This buffalo ground beef dip with cream cheese is very easy to make and sure to be a crowd pleaser! It has all the delicious flavors of a traditional buffalo dip but with added meatiness and texture of seasoned ground beef. It combines the best of buffalo sauce and hamburger flavors into one awesome appetizer.
What is buffalo dip made of?
Buffalo dip is a spicy, tangy, creamy and cheesy dip based on the flavors of Buffalo chicken wings. (Buffalo chicken wings are fried wings that are dipped in a buttery sauce that’s spiced with vinegar-based hot sauce.) Most often, Buffalo dip is made with chicken but the dip here swaps out chicken for seasoned ground beef. The beef adds great flavor and a wonderful texture that is perfect for a dip because it gives you something to bite into without being chewy.
What’s in the dip?
- I recommend lean ground beef for this recipe.
- You can use this all-purpose ground beef seasoning recipe to make the seasoning or use any ground beef seasoning you like.
- Please use only full-fat cream cheese, cheddar cheese and sour cream for this recipe. Low- and reduced-fat products won’t melt properly and may separate during baking.
How to make it:
See full ingredients & instructions in the recipe card below!
Step 1. Saute diced onion.
Step 2. Add ground beef and seasoning.
Step 3. Whip cream cheese and sour cream.
Step 4. Stir in garlic, cheddar, hot sauce, scallion and the cooked beef. Transfer to baking dish(es) and bake.
Choose your own spice level:
The spiciness in this dip comes from the hot sauce and you can make the dip as spicy as you like by adding more hot sauce. I recommend you start with the amount of hot sauce listed in the recipe, then taste the dip before baking and add more hot sauce until you have the spice level you like.
Frequently asked questions:
Serve buffalo dip hot with vegetables, such as celery and carrot sticks, and chips, crackers or crusty bread.
Store any leftover dip in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven or in the microwave.
If you use low- or reduced-fat cream cheese, cheddar cheese or sour cream, buffalo dip can separate during baking and become oily. To prevent this, be sure to use full-fat cheeses and full-fat sour cream.
Buffalo dip may also separate if you bake it at too high a temperature. Be sure to bake the dip at the temperature listed in the recipe.
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Full Printable Recipe
Buffalo Ground Beef Dip with Cream Cheese
- measuring cups and spoons
- kitchen scale
- knife and cutting board
- cast iron pan
- wooden spoon
- standing mixer or handheld mixer
- cheese grater
- garlic press (optional)
- slotted spoon
- casserole or baking dish(es) with a total capacity of 3 cups
- ½ tablespoon mild olive oil
- ¼ cup minced yellow or white onion (you need about ¼ of a small onion for that)
- ¾ pound lean ground beef
- 2 ½ teaspoons ground beef seasoning*
- 8 ounces full-fat block cream cheese,** softened
- ¾ cup full-fat sour cream**
- 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and minced or pressed through a garlic press
- ¾ cup grated cheddar cheese**
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce, such as Louisiana hot sauce***
- 2 scallions, finely chopped
- Heat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Heat the oil in a cast iron pan until shimmering, then saute the onion until starting to soften.
- Add the beef and the ground beef seasoning and cook until the meat is no longer pink. Take off the heat and set aside.
- Whip cream cheese and sour cream until smooth, then stir in garlic, cheddar, hot sauce and scallion.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked beef to the mix and stir in until well combined.
- Transfer to the baking dish(es) and bake, uncovered, until hot (15 to 20 minutes). Serve hot with chips and/or vegetables, like celery and carrot sticks.
Nutrition Information (Estimated):
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