This homemade Rotel Dip Recipe is going to become your new go-to dip recipe! Seasoned ground beef with Rotel, loaded with cheese and served with your favorite chips or Crostini.

Homemade Rotel dip on a white casserole dish topped with fresh greens.

This Rotel Dip is a favorite Dip recipe joined by the classic Buffalo Chicken Dip and the Shrimp Ceviche.

ROTEL QUESO DIP-

This cheesy Rotel queso dip is loaded with flavors and so easy to make! The ground beef, Rotel, and cheeses combined then cooked give you the ultimate cheesy dip to serve anytime!

We love making this dip as an appetizer when having guests, especially during game night.

Cheesy rotel dip loaded with a white casserole dish topped with fresh greens.

WHAT YOU NEEDS-

The ingredients for a Classic Rotel Dip with Ground Beef are so simple!

  • Ground Beef– For this recipe, you want to use a good quality of lean ground beef.
  • Onion– Finely chopped onion works best for this dip.
  • Garlic– Freshly minced garlic or garlic powder can be used.
  • Rotel– Rotel tomatoes are canned diced tomatoes with green chiles.
  • Cream Cheese– Room temperature cream cheese for easier mixing.
  • Cheese– You can use shredded sharp cheddar and American cheese.
  • Seasoning– Store-bought taco seasoning or Homemade Taco Seasoning may be used.
Step by step collage of how to make cheesy Rotel dip.

HOW TO MAKE ROTEL DIP-

With just 5 minutes of prep time, you can have this EASY Rotel dip in the oven!

  1. Saute beef– In a skillet, add the ground beef and chopped onion and saute until the beef is fully cooked. Add in the garlic and saute until fragrant.
  2. Combine– In a baking dish, combine the sauteed beef with remaining ingredients. Spread mixture evenly in the baking dish.
  3. Bake– Cover the dish with foil and bake until the cheese melts and starts to bubble.

SLOW COOKER QUESO DIP-

This hearty queso dip works GREAT in the slow cooker! We love making this in the slow cooker when having guests!

  1. Saute beef– In a skillet, add the ground beef and chopped onion and saute until the beef is fully cooked. Add in the garlic and saute until fragrant. Place the browned meat into the slow cooker.
  2. Combine-Add remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to combine.
  3. Cook– Cook the dip on high for 2 hours or on low for 4 hours, stirring occasionally to mix up the cheese.
  4. Serve– Turn on the warm setting, serve and enjoy.
Cheesy Rotel dip in a white casserole dish topped with fresh greens and jalapeno slices.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS-

Can I substitute the ground beef?

You can substitute the ground beef with sausage or for a lighter option ground turkey.

What if I don’t have Rotel tomatoes?

If you do not have a can of Rotel you can also just use a can of diced tomatoes and a can of green chiles.

Can I prepare this dip ahead of time?

Yes! You can prepare the dish and refrigerate it. Then, just bake when ready to serve.

How to reheat this cheesy dip?

To reheat, just add the dip back into the oven and reheat until warm.

A white casserole dish loaded with Rotel dip topped with chopped greens and jalapeno slices.

More Appetizer-

Appetizer and finger foods are the best kind of food for parties and Holidays. Enjoy these other appetizers for your next event:

Rotel Dip Recipe (with Ground Beef)

This homemade Rotel Dip Recipe is going to become your new go-to dip recipe! Seasoned ground beef with rotel, loaded with cheese and served with your favorite chips or Crostini.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 10 oz rotel tomatoes, drained
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temp
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz American cheese, shredded
  • 3 Tbsp taco seasoning

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a large skillet, on high heat, add 1 tsp oil. Once hot, add the diced onion and ground beef. Cook until meat is browned and onion is tender (about 5 minutes), breaking up meat as it’s cooking. 
  • Add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant. Remove meat from skillet.
    Add the browned meat into a 9×13 casserole dish along with the rotel tomatoes, shredded cheee, and taco seasoning. Toss and mix until well combined.
  • Cover the baking dish with foil and bake at 375°F for about 25-30 minutes or until the cheese has melted and is bubbly.
  • Serve with chips and enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories: 419kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 21gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 115mgSodium: 621mgPotassium: 318mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 928IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 404mgIron: 2mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)