Get ready to make the best homemade dill pickle dip you’ve ever tasted! This creamy and tangy dip is packed full of pickle flavor and is perfect for appetizers or an afternoon snack.
Easy and delicious homemade dill pickle dip recipe
Showing up to a party with a store-bought dip is a thing of the past. There are SO many fun and delicious appetizer dips you can make that are super easy and require just a few simple ingredients.
Sometimes, all it takes is a little creativity and some staple ingredients to whip up an amazing dip that will have everyone asking for the recipe. For instance, if you love anything buffalo, you can make a quick buffalo chicken dip with your favorite hot sauce and some cans of shredded chicken.
But if you’re a pickle lover (like me), then this homemade dill pickle dip will definitely be your new go-to dip recipe!
The combination of cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and pickles creates the perfect balance of creamy and tangy, making it the ultimate dip for chips and veggies. With just a few splashes of pickle juice, you really get the full dill pickle flavor without overpowering the dip.
Plus, it’s so easy to make that you’ll never want to buy store-bought dip again!
This recipe for dill pickle dip is a crowd-pleaser and can be whipped up in no time.
Here’s a bit more about what I used:
- Greek Yogurt: Using Greek yogurt as the base of this creamy dip adds a tangy and healthy twist. Make sure to use the plain kind, not vanilla! If you are not a fan of Greek yogurt, you can always use sour cream.
- Cream Cheese: Combining the cream cheese with Greek yogurt creates the perfect creamy consistency for this dip. Leave it out for about 15-30 minutes before you plan to use it so it’s soft enough to combine with the rest of the ingredients!
- Dill Pickles: Of course, dill pickles are the star ingredient of this dip! You can use store-bought or homemade pickles for this recipe. Not a fan of dill pickles? You can also use bread and butter pickles for a sweeter twist.
- Pickled Jalapenos: These add a bit of heat and acidity to balance out the flavors. You can use mild or spicy pickled jalapenos, depending on your preference. You’ll need about 1/4 cup.
- Fresh Dill: Add in some chopped fresh dill for an extra layer of flavor and freshness. Don’t skip this ingredient! You can also add in some parsley or chives for an extra burst of flavor.
- Pickle Juice: This may sound unusual, but pickle juice is a key ingredient in this dip. It adds a tangy and slightly salty flavor that complements the pickles perfectly. Make sure to use the brine from your jar of pickles, not just plain vinegar.
- Garlic Powder: Garlic powder adds a hint of savory flavor to balance out the tanginess from the pickles and yogurt. You can also use minced fresh garlic if you prefer a stronger garlic taste.
- Lemon Zest: The zest of one lemon adds a bright and zesty touch to this dip. Make sure to wash your lemon well before testing! You can also use lime zest for a different twist.
Kitchen tools required
Here’s a bit more information about what I used to make this recipe for the best dill pickle dip…
- Large Bowl
For measuring, you will need 1/4 cup and a cup, a teaspoon, and a tablespoon.
How to make dill pickle dip recipe
Putting together this appetizer dip is incredibly easy. You’ll be amazed at how quickly it comes together with just a few simple steps.
In a big bowl, just mix together the softened cream cheese and yogurt. Then, add in some chopped pickles, jalapeños, dill, pickle juice, garlic powder, and lemon zest.
Tip: Play around with the amount of pickles and jalapeños to get your desired level of tanginess and spiciness.
Give it a good mix until everything is well combined. Pop it in the fridge for at least an hour, and you’re good to go.
Enjoy it with a variety of dippers such as chips, crackers, pretzels, carrot sticks, and celery for a delicious and flavorful snack or appetizer!
Below are some common appetizer dip questions. Don’t see the answer you’re looking for? Leave a comment at the bottom of this post!
Can I use different types of pickles?
Yes! Feel free to experiment with different types of pickles, such as bread and butter pickles or spicy dill pickles, to find your favorite combination.
Can I use dried herbs?
Fresh herbs provide the best flavor for this dip, but if you don’t have any on hand, you can use dried dill. Just make sure to use less, as they are more potent than fresh herbs.
Instead of pickled jalapeños, can I use fresh ones?
You can, but keep in mind that the pickled jalapeños also add acidity to balance out the flavors. The dip may be less tangy if you use fresh jalapeños.
How long will homemade dill pickle dip last in the fridge?
This dip will stay good in the fridge for about 3-4 days if stored in an airtight container. Just give it a stir before serving again.
Can I make this dip ahead of time?
In fact, it’s actually recommended to mix all the ingredients together and let it chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. This will allow all the flavors to meld together and make the dip even more delicious.
If you’ve got any leftovers, just pop ’em in an airtight container in the fridge for about 3-4 days. Oh, and by the way, this dip doesn’t freeze well because of the dairy ingredients.
If you liked this recipe, you’ll want to try these!
Here are some of my favorite dip recipes you should make next. Enjoy!
- Baked Hot Honey Feta Dip
- Philly Cheesesteak Dip
- Roasted Eggplant Dip
- Healthy French Onion Dip
- Light Jalapeño Popper Dip
Photos by Moriah Sawtelle and recipe by Erin Antoniak.
- 8oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 cup chopped dill pickles
- 1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapenos
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
- 3 tbsp pickle juice
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- zest of one lemon
- In a large bowl, mix together softened cream cheese and yogurt.
- Add in chopped pickles, jalapeños, dill, pickle juice, garlic powder, and lemon zest.
- Mix until well combined and refrigerate at least one hour.
- Serve with chips!
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