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Rotel Cheese Dip with Ground Beef Recipe

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This Rotel Cheese Dip with Ground Beef recipe is one simple and tasty dip! Don’t miss out on all the rest of my Easy Rotel Recipes, too!

stinking easy to prepare and people always go nuts over it. I’ve been making it for years.  This is like a queso, but we have always called it Rotel Dip, so that is the name I am using here. 🙂

This recipe uses the mild Rotel diced tomatoes but you can always kick it up a notch with the medium or hot versions.

A bowl of rotel cheese dip with ground beef alongside some tortilla chips.

My 3 boys have big appetites so I like to make hearty dishes that will fill them up. This rotel dip recipe is great for summertime cookouts, football parties, or just because.

During busy sports’ nights, this is the perfect meal to pop in the microwave and serve up. The savory cheese and mild tang of the RoTel is a winning combination. The ground beef is a hearty protein bonus! Check out my popular dip recipes, too.

How do I store this easy appetizer?

The great thing about this cheesy dip is that it’s made using simple ingredients that are easy to store. Once the easy dip recipe is served, and cooled down, add the leftovers to an airtight container and store them in the fridge. 

When you’re going to enjoy this easy rotel dip again, just reheat on low heat on the stove or on low in the crockpot, and enjoy this easy recipe again once it’s warmed up. 

Can I make this cheesy Rotel dip without browned ground beef? 

You can. If you want to change up the recipe for this best Rotel cheese dip, go for it. You can use cooked ground turkey, cooked spicy sausage, cooked ground sausage, or even cut down on some of the fat content of the beef by choosing to use lean ground beef. 

No matter what you want to add or leave out, this really is the ultimate comfort food when it comes to a dip with tons of flavor. We make this all the time for football season, and it’s literally the perfect appetizer with fast and easy steps. 

You can make this flavorful dip with great flavor in a lot of varieties and then have fun dipping the fresh veggies, bagel chips, or tortilla chips right into it. You can’t go wrong when you make this creamy Velveeta cheese dip. Perfect for a large crowd and a great way to feed everyone at your next party! 

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Do you have an easy Rotel recipe that is always a huge hit when you make it?

Try this recipe at home and your family will be begging for more.

This recipe can use Make Ahead Ground Beef for even faster preparation.

Make it as an appetizer when you are cooking so the family stays out of your way!

A rotel cheese dip with ground beef with some tortilla chips.

If you like this rotel dip with hamburger, you will probably love these 15 Recipes Using Rotel!

I think my favorite part of this recipe is how easy it is. After you brown the ground beef, there is not much else to do to it, but microwave on high for a few minutes.


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Frequently Asked Questions:

Rotel is a very southern USA dish.  Many other parts of the world have never even heard of Rotel, much less Rotel cheese dip with ground beef.  So, when it i brought up or when people find it on my site, they always have a few questions.

What is Rotel?

Rotel is a brand name that refers to a range of products and entities, each distinct in its offering and market. One of the most well-known Rotel products is a line of canned tomatoes and green chilies, which is a popular ingredient in various recipes, especially in the United States.

This product is celebrated for its ability to add a zesty flavor to meals, making it a staple in many kitchens for dishes requiring a bit of spice and tanginess, such as dips, salsas, and casseroles.

What does Rotel mean?

According to the Rotel website:

Carl Roettele and his wife open a small canning plant in Elsa, Texas, processing over 25K cases of vegetables a year. The product they’re proudest of is their tomatoes and green chilies. Worried people couldn’t spell or pronounce “Roettele,” Carl used the name RO*TEL. Soon, his zesty tomatoes and chilies graced the tables of public figures and politicians throughout Texas.

What goes with a Rotel cheese dip with ground beef?

Because this is an appetizer that we eat as a meal, it can go with most anything.  For a fun Taco Tuesday kinda of idea, stick with the Tex Mex theme and serve it with Tacos, Nachos, and/or Quesadillas.

How much Rotel to Velveeta?

I have found that the best ratio is 2 pounds of Velveeta to 10 ounces of Rotel.

What to serve with your Rotel dip?

This cheese dip is so versatile that you can really serve it with nearly anything. We especially love it with tortilla chips, but the possibilities are endless. It is good with celery. You can’t go wrong with corn chips, like Frito’s Scoops.  Crackers, especially butter ones like Ritz are super yummy dipped in this.  Serve it on a hot dog for a delicious, cheesy dawg! Pretzels are great with this dip.  As I said, the possibilities are endless!

How to make a Rotel cheese dip with ground beef on the stove?

You would do it the same way as in the microwave, except that you would slowly melt the Velveeta Cheese on medium heat. You want to melt the cheese, not burn it or cook it.  Then, you would remove it from the heat before adding in the hamburger meat.

Rotel Dip with Hamburger Meat Recipe

Rotel Cheese Dip with Ground Beef Recipe

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Velveeta Rotel Cheese Dip with Ground Beef is a family favorite. RoTel Dip with ground beef recipe is like having snack night, but it still has some meat, dairy, and veggies in it.



  1. Cube velveeta into large microwaveable container.
  2. Add blended rotel.
  3. Microwave on high, stirring frequently until all melted.
  4. Add meat and serve with tortilla chips.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 8 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 506Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 1957mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 34g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 11/18/2019

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Saturday 30th of June 2018

I make a dip really similar to this and the kids love it. Pinned and will be featuring it on this week's MM roundup.

Miz Helen

Tuesday 22nd of May 2018

Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Miz Helen

Of Goats and Greens

Saturday 19th of May 2018

I will definitely keep this in mind for my next party! Thanks for bringing this over to Fiesta Friday!


Thursday 17th of May 2018

Love this! Thanks for sharing on To Grandma's House We Go!

Tracy Albiero

Monday 14th of May 2018

I love this! Must put it back on the list of things to make! #meetupmonday

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