RoTel Dip – The Ultimate Party Dip!

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RoTel dip is a queso-style snack of Ro-Tel tomatoes, seasoned ground beef and Velveeta cheese. Make this recipe for the ultimate party dip!

closeup: man dipping chip into skillet of rotel dip

If you’re a fan of Tex Mex food, you may already be familiar with RO*TEL®, the canned petite diced tomatoes with green chiles. The company’s founder, Carl Roettele, is the inspiration behind this crazy addictive hot cheese appetizer.

It’s similar to beef queso dip, but even quicker and easier to make!

RoTel dip

This recipe comes together quickly in a skillet on the stove top, and with only 4 ingredients, it’s easy to make a batch anytime. It’s handy when you’ve got a craving for something a little bit heartier than a traditional warm cheese dip like my Better Than Chipotle Queso.

Because RoTel dip includes ground beef, you can use it for things other than dipping, like on baked potato or over a taco salad.

skillet of warm RoTel dip

Ingredient notes and substitutions

  • Lean ground beef – I recommend using an 80/20 or 85/15 blend of ground beef. This helps to prevent the dip from being too greasy.
  • RO*TEL® Original- In most stores, these cans of diced petite tomatoes with green chiles are kept near the Mexican products. If you can’t find them there, look in the canned vegetables aisle.

    Substitutions for Ro*Tel tomatoes
    If you can’t find this product, you can add a can of diced chiles to any brand of canned petite diced tomatoes.
  • Velveeta®– This is a processed cheese product with a flavor similar to American cheese. The original product is sold in 8 oz blocks, and that’s the type you’ll need to use for this dip recipe. These days, Velveeta comes in slices and even other flavors,

    In more stores, you’ll find Velveeta in the dairy and eggs department. It doesn’t need refrigeration until after the package has been opened.

Variations of RoTel dip

If you want to switch things up, substitute the ground beef for any ground or meat of your choice. You can make rotel dip with sausage, chicken, pork or with no meat at all; it’s up to you!

You can include other ingredients if you’d like. Many people like to add cream cheese.

For a spicier cheese dip, add diced jalapenos or a dash of hot sauce. You could also make a batch of fundido chorizo dip to serve to the spicy food lovers.

overhead: cooked ground beef in skillet next to canned tomatoes and Velveeta

How to make rotel dip

  1. Brown the ground beef.

Get yourself an 8 to 10-inch skillet and brown the ground beef in it. As the meat is cooking, stir in the taco seasoning. When the meat is finished cooking, drain off any grease from the pan.

💡 PRO TIP for draining hot grease:
To prevent a clogged drain, never pour hot grease down the kitchen sink. When it cools, the fat will solidify and clog in the pipes.

Instead, pour the hot grease into a glass jar, or carefully use a large handful of paper toweling to soak the hot grease up right from the pan.

  1. Stir in the tomatoes and Velveeta.

Be sure to cut the Velveeta into cubes to help it melt more quickly. Nobody has time for that when Rotel dip is in the making!

  1. Cook until cheese is melted.

Stir the dip as the cheese melts; this helps to prevent clumps from forming.

man dipping tortilla chip into cheese dip in skillet


Can you freeze RoTel dip?

Absolutely! Allow it cool to room temperature, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container. It will keep for 2-3 months in the freezer.

The easiest way to reheat the dip is to thaw it in the refrigerator first. Then, warm it through in a skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Alternatively, you can reheat the dip in a slow cooker on low heat, or reheat the Rotel dip in the oven at 350°F for 20 minutes.

overhead: skillet of ground beef covered in melted Velveeta

Other Tex Mex party recipes

Having a Tex Mex themed game day party?
Make some Tex Mex chicken spaghetti, walking taco casserole (Frito chili pie), and guacamole salsa, too.

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closeup: man dipping chip into skillet of rotel dip

Rotel Dip – The Ultimate Party Dip!

5 from 2 votes
Rotel dip is a queso-style snack of Ro-Tel tomatoes, seasoned ground beef and Velveeta cheese. Make this recipe for the ultimate party dip!
Servings: 12
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 20 minutes



  • Brown the ground beef in a large skillet with the Taco Seasoning over medium-high heat, then drain off excess grease.
    Return skillet of beef to the burner and reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Add cubed Velveeta cheese and Rotel tomatoes to the beef in skillet. Cook on on medium-low, stirring gently until Velveeta is melted.
  • Serve with chips, crackers, sliced veggies, over baked potatoes, french fries, or biscuits.


Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 644mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 418IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 231mg | Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: Tex Mex
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titled image of spicy rotel dip in skillet


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  1. 5 stars
    Wife and I have been eating this dip for the past 45 years of our marriage. The name was different and the cooking process used a microwave oven for the cheese rather than a skillet but we would make the dip, usually in the winter, lay on the floor in front of the fireplace, watch TV and get full on the chips and dip!

    At the time we used a taco seasoning of my concoction but now we use yours and we always used either fresh Chorizo or Andouille sausage for the meat, fried and drained.

    The Rotel and cheese was just dumped into a bowl, covered with plastic wrap and heated in the microwave until the cheese was melted and the Rotel stirred in. Then the drained meat was added, stirred and heated more if needed.

  2. 5 stars
    We use breakfast sausage in ours. If there is any cheese sauce left over, we warm it up again and serve it over scrambled eggs with toast on the side for breakfast. My boys like it on tortilla shells like a breakfast burrito. There is no wrong way to enjoy this cheese dip!

  3. Sounds delicious that way with ground beef! I’ve made it with only Velveeta cheese and a can of the diced tomatoes with chiles. Served warm with tortilla chips. It was a co-worker many, many years ago that gave me the recipe for it.

    1. Hey Linda, the dip is delicious without meat, but you should try it with the ground beef. It’s heartier and honestly, I’d be happy eating it on a baked potato for dinner. 🙂