Creamy Chili Cheese Dip

Creamy Chili Cheese Dip – our go-to party dip! This is super simple to make and tastes amazing. It is always the first thing to go at our football tailgate parties! Sausage, cream cheese, Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles, hot sauce, canned chili, chili powder, and garlic. Super easy to make on the stovetop and ready to eat in about 10 minutes! Serve with Fritos or tortilla chips. A MUST for parties!

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Sausage, Cream Cheese, and Chili Dip

This Chili Cheese Rotel Dip recipe is inspired by a reader’s comment. Rob left a comment on another recipe and said he makes this dip every Sunday and it literally gets destroyed! Well, with an endorsement like that, how could I not try it? OMG! This dip is ridiculously good. Sausage, cream cheese, Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles, canned chili, hot sauce, chili powder, and garlic. This is super simple to make and everyone LOVES the flavor! It is the perfect appetizer for all of your upcoming parties!

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How to Make Creamy Chili Cheese Rotel Dip

This dip is super simple to make on the stove top. Start with cooking sausage in a large skillet. Drain and add cream cheese, Rotel tomatoes, cream cheese, a can of chili, hot sauce, chili powder, garlic powder, and a splash of milk. Cook on medium heat until the cheese has melted and the dip is warm. Add more milk if the dip is too thick. Serve the dip with chips and enjoy!

Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • I used Jimmy Dean hot sausage. I’ve also made this with Tennessee Pride brand sausage. 
    • You can substitute ground beef for sausage if you prefer.
  • Is Chili Cheese Rotel Dip spicy? The level of spiciness will depend on the heat level of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles you choose.
    • I use one can of Original Rotel and one can of Hot Rotel. Use MILD Rotel if you are worried about the heat.
    • If you don’t like Rotel, you can substitute salsa.
  • I use Frank’s Hot Sauce for the hot sauce in the dip. You can also use Tabasco.
    • Increase or decrease the amount of hot sauce according to your personal preference.
  • For the chili, I used a can of Hormel chili with no beans. You can substitute an equivalent amount of homemade chili if you prefer.
  • Sometimes I sprinkle the dip with some chopped green onions or chopped cilantro.
  • I make the dip in a skillet. You can also make it in the slow cooker and the microwave.
    • How to make chili cheese dip in crock pot? Cook the sausage and dump the remaining ingredients in the crockpot and cook on LOW until the cheese has melted.
    • How to make chili cheese dip in the microwave? Cook the sausage and place it in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl. Cook for 1 minute. Stir the dip and microwave in 30 seconds increments until the cheese has melted and the dip is smooth.
  • This makes a lot of dip. Feel free to cut the recipe in half if you aren’t feeding a crowd.
  • Store any leftover chili cheese dip in the fridge. 
  • Can you reheat chili cheese dip? You can reheat the dip on the stove or in the microwave.
scooping chili cheese dip with a frito from skillet

Homemade Chili Cheese Dip Recipe for a Crowd

This dip was a huge hit at our tailgate. I was the first thing to go! Everyone loved it! I could have made a meal out of just this dip. It is so delicious! We served the dip with Fritos. It is equally delicious with tortilla chips or celery sticks. Give this a try for your next party. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Here are a few more of our favorite party recipes that go great with this yummy dip:

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Creamy Chili Cheese Dip

Yield: 12 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Creamy Chili Cheese Dip – super simple to make and tastes amazing. This is always the first thing to go at our football tailgate parties! Sausage, cream cheese, Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles, hot sauce, canned chili, chili powder, and garlic. Super easy to make on the stovetop. Ready to eat in about 10 minutes! Serve with Fritos or tortilla chips. A MUST for parties!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb hot sausage
  • 4 (8-oz) packages cream cheese
  • 2 (10-oz) cans Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
  • 1 (15-oz) can chili no beans
  • 2 Tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • milk as necessary

Instructions:

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage until crumbled and no longer pink. Drain.
  • Add cream cheese, Rotel tomatoes, chili, hot sauce, chili powder, garlic powder to skillet. Stir until cheese melts. Add milk if the dip is too thick.

Notes:

  • I used Jimmy Dean hot sausage. I’ve also made this with Tennessee Pride brand sausage. 
    • You can substitute ground beef for sausage if you prefer.
  • Is Chili Cheese Rotel Dip spicy? The level of spiciness will depend on the heat level of Rotel diced tomatoes sand green chiles you choose.
    • I use one can of Original Rotel and one can of Hot Rotel. Use MILD Rotel if you are worried about the heat.
    • If you don’t like Rotel, you can substitute salsa.
  • I use Frank’s Hot Sauce for the hot sauce in the dip. You can also use Tabasco.
    • Increase or decrease the amount of hot sauce according to your personal preference.
  • For the chili, I used a can of Hormel chili with no beans. You can substitute an equivalent amount of homemade chili if you prefer.
  • Sometimes I sprinkle the dip with some chopped green onions or chopped cilantro. YUM!
  • I make the dip in a skillet. You can also make it in the slow cooker and the microwave.
    • How to make chili cheese dip in crock pot? Cook the sausage and dump the remaining ingredients in the crockpot and cook until the cheese has melted.
    • How to make chili cheese dip in the microwave? Cook the sausage and place it in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl. Cook for 1 minute. Stir the dip and microwave it in 30 seconds increments until the cheese has melted and the dip is smooth.
  • This makes a lot of dip. Feel free to cut the recipe in half if you aren’t feeding a crowd.
  • Store any leftover chili cheese dip in the refrigerator. 
  • Can you reheat chili cheese dip? You can reheat the dip on the stove or in the microwave.
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