Cheese and Rotel Dip

Cheese and Rotel Dip is easy to make and hard to stop eating. Three simple ingredients create a cheesy, meaty, zesty dip that has everyone returning for more.

tortilla chip being dipped into a bowl of cheese dip.

If you love parties, then you probably love cheesy dips. One that almost all of you have probably had over and over again is Rotel cheese dip. We love to serve this recipe because it’s ridiculously easy to shop for and make, leaving us with more time to hang out with family and friends!

bowl full of cheese and rotel dip surrounded by tortilla chips.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It uses three simple ingredients.
  • It’s an easy recipe that’s ready in minutes.
  • It’s a classic dip full of cheese and zesty Rotel that’s not too spicy.


a can of rotel, roll of sausage, and box of velveeta on a counter.

You’ll only need three ingredients to make this dip, and you probably already have them in your kitchen right now! They’re all listed here, but you can find their exact amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Velveeta
  • Sausage
  • Rotel – drained

🔪 How to Make Cheese and Rotel Dip

Making this dip is as easy as it gets. Just a few minutes of browning and some mixing is all it takes! The entire thing is done in just about 30 minutes.

cheese, tomatoes, and cooked sausage being heated in a large skillet.

Step 1: Cook the Sausage

Brown your sausage in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain any grease and return the sausage to the pan.

melted cheese, tomatoes, and sausage in a large skillet.

Step 2: Add the Rotel and Velveeta

Add the Rotel and Velveeta and stir to combine. Then, cook on low until the cheese is melted and everything is incorporated. Enjoy!


Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • You can use ground pork or turkey if you prefer.
  • Add diced jalapenos for a spicy kick.
  • Use chorizo sausage for a burst of Tex-Mex flavor.

If you love all the flavors in this cheesy, meaty dip, then check out our slow cooker Rotel tacos.

🥄 Equipment

  • Skillet
  • Large spoon
bowl full of cheese and rotel dip surrounded by tortilla chips.

🥫 Storage

Refrigerate this dip for up to 4 days in an air-tight container. For longer storage, freeze it for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

To reheat the dip, place it in a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat until heated through.

Serve With

Serve this dip with your favorite dippers like potato chips, tortilla chips, and pita chips. It also makes a great addition to any party or Taco Tuesday feast.

💭 Tips

  • Cook your sausage until it’s browned and no further. Overcooking it will make it rubbery.
  • Drain the sausage thoroughly to avoid a greasy dip.
  • Keep the heat on low as you cook the dip to prevent sticking and scorching.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What is in Rotel tomatoes?

Rotel tomatoes are made with tomatoes, green chiles, and a proprietary blend of spices to give them their signature flavor.

What can I use in place of Velveeta?

You can use shredded mild cheddar chees if you’d rather not use Velveeta. It melts well and has a color similar to Velveeta.

What kind of sausage is best for rotel cheese dip?

Any kind of sausage will work. It all depends on the flavor you want your dip to have. You can even use ground beef.

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🧾Recipe Card

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tortilla chip being dipped into a bowl of cheese dip.

Cheese and Rotel Dip

Cheese and Rotel dip is the classic party food that's easy to make and hard to stop eating. It only takes three simple ingredients!
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Course: Dips
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 203kcal


  • large skillet


  • 16 ounces Velveeta
  • 1 pound sausage
  • 10 ounces Rotel drained


  • To a large skillet, add your sausage.
  • Cook and brown sausage completely, drain off any grease.
  • Return the sausage to the pan.
  • Add Rotel and Velveeta. Stir to combine.
  • Cook on low, until cheese is melted and everything is well combined.
  • Serve immediately.


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 842mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 427IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 228mg | Iron: 1mg

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