Chili Cheese Dip

4.86 from 7 votes

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Chili Cheese Dip is one of the easiest dips to make. It takes 5 minutes to prepare. Two words to describe this dish: easy and addicting.

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Chili Cheese Dip

This Chili Cheese Dip is perfect for parties and get togethers! It’s the perfect appetizer or snack. We make this dip all the time when we are watching our favorite sports on TV – especially football. There’s nothing better than gathering around a table full of snacks and drinks to watch a football game in the Fall. Sometimes I put the dip into a little slow cooker on low to keep it nice and warm while we are dipping our chips. It never lasts long though and always gets polished off. You can easily double or triple the recipe depending on how big of a crowd you are entertaining! It may not seem like much, but these ingredients together will keep you coming back for more!

Different Ways to Dip

The chips we typically grab with this dip are tortilla chips, but we also like to eat this dip with Fritos. The combo of the chips with the chili cheese dip flavors is awesome! You can also dip taquitos or quesadillas – really whatever you have on hand! I’m sure even some baby carrots and celery sticks have ended up in this dip at one time or another. If you are looking for a little bit of spice in your dip – feel free to add a can of green chiles or some ground cayenne pepper! Make it as spicy as you want!

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Chili Cheese Dip in a bowl with a sprig of cilantro surrounded by tortilla chips

Chili Cheese Dip

4.86 from 7 votes
This Chili Cheese Dip is one of the easiest dips to make. It takes 5 minutes to prepare. Two words to describe this dish: easy and addicting.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Dip
Cuisine Mexican/Spanish
Servings 4



  • In a small saucepan, heat chili until warmed through.
  • Add cream cheese and stir until it is completely melted into the chili. (Optional: sprinkle with shredded colby jack cheese)
  • Serve with tortilla chips and/or Frito’s corn chips.


This recipe can easily be double or tripled for a crowd.  If serving at a party, keep the dip warm in a crock pot on low.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 280kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 8gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 676mgPotassium: 211mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1050IUVitamin C: 33.9mgCalcium: 204mgIron: 1.7mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. This looks sooo good! What brand of chili do you use? Can you make this vegetarian by using a can of chili beans? or vegetarian chili?

    1. You can really use any kind of chili you like best! I would definitely get one that has more than jut chili beans. A vegetarian chili would be the way to go if you didn’t want the kind with meat.

  2. What size package of cream cheese? I can’t believe no one asked. Must just be me who is missing it. Thanks.

  3. 4 stars
    I’ve never heard of dip this way, I’ve always used a 2lb. block of Velveeta with a can of hormel chili, no beans. Will try this!!

  4. I’ve been making this for years except I also add a small jar of tostito’s salsa con queso…it gives it that yummy cheesy taste!

  5. I make this also with a 1/2 cup cheddar in it and sprinkle lots of chopped cilantro on top. The cilantro makes it SO yummy!

  6. I don't think I've ever commented before, but I've just gotta thank you for always posting the most yummy & do-able recipes! You've saved my life numerous times! This recipe in particular came in handy the other day when I had to come up with an appetizer last minute! Keep them coming!

  7. Really? No cheddar in this recipe? I would have guessed that's what gave it the yellow color. I might have to give this a try since cheddar isn't that easy to find here, but canned chili and cream cheese are no problem.