Death Dip Recipe & Zombies!!!

April 16th, 2014 Kimberly Feature 109 Comments

16th Apr


Recipes to delight your palate and books to feed your mind

To spice things up on Wednesdays between “Waiting On” posts, I am going to share a new feature;”Recipe and a Book Recommendation.” Look for this feature ย and other topics I am cooking up! Enjoy and let me know if you would like to see more posts like this featured at Caffeinated. Enjoy Death Dip & Zombies!

Below is a recipe perfect for parties or delicious fuel during a read-a-thon. I am sure it has many names, but my family has dubbed it “Death Dip” since it’s so good you feel like you have died and gone to heaven .:snort: Honestly, if I set this on the counter, my peeps and their friends swarm around it like locust. When they back away..the pan is scrapped so clean I swear one of them licked it.

Death Dip

Death Dip Ingredients


8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
1 can Hormel chili (without beans)
12 oz. pkg. shredded Cheddar cheese
pretty pan

I make mine in an 11 x 7 rectangular Pyrex glass pan (because it nests in a pretty basket for serving) but you can use a small rectangular cake pan, pie plate or 9 x 9 square pan. Keep in mind you will serve it in the pan.

  • Set oven to 375 degrees
  • With back of spoon spread cream cheese evenly into bottom of pan.
  • Pour and spread can of Hormel chili over cream cheese as evenly as possible. (you can use with beans if you prefer)
  • Top with shredded Cheddar cheese.
  • At this point you can add garnish or topping if you desire. (black olives, green onions, etc) I like to do this when serving at a party put kids prefer it plain.
  • Place in oven on top rack and bake for 20 mins or until cheese is melted.

Serves with tortilla chips. I like to use Tostitosยฎ Scoops

Death Dip

Book Recommendation

Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant Boxed SetThe Newsflesh Trilogy (Boxed Set)
by Mira Grant
Publisher: Orbit
Genre: Science Fiction, Horror, Zombies
Purchase: Amazon

“Alive or dead, the truth won’t rest. My name is Georgia Mason, and I am begging you. Rise up while you can.” The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. NOW, twenty years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives-the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will out, even if it kills them. The Newsflesh trilogy boxed set includes Feed, Deadline, and Blackout.

Mira Grantโ€™s Newflesh Trilogy is one of my all time favorites. The series is action packed, with excellent world building and characters who quickly became my friends.
If you have never read a zombie book and are hesitant to do so I think Feed is the perfect book to try. While there is a zombie outbreak, the focus of this book is the Newsflesh team. They are a group of news bloggers dedicated to getting the truth out. The Newsflesh Trilogy offers a wicked plot guaranteed to keep readers engaged.

Still not sure? Read my reviews of the books in this set: Deadline and Blackout.

Have fun making Death Dip and I hope you decide to try the Newsflesh trilogy.

*All of these recommendations and books will be listed under “Features” in the menu, for future reference.

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109 Responses to “Death Dip Recipe & Zombies!!!”

  1. Red Iza

    To associate zombies and food recipes is a great (original) idea ! I’m vegan so I won’t try it, but as my hands are full of chocolate right now… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL Red, you can use vegan bean dip in place of the chili.

  2. Kay

    That dip looks delicious! Now I have to try it, whether or not people are coming over. :)I am just now starting to get into zombie books so I think I will give this series a try. Love this new feature.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you love the trilogy as much as I do Kay! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Sharon - Obsession with Books

    An awesome new feature Kimba! I looove dips and this looks yum, we don’t have Hormel chili (without beans) here and I’m not sure what would be similar but it sounds delicious.

    This series sounds great!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Sharon, you can make your own chili and use that. I just gave the quick and easy version.

  4. Dre

    Definitely going to try this one out! Thanks for sharing this recipe ๐Ÿ˜€

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Dre, it is easy, but you can always add a little bam, but using homemade chili.

  5. A Voracious Reader

    I didn’t like Feed, so I’ll pass on the books, but that dip looks fab and easy! I hate to cook, so easy is always my measuring stick. lol

    • kimbacaffeinate

      you are killin’ me Carol *grabs chest and staggers* but I still like you ๐Ÿ™‚ and yes this is easy-peasy!

  6. Stephanie

    What a fun post! I love the pairing. I especially like that the Death Dip is so tasty- and looks very easy to make. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing both of these with us!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Stephanie ๐Ÿ™‚ It is easy and totally kid friendly ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Michelle

    That looks so good Kimba! I might have to go out and buy some cream cheese just so I can make some. I need to pick up this series as well

    • kimbacaffeinate

      hahaha..death dip it’s whats for breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Kelsey

    Ooh this sounds really good, I definitely have to make it soon. I still have to read this book series, but I have heard good things about it. Maybe I would even serve this dip while watching zombie movies!

  9. Melliane

    what a nice idea! First of all I love Seanan Mcguire but I haven’t read this series, but I really should! And I love your recipe,I didn’t know this one at all and well it’s not something we usually eat here, so it’s really interesting. Should try that too. Thanks!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have really enjoyed all of the books she has published under Grant ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Michele-A Belle's Tales

    This is so awesome!! We’re definitely trying this dip! And it’s perfect timing because I’m actually reading Feed! Mckenzie has been ‘cooking up’ a foodie/book feature for our blog, too, so I am really looking forward to exchanging recipes with you, my friend!!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Wahoo…you are reading Feed!!! Enjoy and I look forward to swapping recipes

  11. Angie

    Yes to this post! I had been thinking about doing something like this for a long time now but am just too lazy to match up a book and food. I look forward to more of these posts!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Angie, I wanted something I could do once or twice a month aside from WoW.

  12. Andrea

    What a fun post! My family makes a very similar dip, and everyone loves it. Thanks for sharing!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Sweet, I am glad you enjoy something like this, thanks Andrea ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Ginny

    Terrific post idea! I loved it! You know I am too much of a weenie to read those books but I could keep myself busy eating death dip while everyone else reads them. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Sounds like a plan my friend. Really though this book isn’t gory and focuses more on the bloggers. Seriously you should try Feed.

  14. Sophia

    Death dip, eh? Interesting name, but I’m a terrible cook, XD. Mom doesn’t trust me in the kitchen. :p

      • Sophia

        Oh Kimba, you really don’t want to hear the REAL reason why I’m not kitchen trustworthy. It’s sort of funny (according to some people) :p

  15. Amir

    This is an awesome new feature and you got me hungry for your dip now! That pic is just delicious! I will definitely try this out for myself, thanks so much for the recipe!

    I’ve always wanted to read The Newsflesh series, I love anything zombies and this is right up my alley! I’ll check out the box set, thanksbfor sharing Kimba! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Amir I hope you enjoy both and cannot wait to hop over and read your review of Written in Red..i loved the audio ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Melissa (Books and Things)

    Oh love the pairing! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have Feed on my tbr and still need to get to it. I can’t wait to dive into that zombie goodness. Will have to pass this recipe to my cousin who loves to cook things like this!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks so much Melissa and yes you need to read this trilogy!!

  17. Katherine

    I love this idea! The dip looks great. I’ll have to give it a try as I generally love anything that involves cream cheese.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Katherine and I would have to agree with you!

  18. Franny

    Ohhh, I love when features involve food and, although I don’t like spicy food, your recipe looks tasty!
    And what do you know, I saw Feed today while I was wandering around my local bookstore! The cover looked kinda cool, but I didn’t stop to look at it. Lol, now I know why since I don’t like zombies!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ha..I hope you pick up Feed and try the dip Franny!

  19. Victoria (aka Zemfirka)

    Love this new post idea: a recipe + book rec – how fun! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have had Feed on my radar a long time ago, not sure why I never got to it though. Thanks!

  20. Lindy

    I love this new feature!!! You are so creative Kim! I am already looking forward to next Wednesday! I can’t wait to make this death dip!!! I love Zombie stories, so I’m off to check out, The Newsflesh Trilogy! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      *blushes* well no not really lots of peeps share recipes, I just decided to combine it with a book. Thanks I am really glad you like it.

  21. Heidi

    Fun post. I can’t believe I haven’t read this series yet, Maja keeps telling me. I plan on doing the audiobooks soon. I love this dip recipe. We used to make it all the time at my office. Just throw the cream cheese and chili in a crock pot and let it simmer all day. I haven’t tried it with cheese on it, might as well add a little more goodness.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      You should listen to Maja! Oh the crock-pot version is good too Heidi.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Lauren ๐Ÿ™‚ I love things like this for parties ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Rita

    Lol, great post! I would love to see you do this once a week or whenever you get a chance. I love when book bloggers add a little bit of food on their blog too. Books + food= win/win!
    I have never made this exact dip, but my kids used to like to eat chili cheese dogs (hot dogs, can chili, melted cheese). I haven’t had it in a long while(I am restricted in my food groups due to medical issue), but the taste would be similar for sure, so I’m guessing my kids would like this, maybe on Superbowl Sunday, etc.
    Thanks for making your blog fun ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This is a staple for the Thanks for the feedback Rita!

  23. Lauren

    What a fun new feature! I have to make this death dip, it sounds YUM! I adore the Newsflesh series, it is probably my favorite zombie series ever. I love how it’s all about bloggers getting the truth out about the outbreak. It makes my blogger heart happy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes..I love hearing someone feels the same way I do about a series..enjoy the dip!

  24. Finley Jayne

    Great new feature! I’m working on ideas for a couple of new ones too, but I’m liking your idea better than mine, lol. Feed is on my tbr list and I really want to get to it soon, glad you like this series!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Glad you will be reading Feed and good luck with the ideas.

  25. Candace

    Yum, this sounds good! I’m vegetarian but I bet it would be pretty good with refried beans. This is kind of like the dip we make for parties but that’s with sour cream. Actually, this recipe would work as you have it but with my vegetarian chili (duh). Hmmmm… maybe I’ll make it tonight if I can get to the store today.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      totally would work with re-fried beans! Oh I bet the veg chili would be even better..have fun experimenting.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      No worries..make it when you have a crowd….you won’t get more than one or two dips if you are lucky!

  26. tonyalee

    What a fun feature!

    That dip looks AMAZING. I am actually heading to the grocery store today so I just might grab the goodies to make it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. Jenea

    I like this idea! We make the cheese and chili, but I haven’t ever put the cream cheese in it, I bet it is really good with it. Chris will home for a 3 day weekend, something we don’t have a lot of. ๐Ÿ™‚ So we will be trying it this weekend. I would like the read the series too, not sure if my library carries the entire series, but I will check.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy the dip and fingers-crossed you can pick up Feed ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a wonderful 3 day weekend!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This focuses more on the bloggers and I adored them all. It is a great book to test the zombie waters

  28. Siiri

    WHOAAA!! This looks awesome. Send me some ๐Ÿ˜€ yumm (this is such a fun meme, btw!) I havenโ€™t read the trilogy yet, but Iโ€™ve seen these books a thousand times in my local bookstore so if theyโ€™re on sale one time I happen to be there, Iโ€™ll most definitely think about purchasing them ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. Jenny

    Ummmm. I need to make that dip immediately. YUM KIM! I’m a dip kind of girl, I haven’t met too many I haven’t liked, and I pretty much just want to stick my face in this one and start eating:)

  30. Jessica

    I got Feed when it was a kindle daily awhile back, and I’ve been meaning to read it ever since. I love Seanan McGuire, so I have high hopes for her alter-ego as well.

    ALSO–I am so hungry now. Congratulations. I’m going to binge on SO-good-but-SO-bad-me food now ๐Ÿ˜‰

  31. Nick

    This is fun! I’m such a foodie, so I’m going to love this meme of yours Kim. I don’t really like chilli (I know I know), but that looks really easy to make!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo I am glad you like it Nick and I have tons of desserts, side dishes, salads and well yum to share, not to mention great books ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Mary

    How can I pass up a post with “death dip” in the title? And that dip…YUM. Perfect for binging while binging on this series.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      My peeps love it Jen, thanks for sharing your post and yes great minds think alike ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Tash

    All I saw was cheese in the reciepe lol. Can you tell I’m a cheese fan and now I wants some lol. I think I”m going to do a Marathon of the Zom-B books which will be perfect with this dip if I find the time .

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love cheese too Tash! Have fun this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Aimee

    Awesome new feature, Kim! I do love cheese, but the chili’s worrying me, haha! And I still have yet to read Feed, but it looks interesting.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      you could substitute shredded chicken, unless you are a vegan..then I got nothing. lol

  35. Jeann

    YEESSS I have only read the 1st one but I have all 3 on my shelf and I absolutely LOVE this series! Mira Grant is such an amazing author!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I think book two is my favorite. I literally cried when the series ended.

  36. Connie

    The death dip is truly fabulous! ! The book is one I’ll have to try. I haven’t ventured into zombies yet. Great idea for a blog!

  37. Tanja

    Mhm I love your new feature and this sounds really tasty. I don’t like tortilla chips (yeah shocking) but still I’d love to try this. Also I want to read that Mira Grant series badly. Great post, Kim ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Tanja, this works on crackers, celery and my son likes to spoon some one chicken

  38. anna

    Oh nice! Recipes are always fun to see ๐Ÿ™‚ That one’s not one I can do being a veggie but have done some similar veggie friendly ones. Yums! Can’t go wrong with cheesy goodness.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I was going to say there is probably a veggie substitute that would work in place of chili..unless you don’t eat which case *facepalm* I have no ideas.

  39. Amanda

    I still really want to read this series! not sure if I could stomach the dip though haha!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love this series and hope you pick it up Amanda!

  40. Chene Sterckx

    Awesome new feature!! Strangely enough Chilli is not really popular here in RSA – I did enjoy it when I was in the USA (many years ago). I will check out Mira Grant’s books soon soon soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Christy

    What a great post, Kim! I’m sure this dip is great, but not something I’d eat. And I still need to read Feed!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Christy, I had fun with it and feedback has been positive.