Close up of rotel dip in a white bowl being scooped up with a tortilla chip.

Rotel Dip

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Rotel Dip is easy to make cheese dip. Made with ground beef, Velveeta cheese, Rotel tomatoes, and the perfect blend of spices. The perfect appetizer for a family party or for a game day treat.

Rotel dip recipe garnished with fresh chopped parsley in a cast-iron skillet.

Rotel Dip Ingredients

  • Ground Beef: I have found that 80/20 ground beef works best. You can also substitute the beef for sausage.
  • Processed Cheese: You can use any processed cheese that you like. But, Velveeta is the most well known.
  • Rotel Tomatoes: Depending on how much heat you want in your dip. There are several different varieties of Rotel to choose from. They start at the mild version and go all the way up to the very hot Serrano version.
  • Chili Powder, Onion Powder, Black Pepper, and Garlic: These add so much flavor to the dip and make it so much better than other Rotel dips.
  • Sour Cream: This helps make the dish creamier and softens the taste of the processed cheese.

How To Make Rotel Dip

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add ground beef, minced garlic, and black pepper. Brown the ground beef until no pink remains. Remove from heat drain any excess grease.
  • Lower the heat to medium and add Velveeta cheese, chili powder, onion powder, and Rotel tomatoes. Stir frequently until cheese is completely melted and smooth.
  • Add in sour cream and stir until well incorporated.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with fresh chopped parsley. Enjoy!

How To Make Rotel Dip In The Crockpot

Making it in a Crockpot is a great way to keep it warm during your party or while watching the big game!

  • Start by browning the ground beef and drain off the excess grease.
  • Then, add all the ingredients except the sour cream to the slow cooker and turn to low and cook for 2-3 hours.
  • Once, the Velveeta cheese has completely melted, add in the sour cream and stir everything together. When you are ready to serve. Set the slow cooker to warm to keep the dip from solidifying.
Rotel cheese dip in a white bowl garnished with fresh parsley.

Variations

  • Make It Healthier: Replace the ground beef with ground turkey. I would recommend not using super lean turkey. Your dip will come out grainy and will not brown like ground beef.
  • Make It Vegetarian: Replace the ground beef with black beans. Instead of browning the beef, you will add all ingredients together. Then cook until cheese is completely melted and beans are warmed through.
  • Make it spicier: The best way to do this is to add either cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. I would start adding them 1/4 tsp at a time until it reaches your desired heat.
  • Use Real Cheese: If you are not a fan of processed cheese. You can use equal parts of plain cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese. I recommend using cheddar cheese from a block and not using cheese that has already been shredded. The block cheese will melt better and give your dip a better consistency.
  • Make It A Cowboy Queso: When adding in the cheese add 1 can of black beans, 1/2 chopped red onion, and a pinch of red pepper flakes.

What To Serve It With

My family loves when I make this Velveeta cheese dip. When I make our favorite Mexican dishes. They love to smother their nachos and tacos in it. Here are just a few ways that you can enjoy this amazing dip.

  • Tortilla chips
  • Bread
  • Pretzels
  • Crackers
  • Quesadilla’s

What If My Dip Is To Thick?

When using a low fat ground beef the dip can come out a little thick. This makes it hard to scoop and breaks your chips. The easiest way to thin the dip out is to add small amounts of milk. Stir the milk in over medium-low heat. Repeat this process until the dip reaches your desired consistency.

Close up of rotel dip in a white bowl being scooped up with a tortilla chip.

Rotel Dip

Rotel Dip is easy to make cheese dip. Made with ground beef, Velveeta cheese, Rotel tomatoes, and the perfect blend of spices. The perfect appetizer for a family party or for a game day treat.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Total Time 19 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 126 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 16 oz Velveeta cheese (cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 10 oz Rotel tomatoes with green chilies (undrained)
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ cup sour cream

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add ground beef, minced garlic, and black pepper. Brown the ground beef until no pink remains. Remove from heat drain any excess grease.
  • Lower the heat to medium and add Velveeta cheese, chili powder, onion powder, and Rotel tomatoes. Stir frequently until cheese is completely melted and smooth.
  • Add in sour cream and stir until well incorporated.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with fresh chopped parsley. Enjoy!

Notes

*Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.
** Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.

Nutrition

Calories: 126kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 11gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 344mgPotassium: 200mgVitamin A: 230IUVitamin C: 2.2mgCalcium: 208mgIron: 1.2mg
Keyword Dip Recipe, Game Day Food, Rotel Dip
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