Easy Chili Cream Cheese Dip — Just a few ingredients and 5 minutes is all you need for this super easy dip packed with flavor! And CHEESE! So good!!!
Easiest Chili and Cream Cheese Dip
This is the fastest and easiest dip recipe ever. Just a few ingredients, five minutes, and it’s ready. But don’t let that fool you because it tastes amazing. It’s usually the super simple recipes that people love the most and disappear the fastest.
The idea for the dip came because of free samples at Trader Joe’s. I blame those free samples for so many (fantastic) impulse buys and this was one of them.
I was with my daughter and they were sampling their Organic Vegetarian Chili, which they kept warm via a slow-cooker and it totally hit the spot so I grabbed some to make this chili and cream cheese dip.
Between my love of dips-as-meals and my daughter’s love of chili, we inhaled it almost as fast as I made it. The spiciness of the chili, the creaminess from the cream cheese, and the bubbly, golden, gooey cheese was a winning combination.
It’s perfect for game days, last minute guests, or as a mindless and goofproof holiday party appetizer.
What’s in Chili Cream Cheese Dip?
To make this chili cheese dip with cream cheese, you’ll need:
- Cream cheese
- Canned chili
- McCormick Ground Cumin
- McCormick Crushed Red Pepper
- Shredded cheese of choice
How to Make Chili Cream Cheese Dip
I transferred the mixture to an oven-safe dish, topped with cheese, broiled momentarily until golden, and served. Literally a 5-minute recipe!
Can I Make This Chili Dip in a Slow Cooker?
Yes! For parties, you could make it in a slow-cooker and keep it warm for hours. You won’t get the broiled cheese effect, but you can sprinkle with cheese as desired.
Can I Make This Dip Vegetarian?
Absolutely! To make the chili cream cheese dip vegetarian, buy a can of veggie chili.
Tips for Making Chili and Cream Cheese Dip
You need to use brick-style cream cheese for this chili dip recipe. The whipped kind in a tub is too thin and runny to make dip out of.
For a spicier dip, add extra red pepper flakes.
Once the dip goes under the broiler, watch it like a hawk because cheese can go from golden brown to burnt in seconds.
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- Place an oven rack on the second-highest rung and preheat oven to broil setting.
- To a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the cream cheese and heat for 30 seconds to soften.
- Add the chill, cumin, optional crushed red pepper, and stir to combine.
- Cover bowl with plasticwrap and heat for about 90 seconds on high power, or until chili is warmed through and nearly bubbling.
- Transfer mixture to a broiler-safe baking dish and evenly sprinkle with cheese.
- Broil for 2 to 5 minutes, or until cheese has melted and is lightly golden and bubbly; broiling times will vary. Watch dip very closely so it doesn’t burn. I kept oven door closed for the first two minutes and then keep door cracked for the remaining minutes so I can watch dip like a hawk.
- Serve immediately with chips, crackers, or bread.
Storage: Dip is best warm and fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 3 days; reheat gently in micro as desired.
Slow cooker option: For parties you can make dip in a slow cooker and keep it warm for hours. You won’t get the broiled cheese effect, but you can sprinkle with cheese as desired.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 436Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 522mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 12g
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