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How To Make The Best Chili Cheese Dip With Just 3 Ingredients

Craving something savory after all those sweet treats? This is my go-to dip for any party or gathering!

4.17 from 6 votes

There is no shortage of sweet treats at our house during the holiday season! There’s the treats we make for ourselves, the treats we eat at parties we attend, the stuff we make for neighbors, the stuff the neighbors make for us… the list goes on and on!

And while I do have a bit of a sweet tooth, I’ll inevitably reach the “sweetness overload” stage at some point. After that, I usually start craving something salty!

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So a few Christmases ago, when my daughter-in-law Kaitlyn mentioned that she used to make an easy Chili Cheese Dip all the time when she was in college, I was highly intrigued!

I immediately went to my kitchen to see if I happened to have the necessary ingredients. And to my surprise, I did! (Though maybe it shouldn’t have been all that surprising, considering I only needed three ingredients!)

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I ended up making Kaitlyn’s dip that very night, and a new family favorite was born! I’ve made it many times since then, and it’s become a Christmastime tradition!

It’s the perfect savory dip to help offset all those sweet treats. Pair it with some salty tortilla chips, and you’ll have yourself a quick and easy snack that is almost impossible to put down! Here’s how to make it at home.

3-Ingredient Chili Cheese Dip

Add the cream cheese, salsa, and chili to a pot on your stovetop. (You can also use a slow cooker instead if you prefer!)

Cook over medium-low heat until the cream cheese has melted and the mixture is nice and warm. Serve it alongside your favorite tortilla chips!

Not only do we love this dip during Christmastime, but it’s perfect for just about any other occasion too! Have a New Year’s Eve party coming up? Just triple the amounts listed in the recipe card and dump it all in your slow cooker! And check out even more delicious dip recipes at the link below.

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Do you have any go-to savory or salty snacks during the holidays?

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3-Ingredient Chili Cheese Dip

Jill Nystul
This chili cheese dip is the perfect snack for a holiday party, movie night, or any get-together with friends or family! It's so delicious and easy, you'll want to make it again and again!
4.17 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 208 kcal


  • 12 oz cream cheese
  • 15 oz salsa
  • 12 oz chili with beans


  • Add all ingredients to a pot on your stove, or to your slow cooker.
  • Heat until the cream cheese has melted and all the ingredients are combined.
  • Serve with your favorite tortilla chips or corn chips!


Sodium: 733mgCalcium: 78mgVitamin C: 1.7mgVitamin A: 970IUSugar: 3gFiber: 2gPotassium: 365mgCholesterol: 54mgCalories: 208kcalSaturated Fat: 9gFat: 16gProtein: 5gCarbohydrates: 10gIron: 1.8mg
Keyword chili cheese dip, chili cheese dip recipe, dip recipes
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