Rotel Dip Recipe

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Our Rotel Dip Recipe with Ground Beef and Sausage is an absolute crowd pleaser! This easy recipe uses beef, sausage, Velveeta, and Rotel to make the perfect dip.

Hand holding a chip dipping cheese dip.

Best Rotel Dip Recipe:

I grew up thinking Rotel dip was THE mother of all cheese dips. It really was the most flavorful dip around. 

I started making this dip the easy way, in the microwave, by melting Velveeta with a can of Rotel tomatoes. It was fast, easy, and made a great option for a weekend snack.

Now when I make this cheese dip, it has ground beef and sausage in addition to the Velveeta and Rotel.

The result is a creamy beef and sausage Rotel dip that’s perfect for your next big game party!

Ingredients for Cheesy Rotel Dip:

  • Cheese: Processed cheese product (Velveeta).
  • Ground Beef: Lean ground beef works best.
  • Ground Sausage: Italian or pork sausage; any variety (hot, medium, or mild).
  • Tomatoes and Green Chiles: Rotel.
Ingredients used for rotel dip with beef and sausage.

How to Make Rotel Dip with Ground Beef and Sausage:

Scroll to the recipe card below for full instructions and ingredient amounts!

This easy dip recipe is made with simple ingredients and is perfect for your next game day get-together.

  1. In a large skillet or pan, cook the ground beef and sausage until cooked through. Break the meat into small pieces as it cooks then drain the excess grease.
Browned meat in a pan.
  1. Wipe the skillet clean, and return the browned ground beef and browned sausage to the pan. Add the cubed Velveeta and both cans of Rotel.
Browned meat, rotel and cubed velveeta in a pan.
  1. Cook over low-medium heat while stirring until the Velveeta melts and all the ingredients are well combined.
  2. Top with pico de gallo, cilantro, and green onions if desired and serve with tortilla chips.

Tips and Variations:

  • Watch the dip carefully. After you’ve added all the ingredients to the skillet, keep a close eye on the dip and stir it often. This cheesy dip burns easily if left unattended.
  • Make it spicy! Use spicy sausage and the hot variety of Rotel for a spicy version of this dip.
  • Make a half batch. Use half the amount of beef, sausage, Velveeta, and only 1 can of Rotel for a smaller batch of this easy appetizer.
  • Use all ground beef or all ground sausage. Make this queso dip recipe using all beef or all sausage instead of a mixture of both.

Storage:

Refrigerator: Store leftover Rotel dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Reheating: Reheat this dip on the stove top over low heat until it’s warmed through. Or, heat it in the microwave on half power, stirring frequently, until warm.

Can you use off brand ingredients to make Rotel sausage dip?

Yes, you can use off brand Velveeta and off brand Rotel tomatoes and green chiles to make this dip. They’ll taste just as great as name brand products.

Close up view of cheese dip in a pan next to a linen.

What other seasonings can you add to Rotel dip?

There are several seasoning options you can add to Rotel dip. Here are some options:

​Will another meat work in place of the beef or sausage?

Absolutely! Either ground chicken or ground turkey will work in place of the beef or sausage.

You may need to add some diced onions, jalapeños, or other seasonings to season the meat, but either one works great.

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Chip dipping into a bowl of beef and sausage dip.

Rotel Dip Recipe

4.7 from 9 votes
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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 16 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground sausage, Italian or pork sausage
  • 32 ounces Velveeta, cubed
  • 20 ounces Rotel, 2 (10 ounce) cans; any variety

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet or pan, cook the beef and sausage until cooked through. Break the meat into small pieces as it cooks then drain the excess grease.
    1 pound ground beef
    1 pound ground sausage
  • Wipe the skillet clean, and return the meat to the pan. Add the cubed Velveeta and Rotel.
    32 ounces Velveeta
    20 ounces Rotel
  • Stir frequently, and cook over low-medium heat until the Velveeta melts and all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Top with pico de gallo, cilantro, and green onions if desired and serve with tortilla chips.
  • Scroll up and see the post for tips, FAQs, and storage recommendations.

Suggested Equipment

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 1102mg | Potassium: 409mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 620IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 344mg | Iron: 1mg

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of ½ cup of dip. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.
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20 Comments

  1. Have been making this dip for over 20 years. You can add 1 can of Cr of Mushroom soup and some milk to this also. Makes it go further and it is delicious with Frito Scoops. Matter of fact, I’m making some this afternoon with taco meat.

    1. Hi Margaret! Thanks so much for sharing. It’s always great when recipes can be stretched a little further. We hope you enjoy your cheese dip this afternoon and have a great week! πŸ™‚

  2. I haven’t made my own queso before, and this recipe sounds delicious. Can’t wait to try it! πŸ™‚
    xo, SC // SCsScoop.com

    1. Thank you, Jennifer! The inspiration came from a friend of mine. He’s a talented writer and cook and I was thrilled to share his dish. πŸ™‚

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