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Slow Cooker Spicy Queso Dip – The Famous Rotel Cheese Dip Recipe

Whenever we attend a tailgate party or go to a potluck with our family and friends, we always get asked to bring our famous Slow Cooker Spicy Queso Dip and chips to the party.

And by famous, I mean we are simply known for making this delicious nacho dip for almost every occasion.

spicy rotel dip and tortillas
We make this Spicy Rotel dip for all of our game watching parties and potlucks!

Although, that is not necessarily by choice. We would be happy to make other recipes such as our Nacho Dip, Buffalo Chicken Dip, or even Spinach Artichoke Dip.

However, we always get asked to bring our Spicy Queso Dip by someone who will be attending the party. And most often, the request comes from the host.

But I am ashamed to admit how easy the recipe is to make.

How To Make Slow Cooker Spicy Queso Dip

So how do you make this slow cooker spicy queso dip? It is actually quite easy.

slow cooker spicy queso dip
Here we used turkey sausage to make our Spicy Queso Dip.

The first thing that you need to do is to brown the ground sausage.

If you are using pork sausage, you can use either mild or hot sausage. When I make this dip for a crowd, I tend to use the milder sausage so it isn’t too spicy.

However, when I make it for my immediate family and friends who like things a little spicier, I use the hot ground sausage.

Although, you can make this dip using turkey or chicken sausage as well. Just be sure to add a little olive oil to the pan when you brown the meat.

diced jalapenos
Depending on how spicy that you want your dip, you can leave in the seeds for even more heat.

Both chicken and turkey sausage tend to stick to the bottom of the pan unless you add a non-stick spray or olive oil.

But no matter what type of sausage that you use, cook the diced onion at the same time.

Next, when the sausage is no longer pink and the onion is tender, add in the diced jalapeno, taco seasoning and water.

Once the liquid has evaporated from the mixture, transfer it to your slow cooker.

Velvetta Cheese

Yes, this dip calls for Velvetta Cheese. For this recipe we use the large block of standard Velvetta Cheese.

cubed velvetta
Be sure to cut the Velvetta into cubes before adding it to your slow cooker.

However, I have also used the smaller, Mexican Velvetta cheese for this Spicy Queso Dip recipe as well.

Although the dip comes out thicker, it tastes delicious with the added flavor from the spicy cheese.

However, if I am planning to take this to a tailgate party or a potluck, I use the standard block of Velvetta. It not only has a slightly milder flavor, it also serves more.

spicy queso dip ingredients
Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker and stir. Heat on HIGH for an hour, stir and continue to cook until the cheese is completely melted.

But no matter what cheese you choose, be sure to cut the block down into cubes. This will help the mixture melt much quicker when placed in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Cook Time

Once you have all the ingredients in the slow cooker, cook on High until the cheese has completely melted.

For our 6 quart Crock Pot Programmable Slow Cooker, it took just shy of one hour for the cheese to melt.

cooked spicy queso dip in slow cooker
Cook until the cheese has melted. Keep warm until ready to be served.

However, all slow cookers cook at different levels. So be sure to start this spicy queso dip well ahead of time. And then place your slow cooker on the keep warm setting until ready to serve.

Once it is time to eat, simply stir the dip and serve with tortilla chips!

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Spicy Rotel Queso Dip Recipe

Spicy Rotel Queso Dip Recipe

The absolute BEST appetizer for any tailgate or potluck party. Delicious and easy to make and transport in your slow cooker!


  • 1 lb. ground sausage
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 large jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
  • 32 ounces Velveeta cheese, cut in chunks
  • 2 10 ounce cans Rotel tomatoes, drained


  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground sausage and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink. Drain and return to the skillet.
  2. Add the jalapeños, water and taco seasoning to the cooked sausage and onions. Over medium-high heat and cook and stir frequently, until the liquid has evaporated.
  3. In a 4-quart (or larger) slow cooker, add the beef mixture, cubes of Velveeta cheese and the cans of Rotel.
  4. Stir well and cook on high until the cheese is completely melted, approximately 1-2 hours.
  5. Once the cheese has completely melted, turn the slow cooker on the Keep Warm Setting.
  6. Stir before serving.


Serve with tortilla chips
Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
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