Bacon Dip with Homemade Potato Chips

Looking for a new favorite appetizer recipe?  Make a batch of this Bacon Dip with Homemade Potato Chips!

Looking for a new favorite appetizer recipe?  Make a batch of this Bacon Dip with Homemade Potato Chips!I really should clean out my office drawers more often.  The other day, I went on a cleaning kick, and I found all sorts of old stuff in those drawers.  CDs with old computer programs, dry erase markers that have long since dried up and some ink cartridges to a printer I got rid of 4 years ago.  But while I was in there throwing away old junk, I stumbled across a binder of recipes that my Mom had typed up years ago.  I hadn’t opened that binder in probably 5 years.  However, when I opened it up, one of the first recipes I saw was this Bacon Dip.  Ummm, yes, please!

Looking for a new favorite appetizer recipe?  Make a batch of this Bacon Dip with Homemade Potato Chips!In truth, I don’t remember my mother ever making this Bacon Dip recipe when I was a kid.  Perhaps she just thought it sounded good, so she filed it away in her recipe binder?  Perhaps she did make it, and I just forgot?  (Although how could I ever forget bacon!?)  Either way, one glance at that recipe, and I immediately put it on the list of things to make.

Looking for a new favorite appetizer recipe?  Make a batch of this Bacon Dip with Homemade Potato Chips!Bacon Dip with Homemade Potato Chips

The dip itself is fantastic!  I mean it has a pound of bacon in it – that’s almost a surefire way to make something fantastic.  The dip uses a combination of cream cheese, sour cream and a bit of mayonnaise as the base.  From there, add in some seasonings, shredded cheddar cheese (I used Cabot’s Seriously Sharp Cheddar) and a can of diced tomatoes and chilies.  Oh yeah, and that pound of bacon.  This batch might have been one piece of bacon short of a pound.  Robbie walked through the kitchen and absconded with a piece of my bacon – with Dad’s permission, of course!  Even with one less piece of bacon, this Bacon Dip earned a spot on our list of favorites.

Looking for a new favorite appetizer recipe?  Make a batch of this Bacon Dip with Homemade Potato Chips!This is a hearty dip.  It needs thicker cut chips to stand up to the texture of the dip.  I suspect Ruffles would work, or perhaps those larger Fritos that are shaped like scoops.  However, I decided to take an extra step and make a batch of homemade potato chips.  I’ve talked about making homemade chips for years, but I’ve never gotten around to it.  This seemed like as good a time as any!

Armed with a mandolin and a couple Russet potatoes, I sliced up a whole pile of thinly sliced ‘taters.  I then pulled out my handy mini fryer and set it up on the back porch.  We don’t fry food all that often here, but whenever I do I try to fry outside if I can.  That might sound unusual, but I find that cooking outside keeps the smell of fried food from lingering in the kitchen for days.  We have a table out back where I set up a couple sheet pans lined with paper towels.  It’s an easy set-up and it keeps the kitchen (somewhat) cleaner than normal!

Looking for a new favorite appetizer recipe?  Make a batch of this Bacon Dip with Homemade Potato Chips!You certainly don’t need to make homemade potato chips for this Bacon Dip – although I do highly recommend it.  Both the dip and the chips stand on their own individually, but when served together?  It’s a match made in heaven!  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.  I sure am glad I decided to clean out those office drawers!

Did you make this Bacon Dip with Homemade Potato Chips at home?  Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog) – I’d love to see your version!

Looking for a new favorite appetizer recipe?  Make a batch of this Bacon Dip with Homemade Potato Chips!

Bacon Dip with Homemade Potato Chips

Looking for a new favorite appetizer recipe?  Make a batch of this Bacon Dip with Homemade Potato Chips!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 338kcal

Ingredients

For the Bacon Dip

  • 6 oz. cream cheese room temperature
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 16 oz. bacon
  • 1 10-oz. can diced tomatoes and chilies, drained
  • {optional} ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • chopped green onions for garnish

For the Homemade Potato Chips

  • 16 oz. Russet potatoes ~2 large potatoes, rinsed and scrubbed
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • vegetable or canola oil for frying (~6-8 cups)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Instructions

For the Bacon Dip

  • Using a large mixing bowl, add cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper; stir until well combined. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour, or until chilled.
  • Meanwhile, cook bacon according to package instructions.
  • Crumble bacon into bowl with the dip and add diced tomatoes and chilies; stir until well combined.
  • Serve with tortilla chips, chopped veggies or homemade potato chips.

For the Homemade Potato Chips

  • Using a mandolin, slice potatoes into 1/8” thick slices; place potatoes in a large bowl.
  • Cover potatoes with cold water and stir gently; drain water. Rinse potatoes until water runs clear.
  • Place potatoes in a large bowl. Add vinegar and enough cold water to cover. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • Using a heavy-bottomed pot or a deep fryer, add 2-3” of oil. Heat over medium heat until temperature reaches 300°F. (If using a pot, a candy thermometer is the best way to monitor the temperature of the oil.)
  • Drain potatoes and transfer to a paper-towel lined baking tray. Pat potatoes dry with additional paper towels.
  • Working in batches, fry potatoes for 6-8 minutes, flipping occasionally, or until crispy. (Note: Avoid the temptation of putting too many potatoes in the pot at a time. Overcrowding the pot will make the chips take longer to fry, and they will taste greasier.)
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer chips to a paper-towel lined baking tray. Sprinkle the batch of chips with a portion of the salt and pepper. Repeat process, allowing oil temperature to return to 300°F after each batch.

Looking for a new favorite appetizer recipe?  Make a batch of this Bacon Dip with Homemade Potato Chips!

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26 Comments

  1. Will be making this soon for the dip can i use vegan cream cheese / coconut cream / vegan mayo and cheese and mushrooms for the chips can i airfried them as i have air fryer at home cant wait to make the potato chips as my sister loves potato chips i never had bacon dip with homemade potato chips before perfect for my after office snacks love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

    1. You can certainly make any changes you’d like here, Ramya – mushrooms would be a fun way to mix this dip up! Just make sure to saute the mushrooms extra long so they don’t bring any extra moisture into the dip – that would make it a bit runny. And the air fryer would be a great way to make chips. We don’t have an air fryer, but I hear good things! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Man, you are on a snack food roll. When I saw this post I thought of Ted’s Montana Grill, as we often ordered their homemade chips and ranch dip. I haven’t fired up my deep fryer in months, but now I have a good excuse. I guess I should clean my desk drawer out as well. I think it’s been a few years…

    1. I really am on a snack food roll lately, Ron! The sad thing is I made most of these a while back, and when I look at the photos all I want to do is make them again. But it’s “holiday detox month” here in the Spiced house right now.

      I’m curious what you’ll find in that desk drawer…

  3. 5 stars
    You’ve got me in a snack food mood with these gorgeous pics David! That creamy sauce with the crunch of the homemade potato chips is truly a match made in heaven. I’ve never made homemade potato chips, but that may change today. I need these chips!! 😋

    1. Oh man, I would eat snack food all day every day if I could, Shannon! 🙂 You should totally try homemade potato chips. They are insanely good! Actually, be careful…you might end up eating the whole batch. Haha! Cheers, my friend!

    1. I’m with ya, Kathy – a good dip is hard to beat! And then you add in the homemade chips? Needless to say, this one didn’t last long in our house! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Ok. Too funny–I had a recipe a couple days ago that used 2oz cream cheese. So I have 6 oz cream cheese needing used! I guess it was meant for this!! Yum!

  5. 5 stars
    OK, you had me at bacon! This dip looks amazing, and so do those homemade potato chips! Yum, I need to get some cream cheese pronto!

    1. I’m with ya, Michelle! Bacon makes everything better. 🙂 Fortunately I think the cream cheese shortage of December 2021 is all gone now…so let’s make some dip! Cheers!

  6. 5 stars
    That’s a good idea to fry the food outside to stop the frying cooking smells from lingering in the kitchen for days. But is it not really cold outside? You’re braver than me! Still I think it’s probably worth the effort to create your own homemade potato chips. I really must make more use of my mandolin. That bacon dip looks amazing!

    1. Oh yes, it is very cold outside right now, Neil. I set up the mini-fryer on the back table and then stood just inside the back door in between rounds. Haha! As you said, it’s a small price to pay for homemade potato chips. These are delicious! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Marissa! We’re all about fun gametime appetizers around here during this time of the year…gotta find some way to brighten up these cold winter days! 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    Bacon Dip? Mmm why haven’t I thought of this myself? This looks and sounds phenomenal, and every single ingredient does make sense (I particularly like the use of sour cream and green onions in here.) What can I tell you? You really should clean out your office drawers more often – probably next time you’ll find some lavender recipes haha.

    1. Lavender recipes in my office drawers? No way! Haha. I don’t know though, there have been some really good recipes hiding in those drawers…so maybe. 🙂 In the meantime, I’m going to make another batch of this bacon dip. Thanks, Ben!

  8. this sounds absolutely wonderful david but not for me and Mr P.! I love bacon but it’s not in our eating plan anymore – sigh! and those chips … i am seriously drooling.

    1. I totally understand where you’re coming from, Sherry. For us, it’s all about moderation. A big pile of roasted veggies is our “secret” way to fill up the plate without going over the top on calories. Either way, I do appreciate the comment! 🙂

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