Hamburger Dip

A cheesy, hearty dip made with only 4 ingredients—this Savory Hamburger dip is always a hit at parties.

Every year, my family spends New Year’s Eve eating appetizers, playing games and having fun. It’s the last night to “pig out” before we start our New Year’s resolutions the next day. Of course we round out the selection with some Jalapeno Poppers and Bacon Wrapped Smokies!

Hamburger Dip served in a white bowl surrounded by tortilla chips

SO Simple and Delicious

This recipe is one we have at many family functions. It’s called Hamburger Dip, and it’s amazing!!!

It can be served with tortilla chips or Fritos. We make it a ton when we are enjoying Mexican food and when we do, people usually put this cheesy dip on the tacos too!

If you are looking for a delicious and simple appetizer to enjoy at some upcoming holiday functions, I definitely recommend this Hamburger Dip because you can’t deny that it is SO good.

Cooked hamburger in a skillet for hamburger dip recipe

How to Make hamburger dip

BEEF. Cook and season beef, drain. Keep in pan.

BLEND. Pour salsa in a blender and mix until smooth (this is an optional step, skip if you like the chunks)

MELT + MIX. Put salsa, Rotel, and Velveeta in the pan and cook until incorporated, melted and heated through. Enjoy with chips and be prepared to not be able to stop eating!

SLOW COOKER INSTRUCTIONS: After meat is cooked and salsa is blended, place in slow cooker on med-high for at least 2 hours or until melted together.


  • Substitute hamburger with shredded chicken, ground or shredded turkey or ground sausage
  • For more spice add cayenne pepper, sliced jalapenos, or red chili flakes  
  •  Instead of a can of rotel tomatoes you can use a can of diced tomatoes and a can of diced chilies.
  • Substitute the Velveeta with equal parts cream cheese and shredded cheddar. 
  • Do not drain the can of rotel. The recipe relies on the extra liquid to get the right texture.
Hamburger dip ingredients in a skillet

Tips + Storing Info

  • Microwave: Use a microwave safe dish add salsa, tomatoes and Velveeta cut into cubes. Microwave on High for 3 minutes. Stir and microwave for 2 more minutes. Stir until smooth then add the cooked hamburger. 

To keep your hamburger dip from getting hard:

  • Serve it straight out of the slow cooker
  • Only put out a small portion of dip at a time
  • Use a chafing dish  (food warmer)

If it’s too thick, add a little milk. If it’s too thin, add more cheese. You can also use flour or cornstarch. In a separate bowl place ½ cup of cheese sauce and mix in 1 tablespoon of cornstarch or flour. Mix until smooth then return it back to the main sauce.

STORE leftover hamburger dip in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

FREEZE for up to 6 months. However, the texture may become a little bit grainy.

To REHEAT: thaw, if applicable, and heat in the microwave or skillet.

Dipping a tortilla chip into velveeta hamburger dip

Here are more favorite Appetizer Dips we love:

Hamburger Dip Recipe

5 from 7 votes
A cheesy, hearty dip made with only 4 ingredients—this Savory Hamburger dip is always a hit at parties.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 214 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna


  • 1 lb ground beef seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic
  • 1 jar medium chunky pace salsa
  • 1-2 cans rotel tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 small block velveeta cheese


  • Cook and season beef, drain and keep in pan.
  • Pour salsa in a blender and mix until smooth (this is an optional step, skip if you like the chunks)
  • Put salsa, Rotel and Velveeta cheese in the skillet and stir until incorporated, melted and heated through. Serve immediately or place in warm crock pot for any function.

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Kristyn Merkley

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. On of my favorite snacks is Queso and chips! Yummy! I am so excited for this yummy recipe. I think it might have to be on next party night menu! Thanks for sharing. PINNED!

  2. 5 stars
    I love the spice created from the Rotel and green chilies. The recipe itself is easy to make and just as delicious to eat.