11 Ready-to-Eat Dips You Should Be Buying on Repeat, According to Chefs and Pro Cooks

published Mar 20, 2022
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No matter how you like to eat — vegan, omnivore, sweet-treat fan, or anything in between — I’m betting that you’re a fan of dips. I’ve never met a fellow diner who won’t throw down for a little spinach and artichoke action before dinner, or dive into a bowl of onion dip. While homemade is great, I could fill an entire fridge with store-bought dips and never get bored. They’re the perfect amount of convenience and flavor, and there’s one for every occasion. 

On the hunt to discover my next new favorite, I consulted chefs, recipe developers, and food pros about the dips they keep in stock. I’ve already added a few to my grocery list. Keep reading to find your next new go-to! 

Note: Prepare yourself for an “Is that really a dip?” internal monolog. The way I see it: If you can dip something into it, it’s a dip. Simple.

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1. Trader Joe’s Vegan Caramelized Onion Dip

“This is the most delicious vegan caramelized onion dip. It’s so yummy with veggies, chips, and crackers. I wish it came in a bigger size because it always goes fast, especially at parties.” Brooke Brimm, plant-based chef and cookbook author

Find it in stores: Trader Joe’s Vegan Caramelized Onion Dip, $3.99 for 8 ounces

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2. Bombay Bitchin’ Sauce

“This is a creamy plant-based dip made of blitzed almonds, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and curry powder that’s super versatile. I’ll use it to anchor a tray of crudités, spread on a sandwich or wrap, or dollop over roasted veggies or falafel.” Jamie Vespa, recipe developer and food blogger

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3. Holy Hummus

“Buying dips?! I almost never do, but Holy Hummus is my favorite store-bought hummus.”  Einat Admony, chef and owner of Balaboosta and Taïm (and hummus master).

Buy: Holy Hummus Traditional Classic Hummus with Chickpeas, $4.99 for 10 ounces at Fresh Direct

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4. Trader Joe’s Chili Onion Crunch

“Chinese dumplings are the perfect item to dip into this, but because I’m a glutton for this chili onion crunch I usually spoon it onto whatever I’m eating by the mouthful.” Ron Hsu, chef and co-founder at Lazy Betty

Find it in stores: Trader Joe’s Chili Onion Crunch, $3.99 for 6 ounces

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5. Esti Tzatziki

“I love the tzatziki dip and baba ghanoush from Esti. They’re great products right from Greece that work great in a pinch. I have even fooled my Greek mother with them!” Michael Symon, chef, restaurant owner, TV personality, and cookbook author

Buy: Esti Tzatziki, $3.84 for 10 ounces at Instacart

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6. Gordo’s Cheese Dip

“My go to-dip at my house is Gordo’s Cheese Dip. I enjoy the creaminess and the light salty flavor that pairs well with more than just the obvious tortilla chip; it’s also amazing as a starter for mac and cheese! It’s my #secretsauce.” Kenny Gilbert, chef and owner at Silkie’s

Buy: Gordo’s Cheese Dip, Original, $4.95 for 16 ounces at Instacart

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7. Trader Joe’s Artichoke & Jalapeño Dip 

“It has just the right amount of spice and tons of flavor great for veggies or pita chips. I love to eat it straight out of the fridge or piping hot and melty from the microwave.” Jamika Pessoa, chef and co-host of The Good Dish

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8. Marie’s Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing + Dip

“This is too thick to use as a true salad dressing, but on raw vegetables and chicken wings it is pure magic.” — Adam Richman, TV food personality and host of Adam Eats the 80s

Buy: Marie’s Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing + Dip, $5.49 for 25 ounces at Instacart

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9. Blue Moose Organic Queso Blanco Style Cashew Dip 

“This is incredibly creamy, warm or chilled. It tastes just like a blanco queso, only it’s vegan. Perfect for dipping with tortilla chips, veggies, crackers, or you can drizzle the dip over tacos for a nice cheesy touch.” Bailey Rhatigan, plant-based recipe developer and cookbook author

Buy: Blue Moose Organic Queso Blanco Style Cashew Dip, $11.81 for 24 ounces at Instacart

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10. Trader Joe’s Cowboy Caviar

“I love its perfect blend of salty, sweet, and spicy. It is made with black beans, corn, peppers, and tomatoes so the texture is chunky perfection. I’m currently working on a copycat recipe, but the store-bought version is still my favorite.”Jenné Claiborne, recipe developer and cookbook author

Find it in stores: Trader Joe’s Cowboy Caviar, $2.79 for 13 ounces

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11. Kite Hill Cucumber & Dill Tzatziki

“Kite Hill makes some of the BEST dips without any animal products. Its cucumber dill tzatziki is my top pick; I love that it’s dairy-free and made with almond milk, instead of cow’s milk. It goes perfectly on top of salads, in wraps or sandwiches, or paired with fresh pita bread or cut-up veggies. It’s a fridge staple in our vegan household!” Danielle Brown, recipe developer and food blogger at HealthyGirl Kitchen

Buy: Kite Hill Cucumber & Dill Tzatziki, $4.99 for 8 ounces at Instacart

What’s your favorite store-bought dip? Tell us in the comment below.