Creamy Ranch and Cheese Bread Bowl Dip

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Creamy Ranch and Cheese Bread Bowl Dip — A no-bake, easy dip that’s packed with bold flavor! A perfect party dip and you get to eat the bowl!

Creamy Ranch and Cheese Bread Bowl Dip - A no-bake, easy dip that's packed with bold flavor! A perfect party dip & you get to eat the bowl!

Cream Cheese Ranch Dip in a Bread Bowl!  

I love dips and this cream cheese ranch dip hits all the elements. Fast, easy, no-bake, creamy, cheesy, and loaded with ranch flavor.

It’s the type of dip you just want to babysit with a fistful of chips so you can keep on dipping. One after the next.

And after your chips run low, you can move on to nibbling the bread bowl. Don’t waste perfectly good carbs.

The ranch flavor is bold and intense, and my daughter told me this was one of my best dips ever.

We went to town on it, switching between potato chips, bread, and sweet potato chips. It’s a perfect backyard bbq, pool party, or game day dip. I’m thinking Memorial Day weekend.

Just make sure you have plenty of nice cold beverages to wash it down with.

Creamy Ranch and Cheese Bread Bowl Dip - A no-bake, easy dip that's packed with bold flavor! A perfect party dip & you get to eat the bowl!

What’s in This Bread Bowl Dip? 

To make the bread bowl cheese dip, you’ll need: 

  • Cream cheese 
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheese
  • Ranch dip seasoning packet 
  • Round loaf of bread 

Creamy Ranch and Cheese Bread Bowl Dip - A no-bake, easy dip that's packed with bold flavor! A perfect party dip & you get to eat the bowl!

How to Make Bread Bowl Dip

To make the dip, simply stir together cream cheese, sour cream, shredded cheese, and a packet of ranch dip seasoning mix.

I used McCormick, but you can use a store brand or stir together onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper, to taste. But for about a dollar, I went with the mindless ease of a packet.

You can use lite or lower fat versions of both the cream cheese and sour cream, or traditional versions. I used a blend of white cheddar, Pepper Jack, and mozzarella cheese. Use what you have and enjoy.

Creamy Ranch and Cheese Bread Bowl Dip - A no-bake, easy dip that's packed with bold flavor! A perfect party dip & you get to eat the bowl!

How to Make a Bread Bowl 

Once you’ve made the sour cream ranch dip, you need to prepare the bread bowl itself. To make a bread bowl, slice off the top of the bread loaf in a circle, about 1-inch from the edge.

Go down deep enough with a serrated knife to hollow out and remove the interior section of the bread. If necessary, use your fingers to remove interior section of bread; save for dipping, if desired.

Creamy Ranch and Cheese Bread Bowl Dip - A no-bake, easy dip that's packed with bold flavor! A perfect party dip & you get to eat the bowl!

Can I Make the Dip in Advance?

Yes! Even though it takes just minutes to stir the ingredients together, you can make the dip a few days in advance and keep it airtight in the fridge until you’re ready to transfer it into the bread bowl for serving. If you’re having a party, it’s one less thing to do the day of, and it gives the flavors time to marry. A win-win.

What Type of Bread Should I Use? 

This bread bowl dip can be made with any type of bread, so long as the loaf is tall and round. I prefer using spongy white breads for this bread bowl cheese dip, but use your favorite. Something like a sourdough bread would be perfect here! 

Creamy Ranch and Cheese Bread Bowl Dip - A no-bake, easy dip that's packed with bold flavor! A perfect party dip & you get to eat the bowl!

Tips for Making Bread Bowl Cheese Dip 

You’re welcome to use lite cream cheese and sour cream. Just make sure to buy brick-style cream cheese otherwise your dip will be runny. 

Use any type of cheese you’d like in this dip. Pretty much any cheese pairs well with ranch! 

Lastly, note that this recipe calls for a packet of ranch seasoning mix and not the pre-made dressing in a bottle. 

Creamy Ranch and Cheese Bread Bowl Dip — A no-bake, easy dip that's packed with bold flavor! A perfect party dip and you get to eat the bowl!

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4.43 from 7 votes

Creamy Ranch and Cheese Bread Bowl Dip

By Averie Sunshine
A no-bake, easy dip that's packed with bold flavor! A perfect party dip and you get to eat the bowl!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12
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Ingredients  

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, very soft (lite is okay)
  • 8 ounces sour cream, lite is okay
  • about 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese, measured loosely piled (American, Colby, pepper Jack, Monterey Jack, cheddar, mozzarella, or your favorite)
  • 1- ounce packet ranch dip seasoning mix (I used McCormick
  • one 6 to 8-inch round loaf of bread

Instructions 

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients (except bread) and stir until combined. The softer the cream cheese is, the easier stirring is; set aside.
  • With a serrated knife, slice off the top of bread in a circle, about 1-inch from the edge. Go down deep enough with knife to hollow out and remove interior section of the bread. If necessary, use your fingers to remove interior section of bread; save for dipping if desired.
  • Transfer dip into bread bowl and serve immediately with chips, crackers, veggies, etc.

Notes

Make ahead: Dip can be made up to 3 days in advance and kept airtight in the refrigerator. Do not place dip into bread bowl until ready to serve because the bread will get soggy.
Storage: Dip will keep airtight in the refrigerator for about 5 to 7 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 1014kcal, Carbohydrates: 101g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 54g, Saturated Fat: 27g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 20g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 135mg, Sodium: 1555mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 15g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. This is the most epic dip ever! Jason’s camping so I skipped dinner tonight so you have no idea what I would do to stuff my face with this right now!

    1. This is totally YOUR kind of food…LOL. I’ll take all your chocolate off your hands :)

  2. I’ll take any excuse I can to get a bread bowl! Whenever I order my favorite black bean soup at Panera, I always ask for it in a bread bowl. My favorite part is when I finish the soup and can start tearing at the bread. The insides soften just enough to contrast even more beautifully than normal with the crusty outsides — so good! I need to start using bread bowls at home more often… One less dish to wash! ;) Already pinned!

    1. Oh I have great memories of Panera soup bowls! I used to live in Chicago and there was a Panera on every corner and with the winter weather, I used to go there ALL the time!

      1. You’re so brave to go out in Chicago’s wintery weather. I hate the snow!! ;)

  3. Forget the chips, I’d be picking away at the bread bowl right from the start! YUM! Pinned!

  4. Anything served in a bread bowl is good with me!! Especially with cheese. SO good! Pinned, of course!

  5. I love anything ranch flavored and then cheese too!! I would hog this all to myself :)

  6. I had a recipe for a dip in a bread bowl that was always soooo popular. And I have long lost it. This is so fun. Who doesn’t love ranch flavoring? It would
    definitely make a great party or barbecue offering.

  7. This would make such a great party appetizer! Love the bread bowl! Looks amazing!

  8. Fantastic Averie! This looks like the best party saver. Have to keep it in mind for our next family picnic!

  9. Wow! Fluffy cheesy ranch heaven! I love that I can eat the bowl too when I run out of chips. Perfect for BBQ’s this summer!

  10. This reminds me of the dips my family used to make for family get togethers. The chips were always demolished and the bell pepper, carrot, and celery sticks were always left behind. Such a great flash back, and looks super tasty!

  11. Omgggg Averie this looks insane! There is definitely a time and a place for such an indulgent dip, and I think that might just be here and NOW! ;)

  12. All I can think about right now is when that delicious dip is gone that bread bowl is mine, and only mine, for the taking!