Chili nacho dip in a white bowl with chips in the background on a bamboo board (with logo overlay)

Chili Nacho Dip

Chili Nacho Dip is a great cheesy appetizer that can be easily made in a slow cooker and taken to a potluck party or enjoyed at home.

I LOVE cheese. When I was younger, I would grab a block of cheese and take big bites out of it. I put cheese on so many foods, many of them that most people don’t put cheese on. When I decided to make a Chili Nacho Dip, I knew it had to be loaded with cheese. Good cheese.

The first few times I made this, we used Velveeta cheese. The Velveeta is more creamy but tastes fake. Thre are many ingredients in the cheese that we don’t want, so I switched to cheddar cheese. The flavor and texture are a little different, but it was better overall.

Even before living in Texas, I’ve always enjoyed some good Tex-Mex as well. And this Chili Nacho Dip combines my love of both in a delicious chip dip. It’s perfect as an appetizer or to bring for a potluck. Or, sometimes, it becomes a meal for me.

The recipe can be changed to your preferences since you are making it from scratch. I don’t like a lot of chunks in mine, so I keep the amount of ground beef and tomatoes to a minimum. But it would be easy to increase either, or both, if you prefer.

Ok, an even better part (yes, it gets better still) is that it’s made in the slow cooker. Besides browning the ground beef, it doesn’t take much at all to cook this recipe. To bring it to a potluck, you can use a slow cooker like I have, the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Slow Cooker, to easily keep the dip warm for the duration of a party.

Step by Step

First, brown the ground beef in a large skillet.

Close up of ground beef browning in a large skillet

Meanwhile, add all of the canned ingredients into the slow cooker.

Close up of slow cooker with tomato sauce and beans mixed together

Pour the half and half in with the tomatoes and sauce and stir until it’s combined.

Close up of sauces combined in the slow cooker for chili nacho dip

Add the cheddar cheese into the slow cooker and stir it into the sauce.

Chili nacho dip in the slow cooker with cheddar cheese on top ready to be mixed in

Drain the ground beef and place that in the slow cooker.

Chili nacho dip in the slow cooker with ground beef on top ready to be mixed in

Then put in all of the seasonings. You can either buy a packet of chili season or make your own. I like to use the one that I use for my regular chili recipe.

Chili nacho dip in the slow cooker with seasoning on top ready to be mixed in

Set the slow cooker to high, and cook for a couple of hours. I find it takes about 2-3 hours for the cheese to melt. Serve the dip warm with chips, and top with sour cream (if desired).

Chili nacho dip in a white bowl with chips in the background on a bamboo board (vertical)

Recipe

Originally Published On: December 3, 2017

Last Updated On: August 21, 2019

Chili nacho dip in a white bowl with chips in the background on a bamboo board

Chili Nacho Dinner

Chili Nacho Dip is a great cheesy appetizer that can be easily made in a slow cooker and taken to a potluck party or enjoyed at home.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, dip, ground beef, nachos, tomato
Servings: 12 servings
4.72 from 7 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 29 oz tomato sauce
  • 15 oz pinto beans
  • 15 oz tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 6 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 pkg fajita seasoning
  • 1 bag Tortilla chips

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Instructions

  • Brown the ground beef
  • Meanwhile, add all of the canned ingredients into the slow cooker
  • Pour the half and half in with the tomatoes and sauce and stir until it’s combined
  • Add the cheddar cheese into the slow cooker and stir it into the sauce
  • Drain the ground beef and place that in the slow cooker
  • Add the seasoning
  • Set the slow cooker to high, and cook for a couple of hours
  • Serve the dip warm with chips, and top with sour cream (if desired)
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Nutrition Facts
Chili Nacho Dinner
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 598 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 20g100%
Cholesterol 113mg38%
Sodium 1089mg45%
Potassium 693mg20%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 1723IU34%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 501mg50%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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45 thoughts on “Chili Nacho Dip”

  1. This dip looks so delicious. It looks quite similar to one I have had at parties and really loved, so I’m excited to give this a try myself. I don’t like a lot of chunks in my dips either so I think I will love it just as it is.

  2. Oh my gosh! I love cheese too!! This looks like an amazing crock pot meal. I’ve been looking for a dip that isn’t too spicy. I’ll have to try this out!

  3. The foodie in me says thank you. I love trying new recipe, and usually on Fridays, I like to have nachos dish, I will give it a try and hopefully it will come as pretty as yours

  4. Someone in my family used to make a dip similar to this and we used to devour it within minutes! It was a family favorite! I’ll have to try this one for the next gathering!

  5. This chili nacho dip sounds really good, also, it’s the kind of dip that everybody loves because who doesn’t like chili, right?

    1. I have to agree! I am going to a scrapbooking retreat in Florida in two weeks and we are making this again to have for a snack while we are at the hotel for the weekend. Everyone is so excited!

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