Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr
I used to go to a friends house on sundays to watch football, and every time I would make a different chip dip in the crock pot. Eventually this one was requested every week! It's pretty spicy. If you want it a little more mild, I suggest using less of the spicy ingredients (regular sausage, regular rotel, minimal peppers) rather than excluding them entirely. All ingredients combine to MAKE the cheese dip :) I use the maximum amount of each ingredient I have listed.
- 1 lb spicy Jimmy Dean sausage
- 32 ounces Velveeta cheese
- 16 ounces hot rotel (2 cans)
- 1 -2 fresh habanero, chillis
- 1 -3 fresh jalapeno
- 12 ounces salsa
- Start browning the sausage in a skillet, breaking it into small pieces as you would for tacos.
- Cut the cheese into cubes and throw them in the crock pot with the 2 cans of DRAINED Hot Rotel. You can go ahead and turn it on to get the melting process started.
- When the sausage is fully cooked, drain the fat and add it to the crock pot.
- Prepare yourself and your kitchen for cutting hot chillis/peppers. You do not want to touch anything that you dont need to, ESPECIALLY the cover to the crock pot, because it will get on everyone so just leave it off. Wash your hands several times afterwards.
- Chop/dice the jalapenos fairly well, and the habeneros VERY well. Add to crock pot. As long as you leave about 2 hours for the peppers to cook in the cheese, the actual pepper pieces will not be much spicier than the dip itself.
- Stir occasionally, and implement step 7 as needed.
- The salsa is a trick I use for any cheese dip. Because you've used fresh peppers and drained the rotel, the dip will be thick. The salsas primary role is thickness control. You can always thin out a dip, but it takes a long time to thicken one out. Just add a spoon full at a time until it's just right. After it sits out for a while it might need more.
- Throw in something new and let me know! I think some beans would go in nicely, or some chili.
I love it when you throw a party and there's no food left...this was so yummy...I didn't get a chance to get a photo due to the first guest started to arrive just as I got the camera ready...I didn't have a habanero so I doubled up on the jalapeno...this is a keeper and will be made again...thanks for posting it...:)
Your dip got rave reviews at our Grey Cup party yesterday. I toned down the spices due to a varied crowd...personally I would have preferred more spice and will be including the habanero peppers next time. We can't get rotel tomatoes in my part of Canada so I replaced with Hunts crushed tomatoes with red pepper. I think this would also be good using chipolte peppers...recipe lends itself to personalization. Thanks for sharing!