This creamy party-ready boat dip is a fun twist on the TikTok classic. You’ll only need a handful of ingredients and no fancy tools, and you’ll have a cool, creamy, and ultra-flavorful ranch dip that is perfect for any party, or for taking to the pool, lake, or beach!
This is one of my Dip recipes I know you’ll want to keep on hand!
This summer, my kids are allllll about going to the neighborhood pool, which I love. Watching them swim and have an absolute blast is so fun.
But there’s something about swimming that will make you undeniably hungry. And when my kids are hungry… whew… you better not be between them and some food lol.
Usually I just make up a cooler full of snacks, but this boat dip (a rotel ranch dip) really hits the spot!
If you’ve been on TikTok at all over the past year or so, you’ve probably seen a version of this dip… it’s super popular!
And once you taste it, you’ll understand why! My version includes cream cheese which makes it extra creamy, and it stands up a little better to dipping.
So let’s make some and have a fantastic summer!
How to make boat dip?
This is just an overview; the full ingredients and directions are in the recipe card toward the bottom of this post.
- Whip cream cheese. I find this is easiest done with a hand mixer, but a whisk will work just as well.
- Combine. Add all the rest of the dip ingredients and stir well.
- Cover and chill. Chill for 2-3 hours, then enjoy!
While this dip can certainly be enjoyed right after making it, I find that this dip tastes best when it’s chilled for at least 2 hours. All the flavors really have a chance to blend together!
Variations of this recipe
- Seasoning – instead of ranch seasoning, or in addition to, try adding a couple tablespoons of taco seasoning.
- Rotel – if you can’t find rotel, you can use an equivalent amount of drained chunky salsa.
- Corn – frozen (and thawed) corn can be used in place of the fire-roasted corn.
- Stir-ins – to make this dip extra hearty, try adding some drained and rinsed black beans, cooked and shredded chicken, or cooked and drained ground sausage or beef.
- Cheese – instead of cheddar cheese, a Colby-Jack or Mexican blend cheese are great alternatives.
Despite the name, you definitely don’t need a boat to enjoy boat dip. This Mexican-style ranch dip is called that because it’s a perfect dip to take to a day spent on the water… in a boat, by the pool, or to the beach. However, you can make this dip for any occasion!
Absolutely! I like the extra creaminess the cream cheese adds, but you can replace it with an additional 1 cup of sour cream.
Making ranch dip ahead of time
I love this recipe because it’s actually better when you make it ahead!
The flavors really get a chance to meld together this way. I like to make this dip at least 2-3 hours before serving.
Leftover dip should be refrigerated in an airtight container and enjoyed within 4-5 days.
I love these mixing bowls for two main reasons: the non-slip bottoms make mixing easier, and the airtight lids mean you don’t have to transfer the contents to another container to refrigerate!
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- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 16 oz sour cream
- 1 oz packet ranch seasoning mix (click for a homemade version)
- 15 oz can fire-roasted corn drained
- 10 oz can rotel drained
- 4 oz can diced green chiles drained
- 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
Whip cream cheese
- Add softened cream cheese to a large mixing bowl and beat with a hand mixer (or a whisk or rubber spatula) until creamy and smooth.
- To the mixing bowl, add sour cream, ranch seasoning, corn, rotel, green chiles, and cheese. Stir to combine well.
Cover and chill
- Cover mixing bowl tightly and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours.
- Serve chilled, with tortilla or pita chips as dippers.
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- I’ve estimated this dip will serve 8, but the exact serving size is up to you.
The Chunky Chef is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.