At any party or get together, a dip is an absolute must.
I don’t care what other snacks there are, there’s got to be a good dip. Hot or cold, doesn’t matter….just make sure it’s there. Everyone loves grabbing that crispy chip and going in for the perfect scoop. The scoop that contains a little part of each of the dip components so that the chip has transformed into a mini replica of the full dip.
This Easy Layered Salsa Dip is something my mom would make every summer. The funny thing is, as a kid I didn’t appreciate how great this dip is. Instead, I’d run up to it, steal some of the Cheddar cheese off the top then sneak away. I can see how obnoxious this was to the other adults who would see the Cheddar cheese slowly disappearing off the top. Now as an adult, I’ve come to appreciate this dip for it’s delicious simplicity. Just 5 inexpensive ingredients, arranged in a colorful layer make a salsa dip that will surely disappear by the end of the party. The base is comprised of a blend of cream cheese and sour cream, then pour a jar of salsa over top. You’ll love the combination of the coolness for the cream cheese and sour cream with the spicy bite of the salsa. Then the sharp cheese and onion finish the bite. I think the chill of this dip makes it the perfect thing to bring to a pool party. It’s not going to weigh you down, the flavors of bright and light, and will be a refreshing chilled snack on a hot day.
Get that chip layered up with the sour cream mix, salsa, Cheddar cheese, and white onions.
-8oz block cream cheese, softened
-8oz container sour cream
-15.5oz jar salsa, however spicy you like
-2 and 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
-1/2 cup diced white onions
1. Soften the cream cheese by leaving it out on your counter for 30 minutes. You need to do this so that it blends well with the sour cream. Once the it has softened, mix this with the sour cream in a medium sized bowl. Set aside as you prepare the next ingredients.
2. Next, grate the block of sharp Cheddar cheese until you have 2 and 1/2 cups. I highly recommend buying a block of cheese and grating it yourself, it will be smoother and fresher compared to a package of pre-shredded. After the cheese is grated, dice small 1/2 cups of white onion.
3. To assemble, spoon the cream cheese sour cream spread into your serving dish and spread to cover the entire bottom. Whatever dish you use, you want it to have an edge higher than the dip, like the pie plate in the photo. This will make sure as the liquid from the salsa separates it doesn’t run right off of a platter onto your table. Next, pour the entire jar of salsa over top an smooth to cover the sour cream. Next, cover the salsa with all of the Cheddar cheese. Lastly, sprinkle with the diced onions.