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Chili Cream Cheese Dip

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Chili Cream Cheese Dip is the ultimate game day snack! Chili, cream cheese and two kinds of shredded cheese make this hot dip a party appetizer hit!

I don’t know about you but for me, the food at parties is always my favorite part. I love all of the appetizers and you’ll find me hovering over the dips in most cases. And if you’re looking for a recipe that will hit it out of the park, whether it’s a holiday party, a game day celebration or backyard BBQ this Chili Cream Cheese Dip recipe is exactly what you’re looking for.

Chili Cheese Dip in white dish.

Not only is it cheesy and decadent but it is also ridiculously easy to make!

What ingredients you’ll need to make cream chili cheese dip:

One of my favorite things about this dip, besides how incredibly easy it is to make, is that it only requires a handful of ingredients and you just might have all of them on hand.

Ingredients for Chili Cream Cheese Dip.
  • CREAM CHEESE: Use full fat for this recipe, it will work the best. You want it ultra creamy.
  • CHILI: You can, of course, make your own homemade chili but for this recipe, I use a can of our favorite chili. It makes it easier. You can use chili with or without beans, the choice is up to you.
  • PEPPER JACK CHEESE: I like to use pepper jack because it adds a touch of heat but not too much. Buy a block and grate it yourself. It will melt better.
  • MEDIUM CHEDDAR: Like the pepper jack, you’re going to want to grate it yourself. If you don’t want the added heat of the pepper jack cheese simply double the amount of cheddar.
  • YELLOW ONION: To me, a bowl of chili is not complete without a sprinkle of chopped yellow onion. This is optional on the dip but I highly recommend it.
  • CILANTRO: Totally optional, I use it more for a pop of color in this recipe.

Step by Step Photos and Instructions:

Unlike other Chili Cheese Dip Recipes, this recipe isn’t done in a slow cooker. It is made on the stovetop and the oven. But don’t let that make you think it’s difficult. It is still an incredibly easy recipe to make.

  • STEP #1: Combine cream cheese and chili together in a small saucepan. Cook until cream cheese melts. Stir in half of the pepper jack/cheddar cheese.
  • STEP #2: Pour mixture into a 9 inch pie pan (or similar sized dish) and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 for 15 min.
  • STEP #3: Top with chopped onion and cilantro, if using. Serve

Storage and Leftovers:

This dip will keep in the refrigerator for a few days and reheats beautifully. When you store it some of the cheese that you melted on top may mix in with the dip, simply grate some more on the top before reheating.

Like I said, this Chili Cream Cheese Dip is a must make for all of your parties. It is great with baguette slices, crackers or tortilla chips. My family loved it and I know yours will too!

A chip dipped in chili cheese dip.

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A chip dipped in chili cheese dip.

Chili Cream Cheese Dip

Cream Cheese Dip is the ultimate game day snack! Chili, cream cheese and two kinds of shredded cheese make this hot dip a party appetizer hit!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 274 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 15 ounces chili
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded medium cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup onion minced
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine chili and cream cheese togeher in a small saucepan. Cook just until the cream cheese melts. Add 1/2 of the shredded cheddar and 1/2 of the shredded pepper jack cheese.
  • Spread into a 9 inch pie pan. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees 15 minutes.
  • Top with minced onion and cilantro. Serve.

Notes

If you don’t have a 9 inch pie pan, a dish of similar size will work. 
Use chili with or without beans. 
Nutrition information for estimation purposes only. 

Nutrition

Calories: 274kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 13gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 485mgPotassium: 166mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 634IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 250mgIron: 1mg
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Keywords: chili cheese dip, Dip, game day, super bowl

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Des

Hey! I'm Des!

Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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