Each State’s Favorite Chip Dip

By Kathy Morris - Feb. 4, 2021

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February is for tortilla chips. More specifically, February 24th is National Tortilla Chip day.

Of course, with Super bowl Sunday being on the 7th this year, it’s clear millions of Americans will be celebrating early by eating copious chips. Of course, no one eats just tortilla chips. It’s all about the dip.

We analyzed Google search data to find what dip each state will be using to crunch down some chips the most.

Most Interesting Findings

  • Salsa is the dip of choice, with 18 states knowing chips are better with salsa.
  • Guac is also pretty popular, with 15 state liking it best.
  • No surprise, Wisconsin, a beer loving state, likes to dip their chips with a little beer and is chowing on some Beer cheese dip.
  • Coastal Maryland like their dip crabby.
  • Ranch tastes good on (and in!) everything- Just ask Alabama, Mississippi, and Nebraska.
  • No state prefers hummus, sorry chickpeas.
  • 7 states like cheesey, delicious queso blanco
  • Only 3 states love buffalo chicken dip, which seems like a crime.

How We Determined This

Using Google Trends, we determined what each state dips their chips in a disproportionate amount of. We found just under 20 popular dips that are searched for nationally, giving us a good sized table worth of apps.

From there, we determined what dip is searched a disproportionately, high amount in each state.

For example, while Maryland eats all the dips the rest of the country does, the search interest in “crab dip” is disproportionately higher than the remaining states- making crab dip more popular in MAryland than anywhere else.

Some controversial decisions were made, including not including dessert dips. We didn’t include dessert dips because only sociopaths dip tortilla chips in dessert dips (sorry, but it’s true.)

We looked at an entire year of dipping and chipping, giving each state ample time to show their true dip devotion.

Pot Luck Chip Etiquette
So your coworkers don’t hate you and/or passive aggressively slack message about you.

  • Don’t Double Dip: Double dipping your tortilla chip is basically the equivalent of French kissing that French onion dip… and all the poor people who make the mistake of dipping afterward. Since you are (hopefully) not kissing coworkers, don’t cross that bacteria line.
  • No chip residue in the dip: Dip should be dip, not dip and cast aside tortilla particles.
  • In fact…

  • Just scoop up some dip with a spoon and then enjoy: Dipping is a dangerous line, just use a utensil to get it and then scoop off your like saucer like you have home training.

Bravocado for chip day!

Tortilla chips are more than a holiday– they are a lifestyle. So, open that bag and enjoy your crunchy munches.

In fact, don’t limit yourself to just one dip. Make it a party, open the salsa, smash the avocados, and why not pop some buffalo chicken dip in the crockpot? It is a special occasion after all. Go ham (or bacon dip) and stack your foam plate high with dips galore.

Below you can see a chart of each state’s favorite chip:

Each State’s Favorite Dip

State Dip
Alabama Ranch Dip
Alaska Salsa
Arizona Salsa
Arkansas Salsa
California Guacamole
Colorado Salsa
Connecticut Guacamole
Delaware Guacamole
District of Columbia Queso blanco
Florida Guacamole
Georgia Queso blanco
Hawaii Guacamole
Idaho Salsa
Illinois Guacamole
Indiana Queso blanco
Iowa Salsa
Kansas Salsa
Kentucky French Onion Dip
Louisiana Artichoke dip
Maine Salsa
Maryland Crab Dip
Massachusetts Guacamole
Michigan Guacamole
Minnesota Salsa
Mississippi Ranch Dip
Missouri Guacamole
Montana Salsa
Nebraska Ranch Dip
Nevada Salsa
New Hampshire Guacamole
New Jersey Guacamole
New Mexico Salsa
New York Guacamole
North Carolina Guacamole
North Dakota Salsa
Ohio Buffalo Chicken Dip
Oklahoma Queso blanco
Oregon Salsa
Pennsylvania Buffalo Chicken Dip
Rhode Island Guacamole
South Carolina Queso blanco
South Dakota Salsa
Tennessee Queso blanco
Texas Queso blanco
Utah Salsa
Vermont Artichoke dip
Virginia Guacamole
Washington Salsa
West Virginia Buffalo Chicken Dip
Wisconsin Beer Cheese Dip
Wyoming Salsa

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Kathy Morris

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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