Hot Virginia Dip

Hot Virginia Dip

The holiday season is just around the corner, and that means office parties and potlucks galore. Sometimes it’s hard to find a unique dish to bring, but this Hot Virginia Dip usually does the trick!

One of my go-to potluck recipes is Taco Dip, but there are times that someone else has already claimed a similar dip, so this is my backup. 

I had never had a dip like this until I was living with my aunt and uncle my sophomore year in college when I transferred to UCF (Go Knights!). She calls it Hot Virginia Dip, and it is fantastic!

Seriously, I could eat the entire pan in one sitting. I don’t make it too often because I know I will eat it all and I don’t need to. It’s cheesy and creamy and salty and oh so good.

It’s super easy to make, just mix a few things together, bake, and enjoy. The only ingredient I had a hard time finding at first was the dried beef. It is usually near the canned meats on the top shelf. It comes in a small glass container with a blue lid on it.

Step by Step

Preheat the oven to 350F then combine all of the ingredients, except the crackers, in a medium mixing bowl. Don’t forget to mince the dried beef before adding it to the bowl. 

Hot Virginia Dip

Pour the dip into an 8×8 baking dish and level out as best as possible.

Hot Virginia Dip

Bake for about 20 minutes, or until it is bubbly. You can let it go a few more minutes if you want it to brown on top, but I don’t like letting it go that long. 

Ryan couldn’t wait for the dip to finish baking!

Serve warm with crackers and enjoy!

Hot Virginia Dip

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Hot Virginia Dip
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5 from 5 votes

Hot Virginia Dip

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer/Snack
Keyword: crackers, cream cheese, dip
Servings: 12


  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 5 oz dried beef minced
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 tsp onion minced
  • Wheat Thins crackers


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix all ingredients (except crackers) thoroughly
  • Place in 8×8 casserole dish
  • Bake for 20 minutes until bubbly
  • Serve hot with crackers
Hot Virginia Dip

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15 thoughts on “Hot Virginia Dip

  1. (sucks in her breath, eyebrows shooting up in surprise as jaw drops) this has chipped beef in it??? And it’s HOT??? Oooh, gonna have to try this – my youngest has recently discovered the joys of one of my late father’s FAVORITE breakfast, Creamed Dried Beef On Toast, which she now asks me to make every other day (it’s one of my faves, too) even though it’s not something I keep on hand in the house! So she and I will gladly eat this all up!!!

  2. This dip has been a staple in my area of Virginia for at least 30 years. It originally came from what is still my favorite cookbook, Virginia Hospitality. It’s a Junior League cookbook from the Hampton Roads area. For the longest time, you didn’t go to a party around that didn’t have Hot Virgina Dip. It has always been one of my husband’s favorites. Back in the day we used to serve it in a chafing dish but I don’t think people use them any more! I use Pinterest more and more and I’m always happy to find my old favorites on here. Another one of my favorites from the newer Junior League book, Very Virginia, is French Quarter Cheese. It’s really different and it’s fantastic! Im going to look that one up next and hope I find it on Pinterest.

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