How to Make TikTok’s Famous Boat Dip and Customize It to Your Own Taste

A recipe developer shares simple ways to tweak the viral recipe.

July 13, 2021

The TikTok recipes just keep on comin’! The popular social media app that has blessed us with baked feta pasta, Nature’s Cereal and several other dishes, has now given us a new dip to eat all summer long.

Boat Dip, as it has been dubbed, was seemingly created earlier this month by a TikToker who goes by the handle @lnoden. According to @lnoden (whose name is Lindsey) the savory dip is made using sour cream, shredded cheese, Rotel diced tomatoes and a packet of taco seasoning.

Lindsey later posted a more detailed recipe on her Instagram account and shared that the adaptable dip can include a can of corn as well. She also noted that the dip should be refrigerated overnight in order to achieve an extra thick texture.

And in case you’re wondering how Boat Dip got its name, it’s because, according to Lindsey, this tasty dish is best consumed on a boat.

Food Network recipe developer Amanda Neal refined the Boat Dip recipe a bit more and shared her take on the viral snack. “To make Boat Dip, stir together 16 ounces of sour cream, one 1-ounce packet of taco seasoning mix, one 10-ounce can mild diced tomatoes and green chiles (such as Rotel) and one 8-ounce bag of shredded sharp Cheddar cheese in a large bowl until combined,” she explained. “Serve with your favorite chips for dipping.”

Like most dips, Boat Dip is highly adaptable and customizable, which means it can suit a variety of different tastes and dietary restrictions. For example, if you like your dip extra cheesy, Neal suggests replacing half of the sour cream with eight ounces of softened cream cheese. She also advised using a shredded cheese blend instead of only Cheddar, because cheese blends typically included numerous cheeses such as Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Colby.

Love spice? Make your Boat Dip extra spicy by using a can of Extra Hot Rotel instead of mild. “And add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce for a kick of heat,” Neal adds.

For ranch dressing fans, Neal says you can give your Boat Dip a creamy, ranchy flavor by replacing the packet of taco seasoning with a packet of Fiesta Ranch Seasoning Mix, such as this one from the ranch aficionados at Hidden Valley.

And while most dips contain some form of dairy, Neal notes that it’s possible to make a vegan version of Boat Dip that is just as tasty as the original. To ensure your recipe is plant-based, use a combination of dairy-free sour cream and dairy-free mayo for the base. “This will provide the same creaminess and tang as traditional sour cream,” Neal explains. “Then use your favorite vegan shredded cheese of choice.”

With five different ways to enjoy Boat Dip now, your taste buds won’t get tired!

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