How to Make Cheese Dip
While canapes and caviar have their place, it's usually not at tailgating parties, movie nights, or backyard cookouts. When it comes to casual get-togethers, the way to really wow your guests is to know how to make cheese dips. From spicy queso to chili cheese to spinach and artichoke, cheese dips are always a delicious hit.

The recipe for this "slam-dunk chili cheese dip" lives up to its name, with two full cans of hearty chili mixed in with cream cheese and pepper-jack Velveeta. Tomatoes with green chili peppers add an extra kick of spice. And since you start the cheese dip off in the microwave, it's fast and easy to prepare.

For a more colorful presentation, use blue, red or other colored tortilla chips. For alternate serving ideas, you might try ladling the dip over a bed of nacho chips or even French fries.

Transcript
-Hey everyone, I'm Judith. Well, today, I'm gonna be showing you how to make some Slam Dunk Chilli Cheese Dip. If you're having your friends over, this is the one to make. So, what you'll need for this is 2 15 oz cans of chilli with beans; 1 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened; 4 ounces of pepper jack velveeta cheese, chopped; 1 10-ounce can of hot tomatoes with green chillies, drained; and some black, chopped olives to garnish with. Alright, so first things first, let's get our chilli made. So, in goes the beans into a large mixing bowl right here, and we're just gonna add in our other ingredients. So, the cream cheese goes on there too, very indulgent nice little dip. Our velveeta cheese goes in there too. This is a derivative of Monterey Jack cheese, but they put a little bit of hot spicy peppers in there to spice things up. So, it's really nice cheese to put in there for a dip, and our tomatoes. Alright, so mix that all around, make sure we get that cream cheese softened and within all of the other ingredients. Give it a good stir. That looks good already. So what we're gonna do with out chilli is transfer it into a micro wave of a bowl and when we're gonna put it in the microwave on the very highest heat you can. Now, it's gonna go in there for 10 minutes, but every minute you wanna take it out and give it a good stir. So, 10 minutes in the microwave on highest heat, but every minute give it a stir and then we'll come back and get the rest of it going. So, we're taking out dip now from out of the microwave. It's been in there for 10 minutes. So, the next step is putting it in a cast iron skillet. Now, if you wanna do 3 smaller dips, it will be nice to get 3 smaller cast iron skillets and put it in there. Otherwise, you can get one large cast iron skillet we have here and we're just gonna pull that dip into it. Now, we have preheated our oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. So, that is nice and hot now for our dip to go in. There we go. So, this dip is gonna go into the oven for 15 minutes of 350 degrees Fahrenheit. so our chill cheese dip has come out from the oven. It's nice and hot, looking gorgeous and smelling fantastic. So, that's been at least, let's garnish it. We have here our chopped olives, and if you wanna go crazy, why not garnish it like a basketball. That's right. We're gonna do a little creative design here. Get all down the middle. Your friends will be laughing after you do this for them, but it's such a great dip to have while the game is on when your friends are over and, you know, a few ingredients make a lot of dip. This is a good amount of dip. Let's see if I have enough olives for this. There we go. It kind of resembles a basketball, though you think, well, more or less. There you go everyone. That's how you make your slam dunk and chilli cheese dip.
What You'll Need
  • 2  15  ounce cans chili with beans

  • 1  8  ounce package cream cheese, softened

  • 4   ounces pepper-jack Velveeta cheese, chopped

  • 1  10  ounce can hot tomatoes with green chiles, drained

  • Garnish:
  •  chopped black olives


Step By Step
1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2
In a large bowl, combine chili, cream cheese, Velveeta, and tomatoes with chiles. Microwave on HIGH (100 percent power) for 60-second intervals, stirring between intervals, for approximately 10 minutes, or until hot.
3
Transfer dip to three small cast-iron skillets or one large cast-iron skillet.
4
Bake for 15 minutes. Garnish top with chopped black olives to resemble lines on a basketball, if desired. Serve with corn chips.


Next time you're throwing a casual bash, grab this cheese dip recipe -- it can hold its own among a snack spread of the spiciest buffalo wings or cheesiest mozzarella sticks!
More Recipes
This warm, creamy, decadent bleu cheese dip is terrific with crudites or chips. It also makes an upscale addition to a tray of Buffalo Wings--perfect for March Mania hoops snacking.
A hot ham and cheese dip that will be a hit before any game!
This isn't your average cheese dip. It's made with artichokes, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and sweet peppers. Serve it as an appetizer with crackers and bread.
A few sun-dried tomatoes, tarragon and a dash of black pepper transforms goat cheese into this easy and elegant dip.
Although chock-full of fennel, this super-thick and chunky dip will remind you of hot artichoke dip. Complete the snack by serving with fresh vegetables.
Create a chunky dip by combining sour cream with a bit of salsa and chunks of queso fresco--a white, crumbly Mexican cheese. A swirl of fresh herbs and green onion add vivid flavor.
Make this your dip for Boneless Buffalo Wings and crunchy vegetables instead of a higher-fat blue cheese dressing. We've added a generous amount of cayenne pepper for fans of hot wings--omit the cayenne if you're serving this to a less "spicy" crowd.
A fresh spring appetizer!
Set out this hot artichoke and mushroom appetizer dip while watching the big game or entertaining Christmas guests.
Make this game-day snack in a slow cooker. When the wings are cooked, place the cooker for guests to fill their plates.
The perfect make ahead dip that blends fruit, herbs, and cheese. Serve it with snack crackers and fresh vegetables when entertaining.
Instead of the traditional and now rather expensive chicken wings, I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs in my version of this popular snack. It's best to use natural, high-quality chicken. The dip can be made up to four days ahead, but definitely start this dish at least a day ahead of time to let the chicken marinate.

shop our favorite products