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Spicy Cheddar Cheese Dip

Silky smooth, rich and spicy, this cheddar cheese dip is addicting! Bring out the tortilla chips and dig in.

Silky smooth, rich and spicy, this cheddar cheese dip is addicting! Bring out the tortilla chips and dig in.

UPDATE: This’s Day 2 of 5 Days of Cheesy Dip Series. If you missed it, here’s Day 1. Also, I made a quick video to show you just how easy it is to make this spicy cheddar cheese dip.

One of the greatest pleasures in life is having unlimited cheese dip with tortilla chips paired with margaritas. You’re too? Great, because I’m here to share with you a few secrets to the smoothest and most flavorful cheese dips. Are you in?

Too many times, when making cheese dips, I’ve ended up with gritty, clumpy, not appetizing cheese concoctions. Through trials and errors and some research online, I’ve finally found the secrets to the smoothest cheese sauce without processed cheese (like velveeta and/or american cheese). I have nothing against those though!

So here are my takeaways:

  1. Grate your own cheese! Pre-shredded cheese has additives, which make things complicated. Buy a quality block of cheddar cheese and grate it yourself. I personally love Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese (white) and Crystal Farms Wisconsin Extra Sharp Cheddar (yellow).
  2. Cornstarch in this recipe is not here to thicken the mixture. Instead, it’s playing an anti-clumping role here. Combined with whole milk, it acts as an emulsifier. Here is the thing, when cheese is melted, it breaks down. So emulsifier helps things to stay smooth.
  3. As I mentioned above, use whole milk. Because whole milk = higher fat content, which leads to smoother cheese dip. The same goes for cheddar cheese and sour cream. Essentially, the higher the fat, the better! This’s NOT a diet food, but it’s all worth it!

Now, you know all the secrets. Go ahead and make a batch of this deliciously rich cheddar cheese dip! And don’t forget to share it.

Silky smooth, rich and spicy, this cheddar cheese dip is addicting! Bring out the tortilla chips and dig in.

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Spicy Cheddar Cheese Dip

Silky smooth, rich and spicy, this cheddar cheese dip is addicting! Bring out the tortilla chips and dig in.

Yield: 1.5 cups


  • ½ cup (120ml) whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • ½ cup regular sour cream (nor reduced fat stuff)
  • 8oz (225gr) extra sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • Tortilla chips for serving


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and add chopped jalapeño. Sauté for a minute.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small cup mix cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of milk until smooth.
  3. Add the remaining milk, cornstarch mixture and sour cream into the sautéed jalapeño. Mix until combined.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium low and add the cheddar cheese. Melt the cheese slowly, stirring constantly.
  5. Stir in hot sauce.
  6. Serve immediately with your favorite tortilla chips.
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This recipe was originally published on July 6th, 2015.

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  1. Yes!!! I’ve been craving cheese dip forever but have never found a good recipe. Thanks for the recipe and the tips! 🙂

  2. I think I’ll top it with crumbled bacon and call it dinner! 😉 Delicious! 

  3. I’m loving this! Pinned and tweeted! I always love your creations, thanks for sharing this with us! I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

  4. The dip looks DIVIN Shinee!! Yums!! I may just try it out for my Dad’s birthday party!

  5. I’m not a spicy fan, but I am a cheese fan and this dip looks amazing.  Even better, it uses only real ingredients which I love.  I may just try it, but without the jalapenos!  

  6. Ooooooh I’m a chip/dip fanatic!!  Your cheese dip looks to die for 😀  Can’t wait to test it out… like you, I’ve struggled with getting a great, smooth cheese dip…. thanks for the tips!

  7. This looks great! I’ve pinned it and I can’t wait to try it out with a pitcher of margaritas.

  8. Pass a chip please!!  This dip looks amazing! 

  9. Hi Shinee. This recipe looks so delicious.  Can’t wait to try it. Stopping over from Wow Me Wednesday link party. Pinning this recipe. 

  10. This looks amazing!  Definitely going to try it for my next party!

  11. Aaaand I pin! Hubby will love it.

  12. I am so like you, love chips and cheese dip. My biggest weakness!! Thanks for sharing, going to have to try this one.

  13. This looks incredible! The most perfect cheesy dip I’ve ever seen! I can’t wait to make this this weekend 🙂 YUM! 

  14. What a great recipe, Shinee! I always avoid buying cheese dip because it’s got so many preservatives, but I never thought of making it at home. I can’t wait to try out this recipe with all the tips you mentioned. It looks mouthwatering!

  15. Shinee,

    I am drooling seeing this dip. I am addicted to the Cabot extra sharp and seriously sharp cheese. add to that the jalapenos and the hot sauce….Yum! I am in heaven! Thanks for sharing this recipe

  16. This looks incredible! Gimme alllll the chips 🙂