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CHEESY ROTEL DIP {Just 3 Ingredients!}

This easy, Cheesy Rotel Dip with just 3 ingredients is the perfect party dip for large and small gatherings. With multiple ways to add additional flavor variations you can quickly kick your appetizers into high gear.

Make it ahead of time in a slow cooker or in less than 30-minutes on the stovetop. Either way, we have you covered.

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If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

Rotel Dip is a QUICK & EASY appetizer that takes a few minutes from start to finish.

With only 3 ingredients, this CRAZY CHEESY dip recipe is an absolute crowd pleaser, especially on GAME DAY!


Only the EASIEST and YUMMIEST cheese dip around!

Originating from “chili con queso” dip but much simpler. I use Velveeta cheese because it melts smoother and Rotel with the perfect balance of tomatoes and green chiles.

Don’t have Rotel? Use your favorite salsa!

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  • Velveeta Cheese
  • Ground Beef
  • Rotel


ONE: Brown the ground beef in a pan until no longer pink. Drain.

TWO: Add in Rotel and cubed Velveeta.

THREE: Stir until combine and fully melted. Enjoy warm with chips!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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You can prepare the Rotel dip in advance and store in the refrigerator.

When ready to serve, remove from fridge and reheat on stove top or in the microwave.


  • Make it in an oven safe skillet. It retains the heat longer and keeps it the dip from hardening.
  • For a thicker dip, you can drain the Rotel before adding to the dip.
  • If you don’t have Rotel on hand, you can use salsa or pico de gallo.
  • Don’t want to use a loaf of processed cheese, try a block of cream cheese and 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.
  • To make the cheese melt easier with the Rotel, add one or two tablespoons of butter.
  • Serve warm in a skillet or transfer to a crock pot and keep on low.
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  1. Brown the ground beef or sausage as you would in a skillet.
  2. Drain the excess fat.
  3. Transfer the meat to a crock pot and add the Rotel and Velveeta cheese. Stir to combine.
  4. Turn on low and allow to cook for about 30 minutes stirring often until totally melted and combined.
  5. Keep on warm setting while serving.
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  • Try cooking some onions with the ground beef before adding the rest of the ingredients.
  • Use ground sausage or ground turkey or a mixture of ground beef and sausage.
  • Add some Taco or Southwest Seasoning while cooking the meat.
  • Top with fresh Pico de Gallo.
  • Add in finely diced jalapeño and/or garlic.
  • If you don’t have Rotel at home, substitute a can of diced tomatoes and a small can of green chiles.

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This Ro tel dip is a the perfectly melted blend of cheese, zesty green chilis, hearty ground beef, and rich tomatoes. Make it in the microwave, slow cooker, or stove top. Serve with your favorite salty tortilla chips or scoops!



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Rotel Dip

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Rotel Dip is a QUICK & EASY appetizer that takes a few minutes from start to finish. With only 3 ingredients, this CRAZY CHEESY dip recipe is an absolute crowd pleaser, especially on GAME DAY!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 16 ounces Velveeta
  • 10 ounces Rotel


  1. Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium heat until no longer pink.
  2. Add in Rotel and Velveeta cubes.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Keep stirring until the cheese is fully melted.
  5. Serve warm.
  6. Enjoy!


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 219Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 689mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 16g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Michaela Kenkel

Monday 6th of September 2021

Such a classic! Every time I make this dip it's DEVOURED in no time!

Carona Johnson

Saturday 17th of July 2021

Loved it will make it again

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