Spicy Rotel Cheese Dip Recipe

Updated on March 17, 2016

A Great Party Or Movie Night Dip Recipe!

Making up a batch of Rotel Cheese Dip is always the highlight of any party or gathering that we attend. If you are searching for a recipe that is very easy to throw together and whisk off to your next gathering, then this very easy how to make Spicy Rotel Cheese Dip Recipe should totally make you a hit.

It's great at holiday parties, bbq parties, birthday parties, potlucks or just for munching out on the weekend with a good movie.

I've taken this in double batches to potluck meals at work and family get-to-gathers and the container is ALWAYS empty when time to go home!

I don't care who you are, you just HAVE to try this Spicy Rotel Cheese Dip Recipe and you probably won't be able to stop eating either. Be sure to check out the Lists of Recipe Links that I've posted below featuring this awesome spicy Rotel ingredient as well.

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Rotel Original - The Star Ingredient Of Rotel Cheese Dip


This is what a can of Rotel looks like if you aren't familiar with it.

This is also the very same type I use in my Rotel Cheese Dip recipe.

I can usually find it in the Mexican food section or in the canned tomato section of most any grocery store. It will probably be near the jars of salsa and such.

Make sure you get the Diced version as it will save a lot of time for this recipe.

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Spicy Rotel Cheese Dip
Spicy Rotel Cheese Dip

This is a very simple recipe and for many years I made it without the spicy sausage part until I discovered the spicier version one evening at a friend's house.

I couldn't believe the difference one ingredient made in this already fabulous recipe.

I prefer eating this cheese dip recipe with Frito's Corn Chips Scoops. There is something about the combo of salt and corn that seems to go perfect with this recipe.

Others I have known prefer a less salty taste such as with Tortilla Chips. Whatever you provide, make sure they are large bags!

Feel free to experiment but I think you'll agree, this is probably one of the best cheese dips ever.

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Cook Time

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: About 1 hour


  • 1 lb. Box of Velveeta Cheese
  • 1-10 oz. can of Original Rotel that is already minced in the can
  • 1 lb. Spicy Ground Pork Sausage, Medium strength hotness (I use Jimmy Dean brand)
  • 2 or More Bags Scoops Corn Chips or Tortilla Chips - Big Bags!


  1. I've cooked this recipe in both a crock pot as well as a double boiler. Either way works fine. I like the crock pot because I can put a lid on it and take it with me to the gathering and reheat once there.
  2. -Turn crock pot on high and put lid on to preheat.
  3. - Brown your sausage in a medium size skillet. Cook on medium heat until cooked through.
  4. - Drain sausage really well and blot extra grease up from the meat with paper towels.
  5. -In crock pot, add cooked sausage, your can of Diced Rotel (juice and all) and stir well.
  6. -Cut up the Velveeta into small chunks and add to the crock pot mixture.
  7. - Stir well.
  8. - Turn crock pot down to Low temperature.
  9. - Cover and let simmer.
  10. - Check on the process about every 15 minutes or so until all is melted being sure to stir well each time.
  11. - Turn the crock pot off once melted.
  12. - It's ready to serve now so either pull up a chair and go for it or get ready to whisk it away to your gathering!
  13. **Note - November, 2012
  14. I took a double batch of this to my sister's house for Thanksgiving this year and I doubled the amount of cheese and Rotel but not the amount of sausage. There was plenty of sausage even when doubling the recipe! **
3.1 stars from 84 ratings of Spicy Rotel Cheese Dip Recipe

Making Rotel Cheese Dip - How-To Videos

Watch a few others making Rotel Cheese Dip their way. Some add a few different ingredients that you might want to try.

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How to make Rotel Cheese Dip.

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        Mary Norton 14 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        This looks like a dip my husband will truly enjoy.

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        Lew 15 months ago

        I have made this for many years but I use hamburger meat. I think I will try the sausage!!!

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        EmmaGraceEllis LM 3 years ago

        You sure have! My hubby wants this for our next movie night :-)

        Thank you!

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        AnonymousC831 4 years ago from Kentucky

        Your entire lens looks delicious.

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        Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

        @esmonaco: I hope you give it a try soon and enjoy it as much as we always do! :)

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        Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

        Love the sausage Idea, I've made this before but not with the sausage. Thanks :)

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        Cara 4 years ago

        I'll be giving this recipe a go. Sounds delicious.

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        Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

        I do love Rotel, but I have never considered adding sausage to it. I will definitely have to try your recipe

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        Fox Music 5 years ago

        Thanks for this Delicious Lens "Spicy Rotel Cheese Dip Recipe"

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        ACGroup1 5 years ago

        GREAT Ideas, I'm making a couple of these for tonight!

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        roniescritora 5 years ago

        Gracias por la sugerencia!! te invito a probar mi receta de albóndigas en salsa verde. ;) Un saludo.

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        Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

        I definitely had to Pin this recipe to my recipes board. I love making dip for parties and get togethers and this one is coming with me for the Super Bowl! Thanks!

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        fullofshoes 5 years ago

        I've been looking for something new to bring to an upcoming tailgate party. Hurray!! I've found the solution and I'm going to use the sausage.. Sounds so good, thanks. ~blessed~

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        Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

        I love Rotel in cheese dip. Everything looks so good. Angel blessings.

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        Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

        Yes definitely! It looks so yummy! ^_^

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        Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

        Yes looks great, I love anything with cheese, must try it.

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        Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

        I've tasted this at a party and it's as good as it looks! I didn't know what was in it but they said it was Ro-Tel. And they served it with Fritos--sooo good. Thanks

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        Mark Shirbroun 5 years ago

        Looks really good - will have to try it. Thanks!

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        RinchenChodron 5 years ago

        Yes, I'm hungry right now. I'll try it.

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        Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

        Yes, this sounds yummy! I've got to try it now!

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        pawpaw911 5 years ago

        Looks good to me. I have tried something similar, but this looks good too.

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        Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

        I've tried a similar recipe with hamburger as well as the sausage. It's our family's favorite!

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        classifiedshi 5 years ago

        thanks for the post please visit my post also

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        Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

        Most definitely!

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        aquarian_insight 5 years ago

        Mmmm, I cannot wait to try this! I love dips and am always looking out for new recipes. Now, thanks to you, I have found one! Yay!

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        Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

        @Rangoon House: Thank you!

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        Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

        @kevkev227 lm: LOL Kevkev! Just make sure they aren't past their expiration date. :)

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        Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

        @JoyfulReviewer: Thank you for the blessings and I like the idea of adding it to soup!

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        Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

        @Diana Wenzel: Glad I've shared a different way for you to enjoy Rotel cheese dip! Thanks for the congrats. :)

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        Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

        @julieannbrady: Excellent idea JaguarJulie! Putting it on a baked potato would be awesome as well. :)

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        julieannbrady 5 years ago

        Yes, my dear! You have definitely enticed me ... I love being enticed. And, you had me at the spicy part. Sounds quite delicious. I might want to sprinkle some on mashed potatoes! Yumm.

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        Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

        It's been way too long since I've cooked up a batch of this cheese dip. Every time I walk by the Rotel in the grocery aisle lately it has been calling my name. I'll be sure to try it with the sausage addition. Perfect with Fritos. Thanks for your recipe and congrats on your front page feature. Delicious!

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        JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

        I've used Rotel in soup, but haven't made this cheesy dip yet. I've bookmarked this page for future reference. I like the idea of adding the browned sausage. Also think I'll try the beef taco skillet recipe. ~~Blessed~~

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        Rosaquid 5 years ago

        I use Rotel often; we like the hot version. This sounds fun! Thanks.

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        Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        This looks easy even for me so definitely.

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        ektacis lm 5 years ago

        Amazing cheese dip recipe. I will definitely going to try this. I really love all cheese stuff!@

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        jaredsgirl 5 years ago

        Sounds absolutely tasty and delicious!! I'm so trying this. Thanks :)

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        SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

        We don't have Rotel or Velveeta, but I'm sure I can find substitutes. It sounds delicious!

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        WriterJanis2 5 years ago

        I have made a version of this dip before and it was a huge hit.

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        IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

        Yummy! Now I am hungry. I definitely will give this recipe a try....thanks for sharing!

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        kevkev227 lm 5 years ago

        This looks great...now I know what to do with those old cans of Rotel I have that are collecting dust in the pantry :)

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        AJ 5 years ago from Australia

        I am definitely enticed to try this recipe. Congratulations on your Purple Star.