I absolutely love Buffalo Chicken Dip. There are a lot of variations out there, and I've tweaked mine over the years to get it just right for our family. It's one of the recipes in my arsenal that I know is going to please everyone. As a matter of fact, it's the one dip that Noah always requests when I'm making appetizers!
One of my favorite things about this recipe is how easy it is and how readily available the ingredients can be. You know how there are a few recipes that everyone has memorized? This is one of mine. The steps are so easy that I could probably rattle this one off in my sleep.
As a matter of fact, you can grab every single one of these ingredients at your local Dollar General. I very easily found everything I needed for this dip in just a few minutes of browsing Dollar General's aisles! I love using their Clover Valley brand products - they provide the quality of the big national brands at a fraction of the cost. There is a huge variety of products under this line - everything from ranch dressing to canned veggies. You can even find several varieties of Clover Valley dairy products in Dollar General's refrigerated section.
And, if you're brand-loyal to a certain ingredient (hot sauce, in my case), Dollar General has a great variety of brand-name products too. I absolutely love Louisiana hot sauce for this recipe...nothing else seems to give it the right flavor. I was able to find Louisiana (and several other varieties of hot sauce) at my local Dollar General. That's just a small example of many of the national brand products that Dollar General carries!
On to the recipe!
Bacon Buffalo Chicken Dip
1 8oz package cream cheese
2/3 cup Clover Valley Buttermilk Ranch dressing
1/2 cup hot sauce
1 8oz bag Clover Valley sharp cheddar cheese
2 5oz cans Clover Valley buffalo chicken (Side note: If you're normally a little skittish about using canned chicken, don't be with this one. You really can't tell the difference! Plus, the Clover Valley variety adds a great buffalo flavor.)
1 2.5oz bag Clover Valley real bacon bits
In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese, hot sauce, and ranch dressing with an electric mixer. Fold in buffalo chicken, half of the bacon bits, and half of the cheddar cheese.
Pour mixture into a greased 8x8" dish. Bake for 35 minutes at 350° until mixture is starting to bubble on the sides. Top with remaining cheddar cheese and bacon bits, and bake for 10 more minutes. Serve warm with tortilla chips.
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