Best Ever Rotel Cream Cheese Dip

From tailgating parties, Superbowl bashes, wedding and baby showers, and even before-dinner noshing, Rotel cream cheese dip is a classic appetizer made with Velveeta cheese, spicy tomatoes, sausage, and chilies. In under 30 minutes, you can have a delicious bowl of cheesy goodness.

Rotel Cream Cheese Dip with Sausage in a bowl on a platter with tortilla chips.

Rotel dip is a classic appetizer that features melted cheese, spicy tomatoes, and chilies. It’s perfect for all manner of occasions – think tailgating parties, Super Bowl bashes, Fourth of July festivities, summer get-togethers, wedding and baby showers – or just enjoy it as a before-dinner nosh.

Rotel cream cheese dip is extra creamy and loaded with sausage. It’s hearty and sure to be a hit with family and friends.

There is no one standard version of this party favorite, so you can easily mix and match ingredients to create the perfect dip for your family and friends.

Velveeta Cheese Dip with Rotel and more!

  • Velveeta – Velveeta is the brand name of a processed cheese product that tastes something like American cheese, but is softer and smoother. As a result, it’s the perfect product for clump-free melting.
  • Ro-Tel Tomatoes – Ro-Tel is the brand name of canned diced tomatoes with green chilies. The cans are available in varying degrees of spiciness and hotness to suit every taste bud. Ro-Tel makes ordinary appetizers and dishes come alive with the bold, festive flavor of the Southwest.
  • The Dippers – Hearty dips call for sturdy dippers – you need a stable platform to support all that good creamy stuff. Some suggestions are corn tortillas, raw veggies, chunks of crusty bread, or even thick-sliced sausage (like kielbasa). Consider cutting pita bread into triangles then brushing lightly with olive oil and toasting in the oven.
Rotel Cream Cheese dip and tortilla chips on a platter.

Variations to your Velveeta Rotel Dip

There are endless possible variations on the basic Velveeta and Ro-Tel dip. For instance, you can throw in some veggies such as green peppers or celery. If you have used a mild Ro-Tel and you don’t think your dip will have enough heat, add a few dashes of hot sauce or pinches of dried chili flakes. You can even add a can or bottle of beer for a delicious, unusual twist. Here are a few more ideas.

  • Zippy Salsa Cheese Dip – add some mild or spicy salsa.
  • Uber-Yummy Chili-Cheese Dip – add a can of chili (with beans).
  • Meat-Lovers Dip – add a pound of browned sausage or ground beef.
  • Creamy Mushroom Dip – Add a can of low-fat cream of mushroom soup.
  • Extra Cheesy Dip – Add a block of cream cheese.
  • Chihuahua Cheese Dip – Velveeta, cream cheese, sour cream, grated sharp Cheddar, salsa, green chilies, olives, garlic powder.
  • Hamburger Velveeta Dip – Velveeta, browned lean ground beef, chopped onion, salsa verde, salt and pepper.
  • Nacho Cheese Dip – Velveeta, cream of chicken soup, chopped green chilies.

Velveeta Cheese Dip is the best!

With Velveeta as a basic in your kitchen, you’ll always be ready to put a dip together, whatever the occasion. Rotel dip is easy to make, versatile, and always a hit! Try the following cream cheese and sausage variation on the classic Ro-Tel Cheese Dip.

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Rotel Cream Cheese Dip with Sausage served in a bowl next to tortilla chips.

Rotel Cream Cheese Dip – A creamy twist on regular Rotel Dip. Always a hit!

Make the best Rotel Cheese Dip Ever
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Rotel, Rotel Cheese Dip
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 251kcal


  • 1 pound ground sausage, hot or mild
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 8 ounce container sour cream
  • 1 8 ounce package Velveeta cheese
  • 2 cans Mexican Rotel Tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons diced jalapeno peppers


  • Brown sausage and drain. 
  • Heat cream cheese, Velveeta and sour cream in microwave until melted. Stir in tomatoes and jalapenos. 
  • Add sausage. Pour in crock pot to keep warm. 
  • Serve with tortilla chips. 



Use Mild Rotel Tomatoes and mild sausage and omit jalapenos if you prefer a milder dip.
Thanks to ohungry1 from sharing this recipe.


Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 789mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 765IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Krystal Lindsey

    5 stars
    This recipe is delicious! I will never make it without cream cheese and sour cream, they are a game changer!!

  2. Jasmine Wilson

    5 stars
    My moms friend made this and it tasted familiar, my moms ex boyfriend used to make something like it and I finally found a recipe. Amazing! My little boy is gonna love this 🙂

  3. Jeff

    5 stars
    I have made this dip for years. I only use sage sausage, add 1 can of kidney beans, 1 can of whole corn, and chopped chives. This can be a meal!

  4. Robbie Patten

    Fixed this for a Christmas party and everyone complimented the dip. This dip didn’t need any adjustments. It was Just Right!!

  5. Vikkie

    I substituted two cups sharp cheddar cheese and 2 cups pepper jack cheese.. (i hate velveeta) it tastes great and in a crockpot on low, it stays melty and smooth

  6. Riva

    What is the amounts per serving size for this?? I am trying to make the recipe for about 100 people and I am trying to make sure I will have enough for everyone without spending too much money and having too much leftovers. Can’t wait to try this! THANKS

    I would think this recipe could make about 20-25 servings. Those should be fairly ample servings though, you may be able to make about 3 matches of this for your party. ~stephanie

  7. Cathy G

    This by far the best rotel dip I have ever had. I was tired of rotel dip until I tried this one, it was actually the hit of the party!

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