If you are ever in need of an easy, gluten free and most flavorful dip for a party, keep our recipe for cheesy Rotel dip with sausage at hand. This absolute crowd pleaser only requires 3 ingredients and cooks up on the stovetop in a record 15 minutes!
Spicy Rotel sausage dip can easily be kept warm in a crock pot and therefore wow guests throughout a party, tailgate or potluck.
WHAT IS ROTEL DIP?
Sausage Rotel dip is a super easy dip that only requires 3 ingredients. The star of the show is melted Velveeta, which is a processed cheese. It is flavored with cooked sausage and Rotel. Rotel is a mixture of petit diced tomatoes and chilis with some added spices. Rotel tomatoes are almost salsa like and add incredible flavor to this dip.
❤️ WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS CHEESY DIP RECIPE
✔️ You only need 3 ingredients to make this dip.
✔️ Rotel dip is ready to serve in only 15 minutes. Serve with chips!
✔️ This dip can be cooked on the stove or in the crock pot.
✔️ Sausage Rotel dip is full of flavor and a real crowd pleaser at parties or on game day.
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for Rotel sausage dip, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
You may have all of these Rotel dip with sausage ingredients in your refrigerator or pantry and not need to make a trip to the grocery store. See recipe card below for ingredient amounts.
- Pork Sausage: Use mild or hot sausage for this recipe. Italian sausage is another great option. You can also substitute ground beef for sausage if you like less spice.
- Velveeta Cheese: Melts perfectly without becoming clumpy, and therefore creates the perfect dip consistency.
- Rotel: The perfect mix of tomatoes and chilis to give your dip incredible flavor.
VARIATIONS: Try Different Flavor Additions!
- You can easily dial down the heat in your dip by substituting ground beef for spicy sausage. Adding a little bit of cream cheese to the dip might also help cooling it down for those who don't like it spicy.
- On the other hand you can also add some more heat to your dip by adding some chopped jalapeños, chili powder or even a pinch of cayenne pepper.
- Increase flavor by adding some onion or garlic powder to taste.
This section shows how to cook salsa cheese dip in a skillet, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique. For full instructions, nutritional information, to print the recipe or to have the recipe scaled to double or triple, see the recipe card below.
PREPARE INGREDIENTS: Chop cheese and open Rotel dip before beginning.
COOK SAUSAGE: Brown the ground sausage in a large skillet over medium heat. When sausage is cooked through, drain excess grease.
🔴 TIP: Instead of sausage, you can substitute ground beef if you want less spice.
MELT CHEESE: Add cheese and the entire contents of a Rotel can to the pan and stir until melted.
SERVE: When cheese is melted, remove from heat and serve while warm.
🔴 TIP: To keep the dip warm for a party, fill it into a crock pot and turn it on low.
Skillet – A cast iron skillet works best for this recipe, because it retains heat for a long time. It therefore keeps the dip warm and gooey till it's all eaten up. However, any oven safe pan will work.
Crock Pot – If you would like to keep your dip warm for a party, fill it into a crock pot and turn it on low.
HOW TO MAKE ROTEL DIP IN THE CROCK POT
- Cook sausage in a skillet on the stove. Drain grease.
- Add cooked sausage, cheese cubes and whole can of Rotel to slow cooker.
- Cook on low, stirring occasionally. Keep dip in the crock pot while serving to keep the dip warm.
⚠️ TIPS FOR THE BEST ROTEL DIP
Follow these tips to make the best sausage Rotel dip.
✔️ Use high quality meat. To make the dip less greasy use sausage or ground beef with a lower fat content.
✔️ Cut Velveeta into small cubes. The smaller the cubes are, the faster they will melt.
✔️ Use all the Rotel contents. Add all the tomatoes, chilis and juices from the Rotel can to your dip.
✔️ Keep the dip warm. Pour the dip into a crock pot or fondue pot to keep it warm while serving.
Refrigerate: We recommend eating salsa cheese dip immediately while warm. You can store cooled Rotel dip leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Reheating: You can reheat dip leftovers on the stovetop or in the crockpot. Make sure you stir the dip often until it is hot and the cheese completely melted again.
Freeze: We do not recommend freezing this dip.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH ROTEL DIP
All different styles of tortilla chips, pita chips, bagel chips, crackers, pretzels or fresh vegetables are great options to serve with this dip.
You can also serve this amazing dip with different types of crusty bread, such as baguette, ciabatta, bread sticks or pizza bread. Rotel sausage dip is also a great way to use up stale white bread. Simple cut the bread in slices and toast them in the oven until golden brown and crispy.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
For perfect results every time, here are answers to the most common questions about cooking salsa cheese dip.
Sure can! There are two options to make this dip ahead of time. First, you can prepare the whole dip as described and reheat it whenever you are ready to serve. Or you can brown the meat and cube the Velveeta ahead of time, and cook the dip as soon as your guests arrive. It cooks up in only 10 minutes.
Yes, Rotel dip can also be cooked in the crock pot. However, you still have to brown the sausage in a skillet first. Then add all the ingredients to a slow cooker on low and cook for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- 1 lb ground pork sausage
- 16 oz Velveeta - cubed
- 10 oz Rotel
- Brown the ground pork sausage in a large skillet over medium heat. Break the sausage up into small pieces while cooking. Cook until sausage is cooked all the way through, 165ºF.
- Remove excess grease from the pan.
- Add the cubed Velveeta and Rotel to the pan. Include the Rotel juices.
- Over medium heat, cook until the cheese is melted and all ingredients are combined.
- Serve while warm.
- Try keeping your Rotel dip warm if you’re having a party by putting it into the slow cooker on low.
- You can substitute ground beef for sausage if you want less spice.
- Let cool then cover and store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat on the stove or in the crockpot.
- Serve with tortilla chips, fresh vegetables, over nachos or with crusty bread.