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Spicy Smoked Gouda Dip (Whole Foods Copycat!)

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This is the BEST smoked gouda dip! Spicy, smoky, and just like the version from Whole Foods. And you won’t believe how easy it is to make. Serve with crackers or air fryer pita chips. Try my lemon feta dip or smoked salmon dip for another great dip option.

I recently heard a statistic that Americans eat, on average, 23 pounds of cheese per year. I’m taking full responsibility for the high side of that average.

smoked gouda dip

And really, spicy smoked gouda dip should take a lot of the responsibility too. 

I’m not proud that I eat a TON of cheese, but I just can’t quit cheese. Or dairy for that matter. You can take the girl out of Wisconsin but you just can’t take Wisconsin out of the girl. 

SO THERE! #cheeseislife

See also: lemon feta dip and spicy pepper spread (goat cheese dip).

smoked gouda dip with cracker

And to put fuel on my I-eat-too-much-cheese fire, there are very few cheeses that I don’t love. Smoked gouda is one of them. It’s not that I dislike it, but I don’t love it. (And why eat a cheese you don’t love?)

smoked gouda dip

What I do love? The spicy smoked gouda dip from Whole Foods Market. Which is made with smoked gouda…go figure. It also costs like, $1 million/pound.

So I had to recreate this smoked gouda dip at home.

It’s reminiscent of pimento cheese, at least in its preparation but tastes smoky, spicy and cheesy. Obviously. (?!) We managed to eat the entire batch with crackers, but oh my would this be amazing in a grilled cheese.

It’s also the perfect football food…just in case you’re watching any these days. (I suppose this cheese-fueled post is a good time to officially deem myself a Packers fan. :))

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Spicy Smoked Gouda Dip

  • Author: Emily Dingmann
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American
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This is the BEST smoked gouda dip! Spicy, smoky, and just like the version from Whole Foods. Super easy to make!


  • 2 cups shredded smoked gouda cheese (a 68 oz block should be plenty)
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 small jalapeños (less if you don’t like spice!)
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • few drops of Worcestershire sauce
  • season to taste: salt, pepper, red pepper flakes


  1. Stir together all ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to an hour before serving.
  3. Serve with crackers or crostini.

Keywords: dip

Click here for the Whole Foods Market copycat Spicy Smoked Gouda dip! #cheese #appetizer

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  1. Heather @Pinkaholic Fitnss

    I love cheese as well! I have recently started cutting back on my dairy intake and never thought in a million years I could do it! I just love all dairy, but I am managing pretty well. This looks absolutely amazing and definitely the perfect football or any get together snack! I would definitely make this when we have guests over.

    • Emily

      Yeah, I agree. I would never just snack on swiss. If it’s in a sandwich or something it is tolerable, but on its own? No thanks.

  2. Mercedes

    What a perfect game food! I have never had pimento cheese, but drool every time I see a pic of it! Tyler loves smoked cheeses, so I know he would go crazy for this!

  3. Karla @ Foodologie

    I feel the same way about gouda. I don’t love it. It’s tasty but I’d definitely choose a sharp cheddar or creamy brie over gouda. BUT I have had that gouda dip from Whole Foods and it really is amazing! I’m definitely trying this recipe for my next gathering!

  4. Patrick Ross

    Yeah, goat cheese is not for everyone, I know what you mean. When I lived in Istanbul I had to get used to goat cheese every time I ordered any kebab or even breakfast. I eventually got used to it, but now I am not a big fan anymore.

  5. Deana

    This is awesome!! I made it for an appetizer wine pairing party and it was a hit!! Easy and delish!!!! Even my kids loved it!

  6. Kathi

    Ok, so I just had my first taste of the million dollar a pound Whole Foods version and I loved it so much I instantly ran to the computer to find a knock-off recipe. How does it compare? I know no matter what anyone says I will be making it very soon anyway, just curious 😉

    Thanks for the recipe, this dip is the bomb!

  7. Kristine

    I’ve made this lots of times based on the info from Whole Foods. One difference is to roast the jalapenos first. It ups the flavor and mellows the bite (only a bit).

  8. M

    I found this because I just ate a 5oz ($9.99!) Smoked Gouda dip from Whole Foods in one day! Ugh!
    I love cheese and I love this dip.
    Thank-you so much for posting the recipe.
    I hearby swear to only make this recipe where 5 or more people are gathered.
    Going to a Golden Globes watching party this Sunday and the host asked us to bring dish that represents a movie.
    I’m making this dip and buying a dollar store toy train to warp around the bowl.
    Get it? Trainwreck!
    Okay, I’ll put the 1st car face up in the dip.

  9. Chris M.

    I’m so glad I found this. I was tired of making the drive to a Whole Foods that wasn’t close by, not to mention the cost. This stuff is like heroin on a cracker. Nice work reconstructing it. It came out very close to the original. It’ll probably be better after it sits for a few hours.

  10. Marcia

    Just what I wanted!!!! I love this from Whole foods! I had the basic idea but now I am goi ng to give this a shot, but maybe with habaneros. Thanks! I would get a nice crusty bread to toast and lather this! Yay!