Velveeta Cheese Dip

OK, guys, this Velveeta cheese dip just doesn’t get simpler than this. We’re talking 3 ingredient cheese dip here that is perfect for get-togethers, movie nights, or watching a game on TV.

Velveeta cheese dip in a dark bowl with tortilla chips.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

What makes this recipe a keeper is that it requires only three ingredients and is ready to go almost immediately. It has the creamy, cheesy goodness with the yummy bites of sausage and a bit of heat from the Rotel.

It’s a perfect dip with tortilla chips or warm, fluffy tortillas and is ideal for an easy appetizer for any occasion.

Velveeta cheese dip in a dark bowl with tortilla chips on the side.

You can even add a few more ingredients to make it pop even more (see the Variations section) but stands perfect as-is.

Some other easy, tasty appetizers we enjoy are our Creamy Whipped Feta Dip, Easy Homemade Fire Roasted Salsa, Easy Baked Artichoke Dip, and Sausage Balls. All these are super easy to prepare and don’t skimp at all on the taste! All delish!

Ingredients Needed

For this basic (but very tasty) cheese dip, you only need three things.

Ingredients for velveeta cheese dip.

Velveeta Cheese – This stuff melts so well. We opt for the Queso Blanco version (the white cheese), but the regular one works just as well.

Breakfast Sausage – Pick your favorite. For a spicy kick, try the spicy sausage.

Rotel – This stuff gives the cheese dip the flavor that it needs. Again, if you want spicier, get the spicier version

How To Make Velveeta Cheese Dip (Rotel Dip)

This recipe is as easy as it can get. Basically, we brown the sausage, combine it with the Velveeta cheese and Rotel, and microwave for a few minutes until ready. Easy peasy!

  • Break up the sausage and cook over medium high heat. I like to keep my sausage in big chunks and get some good color on them, flip and sear the other side, then break it into smaller pieces.
Breakfast sausage cooking in a small skillet.
Browned sausage in a small skillet.
  • Next, cube up the Velveeta cheese and place it into a microwave safe container. Add the Rotel to the cheese.

If you like your cheese dip thick, drain the Rotel. If you want to keep it thinner, add all the contents of the Rotel can to the cheese. Your preference.

Velveeta cheese cubed in a glass container.
Cubed velveeta cheese with Rotel in a glass container.
  • When the sausage has been cooked, place it in a paper towel lined bowl to soak up the fat, then dump it into the container with the Velveeta cheese and Rotel.
Browned sausage in a small skillet.
Velveeta cheese, Rotel, and browned sausage together in a glass bowl.
  • Place the container with all the ingredients together into the microwave. Microwave it for a minute at a time, mixing and combining well each minute. When it’s well combined and melted, remove and serve with tortilla chips.
A tortilla chip with Velveeta cheese on it.

Tips

Perfect Sausage Searing: For maximum flavor, make sure to get a good sear on your sausage. Cook it over medium-high heat until it develops a nice brown crust. This not only enhances the texture but also deepens the flavor of the sausage, adding a smoky, caramelized taste to your cheese dip.

Gradual Cheese Melting: When melting the Velveeta cheese in the microwave, do it gradually to avoid boiling over or uneven melting. Heat it in short intervals, stirring in between each one. This controlled approach ensures that the cheese melts smoothly and evenly, preventing any hot spots or burning.

Balancing Dip Consistency: Adjust the consistency of your dip to your liking. If you prefer a thicker dip, drain the liquid from the Rotel before adding it to the cheese. For a thinner consistency, include the Rotel juice. This gives you control over the final texture, allowing you to tailor the dip to your preference or the occasion.

Using A Slow Cooker: Add the cubed cheese, cooked sausage, and a can of Rotel (diced tomatoes and green chilies) into the slow cooker (crock pot). Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low heat for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the cheese is completely melted and the dip is well combined.

Variations

Spicy Fiesta Version: Craving some heat? Amp up your Velveeta cheese dip with a fiery twist! Swap in hot breakfast sausage and choose a spicy Rotel variety to kick things up a notch. For an extra zing, add a dash of cayenne pepper or finely diced jalapeños. This spicy version is perfect for those who love their dips with a bold, irresistible kick!

Vegetarian Delight: For a meat-free take on this classic, substitute the breakfast sausage with a vegetarian alternative, like plant-based crumbles or chopped mushrooms sautéed with onion and garlic. You can also add black beans or corn for a hearty, veggie-packed dip. This vegetarian variation is just as satisfying and flavorful, making it a hit among all your guests!

Smoky Bacon Twist: Transform your Velveeta cheese dip with the irresistible flavor of bacon. Replace the breakfast sausage with crispy, chopped, thick-cut bacon for a smoky depth. For an even richer taste, mix in a spoonful of bacon grease into the dip. This bacon-enhanced version adds a luxurious and savory dimension that bacon lovers will absolutely adore!

Other Ideas: Use ground beef instead of sausage. Use a packet of taco seasoning to really jazz it up. This Rotel dip recipe is quick and easy AND very easy to change up!

FAQs

Can I make the Velveeta Cheese Dip ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the dip ahead of time. After cooking, let it cool and then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to serve, reheat it in the microwave or on the stove, stirring frequently to maintain a smooth consistency. If the dip thickens too much, you can thin it with a little milk or water.

What are some serving suggestions for this dip?

The Velveeta Cheese Dip pairs wonderfully with a variety of dippers. Classic tortilla chips are a popular choice, but you can also serve it with sliced baguette, pretzels, vegetable sticks like carrots and celery, or even spoon it over baked potatoes or hot dogs for an extra treat. It’s versatile enough to complement a range of snacks and dishes.

How can I store and reheat leftovers?

Leftover dip can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Make sure to keep it in an airtight container. To reheat, you can use the microwave or a stove. In the microwave, heat in short intervals, stirring in between, until it reaches the desired temperature. On the stove, reheat over low heat, stirring constantly to prevent the cheese from sticking or burning. If the dip has thickened, you can add a small amount of milk or water to adjust the consistency.

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Velveeta cheese dip in a dark bowl with tortilla chips.

Velveeta Cheese Dip Recipe

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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 436kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 16 oz Velveeta Cheese Queso Blanco version recommended, but regular works well too
  • 8 oz Breakfast Sausage spicy version for extra heat, if preferred
  • 10 oz Rotel spicy version optional

Instructions

  • In a skillet, cook the sausage over medium-high heat until browned. For added flavor, let the sausage form a crust before breaking it into smaller pieces.
    8 oz Breakfast Sausage
  • Cut the Velveeta cheese into cubes and place in a microwave-safe container.
    16 oz Velveeta Cheese
  • Mix the Rotel with the cubed cheese. For a thicker dip, drain the Rotel; for a thinner consistency, use the liquid from the can.
    10 oz Rotel
  • After the sausage is cooked and drained on paper towels, add it to the container with the cheese and Rotel.
  • Place the container in the microwave. Heat in one-minute intervals, stirring between each, until the cheese is fully melted and the ingredients are well combined.
  • Once heated through and combined, serve the dip warm with your choice of tortilla chips, bread, or veggies.

Nutrition

Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 2166mg | Potassium: 665mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1239IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 678mg | Iron: 1mg

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