Bean Dip

11 May

Raise your hand if you know where Alaska is.

If you look at a map of the United States, it always shows Alaska off to the side of the U.S. almost like a little island, floating there in the Pacific Ocean. (Go ahead, go Google it.) So is Alaska really located there? Do maps lie? Laugh all you want, but this is a serious point of confusion for me  people. A lot of people. Not just me.

One year my friends found out that I didn’t know where Alaska was. I mean, I sorta knew where it was, but not really. They made a point of incorporating U.S. geography in every subsequent conversation after their discovery.

Har har har. We can all look back on it now and laugh, but to be honest, I still don’t raise my hand when I ask myself if I know where Alaska is.

This recipe did not originate from the island of Alaska. This is a favorite family recipe on my husband’s side of the family, and it accompanies most holiday dinners and family get-togethers.

The dip takes about 5 minutes flat to stir up.

It can serve about 8-10 people—perfect for a party—or it can serve just one of those people who sit by the appetizer table and don’t move for 2 hours, eating chip after chip. You know who I’m talking about. (Sometimes that’s me, so I’m not judging.)

Spread ingredients in pie plate.

Top with both cheeses.

Bake until it is cheesy, melty goodness. Nom nom nom.

Makes 8-10 servings


1 can bean with bacon soup
8 oz. sour cream
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
2 T. chopped onions
2 T. chili powder
4 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
4 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together sour cream, cream cheese, onions, and chili powder until well combined. Spread mixture evenly in a pie plate. Top with both cheeses. Cover with foil, and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil for the last 15 minutes of baking. Serve hot with tortilla chips or crackers.

Baker’s note: I use reduced fat sour cream and low-fat cream cheese, and it still tastes wonderful.

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2 Responses to “Bean Dip”

  1. Zach Robertson May 11, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    I’ve made a VERY similar version before, but hadn’t used the cream cheese – cool idea. Looks great!

    • Adrianne May 11, 2012 at 10:30 am #

      Isn’t bean dip the best? So delish and easy to make!

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