Cheesy Crockpot Sausage Rotel Dip

Perfect for game day or a party, this creamy sausage and rotel dip is loaded with extra cheese and made easily in the crockpot!

The classic creamy rotel dip gets a zesty update with a mix of regular and spicy sausage, and plenty of gooey cheese!

The perfect dip for a party, this crockpot creamy sausage dip is zesty, cheesy, and made easily in the slow cooker! #rotel #sausage #creamy #cheesy #dip #party #gameday #tailgate #crockpot #slowcooker

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving!  It was our first year hosting, and I loved every stressful minute of it!  Now that the holiday has passed, we’re getting ready for all the party events over the next month or two… which gets me excited about appetizers and party foods.  One dip my family has always loved is the creamy sausage dip made with rotel.

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Here in the midwest it goes by many names; crack dip, hissy fit dip, “that sausage dip”, and many others… but when researching what to name this post, apparently rotel dip or creamy sausage dip is the one that most people know it by.

Chip full of creamy rotel dip in crockpot

WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS IN ROTEL DIP?

There are three basic ingredients that are commonly used.  Sausage, cream cheese, and Ro-tel.  My version has a few extra ingredients to make it extra zesty and flavorful, such as hot sausage, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, and a dash of hot sauce.

WHAT IS RO-TEL?

Here in the US, Ro-tel is a brand name of a line of canned tomatoes mixed with green chiles.  The original version uses diced tomatoes and diced green chiles with a proprietary blend of spices. There are MANY different varieties of Ro-tel.

Scoop of rotel dip in crockpot

CAN YOU MAKE ROTEL DIP IN A SKILLET?

Absolutely!  I love to make it in the slow cooker for the convenience for a party, but you can definitely make it in a skillet on the stovetop.  Just brown the sausage, then add in the Ro-tel and cream cheese and stir until melted.  Add in the cheddar and cook until melted!  Full skillet directions will be written beneath the recipe below.

CAN ROTEL DIP BE MADE WITH BEEF?

Not a sausage fan?  No problem.  The flavor won’t be quite the same, and I would suggest adding a pinch of red pepper flakes to make up for the heat of the hot sausage, but you’ll still have a tasty dip!  I will say though, I’m not the biggest sausage fan, and even I love it in this dip.

Cheesy creamy sausage rotel dip in slow cooker

HOW DO YOU MAKE SAUSAGE ROTEL DIP?

I love dips like this creamy sausage dip, because you basically only have to cook the sausage.  The rest of the dip ingredients are just warmed until gooey and creamy.  After you brown the sausage, add it to the crockpot insert and add in Ro-tel and cream cheese, hot sauce, and half the cheddar.  Stir, top with remaining cheddar and cook on low until bubbly.  Easy peasy!

PRO TIPS FOR MAKING ROTEL DIP:

  • Don’t drain the Ro-tel.  This goes against all my instincts when it comes to cooking, since I drain everything from a can, but the “juice” is important to thin the dip out so that it’s perfectly scoop-able.
  • Use as much spice as you’d like.  This dip is somewhere between mild and medium heat as written, but feel free to use all hot sausage, use hot Ro-tel, or add more hot sauce to fit your tastes.  Conversely, use all regular sausage and omit the hot sauce to make it more mild.
  • This dip is amazing with a salty chip, but you’ll want to pick one that can handle a hefty dip.  Fritos scoops are my personal favorite, but tortilla chips can work if they’re not the super thin ones.

Creamy sausage dip in crockpot

OTHER GREAT PARTY DIPS:

SHOP THE RECIPE:

  • Large deep skillet – I love this pan, since it cooks evenly, cleans up well, and is large enough for a lot of food!
  • 6 quart slow cooker – this crockpot is amazing due to it’s consistent cooking, and I love the sealed lid!
  • Original Ro-tel – this is the brand used in this recipe.

The perfect dip for a party, this crockpot creamy sausage dip is zesty, cheesy, and made easily in the slow cooker! #rotel #sausage #creamy #cheesy #dip #party #gameday #tailgate #crockpot #slowcooker
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5 from 5 votes
Cheesy Crockpot Sausage Rotel Dip
12 servings
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 10 mins
 

Perfect for game day or a party, this creamy sausage and rotel dip is loaded with extra cheese and made easily in the crockpot!

Calories: 444 kcal
Ingredients
  • drizzle olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground pork sausage roll
  • 1 lb. spicy ground pork sausage roll
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp minced dried onion
  • 16 oz cream cheese, cubed
  • 20 oz Ro-tel diced tomatoes and green chiles (undrained)
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • minced fresh chives, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add a small drizzle of olive oil in a large skillet, and heat over MED-HIGH heat.  Add both sausages and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon as you cook, until sausage is browned, about 6-8 minutes.

  2. Drain cooked sausage, then add to crockpot insert.  Top with garlic powder, dried onion, cubed cream cheese, Ro-tel, hot sauce, pinch of salt and pepper, and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese.

  3. Stir well, then cover and cook on LOW for 3-4 hours, or HIGH for 1.5-2 hours.  Remove cover and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup of cheddar cheese, then cover again and cook another 10-15 minutes, until cheese is melted.

  4. Sprinkle with minced chives and serve hot.

Recipe Notes

Recipe serves 12 people as an appetizer.

SKILLET DIRECTIONS

  • Brown sausage as directed in step 1.  Drain and return to skillet.  Add garlic powder, dried onion, cubed cream cheese, Ro-tel, hot sauce, pinch of salt and pepper, and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese.
  • Stir well, then cook on MED-LOW until hot and bubbly.
  • Sprinkle top with remaining 1 cup cheddar cheese, then cook another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Garnish as desired and serve hot.

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9 comments on “Cheesy Crockpot Sausage Rotel Dip”

  1. Such a great dip! I love all the creaminess! Perfect for all the fall and winter gatherings!

  2. Can this be easily tripled or quadrupled for a 6qt crock pot

  3. I love a good dip! This is one that i have to make!

  4. This is a great addition to our Sunday football gatherings!

  5. OMG! I love this goodness! This looks like a new favorite movie night dinner in my house!

  6. Everyone in my family loved this as a snack! Great recipe for a game night!

  7. Yes, yes, yes to all of this dip!! I am drooling over each picture!

  8. This looks like it’s a party must have dip! So easy using the slow cooker too.