Beefy Nacho Cheese Dip in the Slow Cooker

Use the slow cooker to make a yummy, warm nacho cheese dip. It’s perfect as an appetizer for a potluck or game day. 

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Cheese is one of my food weaknesses. I don’t even like keeping pre-shredded cheese in the refrigerator because I will go by and just grab a handful then wonder why we never have enough for recipes! 

Many years ago, when we lived in Orlando, the office I worked for did a potluck lunch for our annual Christmas party. One of the doctors would always bring her warm cheese dip with tortilla chips and it was delicious. 

The only thing I didn’t like, as a parent making this for my children, was the use of so much Velveeta cheese. I have been trying to use real food and simple ingredients instead of processed when we can, and that includes cheese. Although, I do like the way Velveeta cheese melts when making a nacho cheese recipe. 

So I switched out the Velveeta for regular cheese. Well, most of it. Having just a small amount of Velveeta helped everything melt together in the crock pot. 

Why Cubed Cheese?

Even though it takes a few extra minutes, having the cheese cubed makes it melt better. I’ve done this with a few cheese dip recipes now, and it makes a difference. When the cheese is smaller, and similar in size, it will melt at the same rate. 

Garnish Ideas

  • Sliced Jalapenos
  • Sour Cream
  • Sliced Avocado
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Green Onions
  • Hot Sauce
  • Chili Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper

Dipping Ideas

  • Crispy Tortilla Chips
  • Soft Pretzels
  • French Fries

Nacho Cheese Dip Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 16 oz sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 8 oz pepper jack cheese, cubed
  • 4 oz Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 24 oz picante sauce
  • 4.5 oz green chiles
  • 1 tsp minced onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic

Preparation

Brown the ground beef in a medium skillet until cooked through.

Meanwhile, add all other ingredients to the inner pot of a slow cooker.

Stir in the browned ground beef.

Cover and cook on high for about 3 hours, stirring every 30 minutes.

Reduce to low heat until ready to serve.

Leftovers

Storage: The best way to store leftover beefy nacho cheese dip is in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. 

Reheating: I prefer to reheat the cheesy dip in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Make sure to stir often, until just warmed through, about 5-7 minutes. 

Recipe

Originally Published On: December 11, 2023

Beefy Nacho Cheese Dip

Use the slow cooker to make a yummy, warm nacho cheese dip. It's perfect as an appetizer for a potluck or game day. 
Prep Time 13 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 13 minutes
Course:
Appetizer
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Snack
Cuisine:
American
Keyword:
cheddar cheese
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cheese dip
|
dip
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ground beef
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nacho cheese
|
nachos
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pepper jack cheese
|
slow cooker
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velveeta cheese
Dietary Needs:
Egg-Free
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Gluten-Free
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Nut-Free
Meat:
Beef
Cooking Method:
Slow-Cooker
Servings: 12 cups
5 from 7 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 16 oz sharp cheddar cheese (cubed)
  • 8 oz pepper jack cheese (cubed)
  • 4 oz Velveeta cheese (cubed)
  • 24 oz picante sauce
  • 4.5 oz green chiles
  • 1 tsp minced onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic

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Instructions

  • Brown the ground beef in a medium skillet until cooked through
  • Meanwhile, add all other ingredients to the inner pot of a slow cooker
  • Stir in the browned ground beef
  • Cover and cook on high for about 3 hours, stirring every 30 minutes
  • Reduce to low heat until ready to serve
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Nutrition Facts
Beefy Nacho Cheese Dip
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 181 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 472mg20%
Potassium 167mg5%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 445IU9%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 243mg24%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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10 thoughts on “Beefy Nacho Cheese Dip in the Slow Cooker”

  1. 5 stars
    Yum! This recipe looks perfect for a take-along to my aunt’s Christmas Eve party this year. I love that it is in the slow cooker so it’s easy to plug in when we get there and keep it hot.

  2. Ooo this is proper comfort food especially at this time of the year when it’s cold out. I’m going to give this a go at the weekend as you can’t go wrong with your easy to follow recipes xx

  3. 5 stars
    I made this today for the kids for lunch and it was a hit! It’s so easy to make and we added some green onions on top for a bit of extra crunch/texture. Saving and can’t wait to make this again!

  4. 5 stars
    Tried your slow cooker recipe. A total win! Even for a non-cook like me, it was a breeze. The beefy nacho cheese dip was a crowd-pleaser. Thanks for making me look like a kitchen pro without much effort!

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