5-Minute Chili Cheese Dip

5-Minute Chili Cheese Dip — EASY, ready in 5 minutes, just 3 main ingredients, and made in the microwave!! The CHEESE is irresistible! The perfect game day or easy party appetizer that everyone LOVES!!

5-Minute Chili Cheese Dip - EASY, ready in 5 minutes, just 3 main ingredients, and made in the microwave!! The CHEESE is irresistible! The perfect game day or easy party appetizer that everyone LOVES!!

Easy Chili Cheese Dip Recipe

Football season is upon us, and if you’re in charge of making the snacks for a crew of hungry fans, this chili cream cheese dip is the perfect easy game day dip.

Or make this dip when you want to curl up on the couch with some hearty comfort food to go along with your Netflix marathon. Or maybe you are responsible for bringing an appetizer to a party or potluck, this is the easiest one ever.

This chili dip is incredibly easy, only has three main ingredients, and it’s ready in just five minutes because you make it in the microwave.

5-Minute Chili Cheese Dip - EASY, ready in 5 minutes, just 3 main ingredients, and made in the microwave!! The CHEESE is irresistible! The perfect game day or easy party appetizer that everyone LOVES!!

What’s in Chili Cheese Dip? 

To make this chili cream cheese dip recipe, you’ll need:

  • Cream cheese
  • Chili 
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Green onions (for garnish) 

How to Make Chili Cheese Dip

Simply spread a layer of cream cheese into a glass pie plate (it’s very important you use glass or another microwave-safe pie plate or dish), add a can of chili, top with shredded cheese, and microwave it. Voila, you’re done.

In my microwave, four minutes is perfect but microwaves vary widely in their intensity so check early and often. Don’t be afraid to cook it longer to get the cheese to melt if yours is taking a bit longer.

5-Minute Chili Cheese Dip - EASY, ready in 5 minutes, just 3 main ingredients, and made in the microwave!! The CHEESE is irresistible! The perfect game day or easy party appetizer that everyone LOVES!!

Can I Make Chili Cheese Dip in the Oven? 

Yes, you can make this chili cheese dip in the oven too. I guesstimate a 400F oven for 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted. But because the goal of this recipe is fast and easy, I actually haven’t ever baked it. For some great baked dip ideas, check these out.

What Kind Of Chili Should I Use?

I used a grocery store brand of ‘hot’ chili. Apparently I’ve been eating way too much authentically hot Mexican food (follow my Instagram stories to check out my grub) or my homemade chili because I did not find the store-bought chili hot in the least.

Unless someone is extremely heat sensitive, I would opt for a hotter rather than milder chili because cream cheese and shredded cheese are pretty plain and the hotter chili jazzes things up enough so it’s not boring.

If you have a batch of homemade chili and are wondering what to do with the leftovers, this is an excellent way to repurpose some.

5-Minute Chili Cheese Dip - EASY, ready in 5 minutes, just 3 main ingredients, and made in the microwave!! The CHEESE is irresistible! The perfect game day or easy party appetizer that everyone LOVES!!

Tips for Making Chili Cheese Dip

Be sure to use brick-style cream cheese and not the whipped kind that comes in a tub. Brick-style cream cheese makes for the creamiest chili cheese dip.

If using canned chili, give it a taste before mixing together the chili dip. You may want to add a sprinkle of cayenne or chili powder before assembling the chili cheese dip to give it some extra oompf. 

If you have leftover chili cheese dip, reheat it gently in the oven or microwave or enjoy cold. 

5-Minute Chili Cheese Dip

5-Minute Chili Cheese Dip

This chili cheese dip is EASY, ready in 5 minutes, and is made in the microwave! The perfect game day or easy party appetizer that everyone LOVES!!

Yield: 8
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, very soft (I used lite)
  • 15-ounce can chili (I used hot)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese blend
  • green onions sliced into thin rounds, for garnishing

Instructions

    1. Spray a 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray, add the cream cheese, and spread into a layer covering the base of the pie plate.
    2. Add the chili, evenly sprinkle with cheese, and microwave for about 4 minutes, or until cheese has melted and chili is bubbling a bit under the cheese. Because all microwaves and their intensities vary, check early and often. You may need to cook for less time or more depending on your microwave.
    3. Evenly sprinkle with green onions and serve immediately with chips or your favorite dippers.

Notes

  • Alternatively, bake in the oven at 400F for about 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 492mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 12g

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2 comments on “5-Minute Chili Cheese Dip”

  1. That cheesy topping looks totally irresistible. Perfect with some sturdy corn chips!

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