Rotel Dip

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Easy Rotel Dip is a simple delicious appetizer that’s great for parties. This cheesy and spicy hot dip is quick, easy, and addicting!

Whenever I need a hot dip for a party that’s certain to please, I’m usually making up this Easy Rotel Dip. All you need is 4 ingredients to make this delicious dip recipe that’s certain to please!

Rotel Dip in a pan

Easy Rotel Dip

There’s something about delicious, cheesy party dips that scream “comfort food” to me. I’ve made plenty of hot dip recipes in the past, but few will give you as much bang-for-your-buck as a simple Rotel Dip. If you’ve never had Rotel Dip before, you’re missing out: this stuff is cheesy, beefy, spicy goodness!

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Rotel Dip on a chip

Rotel is a nice, economical choice for a party dip. The chief ingredient is, obviously, these canned Rotel tomatoes- which mix in some green chilies for some heat and flavor. Ground beef, which is usually on sale or sold for pretty cheap, brings some meatiness to the party. For cheese, we usually reach for Velveeta, which gives us a super creamy and gooey hot dip that’s certain to be eaten clean!

Closeup of dip with Rotel and Velveeta

Enjoyed our Rotel recipe? Try some of these other warm dip recipes next!

  • Hot Spinach Dip is another favorite hot dip of mine. This cheesy party dip uses a blend of 3 cheeses, some sour cream, and a few greens to make a delicious, creamy dip that any guests are going to love!
  • Pizza is great, so what about some Easy Cheesy Pizza Dip? This tasty appetizer uses all of your favorite pizza ingredients and some classic spices to make a delicious dip. The perfect thing to serve up for game day or a family movie night!
  • You can’t talk about dip without mentioning the classic Buffalo Chicken Dip. Capture all those delicious wing night flavors in this easy-to-make dip. If you need a “no-fail” dip for your upcoming party, you can’t go wrong with this one!

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What is Rotel Dip? What’s in it?

  • RO-TEL – Rotel tomatoes are canned diced tomatoes with some green chilies tossed in for a bit of extra flavor and heat. Very cheap too: our local grocery stocks them for about a buck a can! They come in tons of flavors, so feel free to experiment and find one you like.
  • Ground Beef – You can, optionally, use a ground sausage here instead.
  • Velveeta – Cream cheese could also be used here.
  • Cayenne Pepper – If you’d like your dip to be extra spicy, double the amount. If cayenne ends up being too hot, sub in some chili powder.

Ingredients to make Rotel Dip

How to make Rotel Dip

This is an incredibly easy dip recipe and we can do it all on the stovetop! First, brown your ground beef over medium-high heat until it’s cooked through and no pink is left in the beef. Once that’s cooked, drain off any excess fat before adding in your cheese and tomatoes.

Dip ingredients in pan

Turn the heat down to medium and start letting that cheese meltdown. As it’s melting, stir it so your dip starts getting nice and smooth and everything gets coated in that cheese.

Hot Rotel Dip in a pan

Add in your cayenne to taste- again, cayenne’s pretty hot, so add it bit by bit until you get the spice just right. At this point, you could also add in any other mix-ins. We gave some green onions a quick slice before sprinkling them in.

Closeup of Rotel Dip on a chip

Once your cheese is fully melted and your dip is smooth and heated through, it’s ready to serve! Serve this stuff up hot with some tortilla chips and enjoy!

Warm Rotel Dip in a pan

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Rotel Dip

By: Jen CIncyshopper
Easy Rotel Dip is a simple delicious appetizer that's great for parties. This cheesy and spicy hot dip is quick, easy, and addicting!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 11 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 8 oz Velveeta
  • 10 oz Rotel Tomatoes undrained
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper


  • In a skillet over medium high heat brown ground beef and chop into small pieces.
  • Drain excess fat.
  • Reduce heat to medium.
  • Chop Velveeta into cubes to speed melting.
  • Add undrained tomatoes and Velveeta.
  • Stir until Velveeta is melted and dip is hot.
  • Garnish with green onions or chives.
  • Serve with tortilla chips.


For a spicier dip, use 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper.


Calories: 142kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 35mg, Sodium: 327mg, Potassium: 212mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 244IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 123mg, Iron: 1mg
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Long pin collage with text Rotel Dip Quick, Easy, & Addicting!

Long pin collage with text Rotel Dip Quick, Easy, & Addicting!

Long pin collage with text Rotel Dip Quick, Easy, & Addicting!

About Jen Cincyshopper

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