I love this Rotel Dip recipe because this is my favorite dip recipe to make Rotel Dip easily at home using the crockpot. This recipe is great to double and feed a crowd or store it in the fridge to snack on. This Rotel recipe is smoothly cheesy with a little spicy kick.

Rotel Dip recipe shown in a bowl with chips, pepper and veggies in the background - Kids Activities Blog recipes for kids
Rotel is a yummy appetizer that always hits the spot! I love that it is super cheap and easy to make.


Whether you are looking for an easy party appetizer recipe, or a cheesy afternoon snack, this Rotel dip is tasty and perfect easy recipe with just the right amount of zing and can be made ahead and served in the slow cooker. There are a lot of Rotel dip recipes out there, but this is the best because:

  • Recipe includes ground beef
  • Can be made quickly (and last minute notice!)
  • Recipe contains common pantry ingredients
  • Can be made and served in crock pot

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What is Velveeta Rotel Dip?

Rotel dip is a delicious and easy dip recipe that is similar to Queso dip. It is a combination of a can of Rotel tomatoes, cheese and meat. It is addictive and usually served with tortilla chips. You can buy Rotel in cans at your grocery store in the canned tomato aisle. Rotel is a very common ingredient here in Texas and is described as:

“The original Texas family recipe – made with signature blend of vine-ripened tomatoes and zesty green chiles and a savory mixture of secret spices.”

Rotel, Original Rotel product

This Rotel cheese dip recipe is so easy, it is a great way to celebrate even not-so-special occasions! I dare you to just eat a little.

Rotel Cheese Dip Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients needed to make Rotel Dip - shown on a cutting board: ground beef, Rotel, hot chili flakes and cubed Velveeta Cheese
You only need four ingredients for this Rotel cheese dip.

Rotel dip is made out of 4 simple ingredients that you most likely already have in your fridge and pantry. This makes it he perfect last minute Game Day recipe for the big game.

Finished Rotel Dip in a small serving bowl with chips and vegetables for dipping
There are so many different things you can serve with Rotel dip, like pretzels, corn chips, and fresh vegetables. Mini peppers are my favorite!


I love slow cooker recipes, like this Rotel dip recipe–it’s so easy! Once you have browned the beef, just throw everything into the crockpot, and let it simmer away during a party or game on low heat. You can also make this recipe ahead of time.

Step 1 – Rotel Dip

Step 1 - Rotel Dip - brown ground beef in small skillet
Be sure to drain all of the excess grease out of the beef when you brown it.

Our only stove top step: In a large skillet over a medium-high heat brown ground beef.

Drain off excess fat from the browned ground beef.

Step 2 – Rotel Dip

Step 2 -Rotel Dip Recipe - cube Velveeta cheese with a knife
Cut the cheese into cubes, for even cheese distribution.

Cut cheese into 1 inch cubes. Your cubed Velveeta will met quicker in your mini crockpot or regular size crockpot depending on how much you’re making.

Step 3 – Rotel Dip

Step 3 -Rotel Dip Recipe - add cubes of cheese and beef to crockpot
If you have a crockpot liner, us it to prevent a mess!

Add cooked ground beef and cheese to crockpot.

Step 4 – Rotel Dip

Step 4 -Rotel Dip Recipe - add taco seasoning
Have you ever tried making your own taco seasoning? It’s so easy!

Sprinkle on taco seasoning.

Step 5 – Rotel Dip

Step 5 -Rotel Dip Recipe - add tomatoes to the slow cooker
Just add the Rotel tomatoes, and then you are all set!

Pour Rotel tomatoes over it and stir to combine.

Step 6 – Rotel Dip

Step 6 -Rotel Dip Recipe - when cooked, stir
Set everything up in your crockpot an hour or so before your gathering starts. Then, it will be halfway done when people arrive, and it will be nice and fresh once you serve it!

Cover and cook on high for 2 hours, or until cheese is hot and melted.

Step 7 – Rotel Dip

Step 7 -Rotel Dip Recipe - can leave dip in crockpot to serve
Leave it to simmer in your crockpot to keep it warm.

Turn down the crockpot to warm setting and serve the cheesy dip.


Can’t eat a lot of red meat? That’s okay, you can use ground turkey! There will still be tons of flavor!

A pound of ground beef a little too bland for you? Use spicy sausage, specifically spicy ground sausage and make make it a tasty rotel sausage dip.

How Long Does Rotel Dip Last in the Fridge? 

If you decide to use meat in your Rotel dip, it can last up to three days refrigerated in an airtight container. If you make it without meat, it can last for four days.

Although, I wouldn’t refrigerate anything that has been sitting out with people dipping into it. Toss that to be safe! 

Crockpot Chili shown in a bowl with jalapeños and cheese with crackers
Rotel makes a yummy chili topping!


Take your Rotel a step further and use it in some of these yummy recipes! 

  • Rotel Nachos are so easy: Just add Rotel as the topping in your basic nachos recipe
  • Make Rotel Taco Soup: Rotel can either be mixed into your favorite taco soup recipe, or used as a topping! 
  • Up your chili game with Rotel Chili: This one is delicious for Game Day! Either mix Rotel into your chili recipe, or use it as a chili topping.  
Finished Rotel Dip recipe served in a single bowl with things for dipping
Serve vegetarian Rotel dip with fresh veggies!

Rotel Dip FAQs

Can I make Rotel Dip vegan or vegetarian?

You can make vegan Rotel dip if you eliminate the meat and standard cheese. Instead, opt for a vegan beef crumble substitute, like Beyond Meat’s meatless “beef” crumble. There isn’t a vegan Velveeta option, but there are tons of recipes out there to make your own out of nuts.

For a vegetarian Rotel dip, just omit the meat. I have substituted black beans instead of meat with tasty results.

How can I make gluten free Rotel Dip? 

Rotel is already gluten free–it is just cheese, meat, and tomatoes. I always double check the labels on any processed ingredients, though, to check for cross contamination. 

If you are making gluten free Rotel, be careful when it comes to what you choose to dip in your Rotel:
Fresh veggies, gluten free corn chips, and gluten free crackers are great, safe choices! 
– Make sure you have a separate bowl of dip and items to dip, if you are hosting and have someone with gluten allergies attending, because even a tiny crumb can make them ill. You can even put a cute little sign or label nearby stating that it is gluten free, to keep everyone aware!

Can you reheat Rotel Dip?

Yes, you can reheat Rotel dip by placing it back into a slow cooker until warm or by heating in the microwave. If you microwave it at 100%, then remove and stir every minute or so until hot – the amount of time needed will be determined by the amount of Rotel dip leftovers you have!

Serving suggestion for Rotel Dip next to vegetables
When serving gluten free Rotel dip, make sure that the items you are serving it with are gluten free–like gluten free corn chips and fresh veggies!
Yield: Serves 12

Rotel Dip Recipe

Rotel Dip

This yummy Rotel dip is perfect for parties, or even just for a snack!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (10 oz) can Rotel tomatoes, Original, undrained
  • 1 (16 oz) package Velveeta cheese, Cubed
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning


    1. In a skillet over a medium-high heat brown ground beef.
    2. Cut cheese into 1 inch cubes.
    3. Add ground beef and cheese to crockpot.
    4. Sprinkle on taco seasoning.
    5. Pour Rotel tomatoes over it and stir to combine.
    6. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours, or until cheese is hot and melted.
    7. Turn down the crockpot to warm and serve.

More Easy Appetizer Recipes from Kids Activities Blog

One of my family’s favorite weekend dinners is appetizer night! We make all of our favorites, and pop in a movie! Here are some delicious ideas: 

What did you think of the Rotel dip recipe?  Was it super yummy?

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