Easy 5 Ingredient Sausage Cheese Dip

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This easy 5 ingredient Sausage Cheese Dip is creamy and delicious! It is simple to make with Rotel, Velveeta and cream cheese and goes well with chips, crackers or vegetables. Make some of this easy homemade dip for football game day!


When you are enjoying appetizers good dips for all your snacks are essential! I love a smooth and gooey cheese dip and some homemade guacamole. This sausage cheese dip is another delicious dip everyone will enjoy.

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This dip is one of my favorites for a pot luck, a football game day party or a small family gathering. It is a hearty dip and is very filling.

The dip is kind of like a queso with added sausage! Since it uses simple ingredients like cream cheese and canned tomatoes it is great for throwing together at the last minute.

Whether you are having a party of just enjoy a football game with your family this tasty dip is perfect and is sure to be a big hit!

closeup of sausage cheese dip

Why You Will Love this Sausage Cheese Dip

  • This dip is super easy and can be made in minutes.
  • There are only 5 ingredients.
  • It is easy to change up this dip to make it your own. You can add some extra seasoning or veggies like jalapenos, tomatoes or corn.
  • This dip tastes amazing! The dip comes together and the flavors blend for a dip that is addictive and hard to resist.
  • This dip is served warm, so it makes a good accompaniment to dips that are served cold, like guacamole, and adds variety to an appetizer spread.
ingredeints for sausage rotel dip

Key Ingredients

  • Italian Sausage – You can use either spicy or mild sausage, depending on how spicy you’d like the final dip to be. Either use bulk sausage or squeeze the sausage links out of their casing.
  • Cream cheese – One package of cream cheese will help make the dip spreadable.
  • Processed cheese – Use Velveeta or a similar block of cheese for an easy melting cheese that will give you a smooth and creamy dip.
  • Tomatoes with chilis – Buy a can of tomatoes that already has the chiles inside, like Rotel. That makes it easy to get the right amount of chiles for the recipe. You can use tomatoes with either mild or spicy chile peppers.
  • Seasoning – A little bit of Worcestershire sauce deepens the taste of the dip. You can also add garlic, onion powder or salt, depending on your tastes.
closeup of sausage cheese dip

Step by Step Instructions

1. Brown the Sausage

This is a one pan dip that can me completely made in a frying pan. Choose a pan that is deep and has tall sides so the dip all fits inside.

adding the sausage to the frying pan

Heat a the frying pan over medium heat and add the sausage, breaking it up into small pieces. Continue to cook it, stirring, until the sausage is no longer pink.

browning the sausage

Once the sausage is cooked drain the fat out of the skillet so your dip isn’t greasy. The easiest way to drain it is to dump the sausage onto a plate covered with paper towels to let it drain.

2. Add the Cheese

Cut the processed cheese and cream cheese into cubes about 1/2 an inch wide. This will make the cheese melt more quickly.

adding the cubed cheese

Return the drained sausage to the skillet and turn the heat down to low. Add both kinds of cheese to the skillet and stir to melt the cheese.

dip after the cheese has melted

Once the cheese is mostly melted add the can of tomatoes to the mixture. Then add the Worcestershire sauce and any other seasoning you like.

adding the tomatoes to the dip

Cook the dip over low heat for about 5 more minutes until everything is bubbly.

dip after mixing all the ingredients together

Variation for Crock Pot

This sausage cheese dip is also easy to make in a crock pot. This is nice if you are taking the dip to a potluck or a party.

To make in a crock pot brown the sausage as directed in Step 1. Then put the drained sausage and all the remaining ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 2 hours.

How to Serve

This dip is meant to be served hot or warm. I love to serve it with tortilla chips, but lots of other things also taste good with it.

Celery sticks or other veggies can be dipped into the sausage cheese dip. You can dip breadsticks or pretzels too. Use your imagination for more dipping possibilities.

sausage cheese dip in a bowl with chips

You can serve the dip right in the frying pan it cooked in, or transfer it to a bowl. And if you want to make a hearty side dish the use this dip on top of fries for the ultimate sausage cheese fries! If you are looking for another hearty dip try this smoked Buffalo chicken dip.

How to Store

This dip keeps well in the refrigerator so it can be made ahead of time. Store it in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

To serve the dip reheat it on low heat on the stove, in a slow cooker or in the microwave. You might need to add a little bit of milk to the dip as it reheats to thin it out.

sausage cheese dip in the pan


There are many different ways you can modify this dip to make it fit your family’s tastes. Here are some suggestions.

  • Stir in some jalapenos or Hatch chiles to make it spicier.
  • Add fresh cherry tomatoes on top for color and taste.
  • Add half a package of frozen corn to the dip for extra veggies and a chunkier dip.
  • When you are ready to serve the dip stir in some shredded cheese like Monterey Jack or sharp cheddar.
  • Use a breakfast type maple flavored sausage instead of Italian sausage to add a little sweetness to the dip. Or go for an extra spicy dip by using chorizo instead of Italian sausage.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I substitute for Rotel?

You can make this recipe even without Rotel or a similar type of tomatoes with chiles. Instead you can use a can of diced tomatoes along with half a can of chiles.

You can also leave out the chiles completely and just use canned tomatoes.

Can I Serve Sausage Cheese Dip Cold?

I would not suggest serving this cold. Cold sausage isn’t very appetizing. Additionally if the cheese is not warm the dip won’t be the correct consistency for dipping. So serve it hot or warm!

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4.44 from 39 votes

Sausage Cheese Dip

Published By Anne
This easy 5 ingredient Sausage Cheese Dip is creamy and delicious! Made with Velveeta, cream cheese and Rotel.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Servings: 8
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  • 16 ounces Italian Sausage mild or hot
  • 1 package 8 ounce cream cheese
  • 1 pound processed cheese Velveeta
  • 1 can 10 ounce tomatoes with chiles Rotel
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder optional


  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook it, stirring, until no pink remains.
    16 ounces Italian Sausage
  • Drain an excess fat out of the skillet.
  • Reduce the healt to low. Cut the processed cheese and cream cheese into cubes, then add to the skillet with the sausage. Stir until the cheese is almost melted.
    1 package 8 ounce cream cheese, 1 pound processed cheese
  • Add the can of tomatoes and Worchestershire sauce. Add the garlic and onion powder if you are using them.
    1 can 10 ounce tomatoes with chiles, 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Cook and stir for 5 minutes until bubbly.
  • Serve warm with chips, vegetables or crackers.


  • Crock Pot directions – After cooking the sausage put all the remaining ingredients in a Crock Pot and cook on low for 2 hours.

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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1g | Calories: 517kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 1484mg | Potassium: 373mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 977IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 649mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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1 thought on “Easy 5 Ingredient Sausage Cheese Dip”

  1. 5 stars
    I substitute Jimmy Deans sausage. Should if by some miracle any is left over, it makes an excellent stuffing for an Omelet.


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