Easy Ranch Dip

This ranch dip made with cream cheese, mayonnaise, and blend of savory herbs and spices comes together in about 5 minutes. It pairs perfectly with your favorite crackers, fresh veggies, or pretzels.

Homemade dip recipes are so easy and super tasty! Better yet, they aren’t complicated to make and don’t use any store bought, packaged seasoning mixes.

Much like our garlic dip recipe, this ranch dip is made without sour cream. It starts with a cream cheese base and a little bit of mayonnaise. Then we added a few pantry herbs and spices like dill, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika.

The longest part about this recipe is waiting for the cream cheese to soften. Trust me when I say, you don’t want to skip that part or you’ll have chunky dip.

Other than that, this recipe is simple, straightforward, and as easy as it gets!

Ranch dip in a square dish with crackers.

How to make ranch dip:

Start by setting the cream cheese out about an hour ahead of time to let it soften. If you house is on the cooler side, let it set out longer.

You’ll want the cream cheese to be nice and soft so there aren’t any lumps in the dip. After the cream cheese has softened to room temperature, prep all the other ingredients and grab a big mixing bowl.

Cream cheese, mayonnaise, and spices in a bowl.

Place the cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, dill, pepper, and smoked paprika in the bowl. Use a hand mixer on a low setting to combine the ingredients until smooth and creamy.

Transfer the ranch dip to the refrigerator until ready to serve. The flavors will intensify as the dip sets. Serve the ranch dip cold with your favorite crackers, pretzels, or fresh vegetables.

Ranch dip in a large glass bowl.

Homemade Ranch Dip Tips:

  • When making the dip, adjust the speed of the mixer from low to medium to whip some extra air into the mixture to make it light and fluffy.
  • Sometimes the dip can have a slight graininess to its texture. This is due to the spices. In order to prevent the grainy feel, cut back on the spices slightly or add a tablespoon or two of extra mayo.
  • If the dip is too thick, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk or buttermilk to thin it out.
  • If you’d prefer a ranch dip that’s lighter in color and not orange, reduce the paprika significantly or omit it all together. Omitting the paprika will change the flavor some.
Square white bowl filled with ranch dip.
Square white bowl filled with ranch dip.

Easy Ranch Dip

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Author: Kim
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Time to Soften Cream Cheese: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 10 Servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounce(s) block-style cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ¾ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. dill weed, dried
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. smoked paprika

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, dill, black pepper, and smoked paprika. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
    8 ounce(s) block-style cream cheese
    ½ cup mayonnaise
    1 tsp. garlic powder
    1 tsp. onion powder
    ¾ tsp. kosher salt
    ½ tsp. dill weed
    ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
    ¼ tsp. smoked paprika
  • Serve cold, and store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 ounce of dip. Actual calories will vary.
 
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

Nutrition

Serving: 1OunceCalories: 102kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 405mgPotassium: 73mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 45IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 0.1mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of More Than Meat and Potatoes and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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