Rotel Dip

Rotel Dip

Rotel Dip is classic cheese dip with a spicy kick. This recipe is very popular for many family gatherings, parties, and game day festivities. This simple cheese dip is made with Velveeta Cheese and Rotel Tomatoes.

Rotel Cheese Dip

Rotel cheese dip is a popular appetizer enjoyed for decades.

It’s party time any time you serve this classic Rotel Dip. Whip up this two-ingredient cheesy dip that has a little bit of a kick during the time it takes for a commercial break. This Rotel dip recipe is sure to become one of your go-to gameday favorites.

Do I Really Need to Use Velveeta Cheese?

Okay, so Velveeta cheese might not be the healthiest cheese on the planet, but it certainly is one of the smoothest melting dairy products you can buy. If you are looking for an alternative to Velveeta, you can find other processed cheese products in the supermarket. Products like Cheez Whiz and Old Fashioned Cheese Squeeze work just as well, although you may have to lower the cooking time.

Modernist Cuisine has a fascinating recipe for using sodium citrate to turn almost any cheese into a creamy sauce for those who prefer to use unprocessed cheese and are willing to turn their kitchen into a science lab.

How Can I Customize Rotel Cheese Dip?

This is one recipe that begs you to add your own touch. Whether you want to tweak it a little or a lot, there are almost endless options. Here are several that you should try.

  • Add some cooked beans. You can use your favorite Southwestern-style bean recipe or reach for a pre-seasoned canned variety. About 5 ounces of beans, or a third of a standard can of beans, is a good starting point. Feel free to add more or fewer beans based on your preference.
  • Switch out the variety of Rotel tomatoes you use. With ten different types, there is one that you will love. The lime and cilantro and the serrano chili varieties are particularly delicious in this queso dip.
  • Toss in some meat. This is a great recipe to use up any leftovers you have in your fridge. Try adding ground beef, shredded chicken, or even chopped sausage to the dip. Just make sure to cook the meat before using it in this recipe.
  • Sprinkle on your favorite toppings. Chopped pickled jalapenos are a fantastic addition if you like things a bit on the spicy side; otherwise, stick to milder toppings like sliced chives and black olives.

Tips for Making and Storing Rotel Cheese Dip

  • Make in the microwave. Place all the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover the bowl and heat on high for 4 minutes. Remove from the microwave carefully; it will be hot. Stir well. Heat for one additional minute and stir. Continue heating in 1-minute increments until the cheese melts.
  • Make in a slow cooker. Spray the insert of the slow cooker with oil to help keep the cheese from sticking. Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker and set it on low for 2 hours. Cover and stir after an hour.
  • Serve hot. Keep the queso dip warm by using a mini slow cooker set to warm or a fondue set.
  • Throw away any Velveeta Rotel dip you served. You can store unserved Rotel cheese dip for 4-5 days in the fridge. If you add meat to the Rotel dip recipe, you should eat it within two days.

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Recipe Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make Rotel cheese dip:

  • Velveeta Cheese
  • Rotel canned diced tomatoes with chopped green chilies

That’s it! Just 2 simple ingredients. Plus a bag of tortilla chips to serve with the dip.

rotel dip ingredients

How to Make Rotel Dip

  1. Cut Velveeta cheese into chunks.
  2. Place cheese and tomatoes in a saucepan over low heat.
    velveeta cheese and rotel tomatoes in a saucepan
  3. Heat until the cheese melts. Stir occasionally to combine melted cheese and tomatoes.
    rotel dip in a saucepan
  4. Serve the dip hot with tortilla chips.
bowl of rotel dip beside tortilla chips

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rotel dip in a bowl and tortilla chips

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Rotel Dip

Everyone loves Rotel Cheese dip! This easy appetizer is great for parties and game day.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Rotel, Rotel Cheese Dip, Rotel Dip
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 175kcal


  • 1 pound Velveeta Cheese
  • 10 ounces Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies


  • Cut Velveeta cheese into cubes.
  • Place cheese cubes and tomatoes in a saucepan over low heat.
  • Heat until cheese melts, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve hot with tortilla corn chips.


Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 1203mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 800IU | Vitamin C: 4.4mg | Calcium: 449mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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