Grab your favorite chips and dig into the best Bacon and Horseradish Dip. You need just 5 ingredients to whip up this sour cream and mayo spread. Perfect for game day, movie night, holiday snacking.
Why this dip is a winner
Satisfies salty chip and dip cravings - I have a weakness for salty snacks... specifically chips and dip. This bacon horseradish dip checks all the boxes. Creamy and cool, yet robust with salty bacon and pungent horseradish. A flavor bomb!
Has just 5 ingredients - This dip doesn't require a lengthy list of ingredients. You only need a handful of items that are likely already in your refrigerator.
Loaded with plenty of freshly browned and crisped bacon - Many recipes use store-bought bacon bits, but in my opinion, there's just no substitute for freshly cooked bacon. Just brown, drain, and crumble.
Always a crowd favorite - This popular dip is the perfect addition to any appetizer spread. Bring it to a tailgate or serve for game-day snacking and movie-night noshing.
This creamy dip comes together with just five ingredients - plus pepper.
- Sour cream and mayonnaise - Sour cream adds a cool creamy base while a small amount of mayo adds richness and flavor without being too heavy. There's no cream cheese in this recipe.
- Bacon - I love using thick-cut bacon for its meaty bite but any cut works fine.
- Prepared horseradish - This condiment adds a spicy, pungent flavor. Be sure to use prepared horseradish - not freshly grated.
- White pepper - I use white pepper so I don't see the black specks, but black pepper works just fine. Don't make a separate trip to the store just to buy white pepper.
What is horseradish?
Horseradish is a root vegetable most typically used as a condiment. It has a sharp pungent flavor and tastes spicy or peppery. But unlike hot peppers, the spice of horseradish is felt in the nose and sinuses.
Fresh horseradish root can typically be found year-round in most supermarkets. In this recipe, I'm using prepared horseradish which is readily available in the refrigerated section of your supermarket.
Prepared horseradish is preserved in a vinegar and salt mixture and typically sold in glass bottles. It can be added to dips (like this one) and sauces and spread on sandwiches.
Prepare this dip with 2 simple steps
- Cook the bacon until brown and crisp. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate and chop or crumble.
TIP: Cut the bacon into 1-inch pieces before cooking. It will cook faster and be easier to chop into small pieces.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir together. Garnish with extra bacon and scallions, if desired.
It's best to chill the dip before serving to allow the flavors to blend together. Chilling for 2-4 hours will deepen the flavors. If you are pinched for time and want to dig in immediately, the dip will still be delicious.
Absolutely! This dip is best if refrigerated for at least 2 hours to allow the flavors to blend.
I love serving this dip with kettle-cooked chips. You can also try other great dippers such as crackers, pretzels, or fresh veggies like carrots, celery, cucumbers, bell peppers, and broccoli.
- Adjust the amount of horseradish to suit your personal taste. If you don't care for a strong horseradish taste, start by adding half of the amount, tasting, and adjusting accordingly.
- Omit the bacon and serve this as a horseradish sauce for prime rib or steak. It's a wonderful touch during the holidays or on special occasions.
- Add canned clams or crabmeat for a seafood version.
Bacon and horseradish dip keeps well for 10-14 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It gets better with age, as the flavors will continue to blend. But, in my house, this dip never lasts more than 1-2 days... It's that good!
Best 5-Ingredient Bacon Horseradish Dip for Chips
- 8 slices bacon (thick-cut or regular)
- 1 ½ cups sour cream
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 4 tablespoons prepared horseradish
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ⅛ teaspoon white pepper
- chives or scallions (for garnish)
- Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until brown and crisp. (Note 1) Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Chop or crumble into small pieces.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper. Stir to combine. Fold in chopped bacon, reserving some for topping.
- Refrigerate 2-4 hours to allow the flavors to blend. Garnish with reserved bacon and chopped scallions or chives.
- Cut the bacon into 1-inch pieces before cooking. The bacon will cook faster and be easier to chop into small pieces.
- This dip keeps well for 10-14 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- This recipe yields 3 cups.
Nutritional information is an estimate and will vary depending upon the exact amounts and specific ingredients used.
This post was originally published in March 2019 and has been updated.