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Hot Cheese Dip

Hot cheese dip fresh from the oven is cheesy, rich, and always delicious. Everything comes together fast from vegan cheddar, cream cheese and a cashew mixture. Serve with bread, chips, vegetables and more. You know immediately it will be a keeper and family favorite.

Showing how a piece of bread is dipped into the Hot Cheese Dip.

Reasons to make this Hot Cheese Dip

Preparation is as simple as it get: you mix everything together, transfer to a casserole dish and bake. The result just delicious, cheesy and super rich.

When you take the dip out of the oven, the result is so versatile: The Hot Cheese Dip is a great for gameday, holidays, lunch, dinner or appetizer. See you can put this dip to so many great uses, yum.

You can easily make a double or triple batch for a bigger casserole. Great for feeding a big crowd.

Ingredients needed to make a Hot Cheese Dip are assembled on a wooden board.

What to serve with Hot Cheese Dip

Of course you can serve it  with tortilla chips but it is also delicious with:

  • Vegetables like: carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, olives, or celery
  • Pretzels
  • Potato chips
  • Cajun Fries
  • Crackers
  • Popcorn
  • Baguette
  • Pita bread

Showing vegan bacon fried in a pan, and a bowl with all ingredients.

What you need for this Hot Cheese Dip recipe

Olive oil and vegan bacon: I cook my bacon bites in olive oil, because this adds extra rich and savory flavor to them. You can use any oil, but I find olive oil so hearty and amazing.

Garlic and onion powder: I keep it super simple and use powder. I find garlic and onion powder to be a perfect blend as they add flavor to the dip. 

Dairy-free cream cheese: needed for creaminess. Provide substance and body. 

Showing the Hot Cheese Dip in a casserole dish sprinkled with extra vegan cheese and bacon.

Vegan cheddar: provides lots of cheesy and amazing goodness in this dip. It adds so much delicious and hearty flavor. That will lead to such a fantastic result that you will come back to often.

Cashews and dairy free milk: Before blending the cashews, I soak them in hot water. This what makes everything so intensively creamy. Mixed with milk they make a wonderful substitute for heavy cream.

Hot sauce: I like a little kick so I add hot sauce to it. If you don’t like it, you can leave it out and the Hot Cheese Dip will still be really delicious. Similarly, if you prefer it more spicy, you can add a touch more.

Top view of the Hot Cheese Dip after baking.

How to make Hot Cheese Dip

Preheat oven up to 410°F and set a 10 inch round casserole aside.

Soak the cashews in hot water for around 10 minutes, then drain them. Combine with almond milk in a blender and process until smooth.

Heat olive oil in a small skillet and fry bacon bites for 2 minutes.

In a large bowl combine bacon bites (reserve 1/4 cup), cream cheese, hot sauce, cashew cream, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cheddar and add the rest to the bowl. Mix and transfer all to your casserole dish, then sprinkle with reserved cheese and bacon.

Bake the Hot Cheese Dip for 15 minutes until cheese is melted on top, and enjoy hot.

Closeup of the ready Hot Cheese Dip.

Tips and tricks

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for 4 days.

If you want to add more to the Hot Cheese Dip, you can use olives, tomatoes, jalapenos, corn, for example.

It tastes even great over rice, pasta or potatoes. Great also as pizza topping, for sandwiches or wraps as well.

Dipping a potato chip into the Hot Cheese Dip.

Other Party Dips to try

With my Fiesta Ranch Dip you can count on the classic ranch flavors that you love and know. Here is the amazing twist: I add fresh tomatoes, corn and scallions to the dip so you really have an amazing and great fiesta for all your tastebuds, yum.

Cowboy Caviar is a really colorful and versatile dip that is always a winner. I don’t meet anyone that didn’t like it.

If you are looking for the ultimate dip for chips the Potato Chip Dip is it.

Everyone love the cheesy, spicy flavors when the Rotel Dip comes piping hot from the pan, yes. Similar to this Hot Cheese Dip.

Crack Dip is a great dip to bring to any occasions. I would say if you like ranch chances are high you will fall in love with this dip again.

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Show me your remakes of this Hot Cheese Dip with a tag on Instagram or Facebook as always.

Enjoy, Florian.

Showing how a piece of bread is dipped into the Hot Cheese Dip.

Hot Cheese Dip

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Hot cheese dip fresh from the oven is cheesy, rich, and always delicious. Everything comes together fast from vegan cheddar, cream cheese and a cashew mixture. Serve with bread, chips, vegetables and more.


  • 7 oz vegan bacon
  • 14 oz dairy-free cream cheese
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup cashews
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 10 oz vegan cheddar, shredded
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 dash hot sauce
  • salt, pepper to taste


  1. Set a casserole dish ready and preheat your oven to 410°F.
  2. Blend the soaked cashews with milk in a blender into a smooth cream.
  3. Fry bacon bites with olive oil in a skillet for 2 minutes.
  4. In a bowl combine bacon bites (except for 1/4 cup), cream cheese, the cheddar (reserve 1/4 cup as well), hot sauce, blended cashews, garlic, and onion powder.
  5. Transfer everything to your casserole, garnish with remaining cheese and bacon, bake for 15 minutes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 4 Tbsp
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 126Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 304mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 7g

Jessica S.

Tuesday 1st of February 2022

How much cream cheese is required? I'm assuming it's vegan cream cheese? It's not listed in the ingredient list. Thanks.


Tuesday 1st of February 2022

Hi Jessica! Fixed and thanks for mentioning it. You will need 14 oz vegan cream cheese. Hope that clarifies and helps.

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