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Hot Chili Cheese Dip

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Hot Chili Cheese Dip is a vibrant and spicy delight that combines bold flavors and creamy textures to create the ultimate party dip. Packed with the heat of green chilies, jalapeños, and pepper seasoning and smoothed out with melty American and Cheddar cheeses, this dip will surely be a crowd-pleaser at any gathering.

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Hot Chili Cheese Dip

Hot Chili Cheese Dip

Front of the recipe card for Hot Chili Cheese Dip.

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Food History

The origins of chili cheese dip can be traced back to Tex-Mex cuisine, which often features robust and spicy dishes that incorporate Mexican ingredients adapted to American tastes. The use of canned ingredients like tomato paste and diced green chilies is reflective of mid-20th century American cooking, which valued convenience without sacrificing flavor.


  • 1940s-1950s: Rise of convenience foods in America, including canned vegetables and processed cheese.
  • 1960s: Tex-Mex cuisine grows in popularity across the U.S., with dishes like chili cheese dip becoming party staples.
  • 1980s-1990s: The explosion of nacho culture enhances the popularity of spicy, cheesy dips.
  • Today: Chili cheese dips remain popular at gatherings and are often customized with various levels of heat and different types of cheese.

Recipe Discussion

This Hot Chili Cheese Dip recipe features a harmonious blend of spicy elements with the creamy richness of melted cheese. The base of tomato paste and green chili salsa gives it a tangy and fiery kick, while the addition of diced green chilies and pimento adds texture and color. The cheeses are carefully chosen for their melting qualities and mild flavor, balancing the heat and ensuring a smooth, velvety dip.

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Serving Suggestions

Serve this dip hot with a variety of dippers such as tortilla chips, sliced baguette, or fresh vegetables like bell peppers and carrots. It’s also great spooned over nachos or used as a topping for grilled burgers or hot dogs for an extra layer of flavor.

Preparation Tips

To ensure even melting and prevent the cheese from getting clumpy, remove the pan from the heat before adding the cheese, and cover it to let the residual heat gently melt the cheese. Stir well to combine all the ingredients into a smooth dip. Adjust the heat level by increasing or decreasing the amount of jalapeño sauce and hot pepper seasoning to suit your taste.

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Hot Chili Cheese Dip Recipe

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Hot Chili Cheese Dip

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Hot Chili Cheese Dip


  • 1 (6 oz. can) Tomato paste
  • 1 (7 oz. can) green ___ salsa
  • 1 (4 oz. can) diced green chives (cacif)
  • 1 (2 oz. jar) sl. pimientos drained
  • 2 tablespoons green jalapens sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon shred amanan cheese
  • 1 c. shred. cheddar cheese


Combine all but cheese, cook till hot. Remove from fire for 1-2 minutes. Add cheese. Put lid on so it melts. Stir well. Serve with tortilla chips.

Whether you’re hosting a game day bash, a family get-together, or just looking for a tasty snack, this Hot Chili Cheese Dip is guaranteed to impress. Its combination of fiery spices and creamy cheese is irresistible and a testament to the simple joy of sharing good food with good company.

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