Made with only 2 ingredients, this is the easiest cheese dip ever! And since it’s made in the slow cooker, it’s the perfect dip for parties. You can leave it out all night and this Crockpot Velveeta Rotel cheese dip recipe will taste as good at the end of the evening as it did at the beginning.
I don’t think I’ve ever held a party where I didn’t serve this cheesy dip recipe. But it is especially good for game day get-togethers where you want something to nibble on for the whole game.
Okay, maybe Velveeta isn’t “real” cheese. But combine it with Rotel, and it sure makes a melty, creamy queso dip that everyone loves!
I have a few vegetarian friends so I usually make this Rotel dip recipe without meat.
But if you want to beef it up a bit (pun intended), you can add sausage, ground beef or ground turkey (see the sections below for more information about that).
And did I mention how much I love party recipes that are served in the slow cooker?
You can set them up ahead of time and they’re ready to go when the party starts. No last minute running around.
Easy, make-ahead, and tasty! No wonder it’s one of my go-to party appetizers.
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Here is your (really short) shopping list:
- Velveeta cheese – You need the 32-ounce block. I have tried using non-processed cheeses such as cheddar and Monterey Jack and they really don’t work as well as Velveeta for this recipe.
- Rotel* – 2 10-ounce cans. You can buy whichever version of Rotel you want depending on how spicy you want your dip to be.
- Garnish (optional) – fresh cilantro, diced tomatoes
- (Optional) Slow Cooker Liners* – while these liners are not absolutely necessary, they make clean up so much easier that I never make this cheese dip recipe without them.
- 4 to 6 quart slow cooker
- can opener
How to make Rotel cheese dip in a slow cooker
Put a slow cooker liner in the Crockpot. This is optional but it makes clean up a breeze! At the end of the night, you just pull out the liner with all the leftover cheese in it, and throw the whole thing in the garbage.
Cut the Velveeta up into one inch cubes. This will help it melt faster.
Add the ingredients to the crock pot
Add the cheese to the crockpot along with 2 cans of Rotel.
Don’t drain the Rotel. The juice from the tomatoes adds to the flavor and texture of the dip.
Put the lid on the slow cooker.
Since neither of the ingredients go bad quickly, I usually prepare it up to this point a few hours before the party. Plug the crockpot in where you want it to go, but don’t turn it on yet. (Now you have one less thing you’ll have to be messing with at the last minute)
A couple of hours before you want to start serving, turn the crockpot on.
Start it out on high until the cheese has melted.
This usually takes about an hour in my slow cooker, but it could be up to 2 hours depending on how hot your crockpot gets.
Stir the mixture occasionally to evenly distribute the heat.
After the cheese is melted, turn the Crockpot down to the warm setting.
Otherwise the cheese will get really hot and runny. Which make the dip much harder too eat.
If you want to make it look pretty, sprinkle some chopped Cilantro over the top of the cheese.
Or put some chopped tomatoes in the center. You could also save a couple of spoonfuls of the Rotel tomatoes and green chiles for this.
How to make Rotel dip with sausage
If you want to spice up your cheese dip a little, try adding a package of chopped spicy Italian sausage or Andouille sausage to the mixture.
Put them in the crockpot when you are about to turn it on.
If you plugged it in ahead of time, don’t add the meat until it is time to start cooking it, because it can go bad if it is sitting out at room temperature for too long.
How to make Rotel dip with ground beef, turkey or chicken
To make the dip with ground beef or ground turkey, you’ll need to cook the meat separately.
To do this:
- Put 1 pound of ground beef, turkey or chicken in a frying pan.
- Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. To add a little more kick, throw in a teaspoon of Taco seasoning.
- Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until the meat turns brown, about 5 to 10 minutes.
The meat can be cooked a day or two ahead of time and refrigerated if you’re trying to get ready in advance.
Then add the browned ground beef, turkey or chicken to the crockpot with the Velveeta and Rotel at the same time you are turning the slow cooker on.
As with the sausage, these meats shouldn’t sit out at room temperature for too long. So if you are plugging the slow cooker in ahead of time, don’t add the ground beef, turkey or chicken until just before you turn it on.
Tortilla chips are the usual choice for serving with Rotel dip.
But chunks of bread, pretzels, vegetables (like carrots and celery sticks) or anything else that tastes good with melted cheese will also work. You can almost treat it like a cheese fondue in a crockpot.
If you forget to turn the slow cooker on and need the Rotel cheese dip to be ready in a hurry, you can melt the Velveeta on medium-low heat on the stove. It should take 5 to 10 minutes. Turn the slow cooker onto the warm setting. Then pour the cheese into it along with the Rotel.
Make it in a slow cooker. When you cook cheese dip in a crockpot, having it too thick is never a problem. In fact, because of the constant heat from the slow cooker, the sauce may actually get too hot and be too runny. In which case, you need to turn the temperature down to Warm or even turn the crock pot off for a while to let the cheese sauce cool.
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Crockpot Velveeta Rotel Cheese Dip
- 4-quart slow cooker
- Can opener
- 1 32-ounce package Velveeta cheese
- 2 10-ounce cans Rotel
- Chop the Velveeta into one inch cubes and put them into the slow cooker.
- Add the rotel.
- Cover and cook in the crockpot on high for 1 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
- When all of the cheese is melted, turn the slow cooker down to the warm setting.
- Serve with tortilla chips.
- Use a slow cooker liner in the crockpot to make clean up easier.
- If you are running behind, you can melt the cheese in a pot on the stove and then add it to the Rotel in the slow cooker.
- Increase or decrease the spiciness of the dip by choosing the Rotel variety that is mild, medium or hot.
- Cook ground beef in a frying pan and add it to the melted cheese mix.
- Add chunks of cut up sausage.
- Serve with bread, carrot sticks or celery instead of tortilla chips.
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This post was originally published on October 24, 2014 but was updated with new content on April 6, 2022.