This is one of those recipes that I've had for SO long; I honestly don't know WHERE it came from, and I've seen it reposted a million times online. Some people refer to it as "crack dip". Personally, I cannot STAND when people refer to something as "crack"; it's honestly one of my biggest pet peeves. I also kinda think it's tacky to use a highly addictive drug reference to refer to a food, but that's just me.
However, it's hard to deny that the combination of bacon, cheddar and ranch go together SO well. From cheese balls to hashbrown casseroles to macaroni & cheese and potato salad, it's been proven to be a winning combination. Just not "crack" though.
ANYWAY, now that I've stepped off of my soapbox, back to this dip! It's incredibly easy to prepare, taking less than 5 minutes to basically dump everything together and stir it up. HOWEVER, this dip is MUCH better when you make it ahead of time. Ideally you want to let it chill for 24 hours to let the flavors meld, but I think 8-12 hours will be fine. If you're wanting to make it for a Sunday football game, just throw everything together before you go to bed on Saturday and you'll be ok :)
Cheddar Bacon Ranch Dip
16oz sour cream
1 packet Spicy Ranch dressing mix (or use the "regular" Ranch mix - doesn't matter!)
3oz real bacon bits (don't use Bacos)
Combine the sour cream and Ranch dressing mix.
Stir in the bacon bits and cheddar cheese.
Cover and chill for 24 hours, then serve with chips or cut vegetables.