How to Make Boat Dip (Easy Viral TikTok Recipe)

Boat Dip is an easy viral recipe you’ve got to try! It’s five simple ingredients, and makes a tasty snack and perfect dip for any occasion!

boat dip recipe

TikTok recipes go viral for a reason. People see them, try them, and report back. 

This delicious recipe is one of them! It’s a creamy dip with a packet of taco seasoning, ranch seasoning, Rotel tomatoes + green chilis, cheese, and sour cream. 

It’s nothing fancy, but it’s the perfect cold dip for your crispy tortilla chips! 

If you’re looking for a great option for a delicious dip, this recipe will tick all your boxes.

viral TikTok Boat Dip

How to Make Boat Dip

First, let’s chat about how simple these ingredients are and gather them up to make this fan-favorite TikTok recipe.

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ingredients for boat dip

You probably have all of them in your pantry and fridge now.

Tiktok’s latest viral recipe starts with a tub of sour cream. Use full-fat, fat-free, whatever you want. 

Plop a big tub into a large bowl.

boat dip recipe from tiktok

Then, you’ll need some grated cheese. I like to grate my own cheddar cheese with this counter cheese grater. So easy!

Next, you’ll crack open a can of Rotel. It’s that can of green chiles and tomatoes that you use for Mama Leah dip or the Rotel Dip with Sausage we all know and love. 

I don’t drain mine, I like all the juicy flavor it adds. But, feel free to drain yours!

Since we’re using ranch dressing powder, it thickens after some time in the fridge. Adding in the liquid from the Rotel tomatoes helps give us a scoopable dip.

Then, you tear open a packet of taco seasoning and a ranch dressing packet.

Pour those into the bowl and mix everything up!

boat dip mixed in a bowl

That’s the Easy Boat Dip recipe! It’s that simple.

Serving the Five-Ingredient Boat Dip

viral boat dip with doritos

When you’re ready to serve this good dip, you’ve got lots of options.

You can serve it with tortilla chips. Delish. I will suggest choosing a hearty tortilla chip… When I used my Walmart brand chips, they kept cracking with each scoop.

Fritos Scoops would not crack on you, just saying! Nor would pita chips!

Fresh veggies like carrot sticks, celery, cucumbers, and even raw broccoli would be amazing! 

If you’re hosting a pool party or other water-side party, this is a crowd-pleasing dip to make. Since it serves all kinds of eaters!

This taco dip is definitely a multi-tasker, too. 

boat dip for taco night

I will be making this for my Pulled Pork Chalupa Party and serving it as an appetizer and a topping for the dish! 

Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to seven days, and enjoyed over and over!

Boat Dip Variations

The following ingredients can be added or substituted for a dip that is perfectly enjoyed on top of the water!

Add in a can of chopped green chilies for a bit of spice, and a punch of flavor. I love keeping those little cans you find in the Mexican aisle on hand. They add so much flavor to anything! This gives your dip a real Mexican flavor without it being too hot. 

tiktok boat dip recipe

If you love green onions like I do, add in a few green onions that you’ve sliced! I love adding green onions to a dip! This Green Onion Chip Dip lets green onions star in their own dip recipe!

Instead of 16 ounces of sour cream, try using blended cottage cheese! Or regular cottage cheese! This would give this dip recipe a huge boost in protein, and make your long family day better!

Serve your boat dip with spicy chips, like these Doritos

You could also add black beans to create a fiesta taco night dip ready for your salsa bar! Switch out the cheddar cheese for pepper jack for a spicy dip that has the perfect balance.

boat dip recipe idea

Finally, while the viral TikTok Boat Dip is great as a summer activity snack, it’s also perfect for game day!! And even better the next day… Just saying!!

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viral boat dip recipe

How to Make Boat Dip (Easy Viral TikTok Recipe)

  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1012 1x
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: no-cook
  • Cuisine: american


Learn how to make Boat Dip is an easy viral recipe you’ve got to try! It’s five simple ingredients, and makes a tasty snack and perfect dip!


  • 8 ounces Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 3 TBS Ranch Powder (one packet!)
  • 2 TBS Taco Seasoning
  • 1, 10 ounces can Rotel Tomatoes, undrained
  • 16 ounces Sour Cream
  • Optional: 2-3 Green Onions, Sliced


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add all of your ingredients and stir well to evenly combine.
  2. Chill in the fridge for one hour before serving, best if you make it the night before!
  3. Serve with tortilla chips, Doritos, raw veggies, or spoon over tacos.

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