Hot Ham and Cheese Dip Recipe (2024)

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Karly Campbell

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This melty, cheesy dip is loaded with ham and caramelized onions for a snack that you don’t want to miss!

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We’ve talked before about how I just really do not think that ham is a twice a year affair.

All of you people with your Easter hams and Christmas hams are just wrong.I love you, but you’re wrong.

Ham is glorious and it should be eaten whenever one is in the mood! They’re so easy, too. I mean, unwrap, pop it in the oven, and you’re going to have a crazy delicious dinner! So, that’s my PSA of the day. Eat mo’ ham.

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Of course, this time of year, you probably have leftover ham hanging around. Which means that maaaaaybe you’re looking for a way to use it up?

Personally, I eat most of my leftover ham straight from the fridge. A cold slice of ham makes a pretty fabulous snack, am I right? But, fine, whatever! Let me show you a ridiculous way to put that leftover ham to use. It involves copious amounts of cheese and sauteed onions, so you know it’s going to be a winner!

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Dip is my favorite food group, and it’s perfect for holiday weekends! You’ve got family in from out of town, they’re feeling munchy, and you have a bunch of leftover ham. Make this dip! It will knock their cheese-lovin’ socks off! I mean, who doesn’t love a good hot ham and cheese sandwich? This is that, but better!

You can omit the onions if they aren’t your thing, but I love them on my hot ham and cheese sandwiches, so I worked them into this dip. Hope y’all enjoy!

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Hot Ham and Cheese Dip

This melty, cheesy dip is loaded with ham and caramelized onions for a snack that you don't want to miss!

3.62 from 60 votes

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Prep5 minutes minutes

Cook30 minutes minutes

Total35 minutes minutes

Serves 12 servings


  • 1/2 onion finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 cups diced ham
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Provolone cheese
  • 2 teaspoons chives


  • Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onions and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and golden.

  • Add the cream cheese to the skillet and stir until very soft and beginning to melt.

  • Add the remaining ingredients and, with the heat still on low, continue stirring until everything is well combined.

  • Pour into an 8x8 baking dish (or leave in your skillet if it's oven proof) and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese has fully melted.

  • Serve with crackers, chips, or small slices of bread.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 160kcal (8%)| Carbohydrates: 1g| Protein: 7g (14%)| Fat: 14g (22%)| Saturated Fat: 8g (50%)| Cholesterol: 45mg (15%)| Sodium: 234mg (10%)| Potassium: 51mg (1%)| Sugar: 1g (1%)| Vitamin A: 490IU (10%)| Vitamin C: 0.4mg| Calcium: 166mg (17%)| Iron: 0.2mg (1%)

Author: Karly Campbell



Keyword:easy appetizer recipes, game day recipes, party recipes

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  1. Mary says

    Hot Ham and Cheese Dip Recipe (13)
    This looks incredible! I was just curious about the serving size? Two tablespoons? A quarter cup? I’m a psycho when it comes to weights and measures, ha! I guess I’ll have to make it, weigh it (which I always do in grams) and divide! Thanks so much for your great recipes and beautiful artwork!


    • Karly says

      Hi Mary! I don’t have the serving size by weight or volume. I just calculated the nutrition based on how many people I thought it would serve. 🙂


    • Margaret says

      Did you decide on a serving size?


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  3. Ioana says

    This is dip is definitely going on my low carb menu for the next week. I will broccoli instead of crackers. So awesome


    • Karly says

      Great idea!


  4. Lisa says

    Thanks! I’ll try it.


  5. Lisa says

    I know this is a few years old, but have you ever made it ahead, stored in the fridge, and then baked right before you needed it? I’m going to make it for a morning event and wondered if I could do everything the night before but bake in the morning.


    • Karly says

      I think this would be fine made ahead!


  6. DairyFreeDiet says

    OOOOOH…. That looks really good. It’s cool and kind of rainy here. This would be the perfect appetizer on such an evening. It would be really good served with some crusty toast points.


    • Karly says

      Perfect for toast!


  7. Amy says

    This dip is delicious! I have made this several times and it is always a big hit!!! I was wondering if anyone has ever made this in a small crockpot? It cools quickly after coming out of the oven and then with all the cheese it hard to scoop out on your chip!


    • Karly says

      I haven’t tried it, but I think it would work just fine in a crockpot! 🙂


    • Brenda says

      I am making this today. I am going to make it as the recipe says, but then I am going to transfer it to a mini-crock for the small gathering I going to later


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  9. Lori @ RecipeGirl says

    Perfect way to use up leftover ham! Love it!


  10. Wowguy says

    Great idea. But I would probably eat it before t go to the party.


    • Kim clopper says

      I found this recipe looking for uses for leftover ham. I bought everything else to make it, but when I got home found out I didn’t have any cream cheese like I thought I did so I used sour cream instead. Also diced up a big spoonful of dill pickles & added to it. Sprinklebit more cheese on top and baked it till bubbly. I’m low carb. So I scooped it up with pork skis. . I thought a cucumber would also be nice to eat this with, but of course I didn’t have a cucumber either ?


  11. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife says

    I, too, believe ham should be eaten more than twice a year! This dip looks like total awesomesauce!! 🙂


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