Chili Cheese Dip

Just four ingredients make for the BEST and yummiest chili cheese dip! Melty cheese and hearty chili are so tasty together! It’s the perfect appetizer for any party.

Hot dips are a great appetizers for dipping tortilla chips and fritos. You could always 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.

This chili dip is hearty, it’s cheesy, and it’s just so delicious. You can never go wrong with this recipe. Everyone always loves it which means it will easily become a go-to appetizer for your parties too!

Along with this chili dip, we bring along a bag of tortilla chips or corn chips! We love them both and you really can’t go wrong with either option. Just make sure to get every ingredient in one bite- you want all the chili dip flavors on that chip!

Shredded cheese on top of hormel chili dip

how to make chili cheese dip – 3 layers

The best part about this cheesy chili 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!

Put it into the microwave and cook the chili dip 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.

hormel chili dip Tips + Variations

Feel free to change up the toppings however you like. You could 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!

Handling the Heat: I like to make my dip mild because that appeals more people. You can also provide things like red chili flakes, Cayenne pepper, or hot sauce to the side of the dip which allows those thrill seekers to add as much heat to their own plate as they can take.

Would you rather make this in a slow cooker? Start by spraying your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker and stir it 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.

Store any leftover chili cheese dip in an airtight container in the fridge. Re-heat it for couple minutes in the microwave and serve it with chips!

Whether you want to make it ahead of time, or store leftovers, this Chili Cheese Dip is also freezable! Place the dip in an airtight freezer safe container, label, and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge before reheating.

homemade chili cheese dip up close

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Chili Cheese Dip Recipe

5 from 12 votes
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.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 147 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 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.

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    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. 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!