Easy Chili Cheese Dip is creamy, cheesy, melty heaven and is incredibly simple to make. Use your favorite chili and watch this easy dip vanish in minutes!

Chili Cheese Dip in a white baking dish with tortilla chips on the side and a hand holding a chip with a cheese pull to the dip.

Easy Chili Cheese Dip

Football season is the best excuse to dig into your favorite game day grub like Hoagie Dip, cheesesteaks and pulled pork. But one of my favorite tailgating recipes (my FAMOUS chili) is now my favorite dip….Chili Cheese Dip!

Made with just three ingredients, the success of this easy dip recipe is dependent on the quality of your chili. We like to use this award-winning chili recipe as the base but you can use your own recipe or just a store bought chili that you love will work well, too!

Chili Cheese Dip with jalapeno slices on top and a chip dipped into it.

Ingredients You Will Need

Easy as 1…2…3. All you need are three ingredients.


Cream Cheese

Sharp Cheddar Cheese

You can use other cheese like Monterey Jack or Jalapeno Cheddar but the first time I made it I used cheddar and it was pretty phenomenal.

Chip being dipped into chili cheese dip in a white baking dish.

How to Make It

Chili Cheese Dip is so simple to make and only takes about 2 minutes of hands on time.

Combine the chili and cream cheese until well blended.

Fold in 1 cup shredded cheddar and pour into a small baking dish.

Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and bake until bubbling.

Garnish with jalapeños and cilantro, if desired, and serve with tortilla chips!

Chili cheese dip with a chip in it.

What To Serve It With

You can really just serve this chili cream cheese dip all by itself or you can use it as part of a larger game day spread!

And do I have some amazing game day treats….like these stuffed mushrooms and these chili spiced tortilla chips!

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Get the Recipe: Easy Chili Cheese Dip

Super easy Chili Cheese Dip recipe is a great way to use up leftover chili. Quick, easy, addicting.
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  • 1 cup ready made chili
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the chili, cream cheese and 1 cup of cheddar until well blended.
  • Spread the mixture in an even layer in a small, oven-safe baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the dip and transfer to the oven. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the dip is bubbling. Serve immediately with chips or crackers.
Serving: 2g, Calories: 174kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 271mg, Potassium: 92mg, Sugar: 0g, Vitamin A: 475IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 152mg, Iron: 0.7mg