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Tropical Delight: Easy Cheesy Hawaiian Dip Recipe with Ham

Unleash the island magic right in your kitchen with our Easy Hawaiian Dip recipe. Harmonize the flavors of sweet pineapple, creamy coconut, and spices, and recreate the tropical bliss that Hawaii is famous for. This tantalizing journey brings paradise straight to your bowl, offering a divine blend of exotic flavor, a breeze of simplicity, and traditional Hawaiian love. Dive into this culinary delight now!

Hawaiian Dip

Are you tired of the same old party snacks?

Craving a burst of tropical flavors that transport you to a beachside paradise?

Look no further!

In this article, we’re about to reveal the ultimate Hawaiian dip recipe – a tropical delight in every bite.

Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with pineapple cream cheese dip, a sweet and savory combination, and exotic ingredients that deliver an unforgettable twist.

We’ll also share easy preparation and serving suggestions, along with three key secrets to success.

So, whether you’re planning a summer BBQ, a luau-themed party, or simply seeking a taste of paradise, this Hawaiian dip recipe is a must-try.

Prepare to be transported to the shores of Hawaii with every delicious mouthful!

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Hawaiian Dip

Tropical Ingredients for an Exotic Twist

To truly capture the essence of Hawaii in our ultimate Hawaiian dip recipe, we need to take a closer look at the tropical ingredients that give it that exotic twist.

These carefully selected components are what set this dip apart from the rest and transport you straight to a beachside paradise with each mouthwatering bite.

First and foremost, we can’t talk about a tropical dip without mentioning the star of the show: pineapple.

Juicy and bursting with that unmistakable tropical flavor, pineapple brings a vibrant sweetness that perfectly balances the creamy base of this dip.

Another essential ingredient that gives our dip an exotic touch is chopped ham.

Ham really brings Hawaiian flair to this pineapple dip.

To enhance the tropical vibes even further, we’re adding some bacon that has been broken into bite-sized pieces.

And let us not forget the green onion.

They not only contribute to the visual appeal of the dip with their vibrant hues but also infuse it with a refreshing and herbal essence that will transport your taste buds straight to the islands with this cheesy Hawaiian dip.

Hawaiian Dip

Key to Success #1 – Soften the Cream Cheese

This easy Hawaiian starts with a base of cream cheese.

You will love the creaminess that it adds to this simple party dip.

Before you start mixing up your Hawaiian Dip, you’ll want to allow the cream cheese to soften.

The best way to soften your cream cheese is to let it sit on the counter for a half-hour or more.

If you’re in a hurry, you can also soften your cream cheese in the microwave.

Just unwrap the cream cheese and put it on a microwaveable plate, then microwave on high for 10 seconds or until softened.

Softened cream cheese is much easier to work with, and you’ll end up with a much smoother dip as a result.

In a large bowl, combine the softened cream cheese with some sour cream for an added punch of flavor.

I recommend using a hand mixer to blend the ingredients together, but you could also use a food processor to make an extra creamy dip base.

Hawaiian Appetizers Dip

Key to Success #2 – Drain the Pineapple

For this dip, you’ll want to use a 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple.

Be sure to drain the pineapple well, but you don’t have to squeeze every drop of moisture out of it.

Use a fine mesh strainer to drain the pineapple juice..

I have an over-the-sink variety, and it works perfectly, although it’s a bit large for storage.

Look for a collapsible colander if you are tight on storage space in your kitchen, like I am.

And don’t forget to collect some of the juice! You will need it in the recipe.

I put a 2-cup glass measuring cup underneath the colander to catch the juice.

You’ll probably drain close to 1 cup of juice from the can, but you’ll only need 1/4 cup of it for this recipe.

The rest can be used in a pineapple upside down cake!

Easy Hawaiian Dip

Key to Success #3 – Let It Chill

The Hawaiian Dip is good to eat as soon as it’s mixed up but something special happens when you let it chill in the refrigerator. 

The flavors really come together, and that’s when the magic happens.

I’d suggest letting the Hawaiian Dip chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes in an airtight container, but it can be made the night before and left to chill overnight too.

Before serving, just give it a quick stir, and you are ready to go. 

Serve up this ultra-creamy dip in a pretty bowl surrounded by your favorite crackers for the ultimate Hawaiian appetizer for your next party.

You could even add in some bite-size pieces of Hawaiian bread.

Arrange your bread pieces right alongside your favorite crackers for the ultimate dippers for this easy dip. 

Have you tried the pretzel crackers? They add a nice texture and hold up really well with dips like this one.

You can use any kind of cracker that you prefer with this glorious Hawaiian sweet dip.

The combination of the creamy dip with the crunchy dippers is perhaps my favorite part. 

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Easy Hawaiian Dip
Hawaiian Dip

Easy Hawaiian Dip

Hawaiian Dip is savory dip full of flavors of the islands. You can't go wrong with this tropical flavor combination! It will be a wonderful addition to your next Hawaiian party or Luau.
4.41 from 137 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Appetizers
Cuisine: American, Hawaiian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 174kcal
Author: Jennifer



  • Use electric mixer to combine cream cheese, sour cream, and pineapple juice until smooth.
  • Stir in crushed pineapple, cheddar cheese, ham, bacon pieces and green onions.
  • Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.
  • Serve with assorted crackers or pretzels.


Diabetic Substitutions:
  • Try replacing sour cream with low-fat sour cream or Greek yogurt


Serving: 76grams | Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 445mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 394IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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Recipe Rating


Wednesday 13th of July 2022

Do you reheat the pre-cooked bacon?

Friday 6th of August 2021

No flavor at all. Tried lots of things but nothing worked. Don't bother with this one.

Barb Fotsch

Tuesday 29th of August 2023

I added Everything Bagel seasoning. That helped!


Friday 6th of August 2021

We’re sorry you didn’t enjoy this one.

Amy Clevish

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

This dip sounded crazy weird to me, but it's crazy delicious!! Seriously, I can't stop eating it! Thanks for sharing!

Laurie Rasor

Saturday 24th of July 2021

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