Easy Slow Cooker Velveeta Cheese Dip with Hamburger and Sausage

Sneak Preview: This easy Slow Cooker Velveeta Cheese Dip with Hamburger and Sausage makes a delicious appetizer for satisfying a hungry crowd! Green chiles, cream of mushroom soup, and Rotel tomatoes add flavor. 

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With some big game days coming up, do you know what you will serve for snacks? Try this cheese dip if you need something simple that people will gladly devour.

This appetizer (or main dish–it’s that filling) feeds many people and can be kept warm the entire game. Melt the cheese in a slow cooker, then set the temperature to LOW to keep the queso warm throughout the whole game.  

Do you have a family cookbook? I wish I did, but it hasn’t happened yet. Meanwhile, my niece recently sent me this popular party-dip recipe to add to my future family cookbook. 

She has lots of friends, so you can be confident that this recipe has been expertly taste-tested. Derinda writes, “In the spirit of the Super Bowl, this is our favorite Nacho Velveeta cheese dip with ground beef.  It is definitely a meal in itself!”

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Ingredients and substitutions:

  • Pork Sausage: Use breakfast-style ground sausage sold in tubes. Italian-style sausage will change the recipe significantly, so I don’t recommend it. Breakfast-style turkey sausage is another option.
  • Ground Beef: My favorite is an 85/15 blend of ground beef or hamburger. You’ll want to drain off excess grease, so the less fat you have going in, the better. Substitute ground turkey, if desired.
  • Onions: Yellow or white onions suit this recipe. Use frozen onions if you don’t have fresh ones.
  • Green Chiles: Canned chiles are the easiest to use in this recipe. Save yourself some time and buy the chopped ones. If you like spicy queso, add some chopped jalapeno peppers, either pickled (in a jar) or fresh.
  • Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup:  This is another timesaver. If you are cooking for somebody on a gluten-free diet, try making cream of mushroom soup from scratch.
  • Rotel Tomatoes:  If you can’t find a can of Rotel tomatoes, substitute diced canned tomatoes + green chiles. Here in Texas, you can find many copycat and store brands of Rotel that would be satisfactory.
  • Velveeta Cheese:  Did you know there is a recipe you can make at home for Velveeta Cheese?  I haven’t tried it, but it’s possible if you can’t find it where you live. Cheese Whiz is another option.

Serving idea:

Would you prefer to serve your cheese dip in individual containers? Try baking five or six-inch flour tortillas to make little bowls. You don’t need a fancy form or a fryer. Instead, you can do it with an upside-down muffin pan.

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See the details in this post for Baked Tortillas Shells.
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The baked tortilla shell is a crispy holder for the cheese dip. The shell itself is fun to eat once you’ve devoured most of the cheese dip.

How to assemble queso dip with beef and sausage: 

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Brown ground beef, sausage, and chopped onions in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
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Pour the browned meat into a slow cooker or Crockpot along with the green chiles, Rotel tomatoes, and cream of mushroom soup. Stir to combine.
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Add the cheese. Turn on your slow cooker to LOW.
Once the cheese melts, turn the temperature down to WARM.
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Easy Nacho Meat and Cheese Dip–original picture from the original post (often seen on Pinterest)

FAQ about Slow Cooker Velveeta Dip.

What is Velveeta cheese?

According to Wikipedia, Velveeta is a brand name for a processed cheese product that tastes like American cheese.

How do you keep Velveeta Queso creamy?

Add evaporated milk to the mixture. Milk or half and half can also be used instead.

Should I drain the tomatoes?

No. The liquid helps to make the Velveeta more dippable.

This recipe makes a lot! So what can I do with leftovers?

Try making Migas by adding approximately 1/4 cup of cheese sauce and a handful of crumbled tortilla chips to an uncooked scrambled egg in a non-stick skillet. Stir gently until all the egg is cooked. Serve with flour tortillas and salsa.

Can I cut this recipe in half?

Yes. It is easy to cut in half or even thirds.

Can I make this without a slow cooker?

Yes. After browning the meat and onions, add the other ingredients, including the cheese, to the skillet. Heat slowly and stir until the cheese melts. The mixture will cool quickly (which is why a slow cooker is so helpful for serving). Quickly reheat the cheese in a microwave. Add milk or cream if it gets too thick.

How long does Velveeta cheese dip last in the fridge?

Because of the meat, don’t keep this dip longer than 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

What do I serve with this dip?

We favor corn chips like Fritos. Tortilla chips are also popular. Pita chips are another possibility.

A jar of salsa on the side is necessary for most of the guys in our family.

Can I freeze this dip?

Yes. I pour it into zippered freezer bags. Microwave slowly and stir frequently to thaw. The outside edges get hot and bubbly in a hurry. Or, thaw overnight in the fridge.

Parting Thoughts: Thanks, Derinda, for an easy recipe that is sure to be a hit at any party.

More party appetizer ideas:

If you have questions or suggestions, email me privately for a quick answer: Paula at saladinajar.com. Hope to see you again soon! 

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Easy Velveeta Cheese Dip with Sausage and Hamburger

Paula Rhodes
Sausage and beef are combined with green chilies and cheese for a filling and hearty party dip.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 30 servings
Calories 187 kcal



  • 1 pound ground pork sausage - breakfast-style
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small white onion - finely diced
  • 1 can green chiles - 7 oz, finely chopped
  • 1 10.5 oz can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 10 oz can Rotel tomatoes
  • 3 pounds Velveeta - cubed


  • Brown sausage, ground beef, and onion in a large skillet over medium heat. Break up the meat and don't stir until the meat starts to brown. Drain, if necessary.
  • Add browned meat and onion along with all other ingredients into a slow cooker. Heat on LOW until cheese is melted and leave on LOW in the pot to serve.
  • Garnish with jalapenos, chopped green onions, or chopped cilantro if desired.


Timesaving Hint: Melt the cheese separately in the microwave before adding it to your slow cooker to save time.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 826mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 457IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 265mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword appetizers, cheese, green chilies, ground pork, meat, parties, RotelVelveeta
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  1. Wow…I would love that. Looks so delicious. Great for parties too. Thanks for sharing.

  2. That’s a first… I had no idea there was “2% velveeta”! It IS a staple for superbowl nachos though. This looks wonderful – definitely a recipe to keep in your arsenal (for those last minute games)!

  3. We made something similar in college, we called it “chili cheese fondu” You call tell I went to college in the early 70’s when fondu was oh so chic!

  4. So… is somebody making this Sunday?

  5. This looks great- very similar to Pioneer Woman’s Loaded Queso… I think that’s what Tyler is bringing to the Super Bowl Party. (I’ll be in Houston)

  6. This is definitely a family favorite at our house too. If you like a little more “heat” use the “hot” Rotel, or add some jalapenas (anyone know how to spell that?) on top. I like the suggestion for left-overs – gotta try it.

  7. I made this for a young adult Bible study that my husband leads and it was a huge hit. Now they always want it! 🙂 Thanks for posting!