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Chili Cheese Dip

Easy Chili Cheese Dip is a 3-ingredient appetizer that is perfect for football season or any get together with friends and family. 

Party dips like Spinach Dip and Velveeta Cheese Dip are must have appetizers for any occasion and are so easy to make.

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chili cheese dip in a bowl with tortilla chips.

Make this easy chili cheese dip with homemade chili or canned chili for a crowd pleasing appetizer that will likely be the first thing to disappear!

picante sauce, Velveeta, Chili in a bowl for dip.

Ingredients Needed for 3-Ingredient Chili Cheese Dip

  • Velveeta
  • Chili ~ Without Beans – Homemade or Canned 
  • Picante Sauce
  • Green Onions ~ Optional Garnish
  • Tortilla Chips or Fritos corn chips for Serving

How to Make Chili Cheese Dip

pan with velveeta chunks, chili and picante sauce.
  1. Cut Velveeta into 1 inch chunks. 
  2. Place Velveeta in a pan with chili and picante sauce.
cooking chili cheese dip in a pan.
  1. Cook over medium heat, stirring often until cheese is melted and dip just starts to bubble.
chili cheese dip in a pan with wooden spoon.
  1. Remove from heat.
Chili Cheese Dip garnished with Green Onions in a pan.
  1. Garnish with green onions if desired and serve with tortilla chips or corn chips like Frito Scoops.

Recipe Tips and Variations

  • Yield: 12 Servings
  • Substitute for Velveeta: If you don’t like Velveeta, substitute 8 ounces of cream cheese and 8 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese or Mexican cheese blend. Follow the same directions. 
  • Make it Spicy: Add hot sauce, minced pickled jalapeños or a can of green chiles for a spicy kick. 
  • More Garnishes: Sour cream, diced red onion, candied jalapenos, pico de gallo, and cilantro.
  • Keep it Warm: Place in a fondue pot or in a crock pot on warm for parties.
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 4 days.
  • Reheat: Reheat in a pan over low heat, stirring until heated through  or microwave for a couple of minutes, stirring every minute until heated through.
chili cheese dip in a bowl with tortilla chips and glass of beer

Serving Suggestions


We love to pour this cheesy chili dip over practically everything including BurgersFrench FriesTater Tots and Burritos. It is the easiest recipe for game day.

Pair this chili cheese dip with our Fruit Punch for the kids and Beer Punch for the adults.

More Delicious Party Dips to Try

  • Hawaiian Onion Dip is a hot onion dip topped with melty cheese, ham, bacon and pineapple. It’s full of flavor and always a hit. 
  • Easy Caramelized Onion Dip is the classic chip dip that everyone loves. This homemade version is so simple to make. 
  • Million Dollar Dip is crazy delicious with bacon, cheese and loads of garlic flavor.
  • Easy Appetizers ~ all of our favorites in one delicious list.

Why You Will Love this Chili Cheese Dip Recipe

  • Made with simple ingredients and can be made on the stove top or make slow cooker chili cheese dip. 
  • It’s one of the easiest dip recipes to make for the big game, movie night or any occasion.
  • A crowd-pleasing, favorite snack to make with your favorite chili or pick up a couple of cans of chili from the grocery store. 
Platter of tortilla chips with chili cheese dip in a bowl in the center.

This homemade Chili Cheese Dip is the perfect appetizer to add to your next party, backyard cookout or gathering with friends to watch football. It’s a quick and easy appetizer that everyone will love. 

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Chili Cheese Dip in a bowl with a tortilla chip dipping
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4.80 from 10 votes

Chili Cheese Dip

Easy Chili Cheese Dip is a 3-ingredient appetizer that is perfect for game day gatherings or any get together with friends and family. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese dip, chip dip, game day appetizers, party dip
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 246kcal
Author: Milisa

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut Velveeta into 1 inch chunks.
  • Add Velveeta, chili and picante sauce to a heavy bottom pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until cheese is melted and dip starts to bubble.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Garnish with green onions if desired and serve with chips.

Notes

  • Substitute for Velveeta: If you don't like Velveeta, substitute 8 ounces of cream cheese and 8 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese. Follow the same directions. 
  • Make it Spicy: Add minced pickled jalapeños for a spicy kick.
  • Keep it Warm: Place in a fondue pot or in a crock pot on warm for parties.
  • Storage: Store in a covered container in the refrigerator up to 4 days.
  • Reheat: Reheat in a pan over low heat, stirring until heated through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 1094mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g

5 Comments

  1. Only thing that I change is that I do use a well drained can of Ro-Tel in place of the picante sauce and sometimes I will add a splash of hot sauce.
    Using the Mexican Velveeta cheese in place of the original is also wonderful

    1. Hi Colleen,
      I’ve made it with Ro-Tel too and my husband loves to add a little hot sauce as well. I’ll have to try the Mexican Velveeta next time.

      ~ Milisa

  2. We love Velveeta, and this chili cheese dip was fantastic. The kids had some friends over, so we put it in a fondue pot to keep it warm, and it was gone so fast! They loved it.

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