Chili Cheese Dip

Super Bowl is just around the corner,
and today I’m sharing with you my absolute favorite football food… Chili Cheese Dip!
Chili Cheese Dip appetizer recipe
I’ve been making this Chili Cheese Dip for years, and it is always the first empty plate at parties! I started making this recipe when I was in high school for movie nights with the girls, and now it is the most requested appetizer from my husband and boys!
It only takes minutes to put together and uses just three ingredients:
Cream Cheese, Chili, and Shredded Cheese
I use Hormel Chili, and my family prefers No Beans. If you’re watching your waistline and trying to cut calories, you can lighten up the recipe by switching to low fat cream cheese, low fat shredded cheese, and Hormel Turkey or Vegetarian Chili. I usually save calories with the cream cheese and splurge on yummy Cheddar Jack cheese!
Serve the dip with tortilla chips, and dive into the layers of gooey cheddar cheese, meaty chili, and smooth cream cheese. Tostitos Scoops tortilla chips make it easy to scoop up the perfect bite! You will definitely score a touchdown with this recipe!
Chili Cheese Dip
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This three-ingredient, super easy Chili Cheese Dip is the perfect party appetizer! So much flavor in this simply addicting dish!
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 8
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 15 oz can Hormel chili
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Evenly spread the softened cream cheese into the bottom of an ungreased glass pie pan or other round baking dish. Spread chili over the cream cheese. Top with shredded cheddar cheese.
  2. Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Check the dip to see if cheese is melted and microwave 1-2 minutes more until cheese is completely melted. Serve with tortilla chips.
To easily softened cold cream cheese: Place cream cheese into the dish and microwave 30 seconds on high.
What’s your favorite snack for the big game?
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  1. MMmm that looks so good! I make a chili-cheese dip every year for super bowl but never with the cream cheese. I’m doing this one this year, for sure. Thank you!!

  2. This is our favorite dip! I use the nobean turkey chili!!! YUMMMY.

  3. Nom Nom Nom.. looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! Pinning and Stumbling. xo, Kelly

  4. Oh this looks sooooo good!!

    xoxo, Tanya

    I wish I had some right now! :)

  6. We make this ALL the time. Great with scallions, olives or other toppings on top as well. :)

  7. Looks so yummy and easy enough to make! I’ll be pinning!

  8. Perfect for Super Bowl!

  9. Visiting from the Six Sisters’ link party … this dip looks delicious!! Pinning now, thanks for he awesome recipe!! :)
    - Brenda @

  10. Ohhh YUM! This looks SO good! I am going to have to make this on game days!!! Actually it gives me something to look forward to with the super blow… since my team won’t be playing!

  11. This looks delicious! Found you from the “I should be mopping the floor” blog hop. I am also your newest follower. Hope you will return the favor!

  12. Visiting from I should be Mopping the floor, this looks so yummy can’t wait to try for the superbowl!

  13. This looks delicious.

  14. Once again – Pinned! I love the recipes you share here.

  15. This has been a favorite recipe in our home for ages, too! Every time I make this for parties or get-togethers, it’s always gobbled up so fast and everyone always wants to know how to make it! I just love it!!! =D Hope you have a great night! Thanks for sharing this!

  16. I even use the vegetarian Hormel to keep it meat free for some of my guests!

  17. Hello!
    I found you from the Mop it up Mondays link up. I would love to have you come share your post with my readers over at Sassy Little Lady’s Show and Tell Saturday. Hope to see you there!


  18. Thanks so much for linking up with Monday Funday! This looks awesome and I can’t wait to try it! My family loves these kinds of dips! xoxo – Cheryl from That’s What Che Said…

  19. Yum! That looks delicious!! Great for a SuperBowl Party.

  20. Thank you for linking up with me for Show and Tell Saturday at Sassy Little Lady! Be sure to stop by next week!

  21. This is one of our favorite dips too! I’m thinking we need this for our craft day :-)

  22. It looks so yummy!! Chili Cheese Dip really is always the first empty plate at parties! Thanks so much!!

  23. Anonymous says:

    I also have been making the same dip for many years and it is always a big hit.

  24. Anonymous says:

    I make this with a layer of salsa on top of the chili. It is SO good!

  25. Anonymous says:

    My family loves this dip. We have been making it for years. We had to laugh when this dip appeared on The Chew. The show was about telling someone that what they make is not good. This woman was trying to tell her friend that the dip was terrible. I was surprised when the cast agreed. Regardless, I still make it and it has always been a hit with my family and friends. I wish Mario, Carla, Michael, Clinton and Daphanie (not sure how to spell it) would read these reviews.

  26. Anonymous says:

    I add scallions, rotel tomatoes, and green chilies

  27. I make this with a layer of jalapenos between the chili and the cheese!

  28. How many servings does this make?? I would love to try it!!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Well if you ask my husband… he’d say only ONE! Lol ;) I make this all the time for parties, and it is usually enough for at least 8 people to have a portion. If you’re having a bit larger of a crowd, I would definitely suggest making a double batch though, because this stuff is addicting!!

  29. We put a jar of salsa over the chili under the cheese. Always a huge hit!

  30. Carol Novak says:

    Instead of shredded cheddar cheese which hardens when it cools, I use veletta cheese which is a melting cheese and stays soft so you can continue dipping.

  31. Jessie Heaton says:

    I’m making this tonight!! Can’t wait!! Yummy!

  32. I make this often but use herb & garlic flavoured cream cheese and a veg chill for the middle then a shredded tex mex cheese for the top…..delicious !!

  33. I was introduced to a form of this recipe many, many years ago (late 80′s). Cream cheese, chili, then small can of chopped green chiles, taco seasoning (sprinkle to cover the layer, not too thick, “eyeball it”) Then cheddar cheese. Microwave 5 minutes or oven 30 minutes. When I sold Tupperware and did “cooking parties” this was a favorite recipe. Great to find it’s still out there.

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Love this! Thanks so much for sharing, Karen! I remember tagging along to many Tupperware parties back in the day. :)

  34. I just made this and it turned out delicious!!! Thanks so much for sharing! :-)

  35. My husbands family has been making this for years. They actually cover loosely with Saran Wrap and microwave it until cheese is melted (just a few minutes). It comes out great!

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