3-Ingredient Chili Cheese Dip

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


12 servings

Updated: Jul. 17, 2023
This is probably the easiest chili cheese dip that I've ever come across, but it's one of my best-tasting recipes, too! It's very important that you keep the dip warm while serving, you can also heat it in a microwave oven. —Jerrie West, Oakhurst, California
3-Ingredient Chili Cheese Dip Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound Velveeta, cubed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chili con carne without beans
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
  • Tortilla chips, pretzels and sliced bell peppers
  • Optional: chopped tomato, chopped red onion and sliced jalapeno peppers


  1. Combine cheese, chili and chiles in a saucepan or fondue pot. Heat over medium-low, stirring frequently, until the cheese melts. If desired, sprinkle with optional toppings. Serve warm with tortilla chips, pretzels and peppers.
Chili Cheese Dip Tips

Can you use different kinds of cheeses in chili cheese dip?

Velveeta recipes are really in a category of their own because Velveeta melts quickly and evenly. Plus, if the mixture gets too hot or sits for too long, it won't separate like dairy cheese might. However, if you want to add a different type of cheese, follow the recipe as directed and stir in an additional 4 to 6 ounces of dairy cheese like shredded cheddar, pepper Jack or cubed cream cheese for extra flavor and richness. Check out our list of the best melting cheeses for more options.

How else can you prepare chili cheese dip?

In addition to preparing this dip in a saucepan or fondue pot, this chili cheese dip can be made like most other hot dip recipes in a small slow cooker on low. You could also use the microwave, stirring the mixture every 30 to 60 seconds.

What else can you serve with chili cheese dip?

Add fresh toppings to your chili cheese dip like chopped tomato, red onion and sliced jalapeno peppers. Serve with tortilla chips, corn chips or cubes of crusty homemade bread.

Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 175 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 614mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 11g protein.

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