Spicy Chorizo Cheese Dip

$6.39 recipe / $1.07 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.78 from 18 votes
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Well, I guess now I *have* to have a party because I’ve got a big vat of Spicy Chorizo Cheese Dip and I definitely can’t be left alone in a room with it. I can’t be trusted with this much cheesy goodness. 😳 But if you are going to have a party, like say for football, Halloween, or any other event, this Spicy Chorizo Cheese Dip is totally the way to go! You only need 5 ingredients and there is no American cheese, Velveeta, or “cheese product” involved. 👏

P.S. It’s not intentional that half the pictures of this recipe are of me scooping it up with a chip. I literally couldn’t stop.

A skillet full of Spicy Chorizo Cheese Dip garnished with green onions.

It’s all about the Chorizo…

The chorizo is the magic ingredient in this cheese dip, so DON’T leave it out. Chorizo is packed with spices, which will automatically season the entire batch of cheese dip. Make sure you buy Mexican chorizo, which is a fresh ground sausage, not Spanish chorizo, which is a hard cured sausage.

I prefer Johnsonville brand chorizo because it’s not as fatty or greasy as some other brands, and you can find it in most major grocery stores. It does come in both links and loose ground meat, so if you get links just slice the casing open and empty the ground meat into your skillet.

Keep your Cheese Dip Warm

You’ll probably want to keep your Spicy Chorizo Cheese Dip warm so that it stays creamy for your party guests, so I did a little testing. My slow cooker was a bit too large for this batch size, so I tested it in my 2 qt rice cooker on the “warm” setting. It kept the cheese dip creamy and warm for a whole hour, stirring only occasionally, and the dip never clumped up or broke down. It probably would have lasted longer, but I had things to do, places to go, people to see, and I had to end the experiment.

Reheating the Cheese Dip

also tested reheating the Spicy Chorizo Cheese Dip and it performed well! I spooned about a half cup into a small bowl and microwaved on high for 30 seconds, then stirred, microwaved for about 15 seconds more, and then it was melty, cheesy perfection. No clumping, no separating, just creamy goodness!

Goes great with: Fire Roasted Salsa, Best Ever Avocado Dip, Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips

Close up of a chip being dipped into Spicy Chorizo Cheese Dip
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Spicy Chorizo Cheese Dip

4.78 from 18 votes
This incredibly easy Spicy Chorizo Cheese Dip only has five ingredients, no processed cheese, and is sure to be the star of your next party! 
A chip scooping up Spicy Chorizo Cheese Dip
Servings 6 1/2 cup each
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 20 minutes


  • 1/2 lb. Mexican chorizo ($2.00)
  • 1 10oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles (like Rotel) ($0.49)
  • 1 12oz. can evaporated milk ($0.65)
  • 12 oz. Monterey jack cheese*, shredded ($3.00)
  • 3 green onions (garnish) ($0.25)
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  • Brown the chorizo in a skillet over medium heat until it is slightly crispy on the edges. If your chorizo is very fatty, drain some of it off before the next step (leave a couple of tablespoons of fat in the skillet).
  • Drain the diced tomatoes with green chiles, then add it to the skillet with the chorizo, and continue to stir and cook until most of the moisture from the canned tomatoes has evaporated away.
  • Pour the evaporated milk into the skillet. Stir and cook until heated through.
  • Turn the heat under the skillet down to low. Begin adding the cheese, one handful at a time, stirring until it is fully melted in before adding the next handful. 
  • Once all the cheese has melted into the dip, turn the heat off. Garnish with sliced green onion and serve!

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*Cheddar can be used in place of Monterey jack, but use either mild or medium, as sharp tends to break or separate more easily. Use block cheese that is shredded by hand for best results.


Calories: 410.3kcalCarbohydrates: 9.33gProtein: 23.38gFat: 31.33gSodium: 842.33mgFiber: 0.2g
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Scroll down for the step by step photos!

A chip being dipped into a skillet full of Spicy Chorizo Cheese Dip

How to Make Chorizo Cheese Dip – Step by Step Photos

A package of raw Mexican Chorizo

If you’re unfamiliar with Mexican chorizo, it’s a heavily spiced ground pork product. Super yummy. I like this brand because it’s a lot less greasy than some others I’ve tried. It comes in both links and loose ground meat, like this. If you get links, just cut open the casing and scoop the meat into your skillet.

Crispy browned chorizo in a cast iron skillet

Brown 1/2 lb. of the chorizo in a skillet over medium heat until it’s a bit crispy on the edges (you can freeze the rest of the chorizo). If your chorizo is super fatty, you may want to drain some of it off before moving to the next step.

A can of diced tomatoes with green chiles being held in a hand

If you’re familiar with Rotel, you can use that, or use a generic version of diced tomatoes with green chiles, like I did. Drain the excess liquid from the can before adding them to the skillet.

Add Rotel and Reduce

Continue to stir and cook the Rotel and chorizo until most of the moisture from the tomatoes has evaporated (another 3-5 minutes).

Add Evaporated Milk to Chorizo and Rotel

Add one 12oz. can of evaporated milk to the skillet and allow it to heat through.

Melt in Cheese One Handful at a Time

Once the liquid is hot, turn the heat under the skillet down to low. Begin adding the 12 oz. of shredded Monterey jack, one handful at a time, stirring until it is fully melted in before adding more. (The liquid looks really orange because the fat from the chorizo is floating on top and it’s orange from all the spices).

Thick Spicy Chorizo Cheese Dip being stirred in the skillet.

Once all the cheese has been melted into the sauce, it will be thick and delicious! Turn the heat off.

Finished spicy chorizo cheese dip in the cast iron skillet, garnished with crumbled chorizo and sliced green onions. Chips on the side

Garnish the Spicy Chorizo Cheese Dip with green onions, and serve! (I also reserved a tablespoon or so of the crispy chorizo and used that as garnish.)

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    1. This can happen if you use pre-shredded bagged cheese or if the temperature was too high!

  1. If I wanted to use 1lb of chorizo, should I double the rest of the ingredients as well?

  2. Hey Beth, you got some great coverage on an NPR TV spot here in Boston last week. It came off really well. Short but great.

  3. Great recipe! I have never made queso dip before and it hit the spot. My wife and I love your recipes, they have added so much to our meals.

  4. Yum! I wonder if I could sub heavy cream for the evaporated milk to make this Keto friendly?

    1. It should work, especially since cream has a higher fat content. However, we haven’t tested it. Let us know the results!

  5. I have tried more queso recipes than I can count in the last couple months and this is by far the best!!! The only thing I did different was add a handful of queso quesadilla cheese only because I had some left from the last queso recipe I tried and I used a 4 oz can of fire roasted green chiles (NOT a fan of tomatoes at all). But this is exactly what I was looking for and I may have already eaten about half of it by myself :)

  6. LOVE this recipe! I even made it with dairy free cheese (Moocho fiesta blend) and it came out SO good! Cut up some bell peppers to dip as well as corn chips and it’s a fiesta in my mouth. =D