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Rotel Taco Dip Recipe


This Rotel taco dip recipe is a real treat! It’s so simple to make, full of flavor and is a perfect cream cheese Rotel dip to pair with your favorite tortilla chips as a snack or an appetizer.

Cream cheese and rotel taco dip in a white bowl beside corn chips.
Get ready to treat yourself with this Rotel taco dip recipe!

Why You’ll Love this Cream Cheese Dip Recipe

This tasty taco dip with Rotel needs just 4 simple ingredients and has no complicated steps.

You’ll love the bright flavor of the tomatoes paired with cream cheese, and mild bite of green chiles in this Rotel taco dip. 

Related: Warm Green Chile Dip Recipe

It’s a great dip recipe to keep in mind when you need a last-minute appetizer idea.

I love the sharpness of cheddar in this recipe and the kick added by the green chiles in this cream cheese Rotel dip. If you’re like me, you’ve probably already got most of these ingredients in your pantry or fridge.

Rotel taco dip is the perfect snack for watching your favorite team on game day (or any reality TV show).

Rotel Dip Ingredients

Ingredients for rotel taco dip includes cheddar cheese, rotel with red chiles, sour cream, and taco seasoning.
Here’s what you need to make Rotel Taco Dip.

There are just 4 ingredients in this recipe, so it’s super easy to whip up before the big game or party. Plus, you probably already have some of these ingredients in your kitchen.

You can use store-brand or another type of tomatoes with green chiles, it doesn’t have to be the Rotel brand.

Be sure to scroll down to the printable recipe card for quantities and full recipe.

How to Make Rotel Taco Dip

The best thing about this recipe is that it’s quick. You can easily prep this cream cheese and Rotel dip ahead of time. Then, this Rotel dip can chill in the fridge while you prep the rest of your game-day snacks.

Mix sour cream and taco seasoning in a bowl.
Stir taco seasoning and sour cream well.

Step 1

Mix the sour cream and taco seasoning in a medium bowl.

Add cheddar cheese into the taco seasoning and sour cream mixture.
Add rotel, cheddar cheese and rotel with sour cream mixture.

Step 2

Drain the can of Rotel well. Then, add Rotel and shredded cheese to the sour cream mixture. Stir well.

Delicious rotel boat dip with corn chips on the side.

Step 3

Refrigerate for 1 hour, then serve with corn chips, tortilla chips, veggies (like celery or jicama) or taquitos.


  • If you’re looking for a Keto recipe to enjoy on game day, this Rotel taco dip is ideal! I don’t follow a Keto diet but my brother-in-law was super excited about this.
  • You can mix up Rotel taco dip a day in advance. Mix the sour cream and taco seasoning and store in the fridge. Then, add the Rotel and cheese the day you plan to serve it.

Cream Cheese and Rotel Dip Variations

This recipe is so easy to mix together and easy to “mix up” too. You can mix it up with the fun cream cheese and Rotel dip variations below.

  • SPICY: You can change the spice level in this taco dip with Rotel by using Original Rotel for a spicier dish and Mild Rotel for a less spicy version. Need it to be extra spicy? Try adding diced jalapenos.
  • DELUXE: Swap the type of cheese (like pepper jack or a Mexican blend) used in this Rotel cream cheese dip to add extra flair and flavor to this quick dip recipe.
  • KID-FRIENDLY: If green chiles are too spicy for your kids, try swapping out the Rotel for a can of diced tomatoes. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What goes with Rotel dip?

Rotel taco dip goes well with tortilla chips, corn chips, jicama, celery, french fries, wings, fajitas, onion rings, nachos, and quesadillas. It’s the perfect creamy cheese dip for just about any finger food!

How do you make Rotel dip thicker?

This Rotel taco dip recipe will be thick and creamy if you drain the can of Rotel well. You can thicken the finished dip by adding 1 teaspoon of cornstarch and mixing well.

Why do people put cream cheese in Rotel?

Many people mix Rotel with Velveeta to create a Rotel taco dip. However, adding cream cheese instead of Velveeta gives Rotel dip a velvety and creamy texture you’re going to love.

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A bowl of Rotel cream cheese dip with a container of corn chips beside it.

Rotel Taco Dip Recipe

This Rotel taco dip is a real treat! You’ll love the flavors in this delicious Rotel dip with cream cheese.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Down Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Calories: 241kcal
Servings: 8 people


  • 1 medium bowl



  • Mix the sour cream and taco seasoning in a medium bowl.
  • Drain the can of Rotel really well, then add that and the cheese to the sour cream mixture. Stir well.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour, then serve with corn chips or veggies.


  • This can work as a keto recipe too.
  • If you’d like to make a day ahead, mix the sour cream and taco seasoning, then add the Rotel and cheese the day you’re going to serve it.
  • Serves well with Fritos, tortilla chips, and veggies.


Serving: 0.5cups | Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 493mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1013IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 269mg | Iron: 1mg
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