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Rotel Cream Cheese Dip – A creamy twist on regular Rotel Dip. Always a hit!

From tailgating parties, Superbowl bashes, wedding and baby showers and even before-dinner noshing, Rotel dip is a classic appetizer that features melting cheese and spicy tomatoes and chilies. There are many versions of this party favorite, and you can easily mix and match ingredients to create the perfect dip for your family and friends.

Rotel cheese dip with sausage and peppers

Classic Velveeta Rotel Dip
Velveeta is a sharp process cheese product that makes a smooth, delicious dip when paired with a can of Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chilies). You can change up the traditional recipe by adding browned sausage or ground beef, additional veggies like green peppers or celery, additional heat factor by adding a few dashes of hot sauce or dried chili flakes, or even add in a can or bottle of beer for a delicious, unusual twist. For dipping, choose corn tortillas, veggies, chunks of bread and thick-sliced sausage (like kielbasa).
Velveeta Dip Variations
Not only is this dip versatile, it is also easy to make: You can simply dump the two ingredients (Velveeta and a can or two of Rotel tomatoes) into a small slow-cooker, then cook on low until it is melted and the tomatoes are incorporated evenly into the cheese. Pile all of your dippers into a big bowl beside of the slow-cooker and you’re ready to party.
However, this popular cheese dip can be made in a variety of different ways. For example, change it up a bit by adding a can (or use leftover homemade) chili with beans for an uber-yummy chili-cheese dip recipe. As noted above, you can also add in a pound of browned sausage or ground beef for a meatier version of this family-favorite cheese dip.
Another beloved cheese dip variation is to add a can of (reduced-fat) cream of mushroom soup to your Velveeta and Rotel for an even creamier consistency, plus a hint of mushroom flavor. For a zippy Salsa-Cheese Dip, all you need is Velveeta, Rotel and mild or spicy salsa; microwave until melted to make a chunky and spicy dip for vegetables, crackers or corn tortillas. One last delicious variation is adding in a block of cream cheese to the Velveeta and zippy Rotel for a creamy, sharp flavor.
Other Popular Cheese Dip Recipes
Velveeta cheese can also be used for other dip recipes, including: Chihuahua Cheese Dip (cream cheese, sour cream, Velveeta, grated sharp Cheddar, salsa, green chilies, olives, garlic and chili powder); Hamburger Velveeta Dip (browned lean ground beef, Velveeta, chopped onion, salt and pepper, salsa verde); Nacho Cheese Dip (Velveeta, cream of chicken soup, chopped green chilies).

There are several popular options for a scrumptious Velveeta cheese dip to choose from, and with so many fantastic options, you can try many of these recipes for any upcoming holiday—from football and basketball games, Nascar racing, Fourth of July festivities, summer get-togethers and more.

Rotel Cream Cheese Dip

Rotel Cream Cheese Dip

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  • Recipe Type: Dips/Sauces, Reader's Recipes
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Serves: 10
Rotel Cream Cheese Dip

Enjoy this variation on the classic Rotel Cheese Dip.


  • 1 pound ground sausage, hot or mild
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 8 ounce container sour cream
  • 1 8 ounce package Velveeta cheese
  • 2 cans Mexican Rotel Tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons diced jalapeno peppers


Brown sausage and drain.

Heat cream cheese, Velveeta and sour cream in microwave until melted. Stir in tomatoes and jalapenos. Add sausage. Pour in crock pot to keep warm. Serve with tortilla chips.

Use Mild Rotel Tomatoes and mild sausage and omit jalapenos if you prefer a milder dip.

Thanks to ohungry1 for sharing this recipe.

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  • melanie

    Does the cream cheese help cool down the dip, i accidentally got the spicy rotel.

    • Stephanie

      I think it will help some.

    • stephaniemanley

      It will help a bit.

    • Terasita

      I got the jalepina Velveeta and TALK about HOT.

  • Jeff

    I have made this dip for years. I only use sage sausage, add 1 can of kidney beans, 1 can of whole corn, and chopped chives. This can be a meal!

    • stephaniemanley

      Indeed it can!

  • Robbie Patten

    Fixed this for a Christmas party and everyone complimented the dip. This dip didn’t need any adjustments. It was Just Right!!

  • Vikkie

    I substituted two cups sharp cheddar cheese and 2 cups pepper jack cheese.. (i hate velveeta) it tastes great and in a crockpot on low, it stays melty and smooth

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  • giz

    I need to post my triple dog dare you rotel dip recipe sometime.

    • stephaniemanley

      I wished you would have posted your triple dog dare you cheese dip

  • Riva

    What is the amounts per serving size for this?? I am trying to make the recipe for about 100 people and I am trying to make sure I will have enough for everyone without spending too much money and having too much leftovers. Can’t wait to try this! THANKS

    I would think this recipe could make about 20-25 servings. Those should be fairly ample servings though, you may be able to make about 3 matches of this for your party. ~stephanie

  • Cathy G

    This by far the best rotel dip I have ever had. I was tired of rotel dip until I tried this one, it was actually the hit of the party!