Rotel Dip

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Rotel Dip is an easy cheesy versatile dip that needs just minutes to prepare! With only 4 ingredients, this quick dip recipe has been a crowd pleaser for years!

Serve this dip recipe with tortilla chips alongside The BEST Buffalo Chicken Dip and Jalapeno Poppers for the best game day spread (don’t forget the Baked Buffalo Wings)!

Rotel Dip in a bowl

What is Rotel Dip

Rotel Dip (sometimes called ugly dip) is a very simple recipe, similar to a Queso Dip made extra easy with just 4 ingredients! Processed cheese, a can of Rotel Tomatoes, a bit of chili powder and I add sausage (or ground beef).

If you’re wondering what are Rotel Tomatoes, they’re petite diced tomatoes with green chilis and spices. They have a little heat, I would consider them almost salsa like!

Rotel Tomatoes add great flavor to things like Chili Recipes, stews, Taco Soup and more! You can generally find them in the canned tomato area of your grocery store!

If you want to make Rotel dip and you don’t have Rotel, you can certainly substitute salsa (the flavor won’t be exactly the same and of course then it’s not technically Rotel Dip, but it’ll still be really good).

Ingredients for Rotel Dip

How to Make Rotel Dip

This cheese dip recipe is as easy as 1,2,3!  It honestly couldn’t be more simple.

  1. Brown meat and drain.
  2. Add Rotel tomatoes and cheese to the same pan.
  3. Stir until melted.

Remember, do not drain the Rotel, as the juices provide the right consistency. We do sometimes add two cans of Rotel! Of course, like most recipes, you can add in your own favorites or change the flavors/additions based on what you have on hand.

  • Rotel Dip with Ground Beef
    • You can certainly make Rotel Dip without meat but we absolutely love making this dip hearty with the addition of ground beef or sausage.
    • Brown the meat and drain any fat. Once drained, add your (undrained) Rotel tomatoes and cheese. Stir it all in the same pan until melted.
  • Rotel Dip with Cream Cheese
    • If you’d perfect to skip the processed cheese loaf (Velveeta) you can certainly make this dip with cream cheese instead. Simply replace the processed cheese with an 8oz package of cream cheese.
    • If using cream cheese, I also like to add in a handful of sharp cheddar cheese.
    • Regardless of the type of cheese, this recipe can be thinned out with a bit of milk if you’d like a thinner consistency.

Rotel Dip with a chip

How to Make Rotel Dip in the Crock Pot

This dip can easily be made in the slow cooker. Simply brown and drain the ground beef or sausage as directed and drain. Combine all ingredients in a mini crock pot/slow cooker and set to low 2-3 hours stirring occasionally until melted. Once melted, turn slow cooker to warm.

Even if you cook this recipe on the stove top, using a slow cooker on warm is a great way to serve it at a party! Rotel dip can harden once cooled making it difficult to scoop. If this happens, simply reheat on the stove top or in the microwave until dippable again!

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Review Recipe

Rotel Dip

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
An easy cheesy 4 ingredient party dip made with sausage or ground beef!


  • 1 pound ground beef or mild/hot sausage
  • 8 ounces processed cheese
  • 10 ounces Rotel Tomatoes undrained
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

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  • Brown ground beef (or sausage) over medium high heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Turn heat down to medium and add remaining ingredients.
  • Stir until cheese melts and the dip is smooth.
  • Serve immediately with tortilla chips.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 126, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 42mg, Sodium: 344mg, Potassium: 200mg, Vitamin A: 230IU, Vitamin C: 2.2mg, Calcium: 208mg, Iron: 1.2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword rotel dip, with beef, with sausage
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Tex Mex
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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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  1. I used one lb. ground pork sausage, 16oz. Velveeta, 1/2 cup sour cream, dried cilantro, lime juice, 10 oz. can Rotel tomatoes with chilies, and a bit of taco seasoning. I cooked all on stovetop and reheated in serving casserole dish in microwave before serving. xxxx

  2. Hi. If I triple the recipe for a potluck, how much chili powder would I have to use and is it added to the ground beef while Browning?

    1. Hi Constance, if tripling the recipe I would also triple the chili powder you are using and you mix it in with the remaining ingredients after the ground beef has browned.

    1. Hi Mattie, you could reduce the ingredients but with how delicious this dip is I honestly don’t think you’ll mind having extra!

    1. Hi Karen, I haven’t tried freezing this dip (there is never any left to try ), but it should last in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

    1. Hi Jean, you can use the jump to recipe button at the top of the page or scroll towards the bottom for the full recipe including quantities. Enjoy!

  3. Love the Rotel cheese dip I put two cans of Rotel tomato’s in mine and velveeta cheese it was a hit going to try more of your recipes