The Best Velveeta Cheese Dip with Sausage

Here are 2 versions of the BEST Velveeta cheese dip with sausage~one with 3 ingredients and one with 4 ingredients. Both are super easy and super yummy!

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Teens (especially boys) love this dip.

This is my version of Velveeta cheese dip with sharp Velveeta, hot breakfast sausage, and hot Rotel tomatoes. The end result is a savory, spicy, anything-but-boring cheese dip. I sent it to a girls’ sleepover recently and got this late-night text from my daughter: Your cheese dip was a HIT; every bit of it was scraped up!  Seriously, everyone loves this!

Velveeta Cheese Dip Made with Sausage

Velveeta cheese dip goes next level when you add finely cooked hot breakfast sausage to the mix. It tastes so rich, spicy, and savory. When teens come over, I sometimes serve this (especially when boys are in the mix). There is rarely any left over. There are a few tips for making this the best sausage cheese dip ever.

Make this dip with 4 ingredients:

In the photo below, you’ll see that this dip is made up of only 4 ingredients. Since I almost always make a double recipe, you’ll see more than 4 items in the photo (although still only 4 actual ingredients).

In the video below, I show how to make a double portion of this dip with the 4-ingredients version of the recipe.

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Make this dip with 3 ingredients:

In the video below, I show how to make this dip without canned soup. It is super easy, made in one skillet, and super delicious.

What type of cheese should I use for Velveeta sausage dip?

Did you know that you can buy a sharp version of Velveeta? Although we are not talking fancy cheese at all, even the simple Velveeta can be “kicked up a notch” in sharpness. 

What kind of sausage should I use for Velveeta sausage dip?

My favorite sausage to use in this recipe is Jimmy Dean’s breakfast sausage. Specifically, the hot breakfast sausage. If you’ve never had the hot Jimmy Dean sausage, it is pretty similar to the original sausage with just a little bit of added heat. If you can’t find the hot sausage at the store, then the original will work just fine. As for the spiciness, if you are unable to tolerate any, you can just go ahead and swap it out for the original.

Why add a can of cheddar cheese soup?

Although this is optional, I will usually add this if I have a can of it on hand. The smooth cheddar cheese soup makes the dip a bit more creamy and smooth. Make sure to get cheddar cheese (not nacho cheese) and Campbell’s soup. But if you don’t add the soup, that is perfectly fine~it is yummy with just the Velveeta:-)

What can I serve to go with this Velveeta sausage dip?

There are so many ways that you can serve this Velveeta sausage dip! One of the main things that I like to serve with this Velveeta sausage dip is tortilla chips. These go so well and are a classic addition to this dip. Another thing that you can eat with this dip is a baked potato! It is SO delicious to pour some of the dips onto your potato. 

What if I want to serve this Velveeta sausage dip at a party?

If you are wanting to serve this Velveeta sausage dip at a party, then I highly recommend keeping it in a slow cooker or a crockpot throughout the event. Doing this will ensure that the dip doesn’t dry out and stays the perfect consistency. It also will keep it nice and warm!

How can I keep this dip from solidifying?

The main way to keep this dip from solidifying is by keeping it on the heat. It is perfectly expected for the cheese to solidify when the dip cools, in order to keep it warm and the perfect texture, just keep it on the heat (in a crock pot or slow cooker.)

How to change up this recipe:

  • Use less sausage if you want a more “cheesy” version
  • Use regular Velveeta and Rotel for a milder version
  • Use regular breakfast sausage (not hot) for a milder version.

Melting the cheese: You can melt the Velveeta in the same skillet used to brown the sausage, or you can microwave the cheese while the sausage cooks. To keep the dip hot during a party, use a slow cooker. I’ve used this casserole crock pot for years and love serving dip in it. Its low sides make dipping easy.

If you try this, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you think it is better than the original version? Leave comments so that we can all chat:-) As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!

best cheesy sausage rotel dip

Best Velveeta Cheese Dip with Sausage

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This savory sausage cheese dip will be the hit of any party.


  • 1 (32-oz) block Velveeta sharp cheese
  • 2 lb. hot breakfast sausage (I use Jimmy Dean's)
  • 2 cans Rotel (I use one hot~one original) undrained
  • 1 can cheddar cheese soup


  1. In skillet over medium heat, begin cooking sausage.
  2. Stir sausage often, breaking up into small pieces so there are no large chunks.
  3. Cook until sausage begins to brown and some of the pieces get slightly crisp.
  4. While cooking sausage, melt Velveeta in microwave (or cut into small pieces and melt in skillet with sausage after it completely browns.
  5. Stir Velveeta into browned sauasage until it melts; add cheddar cheese soup. Keep on low heat stirring until cheeses are melted and smooth.
  6. Add both cans Rotel (undrained) to cheese; stir until smooth.
  7. Stir until well combined.
  8. Place cheese dip into slow cooker and keep on low or warm.
  9. Serve with tortilla chips or spoon over baked potato.
Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 232Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 59mgSodium 654mgCarbohydrates 3gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 1gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 13g

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  1. Hi Jeanette!That is so funny that this is your go-to dip! Isn’t it wonderful!!! Glad to know that Picante can be used in place of Rotel if needed. Thanks for commenting. Blessings to you and yours!!

  2. Hi Jamie,
    I looked at your blog today and had to laugh. This is almost the same recipe that I took to our family Christmas finger food night. The only difference is that I use a large jar of Pace Picante Sauce instead of Rotel. (My kids don’t like the tomato chunks in the Rotel) This has been my go-to cheese dip since 1980 and I still love it.

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