Our Rotel Dip combines the bold flavors of ground beef, Rotel tomatoes, and creamy Velveeta. This dip is a surefire hit for any party. Just 3 ingredients and quick to prepare, it’s a versatile dip that’s as perfect for chips as it is for veggies.

Tortilla chips dipped in rotel dip.
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Why we love Rotel Dip

Rotel Dip is all about easy cooking and big flavors. Just three ingredients – ground beef, Rotel, and Velveeta cheese – and you’ve got a no-fuss, tasty dip that’s perfect for any kitchen skill level. It’s the ideal go-to for a quick snack or greeting surprise guests.

What’s great about this dip is how versatile it is. It’s more than just a dip; it’s awesome in tacos, burritos, or even as a cheesy topping for potatoes. This dip fits in just about anywhere, making it a real crowd-pleaser.

And let’s talk taste – it’s amazing. The creamy Velveeta, spicy Rotel tomatoes, and hearty beef come together for a perfect mix of creamy, tangy, and savory. It’s this killer flavor combo that makes Rotel Dip a hit at any gathering.

Rotel Dip Ingredients

rotel dip ingredients in a pan.
  • Ground beef – Cooked and crumbled ground beef adds a savory depth to the dip, making it more substantial and satisfying.
  • Rotel tomatoes – These are canned diced tomatoes with green chilies. They add a tangy and slightly spicy kick to the dip, balancing the creaminess of the cheese.
  • Velveeta cheese – This provides a smooth, creamy base for the dip. Velveeta melts beautifully, creating a rich and velvety texture.
  • Salt and pepper to taste (OPTIONAL)

Rotel Cheese Dip Substitutions

  • Meat: Sometimes, I make this recipe with ground chicken or ground turkey instead of ground beef. I have also made this into a Rotel sausage dip using ground hot or spicy sausage.
  • Canned Rotel Tomatoes: If you don’t have a can of Rotel, you can substitute a jar of salsa. You won’t get the same flavor, but it will be close!
  • Spice: I suggest adding more green chiles if you like a little heat in your dip!
  • Cheese: You can add an 8-ounce block of cream cheese to make it extra creamy. You can use a Mexican blend or cheddar cheese if you don’t want to use Velveeta cheese.

How to Make Rotel Dip

Rotel Dip couldn’t be easier to make!

  1. In a large pot, brown the meat on medium heat and drain.
  2. Add Rotel tomatoes and cheese to the pot. (Note, do not drain the canned Rotel)
  3. Stir until melted.
rotel dip with a few vegetables on the side.

How to make Rotel Dip in the Crockpot

Making this dip in your crock pot is easy and practical!

I love making this in my crock pot so I can keep it warm during parties or the big game!

  • To make it in the crockpot, just brown the ground hamburger meat in a frying pan then dump it in your slow cooker along with the can of Rotel tomatoes and the Velveeta cheese.
  • Let it sit on low heat until the cheese is completely melted and give it a stir to combine through.

Your guests won’t be able to get enough of this yummy dip!

Rotel Dip Recipe with Cream Cheese

If you are not a fan of Velveeta cheese, feel free to swap it out for an 8-ounce bar of cream cheese (use the full-fat version). I would recommend also adding in 1/4 – 1/2 cup cheddar cheese as well.

tortilla chip dipped into rotel dip.

How to store Velveeta and Rotel Dip

  • In Fridge: Cover and store in your fridge for 3-4 days in an airtight container.
  • In Freezer: Store in an airtight container for up to three months.

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Rotel Dip FAQs

What is the difference between Rotel and queso?

Rotel dip is basically a queso dip shortcut. By using a can of Rotel, it takes the labor out of making authentic queso. Part of making queso includes roasting, peeling, and chopping the chiles.
After that they need to be sauteed with tomatoes and onions and then mixed with cheeses! Carl Roettele, “Rotel”, perfected and canned this process! Thank you Carl for making our lives so much easier!

How do I make my Rotel dip thicker?

Whisk together 1-2 tsp of flour or cornstarch with 1/2 cup of cold water. Stir it into the cheese sauce 1 tsp at a time. Simmer the dip for a few minutes to thicken until desired thickness is achieved.

How to make my dip thinner?

While your dip is still on the stove or in the crockpot, add in small amounts of milk over medium-low heat until you get the desired consistency you’re looking for.

What is Rotel?

Rotel is a brand of canned tomatoes mixed with diced green chilies, known for adding a tangy and mildly spicy flavor to dishes. It’s widely used in Tex-Mex cuisine, especially in queso dips and casseroles.

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4.76 from 54 votes
rotel dip in a small pan.

Rotel Dip

Serves — 8
A creamy cheese dip using only 3-ingredients! A party favorite!
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 10-ounce can Rotel tomatoes 10 oz
  • 1 16-ounce box Velveeta cheese 16 oz


  • Place the ground beef in a large pot on the stove over medium heat. Brown the beef until no longer pink.
    1 pound ground beef
  • Cut the Velveeta into chunks (this will help it melt faster)
    1 16-ounce box Velveeta cheese
  • Add the whole can of Rotel tomatoes and stir in the Velveeta cheese. Stir frequently until the cheese is completely melted.
    1 10-ounce can Rotel tomatoes
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and serve warm along with your favorite dipping foods!

Jenn’s Notes

To store Rotel Dip, first let it cool to room temperature. Then, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate. It will keep well for up to 3-4 days. When reheating, you may need to add a splash of milk to maintain its creamy consistency.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 196mg | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

Make your next party a success with this awesome Rotel dip recipe!

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  1. 5 stars
    I have made this for years! I have always used two cans of rotel, because I love the taste of it and it make the dip a little thinner too. There are so many different ways to make this, I’ve used a can of chili no beans that’s the best way to eat it in the fall. My next door neighbor smashes up a can of tamales and adds it to hers along with the rotel and uses corn chips for dipping and it’s very good too

  2. I like this recipe. It was very easy to follow. It was my first time making Rotel dip & I was impressed with how easy it was to make! I used ground turkey instead of beef. I used shredded mild cheddar rather Velveeta. I think next time I will try Velveeta it sharp cheddar to see the difference in taste.

  3. 5 stars
    my parents made this dip every new years eve when I was growing up and I continue too! so, yes, I have tried this dip and I love it!!