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Made with just three ingredients -- Velveeta, Rotel and Hamburger -- this Rotel dip has the perfect amount of spicy heat in each bite. 
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This quick and easy homemade Rotel dip is loaded with cheesy goodness, ground beef and spices. Best of all, with only three ingredients, it’s ready to eat in minutes.

Feeding a crowd? My family also loves this  bacon cheddar cream cheese dip, cold crab dip and buffalo chicken dip.

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Rotel Dip

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Rotel dip is an easy dip recipe made with meat, cheese, and Rotel Tomatoes, which are petite, diced tomatoes with green chilis and spices. (It’s almost like salsa.)

This Rotel dip recipe never lets us down. It’s always a crowd pleaser– it has the perfect amount of spicy heat in each bite. You can dip just about anything into it. I usually serve it alongside tortilla chips, bagel chips, crackers, or veggies.


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You Will Need:

  • 16 ounces of Velveeta
  • 10 ounce can of Rotel
  • 1 pound of hamburger


MEAT: If you substitute spicy sausage for the ground beef, it takes the heat up another level.

CHEESE: You can add an 8-ounce brick of cream cheese — the result will be extra creamy.


The ultimate appetizer, Rotel Dip couldn’t get any easier to make:

  1. Start by browning your hamburger in a skillet until cooked through.
  2. As it’s cooking, cube the Velveeta cheese.
  3. Once the meat is thoroughly cooked, stir in the cubes of Velveeta cheese and the Rotel.
  4. Stir regularly as it melts and then it’s ready to serve.


IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze rotel dip for up to 3 months, just make it’s stored inside a freezer safe container. When you’re ready to eat, just pop it into the fridge to thaw, then heat through before serving.

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Rotel Dip

5 from 12 votes
Made with just three ingredients — Velveeta, Rotel and Hamburger — this Rotel dip has the perfect amount of spicy heat in each bite. 
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12


  • 16 ounces Velveeta
  • 10 ounce can Rotel
  • 1 pound hamburger


  • Brown hamburger in a skillet until cooked
  • Add cubes of Velveeta cheese and the can of Rotel
  • Stir thoroughly until melted
  • Serve with chips, crackers, or veggies



Calories: 130kcal
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  1. donna anderson says

    I save a big piece of my meat loaf cause its full of flavor for the meat, also 1 8oz cream cheese as well and 1 can mushroom and my velveeta and rotel every one loves it

  2. Diane Hintzmann says

    5 stars
    My daughter and I both enjoy this dip. We brown the burger and spice it up with cayenne pepper. We then mix in the tomatoes, jalepenos, and black olives. Then we transfer it to a slow cooker set on high and add the chunks of Velveeta, mixing it as it melts. Once the cheese is all melted, we turn the slow cooker down to low. Deliciousness at its finest!

  3. E Miller says

    I’ve made this for decades, but it seems like they’ve changed the Velveeta and it’s not the same texture. I’ll try adding cream cheese – thanks for the suggestion!

    • Shawn says

      You can totally make this in the crock pot, we do it all the time! Brown your meat, throw in the cubed velveeta and rotel, set to high for a hour, then turn to low or warm(keep an eye on it). I usually add a quarter cup of half and half to thin it out just a little, it’ll reduce some if you’re holding it the crock pot for a while. Hope this helps.

  4. Rhonda says

    I make this a lot! Especially when I have a short amount of time! It’s quick and easy and ALWAYS a hit! Only problem is there’s never any left over🥰

  5. Nedra Williams says

    I really wanted to see your cold crab dip besides the Velvetta/Rotel.
    Thanks. I love to email these recipes to myself and then print them. Nice and neat instead of the scribble copying. 😊

    • Layne Kangas says

      If you use a high fat meat, I would suggest draining it and then seasoning it if you wish, then adding the cheese and Rotel. When I use a low fat ground beef, I often don’t need to drain it! Enjoy 🙂

  6. Brianna says

    5 stars
    This recipe is always such a big hit to whatever gathering I bring it to! I’ve made it multiple times for get-togethers, and it’s always completely gone before the night is even halfway through, even after doubling it! For the cheese, I love using a mix of Queso Blanco and Mexican blend, or just Mexican blend for something a little bit more bold. I like adding a bit of minced garlic and some Adobo seasoning while making my ground beef, to give it that perfect flavor!

    Highly recommend making this! One of my favorite dips 🙂

  7. Rikk says

    My family has been making this for over 40 years….. kick it up a little add a hint of cumin and a can of slightly drained ranch style beans..

  8. KoalaGurl 🐨 says

    5 stars
    My mom makes this for parties & things like that….& it’s ALWAYS the best!! & she always does the New Orleans style Rotel Dip…MMM….so good 👌🏾😋

  9. Savannah says

    5 stars
    Sounds yummy!! I have been making mine with a block of cream cheese instead of the Velveeta and it is sooooo good!!!!

  10. Sarah says

    5 stars
    This was so good! I grew up on this when I was a kid, but my dad thought we had seasoned the beef, but no matter what I tried it didn’t come out right. I dropped the seasoning (aside from a pinch a salt that I add to everything) and it was great! Sometimes less is definitely more. Homemade tortilla chips (or close to it) are a perfect pairing. Thanks for the easy recipe!

  11. Erin Montgomery says

    5 stars
    I make this several times a year, especially during football season. I also brown my meat with taco seasoning for more flavor. I also add some milk once I put it in a slow cooker (always with a liner) to thin it out some as it seems to thicken quickly. Super yummy!

  12. Rita Rolen says

    5 stars
    I tried this with HOT pork sausage. Added a block of cream cheese and some of the sausage drippings. Oh my goodness! Yep ! It’s our new favorite!

  13. Susan - vegetarian dip, Rotel no meat! says

    5 stars
    Am not eating…meat…right now so looked up rotel directions with velveeta ,
    Found your instructions using saucepan on the stove, great warm dip in a
    warmed up tortilla, nice for Christmas Eve


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