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Velveeta Cheese Dip

Velveeta Cheese Dip is the easiest queso to make to serve with chips or with your favorite Mexican dinners. This is the recipe I grew up with and my family can’t get enough of it. 

Velveeta cheese dip with tortilla chip dipping.

I don’t even know if I can call this cheese dip a recipe but it’s seriously easy and can even be made in the microwave. When you are craving chips and dip, it’s the only answer!

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We also love to add chili for Chili Cheese Dip for an epic game day snack and if you have leftover smoked brisket, give this Brisket Queso a try. 

The classic RoTel Queso is so quick and simple for last minute entertaining, movie night with the family or anytime snack cravings. 

Ingredients Needed for Velveeta Cheese Dip Recipe

Velveeta Cheese and can of RoTel Tomatoes
  • Velveeta Original Cheese – I know this is a controversial product that isn’t really cheese. I grew up with it and still enjoy it in moderation. Cheddar cheese or Mexican Queso Fresco are also great options for making cheese dip.
  • RoTel Tomatoes and Green Chilies – your choice hot or mild

Optional Add Ins for Rotel Cheese Dip

  • Spices: Sometimes I like to spice up my cheese dip and add about 1/2 teaspoon of cumin and a dash of chili powder to the Velveeta and RoTel. My mom always adds chili seasoning and it’s fantastic. 
  • Extra Creamy: Add 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream with the Velveeta and tomatoes.
  • Rotel Tomatoes Substitution: If you don’t have cans of RoTel, use salsa or picante sauce. It’s going to have a bit of a different flavor but nonetheless, it’s delicious. You can also substitute a can of petite diced tomatoes along with a can of green chiles. 
  • Meaty Queso Dip: Spice up cheese dip by adding browned ground beef or Italian Sausage. My friend Julie has a great recipe for Hamburger Dip.
  • Garnish: My mom likes to top it off with sliced green onions, so good! Chopped fresh cilantro is another great garnish.

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Platter with tortilla chips and cast iron skillet of Cheese Dip

How to Make Velveeta Cheese Dip

Velveeta cheese cut into chunks
  1. Stove Top Directions: Cut Velveeta into chunks. 
chunks of Velveeta with RoTel tomatoes in a non stick skillet
  1. Add to a non stick pan with RoTel – undrained.
skillet of Velveeta Cheese Dip with a whisk in the pan
  1. Next, Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until melted and creamy. 
Cheese dip in a small cast iron skillet with tortilla chips on a platter
  1. Serve immediately. 

Microwave Directions

  1. Place chunks of Velveeta and RoTel in a microwave safe bowl. 
  2. Cook in 1 minute intervals, stirring in between until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes total.

How to Keep Cheese Dip Warm

Cheese Dip or Queso can be kept warm in a crock pot set on warm or the lowest setting. It will need stirred occasionally. It can also be prepared in the crockpot on a low setting. I only recommend a double batch in the crock pot unless you have one of the tiny crockpots. 

How to Store and Reheat

  • Store leftover cheese dip in the refrigerator in an airtight container. These are my favorite deli containers.
  • Reheat in a skillet with about 1/2 tablespoon of milk per cup of cheese dip. Cook over medium- low heat, stirring until melted.
  • Microwave in a microwave safe bowl with milk in 1 minute intervals, stirring in between until melted.
Cheese dip in a small cast iron skillet with chips

What to Serve with Cheese Dip

  • Tortilla chips are the standard but I love it even more with Potato Chips like Ruffles. Try it!
  • We also love serving cheese dip with our favorite Mexican dishes like Brisket Tacos and Smothered Burritos
Chili Cheese Mini Burritos on an appetizer Plate
  • These mini Chili Burritos that we made on the grill and drizzled with our cheese dip makes for an amazing appetizer. Seriously delicious.

More Easy Dip Recipes

  • Knorr Spinach Dip is the classic party appetizer. It is a crowd pleaser and our kids will seriously make a meal of it and always the first thing to disappear at any gathering.
  • Million Dollar Dip is filled with cream cheese, sharp cheddar and loads of bacon plus crunchy smoked almonds. This is always a crowd favorite to serve with chips, crackers or veggies.
  • Chunky Vegetable Dip is an easy dip recipe and a great option if you are looking for a lighter snack. Don’t worry, it’s not light on taste! Made with simple ingredients like crunchy vegetables and fresh herbs to make this creamy dip so irresistible.

Why You Will Love this Rotel Dip Recipe

  • Easy Appetizer: Cheesy Rotel Dip is the ultimate easy party dip for the big game or any gathering with a lot of people. It is quick to make and has great flavor.
  • Make Ahead: This cheesy queso dip can be made ahead and kept warm in the slow cooker for a couple of hours. 
  • 2 Ingredient Dip: For the basic Velveeta Rotel Dip, there are only 2 ingredients and they are great to keep on hand for the perfect queso cheese dip!
Tortilla chip dipping int cast iron skillet of cheese dip

Queso is one of my most favorite foods on the planet. I love it any way you make it. I grew up in Arkansas where we call it Cheese Dip. I suppose everywhere else in America it is called Queso, whatever you call it, grab a bag of chips and get to dipping!

Velveeta Cheese Dip in a small cast iron skillet with chips
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Velveeta Cheese Dip

Velveeta Cheese Dip is the easiest queso to make to serve with chips or with your favorite Mexican dinners.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Keyword: microwave queso, RoTel Dip, RoTel Queso, Velveeta Queso
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 354kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 16 ounces Velveeta Cheese
  • 10 ounce can RoTel Tomatoes and Chilies


  • Cut Velveeta into chunks and place in a skillet with RoTel, undrained.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until melted and smooth.

Microwave Directions:

  • Place ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and cook in 1 minute intervals, stirring in between, about 5 minutes until melted.


Optional Add Ins:
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, dash of chili powder.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream for extra creamy cheese dip.
  • 1 pound browned ground beef or Italian sausage
  • garnish with sliced green onions or chopped cilantro
Double recipe as needed.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 4 days.
Reheat in a nonstick pan with 1/2 tablespoon of milk per cup of cheese dip over medium heat. Stir until melted.
Microwave in 1 minute intervals, stirring in between until melted.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 1964mg | Sugar: 10g


  1. Leftovers?!?? NEVER! A good variation is cook 1 lbs ground beef or Turkey, drain, then add 1 16 oz jarred salsa, warm through then add 1 lbs cubed Velveta, heat through and serve with SCOOP Chips. Keep warm in a mi I croak pot, yummy! This recipe was borrowed from Legends Sports Bar in Long Beach CA

  2. I divided mine up put in the freezer anxious to try it out. It made slot so good!!! I added some turkey sausage to mine yumm

  3. This page is so littered with ads, I gave up on finding the recipe or reading the words. I understand people monetize their pages but I have no earthly idea why they have to have so many ads. The chaotic page with videos and ads popping up all over as well as the fixed ads every inch just drive readers away. Just for the record, I have never clicked on an ad I saw on any blog post. I’m there to read the content, not go shopping.

    1. Hi Laura,
      I am sorry you gave up before you found the recipe. There is a jump to recipe button at the top of every post that takes you right to the recipe card. After reading your comment, I went to this recipe post to see how the ads were loading. I did not encounter what you described. As far as you never clicking an ad on a blog post, ads are everywhere, the radio, television, magazines and social media. It’s the world we live in and I can’t say that I understand why they are so offensive on recipe sites. I do appreciate you taking the time to comment.
      ~ Milisa

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