This easy cream cheese Rotel dip recipe goes with anything and is ready in 5 minutes using only 3 ingredients.

Ground sausage, cream cheese, and a can of zesty Rotel tomatoes with green chiles makes this the perfect quick dip or spread!

Serve this crowd pleaser warm from a crockpot with all your favorite crunchy dippers!

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Creamy Rotel Dip

  • This classic Rotel dip recipe is so quick and easy to make and can even be made ahead and reheated in minutes or enjoyed cold!
  • Serve Rotel dip from a crockpot and surround it with chips, chunks of bread, crackers, or fresh veggies and let everyone help themselves!
  • With dozens of ways to prepare Rotel dip with cream cheese, you can make a new version of the same recipe every time!
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3 Main Ingredients

Sausage – Ground sausage has a flavor that goes with anything, but leftover ground meat like hamburger, and shredded chicken or beef works great, too!

Cheese – Cream cheese binds all the flavors together and stays uber-creamy hot or cold. Add a cup of shredded cheese like Monterey Jack, mozzarella or a Mexican blend, if desired. For a more saucy-style dip, melt in some cubes of Velveeta cheese or blend in some sour cream.

Tomatoes – We love Rotel tomatoes because the chiles and seasonings are already added in. But you can bring even more heat to the recipe and add extra green chiles, jalapenos, or salsa

Variations – For a meatless version, switch out the meat for black beans (drained and rinsed). Add fresh corn kernels, sliced black olives, crumbled bacon pieces, chopped green onions, or finely diced bell peppers for a bit of colorful crunch!

How to make Rotel Dip with Cream Cheese

  1. Cook and drain sausage.
  2. Combine everything into a small crockpot or slow cooker, as explained in the recipe below.
  3. Stir occasionally until warmed through. Add mix-ins as desired.

Serve with chips, crackers, tortilla scoops, or other crunchy dippers.

Rotel Dip Tips!

  • For easier blending, soften cream cheese 30 minutes before using.
  • Prep toppings ahead of time for quick assembly. Cook and crumble the bacon, shred cheese, slice jalapenos, cut the tomatoes and chop the cilantro.
  • While crisp dippers are delicious with Rotel dip, why not experiment with some that are a bit unique? Try dipping Brussel sprouts, roasted cauliflower, or even onion rings into this zesty dip for a flavor filled experience. 
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Leftover Dip

  • Keep leftover cream cheese Rotel dip in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Enjoy it cold or reheat it in 30-second intervals in the microwave, adding freshly shredded cheese, if desired.
  • Serve leftover dip on top of omelets, garlic bread or as a topping on hamburgers, or baked potatoes.

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Cream Cheese Rotel Dip Recipe

Easy Cream Cheese Rotel Dip needs just 3 ingredients and takes only 5 minutes to prepare for an appetizer that is cheesy and delicious!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly


4 Qt Slow Cooker
Slow Cooker , small if possible


Optional Add Ins:

  • 1 cup sharp cheddar
  • 3 tablespoons finely diced jalapenos
  • 3 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro


  • In a large skillet, cook sausage until no pink remains. Drain fat.
  • In a small slow cooker, combine meat, cream cheese, and Rotel tomatoes with juice.
  • Cook on low 2 hours stirring occasionally. Stir in add-ins of choice.
  • Serve warm.


  • Nutrition information uses sausage and does not include optional mix ins.
  • Serve with tortilla or corn chips.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 455mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 686IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

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