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Million Dollar Dip

Enjoy this crowd-pleasing and addictive million dollar dip with toasted almonds, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, zesty green onions and chunky bacon bits.

Million dollar dip in a brown bowl with some crackers and topped with shredded cheddar cheese, bacon bits and green onions.

Also known as the Neiman Marcus dip, this chilled delicious appetizer is a wonderful combination of a few simple ingredients with addictive results. It’s a vintage recipe that has stood the test of time and with good reason; its crave-worthy flavors of cheese, fresh and crisp green onions, toasted golden almonds and big chunky bits of crumbled bacon make this one a party favorite.

It’s perfect for making in advance and is a huge hit on game day, parties, or cookouts. Serve it with some crackers, chips, pretzels and veggies or as a spread. So bring this one to the next party and watch it disappear. For other dip ideas, try out this buffalo chicken dip or a cream cheese sausage dip. Both of them are great for entertaining.

A close up shot of million dollar dip on a cracker.

MILLION DOLLAR DIP TIPS AND TRICKS

Cream cheese: Bring the cream cheese to room temperature before mixing so it’s easier to combine with everything else.

Cheddar cheese: Any kind of cheddar will work, like mild cheddar, white cheddar, sharp cheddar, or a cheddar blend like cheddar and Monterrey Jack. You can use the bagged pre-shredded cheese or get a block and grate it on your own.

Mayonnaise: I use Duke’s mayo but feel free to use your go-to mayo. You can also substitute mayo with sour cream. The original dip uses an all mayo filling but I mixed and matched this with some cream cheese which makes it thicker. For a more dip-like consistency, use more mayo.

Bacon bits: To save time, you can use bacon bits in the shaker but I highly recommend taking the time and making your own bacon bits because it tastes infinitely better and is more rewarding. I used about 8 slices of thick-cut bacon to get  1/2 cup of bacon bits.

Million dollar dip in a brown bowl with some crackers and topped with shredded cheddar cheese, bacon bits and green onions.

Toasting almonds: This step is optional but toasting it gives it extra crunch and texture. It should take about 3-4 minutes in a dry pan until the almonds start crackling and release a wonderful almond scent.

Spice it up: Add some spice with chopped jalapenos or a dash of cayenne. Add some smoke to it with smoked paprika.

Serve with: Crackers, chips, pretzels, veggies or use as a spread.

Leftovers: This should last about 3-4 days in the fridge.

Make it advance: This can be made in advance and refrigerated overnight.

Make it pretty: Save aside some green onions, cheddar cheese and bacon bits and sprinkle them on the finished dip to make it look like the pictures.

And that’s about it. There’s plenty of ways to customize the dip to give it even more flavor or leave out anything you’re not a fan of. Have fun dipping and be sure to share!

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Million dollar dip in a brown bowl with some crackers and topped with shredded cheddar cheese, bacon bits and green onions.

Million Dollar Dip


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 68 1x

Description

Enjoy this crowd-pleasing and addictive million dollar dip with toasted almonds, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, zesty green onions and chunky bacon bits.

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 green onions, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup bacon bits/8 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup slivered/sliced almonds, toasted (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. [Optional] Toast the almonds in dry pan over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes until golden brown.
  2. Add all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Cover and chill for at least one hour before serving.

Notes

  • This can be made ahead and refrigerated overnight.
  • The classic dip uses an all-mayo base. I have mixed this with cream cheese for a more modern take which makes it slightly thicker. For a more dip-like consistency, use more mayo. For a more spread-like consistency, use cream cheese.
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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Neli Howard
    July 5, 2021 at 4:45 AM

    Oh, this looks and sounds SO good! Can’t wait to try it.

  • Reply
    Tolan
    July 5, 2021 at 4:43 AM

    Wow, these colors are STUNNING. Your pictures are gorgeous!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 27, 2021 at 3:49 PM

      Thanks, Tolan! I tried my best to present the ‘million dollar-ness’ of it visually 😀

  • Reply
    Marianna
    July 5, 2021 at 4:39 AM

    This dip looks delicious. Those bacon pieces are just so tempting. I have to find an opportunity to make this.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 27, 2021 at 3:49 PM

      They were my favorite. It’s so worth skipping the jarred bacon bits and making your own. Thick-cut bacon is the best!

  • Reply
    Mahy Elamin
    July 5, 2021 at 4:37 AM

    I definitely shouldn’t read your blog when I’m hungry! This dip looks fantastic, and I love the fact that it’s so easy to make.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 27, 2021 at 3:51 PM

      I feel the same way when I browse my Instagram feed. So much good food to drool over! Thanks, and I hope you try it out someday.

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    Chrissie Baker
    July 5, 2021 at 4:31 AM

    5 min AND delicious? I need nothing more, gonna make this TODAY! hahah Thanks for sharing!

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    Mary Bostow
    July 5, 2021 at 4:29 AM

    I am so intrigued by this recipe…seriously cannot wait to try!! Perfect side dish for spring and summer gatherings 🙂

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 27, 2021 at 3:56 PM

      I hope you do try it out! It’s also great for end-of-the-year gatherings. The first time I tried it was at a Halloween walk with my neighbors.

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