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Make the BEST and yummiest Chili Cheese Dip in only 10 minutes and with a handful of ingredients. It’s the perfect appetizer for any party.

Hot dips like this Chili Cheese Dip are great appetizers for dipping Tortilla chips and Fritos. Compliment your hot Chili Cheese Dip with a cold one, like Dill Vegetable Dip or Taco Dip!

Hand dipping a Frito chip into chili cheese dip.

Easy Chili Dip

Chili Cheese Dip is our go-to party appetizer. When I can’t think of what to bring, I ALWAYS fall back on easy Chili Dip, the Chili flavor is so yum.

It’s hearty, cheesy, and just so delicious. Everyone always loves it which means it will easily become a go-to appetizer for your parties too!

Along with this Hormel Chili Cheese Dip, we bring along a bag of Tortilla Chips. Just make sure to get every ingredient in one bite – you want all the Chili Cheese Dip flavors on that chip!

Shredded cheese on top of hormel chili cheese dip.

how to make chili cheese dip – 3 layers

The best part about this Chili Cream Cheese Dip is that it can be made in under 10 minutes. Easiest appetizer ever!

CREAM CHEESE. Grab a microwave-safe dish and spread the softened cream cheese over the bottom.

CHILI. Next, spread a layer of chili (without beans) over the cream cheese.

SHREDDED CHEESE. Top the layers with the shredded cheddar cheese!

COOK + ENJOY! Put it into the microwave and cook for 5 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted. Cut up a few tomatoes and green onions to throw on top for more flavor and garnish.

Make in a slow cooker

Chili Cheese Dip can easily be made in a crockpot.

  • Start by spraying your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker and stir them together.
  • Cook the Chili Cheese Dip for 2 hours on high or 4 hours on low. The chili will be ready when it is melted and creamy.

Recipe Tips

Toppings. Try sliced olives, cut-up avocados, or even some salsa and cilantro on top. Feel free to change the Chili flavors as well. Try a chili with beans in it for a different and delicious texture!

Mexican Cheese blend includes pre-shredded Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Asadero, and Queso Quesadilla. 

Handling the heat. I make my dip mild because that appeals to more people. Provide things like red chili flakes, cayenne pepper, or hot sauce to the side of the dip to allow thrill seekers to add as much heat to their own plate as they can take.

Dipping items. Tortilla Chips and Frito scoops are classic items to pair with this dip. Just about any type of cracker can be used. Spread Cheesy Chili Dip on top of slices of bread, baked potatoes, or hot dogs.

Storing Info

STORE any leftover Chili Cheese Dip in an airtight container in the fridge. Reheat it for a couple of minutes in the microwave and serve it with chips!

Make ahead and FREEZE. Place the dip in an airtight freezer-safe container, label it, and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge before reheating.

Close up of dipping a Frito chip into homemade chili cheese dip.

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5 from 14 votes

Chili Cheese Dip Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Make the BEST and yummiest Chili Cheese Dip in only 10 minutes and with a handful of ingredients. It's the perfect appetizer for any party.
Servings: 10
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes


  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 15 oz canned chili without beans
  • 1 1/2 cup Mexican Cheese Blend shredded
  • tomatoes and green onions garnish


  • Use a microwave-safe dish and spread the cream cheese over the bottom.
  • Spread a layer of chili over the cream cheese.
  • Top with the shredded cheese.
  • Microwave for 5 minutes or until the cheese melts.
  • Garnish with tomatoes and green onions.


Calories: 147kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 359mg, Potassium: 94mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 469IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 148mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    Hi, I have made the chili bean dip in a fondue pot with just cream cheese and chili. The pot helps keep it warm. Always a big hit. A small crock pot would work also.

    1. Yes, the crockpot is a great way to cook this. A fondue pot is a great idea too! Thanks for sharing!

    1. 5 stars
      OMG🥰I am obsessed with this dip. I made it at Thanksgiving, 2 days later, Christmas, 2 days later, New Years Eve day, New Years Eve Eve and New Years Day. I can’t get enough…lol. The only difference, I mixed it all together, covered with cheese, baked and then broiled cheese until just brown and then drizzle Sweet and Spicy Tabasco sauce on top. I did use homemade Chili with beans, which I made in big batches for my 5 kids, and freeze left overs specifically for dip later on. I cut up french bread into inch pieces and toast slightly to dip with…awesome. My twins like pita cut up to dip. I will try it layered next time. Def a 5 star dip easy and delicious. One happy momma😁.

      1. Yay!! Love this! I am so happy you like it that much! Thank you for letting me know 🙂