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Ina’s Sun-dried Tomato Dip

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This stellar Sun-dried Tomato Dip got rave reviews from every group of my friends! When I took this to a PTO board meeting while Nick was in elementary school and everyone demanded the recipe!

It was the first Barefoot Contessa cookbook. It was referenced on the Food Network way, way before Ina Garten had her own show. This Easy Dip Recipe will make you the hostess with the mostess at any gathering!

Sun-dried tomato dip in a white bowl

Ina’s Sun-dried Tomato Dip

I continued to dazzle everyone with her winning recipes…and got puzzled looks when I mentioned the name of the cookbook. But slowly my friends caught on…and soon they all had their own collection of Ina’s cookbooks. I brought this sun-dried tomato dip with a crudite platter for our New Year’s soup party…and it was no surprise that I was again asked for the recipe.

Welcome to Day #3 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. Whether you are a Broncos fan or a Seahawks fan, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20, and ending on Saturday, January 25.

Sun-dried Tomato Dip with garnish of green onions and cucumbers

How to Make This Easy Dip Recipe

  • This sun-dried tomato dip completely made in the food processor, it’s a cinch to whip up. Sun-dried tomatoes, Tabasco (or your favorite hot sauce) and some scallions supply sensational flavors while the combo of cream cheese, mayo and sour cream provide the creamy base.
  • Tabasco adds a gentle hit of heat, but if you like spicy, add more to your taste.
  • Serve this easy dip recipe with chips, crackers or, my favorite, a slew of colorful veggies.
  • PRO-Tip: Add some of the key elements to garnish the dip. A few sliced green onions or finely diced sun-dried tomatoes will add a pop of color. I also like to add a couple dippers, like sliced cucumbers or red bell pepper slices. You’ll look like a seasoned party-giver!
  • Definitely add this easy, irresistible to your next party menu whether for game day or a dinner party. Be prepared to hand out the recipe. I guarantee you’ll be asked for it.
Sun-Dried Tomato Dip in a white bowl with a tray of fresh vegetables

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Sun-dried tomato dip garnished with cucumbers

Sun-dried Tomato Dip

An easy, irresistible dip made your food processor!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 12 servings


  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, in oil, drained and chopped
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temp
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 10 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced


  1. Puree the tomatoes, cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, Tabasco, salt and pepper in food processor. Add the scallions and pulse twice.
  2. Garnish with sliced scallions
  3. Serve with fresh vegetables or chips.


Adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook.

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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 154Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 228mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g occasionally offers nutritional information for recipes contained on this site. This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased can change the nutritional information in any given recipe. Also, many recipes on recommend toppings, which may or may not be listed as optional and nutritional information for these added toppings is not listed. Other factors may change the nutritional information such as when the salt amount is listed “to taste,” it is not calculated into the recipe as the amount will vary. Also, different online calculators can provide different results. To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in any given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information obtained is accurate.


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41 comments on “Ina’s Sun-dried Tomato Dip”

  1. Ina is my idol! I definitely have to try this dip! Thanks, Liz 🙂 ela

  2. Hi Liz!

    I remember when Ina had her store in the Hamptons. I still think her first book was one of her most delicious. I’m not a huge fan of TV food “stars” but Ina was a star in my book way back when. I have her book too and it is terrific!

    Thank you so much for reminding me and for sharing this recipe.

  3. To tell you the truth , I haven’t made any kind of dip yet . Shameful , right ? 😀 Ina’s recipe sounds wonderful and the cream cheese in there has my name on it lol

  4. I love to do tomato bruschetta on little garlic toast rounds. This dip looks friggin’ for real though.

  5. What a glorious dip. I can see why you love it so much. I think I have one of Ina’s cookbooks. I spend so much time in magazines, I don’t think of my cookbooks often enough!

  6. I know I’d love to nosh on this while watching Denver (hopefully) beat Seattle:@)

  7. My current favorite dip is actually a block of feta cheese topped with blueberry jam. Put the cheese block in a small baking dish and top with the jam. In a preheated 350 degree oven, bake for 20-25 minutes til the jam is bubbly and serve with tortilla scoops. Delish and sooooo simple!

  8. Liz, this sounds so delicious – it reminds me of another dip that we enjoy, made with goat cheese, but I imagine this is just as good!

  9. What a great dip! Love the combo of flavor. Perfect for the big game! Thanks.

  10. I love sun-dried tomatoes and this dip sounds awesome with all the other flavors! Even better that it’s so easy to whip up, thanks for sharing Liz and can’t wait to give this a try 🙂

  11. I do a triscuit, topped with a sliced tomato, sliced mozzarella, a basil leaf, and drizzled with balsamic! Yum!

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  12. Love sun dried tomatoes! A delicious dip, Lizzy xo

  13. I make great chicken wings.

  14. i make pizza dip & bread sticks

  15. I’m clapping my hands because as you know, I now have a food processor. And I love sun-dried tomatoes. Your dip looks very pretty with the assortment of crudites xx

  16. If there are going to be men there, like a BBQ I always try and make Spicy & Sweet Turkey Meatballs and serve them from my slow cooker with tons of tooth picks !!

  17. Lovely dip my friend, sundried tomatoes are perfect 😀


  18. I am actually planning when I would have a chance to try this dip 🙂 It’s so easy and sounds very delicious.

  19. Pizza dip is always popular. So simple but very good.

  20. I love Ina! It’s easy to see why this dip is a go-to recipe for you!

  21. That dip looks fantastic! I love sun dried tomatoes!
    I like making hummus for the appetizer.

  22. Easy to make and very tasty! Love those sugar peas!

  23. Anything Ina Garten is foolproof. I love your photos too! How do you do it? You are amazingly talented.

  24. I make this dip quite often and I can’t keep my grubby paws off it. 🙂 Yours is prettier.

  25. We ‘re gonna have to try this ASAP:) We’ll try some Greek yogurt instead of sour cream since it’s easily available and cheap here:) Once again, thank you for a wonderful post Liz!

  26. My signature appetizer dip might be French Onion Dip…But I sure like the idea of making a dip with sun dried tomatoes =)

  27. I love this dip and I’ve already printed it to make it during the weekend! Thanks Liz!

  28. Ina Garten books are some of my favorite. Love the simplicity and style. THis dip sounds delicious and what a perfect appetizer. You’ve made it look so good with all the veggies.

  29. Looks so good.. I love sun dried tomatoes, don’t use them enough unfortunately. Need to change that ASAP! 🙂

  30. I love sun dried tomatoes and I love Ina. And you! What a great dip, Liz. Keep ’em coming!

  31. I am known for my deviled eggs

  32. I am known for my deviled eggs

  33. I always like to make some kind of spinach dip, or anything bite-size is fun too!

  34. Nothing fancy, but always yummy…Spinach Dip.

  35. This is a great dip to get people eating more veggies. I think it would do the trick with my kids. 🙂

  36. I have only used sun-dried tomatoes a few times and I see from this dip, it’s time to have them in my stash.

  37. can’t wait to make this!

  38. So glad I tried this because it’s amazing!

  39. We made this for Sunday night football and it was a hit! Thanks for the recipe!

  40. Ina’s recipes never disappoint and this one is no exception.
    And your tips were super helpful when making it. Thanks!

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