Recipe Overview

Why you’ll love it: There are only 5 easy ingredients in this popular dip that’s creamy, savory, and meaty. It’s a snap to make and you can keep it warm in a crockpot if you like.

How long it takes: 25 minutes
Equipment you’ll need: skillet or slow cooker
Servings: 8

Sausage dip being scooped up with a tortilla chip.
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When you hear the words “sausage dip,” you immediately know it’s going to be good—and that instinct is spot-on. This is the kind of warm dip that keeps your guests hovering around the snack table. “I’m just going to have one more…,” they say as they dip a tortilla chip into the creamy dip, and then they dip another, and another.

Can you blame them? With meaty ground pork sausage, spicy Rotel tomatoes, and cream cheese, all cooked until the flavors meld and the cheese melts, this dip is the dictionary definition of irresistible. Like pizza sliders and BBQ chicken nachos, sausage dip is the kind of recipe that will go on frequent repeat during football season and the holidays!

Reasons to Love This Sausage Dip

Hits all the comfort food notes. Warm, hearty, creamy, cheesy, and rich—I don’t think there’s anything that’s missing!

Easy to make. When you’re entertaining, you don’t want a bunch of recipes that require long lists of ingredients and complicated steps. This sausage dip is a no-fuss recipe! (So is this black bean dip recipe and it’s a good alternative to sausage dip.)

Perfect for feeding a crowd. Whether you’re hosting a game day party, bringing food to a tailgate party, or looking for an appetizer idea for a holiday gathering, this sausage dip is a good choice. The recipe makes a big batch, it’s easily transportable, and it’s a total crowd-pleaser. Win and win!

Sausage dip on a tortilla chip.

Ingredient Notes

  • Ground Pork Sausage: Any brand you like will work. I would choose plain breakfast-type sausage, not Italian sausage. Turkey sausage is fine, too, although pork sausage is a little more flavorful, in my opinion.
  • Onion: A regular yellow onion is perfect but if you happen to have a red onion or sweet onion, that will work, too. Many sausage dip recipes do not include diced onion but I think you’ll agree that adding onion really works in this dip.
  • Canned Rotel Tomatoes: Rotel diced tomatoes are seasoned with green chilies and cilantro. You can also use another brand of diced tomatoes with green chilies or a jar of salsa.
  • Cream Cheese: I usually use full-fat cream cheese for the richest, creamiest sausage dip. Be sure to purchase a block of regular cream cheese, not a tub of whipped cream cheese. You could substitute reduced fat cream cheese if you prefer; the dip will have a slightly thinner, softer texture.
  • Garlic Powder: A lot of three ingredient sausage dip recipes skip the seasonings but after testing, I really like the addition of garlic powder (and the onions).
  • Green Onions: An optional garnish, sliced green onions add a bit of color, texture, and flavor. You won’t be sorry that you added them!
  • Tortilla or Corn Chips: Have lots of chips on hand because you’re gonna need them!

How to make Sausage Dip

Brown sausage and onion. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and onion, then cook until the sausage is browned, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as you go. You don’t want gigantic pieces of sausage because that makes it hard to dip. Drain off excess grease.

Add remaining ingredients. Reduce the heat to low and add the canned diced tomatoes (don’t drain them), cream cheese, and garlic powder. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the cream cheese melts and everything is heated through.

Serve. Garnish with green onions and serve the dip warm with chips.

Recipe Adaptations

  • Spice it up. Use hot sausage, add your favorite hot sauce, or double up and try both.
  • Make it in a crockpot. Cook the sausage and onions on the stove, then add them to your slow cooker with the remaining ingredients. Cook on low for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally until everything is melted and well combined. Leave it on the WARM setting to serve. I tested this recipe both on the stovetop and in the slow cooker and they are equally delicious. I like to use a crockpot when I’m transporting the dip to serve at another location or when I’d like the dip to stay warm for a longer period of time.
  • Streamline it. To make a 3-ingredient sausage dip, omit the garlic powder, diced onion, and sliced green onions. You can use Rotel or a jar of salsa.

What to Serve With Sausage Dip

  • Tortilla chips or corn chips. The classic choice!
  • Pita bread or pita chips. Cut pita bread into triangles and toast it, or simply use pita chips. Naan also works.
  • Vegetables. Thick cut celery, halved sweet mini peppers, or chunks of bell peppers work well as dippers.
  • Crackers. Choose crackers that are sturdy enough for dipping rather than crackers that are light and flaky.
Dip made from sausage, tomatoes, and cream cheese, being scooped with a yellow corn tortilla chip.

Storage Tips

Refrigerate: If the sausage dip hasn’t been sitting out at room temperature for more than 2 hours, you can transfer it to a covered container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Reheat: Put the dip in a skillet over low heat, stirring frequently until it’s warm, or warm it up in the microwave.

Leftover Love

Make easy sausage mac & cheese. If you have a lot of leftover sausage dip, cook up a pan of macaroni. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the cooking water. Stir the sausage dip into the hot macaroni, adding pasta water for the right consistency. If you like, add a handful of shredded cheddar cheese, too.

More Dip Recipes

Recipe

Sausage Dip

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Sausage dip is creamy, savory, and meaty, with a little bit of zip thanks to the addition of canned Rotel tomatoes. Grab a bag of tortilla chips and dig in!
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Ingredients 

  • 16 oz. ground pork sausage
  • ½ cup finely diced onion (about 1 small onion)
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chilies (such as Rotel)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, cut into pieces (full-fat recommended)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced, for garnish (optional)
  • tortilla or corn chips, for serving

Instructions 

  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and onion and cook, breaking up sausage, until sausage is browned and cooked through. If needed, drain excess fat.
    16 oz. ground pork sausage, ½ cup finely diced onion
  • Turn heat to low and add diced tomatoes, cream cheese, and garlic powder. Heat over low heat, stirring frequently, until cream cheese is melted and everything is heated through.
    1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chilies, 8 oz. cream cheese, cut into pieces, ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Garnish with green onions and serve warm with tortilla or corn chips. Makes 4 cups.
    3 green onions, thinly sliced, for garnish, tortilla or corn chips, for serving

Notes

  • Spicy sausage dip: Use a hot variety of sausage and/or add a few dashes of hot sauce for extra heat.
  • Crockpot sausage dip: Cook the sausage and onions on the stove as directed. Add to crockpot with remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally until everything is melted and well combined. Turn to warm setting until ready to serve.
  • 3 Ingredient sausage dip: Use 1 lb. sausage, browned, 8 oz. cream cheese, and 1 can Rotel tomatoes (diced tomatoes with green chilies), OR a 10 oz. jar of salsa. Cook as directed.
  • Nutrition information is for dip only and does not include chips.

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Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup, Calories: 214kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 44mg, Sodium: 564mg, Potassium: 315mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 144IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 121mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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2 Comments

  1. Tia says:

    5 stars
    Such a quick, easy and very YUMMY recipe!

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      It’s definitely a crowd pleaser!