Hot Crab Dip Recipe
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Hot Crab Dip Recipe

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I have six children and one grandchild, work full-time, and coach soccer and football. So I appreciate recipes like this one that are easy to assemble. The rich, creamy dip is a fun appetizer for holiday gatherings. —Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup salsa
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) imitation crabmeat, flaked
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 112 calories, 7g fat (5g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 315mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine milk and salsa. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in cream cheese, crab, onions and chilies. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours, stirring every 30 minutes. Serve with crackers. Yield: about 5 cups.
Originally published as Hot Crab Dip in Quick Cooking November/December 1999, p35

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Corwin44 User ID: 7541400 260800
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2017

"This dip was pretty good. I used the ingredients exactly as directed. I think if I were to make this again I would take some of the other reviewers suggestion to add some tiny shrimp. Also, I might add a couple dashes of hot sauce or use hot salsa instead of mild. Everyone enjoyed this dip, but my guest said they like my crab artichoke dip better. I like that the dip came together really quick and easy. I baked it at 350 in a deep dish 9x9 foil pan instead of a crockpot which worked really well and it was heated in 30 minutes."

dewflop User ID: 216755 255937
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2016

"I made this and put one can of shrimp in it. I loved it. My husband loved it. Would love to make it again and take it to an outing. Good stuff !!!"

laconger User ID: 7749707 236001
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2015

"I've made this recipe four times now and it is always a big hit!! Even tastes great the next day cold or reheated…so easy, it's my go to recipe when I need something easy to throw together!! Love it!!"

Kimmie9376 User ID: 836269 21876
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2014 Edited Feb. 5, 2017

"I made this for a Thanksgiving Day appetizer for the first time several years ago, and what a hit! Everyone loved it so much that it became a regular addition to Thanksgiving at my house. I think that if I decided not to make it, nobody would show! Would love it if there were leftovers, bit there never are."

BarbieVA User ID: 3388747 50766
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2013

"Pretty good, though was a little to sweet tasting. Needs a little ump. Maybe a bit of hot sauce. Will make again, though, with a bit of a touch up."

Jozie27 User ID: 6970424 28425
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2012

"I have not made this yet but was wondering if can be made the day ahead, refrigerated, then reheated (how?) at host's home next


Anne Shore User ID: 1196754 61377
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

"Loved it! The little bit of "heat" from the salsa and green chilies makes it so good!

After reading the other reviews, I cut back to 2 pkg. of cream cheese & added 2 cans of tiny shrimp. I used reduced fat cream cheese and it tasted delicious.
I liked it just as well, if not better, served cold the next day with some chopped celery to give it some crunch!"

bltbananas User ID: 6212799 203359
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"Made it for the Super Bowl. It was extremely easy to make and very delicious, everyone at the party raved about it."

nleather User ID: 1150741 25930
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"I loved this recipe. I added a can of tiny shrimp and it was fabulous!"

LORI SHROCK User ID: 2352471 21873
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"A friend and myself tried several different crap dip receipes, we found this dip and have never deter from it. Excellent, and requested alot by friends and famly."

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