This dip is boss.

I know this isn’t a cooking blog – not even close – but this dip is just so good that it would be selfish not to share it. Seriously, I could live off of this. It’s also super colorful and when I do cook – which is not often – I love using colors.

We call it “Surprise Dip“, the internet calls it all sorts of different things.

This recipe leaves a lot of room for tweaking, depending on how much you like each individual ingredient.

You’re gonna need:
Cream cheese: 8 ounce
Mayonnaise (or miracle whip): 1/4 cup
Sour cream: 1/2 cup
Canned shrimp (or fresh), drained: 1 cup
Seafood cocktail sauce: 1 jar
Pepper (red, green or yellow)
Tomato – let’s get messy!
Green onion
Cheese (I prefer a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella)

Tortilla chips (or crackers)

Step one:
In a bowl combine the cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise, blending it until it’s smooth and well mixed. Take a glass baking dish and smooth the mixture out into the bottom. The smaller your dish the thicker the layers will be. I prefer to use a fair sized pan because I find that the dip’s easier to scoop up when it’s thinner.

Step two:
Spread the seafood cocktail sauce over top of the base mixture. Feel free to add less or more to your taste. Drain and dice your shrimp and then spread it out evenly over top. The last couple of times I’ve made this I didn’t have shrimp and I hardly even noticed the difference, so if you don’t have it, don’t worry!

Step three:
Chop, chop, chop time. This is where things get pretty. Dice up your peppers and spread them generously on top of the shrimp. If you’re like me and you love peppers you’re going to want to almost completely cover the dip in them. The more the better (for me at least). Do the same with your green onion. The green onion’s taste is more overpowering though, so I don’t use as much of it as I do the pepper.

Step four:
Dice up a tomato, making sure to drain the pieces out before adding them. No one likes a runny surprise dip! (That’s probably a lie, I’d still eat it.) Now this may be fairly obvious by now, but you don’t have to use tomatoes if you’re not a fan, the same can be said for most of the ingredients.

Step five:
This is the last step, unless you’ve thought of something else tasty that you’d like to add. Grate yourself a big bowl of cheese (whichever kind you most like) and sprinkle it over top. Then ta-da, you’ve just made the tastiest dip ever. Get yourself some chips or crackers and munch away!

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