
I think I will make this for the super bowl…It looks delish.
I am so making this for super bowl!
I’m a tater addict (I get it from my mom). This dip is glorious in its simplicity as well as how quick it can get it on the table. :). Thanks for sharing. I might make this dip for the Super Bowl!
I’m glad to see that I am not the only one that hides things in the back of the refrigerator. This dip recipe is a keeper, and I am going to share it with a Super Bowl fan in the family! One thing that I do with potatoes is make Parmesan Steak Fries by tossing cut potatoes in a zippered food storage bag along with oil, Italian seasonings, and parmesan cheese and bake them. Hubby, who never cooks, brought me this recipe and makes it himself! It is spot on. Enjoy! Lyn
I love your site!!! This is a definite for superbowl!!
Sinful….I love it!! This looks like an awesome dip and an awesome topping for baked potatoes or a mashed potato bar!!
This looks amazing! Perfect for game day!
Mmm yummy, looks like a great dip!!!
This looks delicious – easy to polish off :D
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I make something similar but mine also has mayo in it and instead of cheddar cheese you put in swiss cheese then you bake it. It is always a big hit.
Brilliant! I was expecting potatoes in it, too – but I like it this way better!
I completely agree about the gazillion times better in the oven and I would even take it a step further. I think they are EVEN BETTER if you bake, then cool and then re-heat! The texture is a lot more moist! Try it!
I am strange and don’t like baked potatoes. But this would be a huge hit at any party, and I know my husband would love this dip!
I don’t think I can wait until Sunday to try this out. Looks too good! and it’s so easy to make!!
Holy Crap! This looks so good!!! I think I need to pick up some bacon pronto!!!
Would it be wrong to eat this for breakfast??
I might have to watch the superbowl just as an excuse to make this dip!
I make this and put in a packet of dry ranch dressing packet. Makes it even more yummy!
Oh dear, I definitely couldn’t have this in the house. Which means I’m making it tomorrow, at the latest.
Get in mah belly.
What’s better than a potato chip? A potato chip dipped in more potato! And cheese! Yummm
OMG – I was just planning my Super Bowl menu out last night and thought I had it all set; nope, this one is getting added! I’ll bet it gets even better the longer it sits and melds together.
I love this! This is one dip I haven’t seen out there before.
At first I thought, “wait, where’s the potato?” And then I thought, “ohhhh…I get it.” Yum.
this looks amazing – I think I could actually get my husband to like baked potatoes if I served them with this! :)
I’m in love!
Mmm, looks like a great dip! And ruffled chips > normal chips :)
This sounds absolutely perfect for a party, I bet everyone would dig in very enthusiastically!
omg…does this ever look good and so simple too!
I always start my baked potatoes in the microwave, then transfer them to the oven to finish. That way, I have the benefits of an oven-baked potato without all the time. It can cut the total cooking time by a half or more.
What an awesome idea, I had not thought of this!!!!
Try baking them on salt — you’ll never go back! It makes the potato really fluffy and delicious!
Michelle this looks stellar and I love how VIBRANT your images are…wow, gorgeous!
I agree…. excellent website ‘template’ and images! :)
Sounds delicious! But just checking… is there supposed to be potato in the dip as well? Or is it just supposed to mimic the contents of a loaded baked potato?
I think the chips are the potato component…
That’s what I was thinking but I just wanted to be sure ;) I kept looking at the pics thinking ‘are they lumpy because of the potatoes or because of the bacon, cheese, etc.’ Thanks though – I think you confirmed my suspicions. And I may need to make this for the weekend.
Hi Christine, No potato in the dip – the potato chip is the potato component of the dip :)
(I wonder if I could use the words “potato” and “dip” any more times in one sentence? ;-))
That’s funny : )
I”m thinking the same thing…potato?
Hi Karen – You use the potato as the dipping vessel – potato chips!
lol dipping vessel… how scientific… I was just going to ‘scoop and cram’!! :))
I love this idea!