Buffalo turkey dip made in a slow cooker has all of the tangy, gooey goodness of regular buffalo dip with the added yum of turkey. This dish makes a perfect appetizer or game day treat!
Move over Buffalo chicken dip, there is a new dip in town and it is so good! It looks a lot like the chicken version, but tastes just a notch above. The next time it is your turn to make the dip for game day, try this one, but don’t tell anyone…..you will be shocked at how many people will want to know what your secret ingredient is!
How To Make Crockpot Buffalo Dip
To make this fun party dip you will need to gather together the following:
- turkey meat (cooked)
- cream cheese
- ranch dressing
- wing sauce
- blue cheese crumbles
- shredded cheddar
Note: Exact quantities can be found in recipe card below
Take the the cream cheese out of the refrigerator and allow it to soften slightly. This can be accomplished just by leaving it on your counter and just allowing it to warm up a bit. No need to leave it out too long. Just 15 minutes or so.
Shred the turkey. This task can be easily completed by using two forks, although some people prefer using a hand held mixer to get it done faster. Turkey breast tends to shred the easiest and would be my first choice for this recipe, although any turkey meat would work as far as taste goes.
Place shredded turkey, cream cheese, ranch dressing, wing sauce, some crumbled blue cheese and some shredded cheddar cheese into your slow cooker. Stir a bit to combine (it doesn’t have to be fully mixed yet). Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours, checking in occasionally to see how the melting is going. As the ingredients start to melt you can stir them more to fully combine. If you are short on time, this part of the process can be accomplished faster on the high setting. Just make sure to check in and stir regularly so that the bottom and sides don’t burn.
Once all ingredients are all melted and fully mixed, add more shredded cheddar cheese and blue cheese crumbles on top and cover again to allow it to melt.
How To Serve This Slow Cooker Dip
When this dish is all hot and gooey with that extra melted layer on top, it will be hard not to just dive right in. Luckily, this dip is great served right from the slow cooker. Just turn it to warm or even off and let people scoop some directly into their own bowls .
Alternatively, a festive way to serve this dip is from a homemade bread bowl. Take a crusty, round loaf and slice off the top, scoop out the insides and fill with some warm, gooey, cheesy, dreamy dip.
All of the of the usuals make for great dipping with this recipe. Carrots, celery, pretzels and tortilla chips are a delicious place to start. Beyond that, you are only limited by your imagination! Apple wedges, pita chips, breadsticks and toasted rice crackers are all great options. This hot crockpot dip is also delicious mixed in with some warmed, leftover pasta or as a topping for a baked potato. There is no wrong thing to use to scoop up or top with some turkey Buffalo dip (including a spoon… it is great right off the spoon!).
How To Store A Cheesy Dip
We all know the old saying: It’s never as good as the first time. In the case of this dip, that is true. That doesn’t mean you should toss out leftovers (if you have any!!). Leftovers can be stored in an airtight bag or container in the refrigerator for a few days (3-4) depending on how fresh your turkey was when you started. Freezing these leftovers is not recommended.
How To Prepare Leftovers
There are two ways to reheat buffalo turkey dip. If you have a lot, you can toss it right back into your slow cooker to warm back up. However, it is very rare for that much to be left. For smaller leftover volume, or if you just want to heat up a portion of what is left, the microwave works best. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between each one, until desired temperature and consistency is reached. You may notice some orange, oily areas when reheating. This is due to separation of ingredients and can usually be dealt with by thoroughly mixing.
Turkey Dip Hints & Hacks
- This dish can be prepped the day before to save time. Just add all ingredients to a slow cooker liner or bowl, close or cover tightly and store in refrigerator until you are ready to cook.
- If you are a fan of uber spicy, feel free to add a few drops of pepper sauce such as Tabasco Sauce.
- This is the best, most fun way way to use up leftover holiday turkey!
- I use slow cooker liners for this recipe. This is always an optional step. I, however, use then so often that I buy them in bulk (making them less expensive per piece). click here to see what I buy.
- In the market for a new slow cooker? Here is the one I am currently lusting after.
Lazy Slow Cooker Buffalo Turkey Dip
- 2-4 quart slow cooker
- measuring cups and spoons
- slow cooker liner (optional)
- 2 cups shredded turkey I prefer breast for this, but any will do
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 1 cup ranch dressing
- ½ cup buffalo wing sauce
- ½ cup blue cheese crumbles divided
- 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese divided
- chopped green onion for garnish optional
- place liner in slow cooker (optional)
- shred turkey and add to slow cooker
- add cream cheese, ranch dressing and wing sauce
- add ⅓ cup blue cheese crumbles and 1 cup shredded cheddar
- stir to mix
- cover and cook on low 2 hours
- after two hours, remove lid and stir again to fully combine.
- sprinkle remaining cheddar and blue cheese crumbles over top of mixture
- cover and allow top cheeses to melt
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