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Cheesy Rotel Sausage Dip

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This Cheesy Rotel Sausage Dip is the perfect easy appetizer or snack to feed a crowd. A blend of Velveeta cheese, cream cheese, Rotel tomatoes, and spicy sausage creates a flavorful dip that’s great for Super Bowl parties, potlucks, and other holiday gatherings. In less than 20 minutes your dip will be ready to enjoy!

A dish of cheesy Rotel dip with sausage next to tortilla chips.

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Below you will find tips, tricks and helpful hints for making this recipe including step by step instructions with pictures. If you would like to go directly to the recipe, scroll down to the recipe card.

Why You’ll Love this Rotel Dip

This cheesy dip is sure to please any crowd with its creamy, cheesy flavor. It’s incredibly easy to make, and you don’t need to be a master chef to get it right. The combination of Rotel tomatoes and spicy sausage adds just the right kick, making this dip a favorite for adults and kids alike on Super Bowl Sunday.

Plus, you can customize the dip to your preference. For a spicier version, consider adding jalapeños or hot sauce; for a milder flavor, use mild Rotel and sausage. You can also switch up the cheese blend depending on what you have in the fridge.

A can of Rotel tomatoes over a pan of melted cheese and sausage.

What is Rotel?

Rotel is a brand of canned tomatoes and green chilies. It comes in mild, medium, and hot varieties depending on your preference. The diced tomatoes are cooked before being canned and often include ingredients like onion, garlic, lime juice, jalapeño peppers, tomato puree, and cilantro for additional flavor.

Ingredients to make cheesy Rotel dip with sausage.

Sausage Rotel Party Dip Ingredients

*Ingredient amounts are located in the recipe card at the end of this post.

Ground Sausage: I like to use Hot sausage that comes pre-seasoned. I use Jimmy Dean brand, which can be found at most grocery stores. Italian sausage or ground beef can be used instead of sausage, if desired.

Cream Cheese: You can use either full-fat or reduced fat cream cheese in this recipe.

Velveeta Cheese Sauce: This creamy cheese sauce is the key to a smooth and delicious dip. I like to use the sauce for the consistency and ease of melting, but standard Velveeta cheese or another cheese sauce can be substituted.

Rotel Tomatoes: I prefer to use Fire Roasted Rotel for this recipe, but you can also use Mild or Hot if you like things spicy! If you don’t have Rotel, any brand of diced tomatoes with green chiles can be used.

How to Make Rotel Dip with Sausage

[1] Brown the ground sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Blot the sausage with a paper towel to remove excess grease.

Browned ground sausage in a frying pan.

[2] Cut the cream cheese into small pieces and add to the browned sausage. Stir over medium heat until the cream cheese melts completely.

Ground sausage in a pan with cubes of cream cheese.

[3] Stir in the Velveeta cheese sauce.

A box of Velveeta cheese sauce over a pan of cooked ground sausage.

[4] Add the Rotel tomatoes and stir to combine.

Sausage, melted cheese, and Rotel, in a skillet.

[5] Transfer the dip to an oven-safe serving dish and keep warm in the oven at 200 degrees or keep the dip warm in a crockpot.

A dish of cheesy Rotel dip with sausage next to tortilla chips.

[6] Add optional toppings like chopped fresh tomatoes, green onions, jalapenos, or cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips or make your own with this recipe.

A dish of cheesy Rotel dip with sausage next to tortilla chips.

Helpful Kitchen Tools

How To Make Rotel Dip In The Crockpot (Slow Cooker Method)

Making Rotel Dip in the Crockpot is a great option for parties or gatherings. It’s also an easy way to keep your dip warm while you’re entertaining.

To make this dip in the crockpot, brown the sausage in a pan on the stovetop as directed above. Then transfer the mixture to the crockpot along with the cream cheese, Velveeta cheese sauce, and Rotel tomatoes.

Cover and cook on low for 1-2 hours or until the dip is hot and bubbly. Stir occasionally to prevent the dip from burning. Serve warm with chips or other dippers.

How to Store & Reheat Leftovers

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, just place in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high power until hot and bubbly.

You can also reheat it in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring often or in the oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

A dish of cheesy Rotel dip with sausage next to tortilla chips.

What To Serve with Creamy Sausage Dip

  • Corn Chips
  • Bagel Chips
  • Tortillas
  • Crackers
  • Pita Chips

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this dip ahead of time?

Yes, this dip can be made up to 1-2 days in advance. Just prepare the dip as directed and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. Then reheat it as directed above.

Can I freeze this dip?

Unfortunately, this dip does not freeze well due to the cheese and cream cheese. I recommend consuming any leftovers within 3-4 days.

Can I use turkey sausage instead of ground pork sausage?

Absolutely! Ground turkey sausage can be used in place of ground pork sausage for a leaner version. Feel free to customize the type of sausage used in this dish.

A dish of cheesy Rotel dip with sausage next to tortilla chips.

Final Thoughts

This Cheesy Rotel Dip with Sausage is a savory, flavorful dip that is sure to be the hit of any party. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this dish in no time and ready to serve for the big game! Plus, it’s highly customizable so you can make it as hot or mild as desired. Enjoy!

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A dish of cheesy Rotel dip with sausage next to tortilla chips.

Cheesy Rotel Sausage Dip

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Cheesy Rotel Sausage Dip is the perfect easy appetizer or snack to feed a crowd. A blend of Velveeta cheese, cream cheese, Rotel tomatoes, and spicy sausage creates a flavorful dip that's great for Super Bowl parties, potlucks, and other holiday gatherings. In less than 20 minutes your dip will be ready to enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Ground Sausage
  • 8 Ounces Cream Cheese
  • 8 Ounces Velveeta Cheese Sauce
  • 1 Can Rotel Diced Tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Blot the sausage with a paper towel to remove excess grease.
  2. Cut the cream cheese into small pieces and add to the browned sausage. Stir over medium heat until the cream cheese melts completely.
  3. Stir in the Velveeta cheese sauce.
  4. Add the Rotel tomatoes and stir to combine.
  5. Transfer the dip to an oven-safe serving dish and keep warm in the oven at 200 degrees or keep the dip warm in a crockpot.
  6. Add optional toppings like chopped fresh tomatoes, green onions, jalapenos, or cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips or make your own with this recipe.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 Serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 371Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 1077mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 14g

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