This hot caprese dip recipe is a summertime winner – it will be your new go-to for summer entertaining (or year-round if you can find good basil!). 

Dip in a blue baking dish made with cheese, basil, and tomatoes.

Confession: I could eat this entire dish of hot caprese dip. It’s…dangerous.

(By the way, in case you’re wondering, caprese is pronounced ke PRĀ sē.)

I’m the first to admit that I know my shortcomings and my weaknesses. It’s a good characteristic to have, you know. Admit your weaknesses so that you can be proactive and avoid them.

Well, one of my weaknesses just so happens to be hot, melty, cheese. I know, rare and unusual, right? I’m sure not a single one of you shares that weakness. I’m sure I’m the only one that goes back for “just one more bite,” a few more times than I should.

Hot caprese dip in a blue rectangular baking dish.

So, you see…I knew this recipe was on my to-do list to develop. What’s a girl to do with summer around the corner? I can’t chow down the whole dish and still look cute in my summer clothes (I have a hard enough time as it is!). I took a look at my calendar and saw that my parents were coming to visit.

Ding ding ding!

We have a solution. My mom helps me cook AND the whole fam helps me eat. Winner winner caprese dinner dip.

Blue baking dish full of melted cheese, warm tomatoes, and fresh basil.

About this hot caprese dip

This addicting hot caprese dip recipe starts off with a layer of creamy cream cheese mixed with shredded mozzarella and fresh basil.

(Majorly long side note: My mom and I debated about the cream cheese layer for quite some time. I was insistent, even though it isn’t a traditional component of caprese, and since this is Rachel Cooks and not Bonnie Cooks, my opinion wins. She ultimately admitted I was right. But she still wins for the best person to debate recipes with. Some of “my” best ideas come from phone conversations with her.)

Anyways…that creamy cream cheese layer is topped with plenty of fresh tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. That’s right – lots of cheese. Is there any other way? You know I love a good quinoa salad and smoothie but there’s nothing better than ooey, gooey melted cheese. Like I said, it’s one of my weaknesses.

Fellow cheese lovers: if you’re like me and can’t get enough cheesiness, try white queso in the slow cooker! No Velveeta, but plenty of dippable cheese. A couple more winners are Mexican Spinach Dip or Healthy Queso Dip (that one has a secret healthy ingredient).

Top this caprese dip with fresh basil and you’re ready to enjoy.

Wait, there’s a warning: make sure to let the caprese dip cool down for a few minutes prior to digging in or those tomatoes will explode like hot lava bombs in your mouth and you’ll end up a burnt mouth. And then you’ll do it again because it tastes so good. Don’t ask me how I know.

Piece of bread dipping into melted cheese and warm tomatoes.

If you want to see the cheesy goodness in action, make sure to watch the video!

Craving more delectable dips? Try:

Piece of bread dipping into melted cheese and warm tomatoes.

Hot Caprese Dip Recipe

Yield: 8 appetizer servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This hot caprese dip recipe is a summertime winner – it will be your new go-to for summer entertaining (or year-round if you can find good basil!).


  • 8 ounces full-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup shredded low-moisture part skim mozzarella
  • 3 heaping tablespoons chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnishing
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper, more to taste
  • 10.5 ounces grape tomatoes (about two cups)
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, dried and cut into small pieces
  • bread or crackers for dipping


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, mozzarella, chopped basil, and pepper. Spread into bottom of prepared baking dish.
  4. Layer on grape tomatoes and then fresh mozzarella. Sprinkle with more pepper if desired.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until heated through and bubbling and tomatoes are starting to burst.
  6. Let stand for 10 minutes and then serve topped with additional fresh basil.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 of 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 308mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 9g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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Verdict: I hated it. (NOT!)
Husband’s take: Let me tell you – there were no complaints from Ben or my parents about this hot caprese dip recipe. I think my dad’s words were, “WOW, that is really good!”
Changes I would make: Nada.
Difficulty: Easy. Unless we’re talking about portion-control. That’s not so easy. It’s almost as difficult with this pepperoni pizza dip.

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