Hot Virginia Dip in a brown dish with crackers around the bowl and a brown towel in the background (with logo overlay)

Hot Virginia Dip

Hot Virginia Dip is an amazing, creamy, salty dip that is perfect for an appetizer or a late-night snack that is great with crackers.

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. Mince the dried beef and gather all of the ingredients. I like to use a food processor or a magic bullet to quickly mince the beef.

Stainless Steel bowls with ingredients for Hot Virginia Dip: cream cheese, sour cream, minced dry beef, milk, minced onion, garlic powder

Combine all of the ingredients, except the crackers, in a medium mixing bowl.

Hot Virginia Dip mixed in a stainless steel mixing bowl with a wooden spoon on a white and grey marble surface

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

Hot Virginia Dip spread out in a glass baking dish on a white and grey marbled surface

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. 

Little boy kneeling in front of the oven watching Hot Virginia Bake in the oven

Serve warm with your choice of crackers and enjoy! I prefer plain Wheat Thins with this dip, but any cracker will work.

Hot Virginia Dip in a brown dish with crackers around the bowl and a brown towel in the background (vertical)


Originally Published On: January 12, 2016

Last Updated On: November 5, 2019

Hot Virginia Dip in a brown dish with crackers around the bowl and a brown towel in the background

Hot Virginia Dip

Hot Virginia Dip is an amazing, creamy, salty dip that is perfect for an appetizer or a late-night snack that is great with crackers.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, crackers, cream cheese, dip
Servings: 8 cups
5 from 7 votes


  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 2.25 oz dried beef (minced)
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 tsp onion (minced)


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Mix all ingredients (except crackers) thoroughly
  • Place in 8×8 casserole dish
  • Bake for 20 minutes until bubbly
  • Serve hot with your choice of crackers
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Nutrition Facts
Hot Virginia Dip
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 135 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 421mg18%
Potassium 64mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 476IU10%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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46 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!!!

    1. It has a lot of bold flavor, but I don’t know if I would say it’s spicy. I haven’t tried this with bread before, but now I want to do that next time I make it, which will be soon!

  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.

  3. I have never heard of this but I need it in my life for sure! It looks and sounds amazing. I bet it would be good to make for a sip and see we are having

    1. It was a new one to me, too, when my aunt first made it. But it’s perfect for large groups of people! I usually like plain Wheat Thins crackers with it, but you could also serve with Ritz or any other salty cracker.

  4. Melanie williams

    What a perfect looking dip. Ideal for the upcoming Christmas season, as there will be plenty of buffets for sure xx

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