Sausage Queso Dip (with Real Cheese!)

Sausage Queso Dip is creamy, cheesy and irresistibly good! A queso dip recipe with real cheddar cheese, loaded with sweet corn and tomato. A party favorite! | natashaskitchen.com

This cheesy sausage queso dip is creamy with sweet bites of corn and fresh tomatoes. Most of the queso recipes I’ve come across use Velveeta or other processed “cheese.”

This cheesy queso dip is loaded with half a pound of REAL shredded cheddar so there’s no mystery about what’s in it and I feel better about letting my son get his refill ;). This sausage queso dip has to be one of the easiest dips ever! It has just a handful of simple ingredients and comes together quickly in 1 pan. It is perfect for parties or a game day appetizer!

Sausage Queso Dip is creamy, cheesy and irresistibly good! A queso dip recipe with real cheddar cheese, loaded with sweet corn and tomato. A party favorite! | natashaskitchen.com

The inspiration for this dip cake from one of my readers, Ksusha who shared her version, saying it was a “super easy dip that I almost never host without. It’s one of those things that never gets old.” Ksusha, thank you so much for sharing this with me! What we changed: the original recipe called for 1 can of Rotel and 1 can of crushed tomatoes to make it a little more mild.

We doubled the rotel tomatoes, added 8 oz of fresh shredded cheddar, incorporated sweet corn and piled on some diced fresh tomato. It was a home run! My husband and son (and I) really loved it!! P.S. leftovers reheat really well!

Ingredients for Sausage Queso Dip:

1 lb ground pork sausage (make sure it says “sausage”)
8 oz cream cheese, (no need to soften)
2 cans (10 oz each) of Rotel brand diced tomatoes & green chilies
15 oz can of corn, drained
8 oz medium cheddar cheese, shredded

Garnish for Queso Dip:

1 roma tomato, diced
1 Tbsp chives or geen onion, finely chopped

Sausage Queso Dip is creamy, cheesy and irresistibly good! A queso dip recipe with real cheddar cheese, loaded with sweet corn and tomato. A party favorite! | natashaskitchen.com

How to Make Sausage Queso Dip:

1. In a large dry pot or deep skillet over medium/high heat, brown sausage (10-12 minutes), breaking it apart with your spatula (the sausage releases enough oil to grease the pan). Pat sausage dry with a large paper towel to remove excess grease – push paper towel around the pan with spatula until fully saturated then discard.

2. Cut cream cheese into pieces and stir it into browned pork cooking over medium heat until melted and incorporated.

3. Add 2 cans un-drained Rotel tomatoes, 15 oz can drained corn, and 8 oz shredded cheddar (reserve some cheddar to garnish the top if desired). Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally just until bubbly and cheese is melted. Remove from heat, garnish with diced tomatoes, reserved cheddar and fresh chives. Serve with tortilla chips.

Sausage Queso Dip is creamy, cheesy and irresistibly good! A queso dip recipe with real cheddar cheese, loaded with sweet corn and tomato. A party favorite! | natashaskitchen.com

It does melt into a perfect creamy consistency and you’ll find that sampling at this stage is undeniably irresistible!

Sausage Queso Dip is creamy, cheesy and irresistibly good! A queso dip recipe with real cheddar cheese, loaded with sweet corn and tomato. A party favorite! | natashaskitchen.com

Gimme Gimme!! This does make a big batch so it is absolutely party friendly! Enjoy it my friends 🙂

Sausage Queso Dip is creamy, cheesy and irresistibly good! A queso dip recipe with real cheddar cheese, loaded with sweet corn and tomato. A party favorite! | natashaskitchen.com

Sausage Queso Dip Recipe (with Real Cheese!)

5 from 14 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
This cheesy sausage queso dip is creamy with sweet bites of corn and fresh tomatoes. Most of the queso recipes I've come across use fake "cheese." This queso dip is loaded with REAL shredded cheddar. It also reheats perfectly!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $11-$14
Servings: 6 to 8 as an appetizer

Ingredients

Ingredients for Sausage Queso:

  • 1 lb ground pork sausage make sure it says "sausage"
  • 8 oz cream cheese (no need to soften)
  • 2 cans 10 oz each of Rotel brand diced tomatoes & green chilies
  • 15 oz can of corn drained
  • 8 oz medium cheddar cheese shredded

Garnish for Queso Dip:

  • 1 roma tomato diced
  • 1 Tbsp chives or geen onion finely chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large dry pot or deep skillet over med/high heat, brown sausage (10-12 min), breaking it apart with your spatula (the sausage releases enough oil to grease the pan). When browned, remove excess grease by pushing a paper towel around the pan with spatula until fully saturated then discard.
  2. Cut cream cheese into pieces and stir it into browned pork until melted and incorporated.
  3. Add 2 cans un-drained Rotel tomatoes, 15 oz can drained corn, and 8 oz shredded cheddar (reserve some cheddar to garnish the top if desired). Cook over med heat, stirring occasionally just until bubbly and cheese is melted. Remove from heat, garnish with fresh tomatoes, reserved cheddar and chopped chives. Serve with tortilla chips.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pics of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #natashaskitchen

Sausage Queso Dip is creamy, cheesy and irresistibly good! A queso dip recipe with real cheddar cheese, loaded with sweet corn and tomato. A party favorite! | natashaskitchen.com

Sausage Queso Dip is creamy, cheesy and irresistibly good! A queso dip recipe with real cheddar cheese, loaded with sweet corn and tomato. A party favorite! | natashaskitchen.com

And that cute little hand is my son’s. He was my willing hand model :).

Q’s: The Super bowl is coming up on February 5th. Do you watch the game? Or do you provide snacks to those who do (that’s me!)? And what is your favorite party dip?

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  • Kimberly Nghiem
    July 23, 2018

    Another great hit Natasha! I made this over the weekend for the boys to munch at the house and they were nuts over it! I was a little scared at first when I added the cream cheese because I was afraid it was not going to melt but it came out so perfect and the cheddar just blended right in. I loved adding the corn as a little kick and the Rotell tomatoes and chiles…oh my! The perfect kick! I doubled up on ingredients so that I can make some this week! Thanks for another great recipe! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 23, 2018

      You’re so welcome Kimberly! I’m happy you enjoyed this! Reply

  • Kennethia taylor
    April 15, 2018

    Turned out wonderful, big hit at my party Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 15, 2018

      Awesome! I’m glad to hear how much everyone enjoys the recipe. Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Sarah
    March 18, 2018

    I have made this multiple times for parties, and it’s a hit each time! I make it a few hours ahead of time, then put it in the Crock-Pot to keep it hot and let the flavors continue to blend. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 19, 2018

      I’m happy to hear how much you love the recipe Sarah! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • Theresia
    February 25, 2018

    I made the sausage queso dip, and it’s super good! I tweaked the recipe a little by replacing the corn with chopped black olives, then I added a half envelope of gluten free taco seasoning. It was a hit at my friend’s taco party! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 26, 2018

      Great suggestions Theresia! I’m glad to hear the recipe was a hit. Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • Nicole Chu
    February 20, 2018

    What’s the best way to reheat it? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 20, 2018

      Hi Nicole, you can reheat on the stove top, stirring frequently until heated through or in the microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Reply

  • Robin
    February 4, 2018

    I made this for tonight’s Superbowl party. I used ground turkey, added black beans, taco seasoning mixand some sour cream. Its yummy! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 4, 2018

      I’m glad you enjoy the recipe Robin! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • yvonne prah
    December 31, 2017

    I made this for NYE, we like it hot so used rotel with habenero and jimmy dean hot breakfast sausage..YUMMO!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 1, 2018

      Thank you for the wonderful review and you are very welcome 😬. Reply

  • Marlly
    December 28, 2017

    I love this dip!!! I was thinking it would be a delicious soup do you have any ideas how to make it into a soup?!? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 28, 2017

      Hi Marlly, I haven’t tried making this into a soup but it sounds like a delicious idea!! If you experiment, let me know how you like it! 🙂 Reply

      • Marlly
        January 28, 2018

        I finally experimented with it and made it into a soup!! My husband loved it as a dip as well as a soup!!! I added some beef broth, and heavy whipping cream!!! I also added a can of black beans (drained and rinsed) and some Ghonchi noodles! It was delicious!! I really wanted to use tortellini instead of the ghonchi but my Walmart was sold out but it was still very good!!! I will definitely make it again!!! It was a family favorite! Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          January 28, 2018

          Awesome, I’m glad to hear the recipe was such a success! Thanks for sharing your excellent suggestion with other readers!! Reply

  • Theresa
    December 26, 2017

    Can you freeze this Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 27, 2017

      Hi Theresa, I haven’t tried freezing it but I’m guessing it will work well. I hope you love it! Reply

  • Mike L
    December 8, 2017

    I made it with venison sausage and it turned out really good! Thanks for the recipe! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 8, 2017

      You’re welcome Mike! That sounds yummy! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing! Reply

  • Ashley
    October 24, 2017

    Made this tonight for my husband and while we played cards and it was perfect! Great finger /snack food. It tasted delicious, and was very filling. Kids ended up sneaking out and tasting and they LOVED it as well. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 25, 2017

      I’m glad to hear the recipe is a HIT! Thanks for sharing your great review Ashley! Reply

  • Azure
    October 17, 2017

    I messed up and got ground pork, not sausage. I just added salt, pepper, and herbs de provence to the pork as it was browning. It worked just fine and no one could tell it wasn’t sausage.

    I love how easily it reheats. 1:30 in the microwave (stirring every 30sec) and its piping hot and ready for a midnight snack. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 17, 2017

      I’m glad it turned out well! Thanks for sharing your review Azure! Reply

  • Narrie
    August 13, 2017

    Great recipe! Quick and easy, I added a little hot sauce for a little spice and I Loved it!!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 14, 2017

      I’m happy to hear you love the recipe Narrie! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • Tayla
    May 23, 2017

    Has anyone tried making this in a crockpot? I’m thinking of browning the sausage the day before and then putting everything else in the crockpot and cooking on low. I’m not sure how many hours to cook it, hoping someone else has tried this! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 23, 2017

      I haven’t tried that but I do think it would work fine as long as you pre-cook the meat per the recipe. Reply

    • Dakota
      October 8, 2017

      Got all of the ingredients but thought it was a crockpot recipe! I think I’m still going to try it. How did yours turn out? Reply

    • Maritza
      January 4, 2018

      Yes.. Comes out really good.. brown the meat .. then throw everything else in the crock pot .. Reply

  • February 22, 2017

    I tried this recipe last weekend, kids loved it! My hubby is not fan of chips, so he had it with bread, was really good! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 22, 2017

      I’m glad to hear the whole family enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Tanya
    February 8, 2017

    The recipe is really quick and easy. Super tasty too! My 13-year daughter made it with ground meat instead of sausage and also added fresh garlic (because we just love garlic!) and the taste was amazing!! Everyone loved it. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 8, 2017

      Yum! I’m so glad to hear you enjoy the recipe! Thank you for sharing Tanya 🙂 Reply

  • Amanda
    January 28, 2017

    Made it the day it showed up on the blog and everyone loved it! So quick and easy! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 28, 2017

      Reviews like yours put a smile on my face! Thank you for sharing Amanda 🙂 Reply

  • Julie
    January 27, 2017

    I really want to try this but, not a fan of pork. Will chicken or turkey sausage work as a substitute? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 28, 2017

      Yes, you can use really any kind of ground meat. Chicken, turkey, or beef. Keep in mind, if you are not using a ground “sausage”, you may need to add additional seasoning to taste at the end. Let me know what you end up testing! Hope you love it! Reply

  • Katya
    January 27, 2017

    Hi Natasha,I have recently made the healthier carrot cake and it was good!….Could you maybe post a recipe for French toast sticks? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 27, 2017

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! Thank you for the suggestion! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 27, 2017

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! Thank you for the suggestion! Reply

  • January 26, 2017

    This is seriously making my mouth water! That’s what I get for going to look at food blogs before my lunch break! I think this would be an acceptable lunch though too 😉 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 26, 2017

      LOL!! It is delicious!! Let me know what you think if you try the recipe. Reply

  • January 26, 2017

    Oh dear, always good things at your place 🙂 I will use this dip as a spread on your Duch Oven Bread. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 26, 2017

      Thank you for that amazing compliment! I hope you love this recipe! 🙂 Reply

  • Ksusha. A
    January 25, 2017

    I am going to try this improved version asap. You made this dip just a little more exciting! 😄 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 26, 2017

      Hi Ksusha!! Thank you again (SO MUCH!!) for sharing this recipe with me. It was so sweet of you to think of me 🙂 Reply

      • Ksusha. A
        January 28, 2017

        Hi! No problem! I got this recipe from my sister in law Oksana. Not sure where she got it.. I have made your version last night for group and really loved it 🙂 Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          January 28, 2017

          Awesome! I am glad to hear you guys loved it! 🙂 Reply

  • January 25, 2017

    Never thought about adding sausage to the Queso. Have to try it next itme. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 26, 2017

      It is so good! Let me know what you think if you decide to make it! Reply

  • January 25, 2017

    My husband loves queso, but I refuse to eat it because of the velveeta. I need to make this for him and change his mind. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 25, 2017

      Ha! That’s awesome and I hope you both LOVE it! 🙂 Reply

  • Alena
    January 25, 2017

    So is the dip a little spicy? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 25, 2017

      Hi Alena, my son doesn’t like spicy stuff and he ate a whole bowl with a glass of milk :). It’s a little spicy not it’s more of a subtle spiciness 🙂 Reply

  • January 24, 2017

    WOw Natasha, this dip recipe looks incredibly delicious! Pinning it for later!

    My favorite party dip is spinach artichoke dip! 😛 I make it a lot for my guests and family.

    Love your Staub skillet such a beautiful color!<3 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 24, 2017

      Mmm I can’t resist a good spinach artichoke dip and the one you posted looks amazing!! Thank you, it is a new skillet and this was my first time using it. The dip fit perfectly 🙂 Reply

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