Easy Chili Cheese Dip {Microwave, Oven, or CrockPot}

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How to make amazing chili cheese dip with cream cheese in the microwave, oven, or CrockPot. Easy, homemade, crowd favorite appetizer recipe!

A good dip recipe makes the perfect appetizer for all kinds of occasions. Whether you're hosting a tailgating party or a baby shower, this chili cream cheese dip definitely fits the bill for any and all occasions.

Now, you can make this a Hormel chili cheese dip with Hormel chili; or you can make homemade chili. We'll talk about the type of chili you want to use below, whether you want beans or no beans and why or why not.

chili cheese dip, topped with avocado, cilantro, and fresh diced tomatoes, in cast iron skillet on wooden cutting board with corn chips

What I love about this chili dip is we can make it in about 5 minutes using the microwave; or we can take a little longer and use the oven or slow cooker. It's so easy to just throw all the ingredients together and cook it.

All you need are 5 ingredients, and then a few toppings to make it even more delicious. Tortilla chips, crackers, or raw vegetables on the side, and you've got the makings of a crowd-favorite game day appetizer.

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If you’d rather skip all of my dip making tips, important info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the chili cheese dip recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

LET'S TALK INGREDIENTS

Cream Cheese: While I prefer to use a full-fat cream cheese, you can use the low-fat kind, or Neufchatel cheese. It won't change too much about the dip besides making it slightly less creamy.

Chili without Beans: Choosing the right chili is all about what you like. You can use any canned chili or homemade chili with or without beans. Hormel chili is one of the most popular chilis to use, and it comes with or without beans. While beans are high in protein and fiber, they will add a chunky texture to your dip. So keep that in mind when choosing whether to go with beans or not.

Taco Seasoning: Badia Taco Seasoning is my favorite; it's delicious and gluten-free. I keep a big container of it because we use it a lot, in tacos, chicken fajitas, quesadillas, etc.

ingredients for chili dip in glass bowls, including chili without beans, shredded cheese, cream cheese, garlic, and taco seasoning

Garlic Clove: You can chop up a fresh garlic clove, or even just use garlic powder. Sometimes I like to cheat and use already minced garlic. Hint: While you can certainly order it on Amazon, you can usually get a jar of minced garlic for less than $3 at the grocery store.

Cheese: Our recipe calls for a shredded Mexican cheese blend, or shredded fiesta cheese; this is a blend of Monterey Jack, mild cheddar, Asadero, and queso quesadilla cheeses. Another favorite choice you might think about using is shredded triple cheddar cheese, a mixture of Vermont cheddar, sharp cheddar, and mild cheddar.

Keep in mind, all of the ingredients and ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.

KITCHEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED:

Mixing Bowl and Spatula

Microwave-Safe Bowl or Baking Dish or Slow Cooker – I like to use my cast iron skillet if I'm baking it.

Cheese Grater

Cutting Board and Chef's Knife – If you want to add toppings like cilantro or fresh tomatoes.

HOW TO MAKE CHILI CHEESE DIP

Making this easy chili dip is as simple as mixing ingredients in a bowl and cooking that mixture 'til it's hot and bubbly.

close up of chili dip, topped with sliced avocado, cilantro, and fresh diced tomatoes, in cast iron skillet

Just follow these steps…

  1. Whisk the cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl 'til smooth and creamy.
  2. Add in the chili, taco seasoning, garlic, and cheese.
  3. Stir everything together 'til it's well combined.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a microwave-safe bowl, baking dish, cast iron skillet, or CrockPot.
steps for how to make chili cheese dip in green mixing bowl, including 1: whisking cream cheese, 2: adding chili, taco seasoning, garlic, and cheese, 3: stirring everything together, and 4: transferring mixture to microwave-safe bowl.

Now it's ready to cook.

COOK IT IN THE MICROWAVE:

To make chili cheese dip with cream cheese in the microwave, cook it on high for 5 minutes, or until hot and bubbling. Then stir before serving.

BAKE IT IN THE OVEN:

In a 350°F pre-heated oven, bake it for 20-25 minutes, or until it's bubbling. Stir it up well before you serve it.

MAKE IT IN THE CROCKPOT:

To make slow cooker chili cheese dip, mix all your ingredients together and spread the cream cheese mixture into a greased slow cooker. Cook on high for about 2 hours, or low for about 3-4 hours.

cast iron skillet on wooden cutting board, full of chili cheese dip with cream cheese, topped with avocado and fresh tomatoes, served with corn chips on white marble countertop

FAQ:

How can I make my chili cream cheese dip more spicy?

You have a lot of options to make chili cheese dip spicy. Cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, and smoked paprika come to mind. You can also use chili powder, a mixture of red chili peppers, cumin, onion, and garlic powder. Other ideas are hot sauce or diced green chilies, which come in “mild” or “hot”.

How should I store chili cheese dip with cream cheese?

Store chili dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

How do I reheat chili dip?

To reheat the dip, you can place it in the microwave for a few minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching; or you can reheat it in the oven at 350° F 'til hot.

Can I freeze chili dip?

Yes, you can freeze chili and cream cheese dip. Use an airtight container or a freezer bag to prevent freezer burn. Stored properly, this dish will keep up to 3 months in the freezer.

above cast iron skillet filled with Hormel chili cheese dip, topped with fresh tomatoes and avocado, served with corn chips, on wooden cutting board on white marble countertop

WHAT TO SERVE WITH CHILI CHEESE DIP

There are all sorts of toppings that hit this dip out of the park. Things like…

  • Sour cream
  • Fresh diced tomatoes
  • Sliced avocado
  • Jalapeños
  • Cilantro
  • Green onions

Of course, you'll also need whatever crunchy foods you're serving with the dip, whether you choose tortilla chips, crackers, or fresh raw veggies. Fritos Scoops are another snack that pair really well with chili and cream cheese dip.

skillet full of chili cream cheese dip, topped with fresh avocado and tomatoes, served with corn chips, on wooden cutting board, on white marble countertop

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Easy Chili Cheese Dip {Microwave, Oven, or CrockPot}

Easy Chili Cheese Dip {Microwave, Oven, or CrockPot}

How to make amazing chili cheese dip with cream cheese in the microwave, oven, or CrockPot. Easy, homemade, crowd favorite appetizer recipe!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Whisk the cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl 'til smooth and creamy.
  2. Add in the chili, taco seasoning, garlic, and cheese.
  3. Stir everything together 'til it's well combined.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a microwave-safe bowlbaking dishcast iron skillet, or CrockPot.
  5. Microwave Instructions: To make chili cheese dip with cream cheese in the microwave, cook it on high for 5 minutes, or until hot and bubbling. Then stir before serving.
    Oven Instructions: In a 350°F pre-heated oven, bake it for 20-25 minutes, or until it's bubbling. Stir it up well before you serve it.
    CrockPot Instructions: To make slow cooker chili cheese dip, mix all your ingredients together and spread the cream cheese mixture into a greased slow cooker. Cook on high for about 2 hours, or low for about 3-4 hours.
  6. Serve with your favorite toppings, tortilla chips, crackers, or fresh vegetables. Ideas for toppings include sour cream, fresh diced tomatoes, sliced avocados, jalapeños, cilantro, and green onions.

Notes

How can I make my chili cream cheese dip more spicy?

You have a lot of options to make chili cheese dip spicy. Cayenne pepperred pepper flakes, and smoked paprika come to mind. You can also add a little chili powder, a mixture of red chili peppers, cumin, onion, and garlic powder. Other ideas are hot sauce or diced green chilies, which come in “mild” or “hot”.

How should I store chili cheese dip with cream cheese?

Store chili dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

How do I reheat chili dip?

To reheat the dip, you can place it in the microwave for a few minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching; or you can reheat it in the oven at 350° F 'til hot.

Can I freeze chili dip?

Yes, you can freeze chili and cream cheese dip. Use an airtight container or a freezer bag to prevent freezer burn. Stored properly, this dish will keep up to 3 months in the freezer.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 342Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 762mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 16g

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