Sausage queso dip is creamy and hearty with bites of corn and fresh tomatoes. This queso dip is loaded with half a pound of REAL shredded cheddar and it’s one of our favorite Rotel recipes!

Sausage Queso Dip in pot with tomato, green onion, and cheese on top with a hand dipping a chip in it

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Sausage Queso Dip

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 just like our Cowboy Caviar, creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip, or Pico de Gallo.

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!

Sausage Queso dip topped with tomato, green onion, and cheese in a pot.

Ingredients for Rotel Sausage Dip:

This Rotel dip recipe takes just a few simple ingredients: ground pork sausage, Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies, canned corn, cream cheese, and real cheddar cheese. The garnish is just chopped tomato and green onion or chives.

Ingredients for queso dip: pork sausage, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, corn, rotel

Substitutions and Toppings for Queso Dip:

We love to change up this queso dip based on what we have on hand. Here are some ideas for queso variations:

  • Other ground meat (i.e. chicken, beef, turkey) for ground sausage. If it doesn’t say “sausage” on the label, you may need to add additional seasoning to taste at the end.
  • Chopped black olives for the corn
  • Adding black beans and chopped jalapenos
  • Adding taco seasoning and serve with sour cream

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 a spatula until fully saturated then discard.

How to make sausage queso dip, browning ground sausage in a pan with wooden spoon.

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

How to make sausage queso dip, adding cream cheese to ground sausage in pan.

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.

How to make sausage dip: adding corn, rotel, and cheddar cheese in pot.

It does melt into a perfectly creamy consistency and you’ll find that sampling at this stage is undeniably irresistible! This does make a big batch so it is absolutely party friendly.

sausage queso dip in a pan with chips surrounding it.

Can I Make Queso in the Slow Cooker?

Our readers have also had success in making this queso dip in the crockpot. You can keep it warm for hours while the game is on so everyone can have seconds. Just make sure you brown your meat on the stove before adding it to the crockpot.

How to Reheat Leftover Dip:

If you’re fortunate enough to end up with leftovers, this queso dip reheats really well. You can microwave it for 1 1/2 minutes stirring every 30 seconds, or on the stovetop, stirring frequently until heated through.

Sausage Queso dip topped with tomato, green onion, and cheese in a pot.

More Party Dip Recipes:

We have lots of great dip recipes. Try some of our others for your next game day party:

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Sausage Queso Dip Recipe (with Real Cheese!)

4.98 from 138 votes
This cheesy sausage queso dip is creamy with sweet bites of corn and fresh tomatoes. This queso dip is loaded with REAL shredded cheddar and Rotel diced tomatoes. It also reheats perfectly!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 people as an appetizer

Ingredients for Sausage Queso:

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

Garnish for Queso Dip:

  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1 Tbsp chives or green onion, finely chopped

Instructions

  • 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 a spatula until fully saturated then discard.
  • Cut cream cheese into pieces and stir it into browned pork until melted and incorporated.
  • 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.

Nutrition Per Serving

436kcal Calories12g Carbs19g Protein35g Fat17g Saturated Fat102mg Cholesterol722mg Sodium421mg Potassium1g Fiber3g Sugar871IU Vitamin A9mg Vitamin C259mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Sausage Queso Dip Recipe (with Real Cheese!)
Amount per Serving
Calories
436
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
35
g
54
%
Saturated Fat
 
17
g
106
%
Cholesterol
 
102
mg
34
%
Sodium
 
722
mg
31
%
Potassium
 
421
mg
12
%
Carbohydrates
 
12
g
4
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
19
g
38
%
Vitamin A
 
871
IU
17
%
Vitamin C
 
9
mg
11
%
Calcium
 
259
mg
26
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dip
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: queso dip
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 436

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We first published this recipe in 2012 and updated it in January 2020 with more tips, substitutions, reheating instructions and how to make Rotel queso dip in the slow cooker. 

Completed Sausage Dip in pan with hand dipping a chip in it.

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.

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Dayle
    December 21, 2022

    Hi Natasha! Have you by any chance made this with other shredded cheeses? Just curious on how a variation would taste. Thanks!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 22, 2022

      Hi Dayle! I have not but another cheese that melts well such as pepper jack, or Monterey jack I think would be great to enhance and change the flavor.

      Reply

  • Joe
    August 21, 2022

    I made this for a “guys movie night”. I put all the ingredients in a crock pot and served with scoops. It was destroyed! It was Great!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 21, 2022

      Awesome, good to know that it was a huge hit!

      Reply

  • Jacob Smock
    July 3, 2022

    I made this for my boy Greg’s Uncle’s memorial service in Rhode Island. The food was amazing even during such a hard and dark time. He would have loved this recipe. If only I could’ve found it sooner. RIP Greg’s Uncle <3

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 3, 2022

      Thanks for sharing that with us, Jacob. Good to know that you like this recipe.

      Reply

  • Ej
    February 28, 2022

    Hi, just wondering what else would go with it, instead of chips? Thanks

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 28, 2022

      Saltines, butter crackers, pita chips. Or if you are looking for a healthy alternative try carrots, celery stalks, green peppers, radish, or another veggie of your choice.

      Reply

  • Katharina
    February 27, 2022

    We ended up making this with minced chicken and just diced tomatoes (we don’t have cans where the chilies and tomatoes come combined and we kinda forgot haha), but it was absolutely amazing!! My boyfriend made sure there weren’t any leftovers haha. I also recommended my mom to try the recipe before I even got done eating. 😀
    Another winner!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 27, 2022

      Awesome, great to hear that you both enjoyed it! Thanks a lot for sharing your review with us.

      Reply

  • Erica
    December 7, 2021

    Hey Natasha, I tried making this recipe exactly like you have it and the taste was very chalky to me. Any recommendation as to why?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 8, 2021

      Hi Erica, can you tell me more about it, what do you mean it was very chalky? Were there any substitutions used when it comes to the recommended ingredients?

      Reply

      • Erica
        December 9, 2021

        No I literally followed step by step and got exactly what you did but when eating it with chips there was a taste at the end that was just chalky taste, I’m not exactly sure how else to describe it.

        Reply

      • Rachell
        February 3, 2022

        It could have been the brand of cheese or cream cheese. I’ve had that chalky after taste when mixing certain cheeses with cream cheese.

        Reply

    • rocky
      December 9, 2021

      Maybe it was your chips?? Were they old or stale? I’ve made this for years and never, ever chalky.

      Reply

    • Jenelle D.
      April 29, 2022

      Chalky usually comes from using pre-shredded cheese. Buy a block of cheese and shred it yourself with a grater or food processor and you’ll probably not have the chalky problem.

      Reply

  • Michelle
    November 11, 2021

    This recipe is quick and delish! Made it for a potluck dinner for my husband’s employee’s. HUGE hit! 🥳👍
    Thank you so much Natasha!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 11, 2021

      I’m so happy to hear this was a hit, Michelle! That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Shannon
    January 11, 2021

    So good!! We made this for a meal today. Wanted something easy for dinner. So we made nachos. 2 big thumbs up! 👍🏻

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 11, 2021

      So good to know that, Shannon. Thank you for your great review!

      Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 11, 2021

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Sandy
    January 4, 2021

    Can you use store bought shredded cheese instead of shredding the Tillamook block?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 4, 2021

      Hi Sandy, we prefer it fresh but that should work!

      Reply

  • Carrie
    October 31, 2020

    Was looking for a new dip to make for get togethers. Found this recipe and it seemed to have good reviews. Tried it last night and OMG! Sooo good! I used Jimmy Dean hot sausage, hot rotel and added a few diced jalapenos. We like spicy in our house. Huge hit! I’ve been told it stays on list of things to make for every party From now on.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 31, 2020

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Carrie!

      Reply

  • Laura Ryan
    September 23, 2020

    Can you use salsa instead of rotel. I make my own salsa so have an abundance.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 23, 2020

      Hi Laura, there are so many varieties of recipes out there for salsa it is hard knowing exactly what yours is like but if you do the experiment I would love to know how you like this recipe!

      Reply

      • Laura P Ryan
        November 1, 2020

        i did try it with salsa and it tasted great!

        Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          November 1, 2020

          Great to hear that! Thank you for sharing.

          Reply

  • Sue Roberts
    September 15, 2020

    Wanted a small dinner, this worked out fine …

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 15, 2020

      I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Vicky Lawson
    September 8, 2020

    We made breakfast burritos and used some of this left over dip omg so good!!!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 8, 2020

      I’m so happy to hear that Vicky! Thank you for this amazing review!

      Reply

  • Patricia
    August 13, 2020

    Can leftovers be frozen? Wondering because my husband loves this but it makes a lot.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 13, 2020

      Hi Patricia, to be honest, I haven’t tested that to advise. I worry the cream will separate when defrosted. If you happen to experiment I would love to know how you like this recipe.

      Reply

  • Vika
    August 9, 2020

    I can’t even remember how many times I’ve made this dip. It’s ALWAYS a hit and people always ask me for the recipe. You can’t mess it up and it reheats really well. Thank you, Natasha, for another great recipe!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 9, 2020

      Super! Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback.

      Reply

  • Keith
    August 5, 2020

    If you were to use traditional mexican chorizo instead, what would you change? I’m fairly certain you can’t pat chorizo dry when initially cooking it with a paper towel.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 5, 2020

      Hi Keith, I haven’t tried that myself to advise. If you happen to experiment I would love to know how you like that!

      Reply

  • Jason Van Maanen
    June 30, 2020

    This recipe is great. Last time I made it, as a twist, once I had everything mixed, I put it in a foil tray and heated it in my smoker at 225F for 1.5 hours stirring a couple time while heating.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 30, 2020

      I’m glad you enjoyed that Jason! Thank you for that great feedback.

      Reply

  • Jane Hornung
    April 16, 2020

    This was the BIGGEST party hit. We refrigerated leftovers and ate it with tortilla chips following the party. Will be making this at future gatherings as well.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 16, 2020

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Jane!

      Reply

  • Rocky
    February 16, 2020

    We like spicy so for that extra kick I tossed in a couple of chopped Jalapenos. And for the boys for the extra, extra kick I added a Serrano. The peppers made it just right for us.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 16, 2020

      Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing that with me and for giving great feedback!

      Reply

  • Kristin
    February 4, 2020

    can you substitute frozen corn

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 4, 2020

      Hi Kristin, I have not tested that with frozen corn, If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe

      Reply

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