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The Best Rotel Dip Recipe (Only 4 Ingredients!)

The best rotel dip recipe with just four ingredients – Velveeta, ground beef, Rotel and cheese. Perfect for parties, game days or cozy nights in!

Creamy cheese dip with ground beef mixed and melted in a skillet topped with diced tomatoes and surrounded by round tortilla chips.

I think food is a great way to bring us together. It tends to be the centerpiece of most of our get-togethers. ‌

So when it comes to parties, game day, or any other kind of gathering, I like to have plenty of delicious snacks to share.

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Today’s recipe for oven-baked Rotel dip is one I come back to often. This flavorful dip is always a crowd pleaser and exactly the kind of recipe I love – quick, simple, and delicious.

With just a few simple ingredients that I can easily find at any grocery store, this Rotel dip is the definition of easy cooking.

Loaded with great flavor, this easy cheesy dip recipe is going to be a hit with the whole family. Make it for your next movie night and watch it disappear!

Creamy cheese dip with ground beef and tomatoes in a cast iron skillet with a round tortilla chip being dipped and held in hand.

What is Rotel?

Rotel is a brand of diced tomatoes made with a blend of vine-ripened tomatoes, zesty green chilis, and mixture of secret spices.

What is Velveeta?

Velveeta is a processed cheese product made from milk, modified starch, canola oil, and cheese culture, among other things. It has a smooth consistency and mild flavor, making it a great base for dips.

Creamy cheese dip with ground beef and tomatoes in a cast iron skillet topped with fresh diced tomatoes in the center.

What Can I Substitute for Rotel?

Canned diced tomatoes are a standard substitute, but lack the spicy flavor profile. Chunky salsa, with its tomato base and hot peppers, is the best choice.

What Can I Substitute for Velveeta?

Both Monterey Jack cheese and cream cheese may be used as a substitute, because they both melt into a smooth and creamy texture.

Cheesy rotel dip ingredients in clear bowls on a wooden table.

Ingredients

This easy recipe uses only four simple ingredients from the grocery store.

  • Velveeta cheese
  • Can of Rotel tomatoes
  • Lean ground beef, cooked
  • Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
Rotel dip ingredients in a large cast iron skillet on a wood table.

Instructions

1. Place all of the ingredients into an 8” skillet.

2. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for 25 mins.

Rotel dip ingredients melted in a large cast iron skillet.

3. Stir and bake for another 5 mins.

4. Serve with tortilla chips for dipping.

Creamy cheese dip with ground beef and tomatoes in a cast iron skillet topped with fresh diced tomatoes in the center with a round tortilla being dipped.

What to Serve with Rotel Dip?

  • A variety of chips – pita chips, bagel chips, corn chips, tortilla chips
  • Your favorite bread
  • Fresh veggies

Put together a taco or nacho bar, with toppings like today’s homemade Rotel dip, pico de gallo, sour cream, green onions, chopped fresh tomatoes, lettuce, guacamole, and fresh cilantro.

Creamy cheese dip with ground beef and tomatoes in a cast iron skillet topped with fresh diced tomatoes in the center.

How to Store Rotel Dip?

  • Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container. I like to use microwave-safe containers, so that I can reheat the dip.
Creamy cheese dip with ground beef and tomatoes in a cast iron skillet topped with fresh diced tomatoes in the center.

Tips and Tricks

  • Packaged pre-shredded cheese is a great convenience, but I personally get the best results from this recipe when I start with a block of cheese and shred it myself.
  • Instead of using cooked ground beef, you could try substituting another kind of meat, such as Italian sausage, spicy sausage, ground turkey, or ground chicken. You could even use kidney or black beans.
  • To add a little heat to your dip, include some hot taco seasoning, chili powder, or a can of green chilis.
  • If you find that your dip is getting too thick, you can add in a little milk to thin it out.
  • Try making this easy recipe in the slow cooker.
  • This dip can also be made on the stove top. Simply combine your ingredients in a large skillet and cook on medium-low heat until everything is melted together, stirring frequently.
  • Add this cheesy Rotel dip to your camping menu.
Creamy cheese dip with ground beef and tomatoes in a cast iron skillet topped with fresh diced tomatoes in the center.

Give this easy Rotel dip recipe a try at your next party. All your guests will be raving!

More Dip Recipes

Want to try some more of our favorite dips?

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Creamy cheese dip with ground beef mixed and melted in a skillet topped with diced tomatoes and surrounded by round tortilla chips.

The Best Rotel Dip Recipe (Only Four Ingredients!)

The best rotel dip recipe with just four ingredients – Velveeta, ground beef, Rotel and cheese. Perfect for parties, game days or cozy nights in!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Author: Heather Painchaud
Servings: 8 servings
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Ingredients

  • 16 oz Velveeta cheese
  • 10 oz can of Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef cooked
  • 1 cup 1/4 lb. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

Instructions

  • Place all of the ingredients into an 8” skillet.
  • Bake at 350 F for 25 mins.
  • Stir and bake for another 5 mins.
  • Serve with tortilla chips for dipping.

Nutrition

Serving: 8servings | Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1025mg | Potassium: 470mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 707IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 447mg | Iron: 2mg
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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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