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Applebees Beer Cheese Recipe: Copycat Dip with Pretzels – How To

Introduction to Applebee’s Beer Cheese Recipe

There’s nothing like a warm, cheesy dip to take your football season party or special occasion to the next level. And when it comes to savory dips, the Applebee’s beer cheese recipe is an absolute fan favorite. This copycat recipe gives you the chance to recreate this famous beer cheese dip at home, perfect for pairing with warm pretzel sticks or tortilla chips. The unique appetizer spread will be a sure hit at your next party, and the best part? It’s an easy recipe that you can whip up in no time!

A bowl of Applebee's beer cheese dip served with warm pretzel sticks

The Secret to the Best Beer Cheese Recipe

The secret to the best beer cheese recipe is all about the cheese and the beer. When it comes to cheese, the Applebee’s beer cheese recipe uses a combination of cheddar cheese, colby jack cheese, and cream cheese, all at room temperature. The blend of these different types of cheese gives the dip its rich, creamy texture that we all love.

Choosing the Beer for the Applebee’s Beer Cheese Recipe

Now, onto the beer. This recipe uses a dark beer, like a Blue Moon ale, to give the dip its bold, robust flavor. However, if you prefer a lighter flavor, you can always opt for a lighter beer, such as a pale ale. Non-alcoholic beer can also be used for those who prefer a beer cheese dip without the alcohol.

Different types of cheeses used in the beer cheese dip

Spicing Up Your Applebee’s Beer Cheese Dip Recipe

What sets the Applebee’s beer cheese recipe apart from other cheese dips is its unique blend of spices. A combination of garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and white pepper is used to give the dip an added kick. For those who prefer a spicier beer cheese dip, adding a dash of Crystal hot sauce or Worcestershire sauce can take your dip to a whole new level of savory goodness.

Different spices and sauces used in the beer cheese dip

The Cooking Process

The cooking process for the Applebee’s beer cheese recipe is fairly straightforward. You start by melting some unsalted butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Then, you add a little bit of flour to create a roux, which is what gives the cheese sauce its smooth texture. Following this, the different spices, along with your favorite beer and heavy cream are added to the mix. Finally, the cheese is added in, letting the cheese melt and the flavors meld together over medium-high heat.

Serving the Applebee’s Beer Cheese Dip

Once your dip is ready, it’s time to serve! The Applebee’s beer cheese recipe is traditionally served with soft beer pretzel nuggets, but feel free to get creative. You can also serve this cheesy dip with tortilla chips, sweet potato fries, or even a fresh baguette. The options are endless!

The beer cheese dip served with soft pretzel nuggets and tortilla chips

Storing the Leftover Applebee’s Beer Cheese Dip

If you have any leftover dip (which is unlikely, considering how delicious this recipe is), you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge. This dip can be reheated in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently until it’s warm and creamy again. It’s perfect for a quick and easy snack the next day!

Taking Your Applebee’s Beer Cheese Recipe to the Next Level

While the original recipe is fantastic on its own, don’t be afraid to make it your own. Try adding different spices, using a different type of beer, or even adding some melted butter for an extra layer of richness. You might just discover your new favorite version of this classic recipe!

The beer cheese dip with added spices and ingredients for a personalized twist


Creating your own Applebee’s beer cheese recipe at home is a fun and rewarding experience. Whether you’re preparing for game day, planning your next party, or simply craving a cheesy, savory dip, this recipe is sure to be a hit. So why not give it a try? You might just find that this homemade version of the famous beer cheese dip is even better than the original!

Copycat Applebee's Beer Cheese Recipe

Copycat Applebee's Beer Cheese Recipe

Yield: 4-6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This is a homemade copy of the popular Beer Cheese served at Applebee's. It's a delicious, creamy dip made with sharp cheddar cheese, mozzarella, and beer, perfect for serving with pretzel bread.


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of beer
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pretzel bread for serving


  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, add the finely chopped onion and minced garlic.
  2. Stir in the flour to create a roux, cook for about 2 minutes.
  3. Slowly pour in the beer, stir constantly to avoid lumps forming.
  4. Gradually add the milk, continue stirring until it's nearly boiling.
  5. Lower the heat, add the shredded cheese, stir until completely melted and smooth.
  6. Season with cayenne pepper, paprika, ground black pepper, and salt.
  7. Remove from heat and serve warm with pretzel bread.


Please remember to drink responsibly and enjoy your homemade Applebee's Beer Cheese!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 370Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 630mgCarbohydrates: 12gNet Carbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 16g

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