Crockpot cheeseburger Queso dip is a hot dip recipe with seasoned ground beef, Velveeta cheese, and black beans. All melted into a powerfully cheesy “big game” ready dip, this crock pot cheeseburger dip is that it stays hot all day, making the perfect topper for homemade tortilla chips.
And this hearty cheese dip can sit on its own in a slow cooker, with very few steps and one pot to clean when the party is all done!
Why this recipe works
Gooey Cheese: The wonders one can make with Velveeta never seem to cease, and this Crockpot Cheeseburger Queso Dip is just another reason why. Cheeseburger Dip is a bit like nachos, a bit like tacos, and a lot like a cheeseburger in dippable form. Gooey cheese melted onto tender black beans and browned hamburger meat, and all ready to be scooped by crisp tortilla chips–I don’t know if any other dip can be so darn perfect.
Keeps warm and dippable: It’s made in a crockpot so it’s really simple to make and will stay warm for hours. My guess is it won’t last that long, though, so you may want to make it a double batch.
Easy Clean up: The next best thing about using a crockpot to make this dip is the super easy clean-up because, let’s be real: no one wants to do a load of dishes after a party, and that’s exactly the setting this dip is perfect for. Sunday night football, movie night, Dungeons and Dragons campaigns, you name it, this cowboy-style Queso dip will deliver.
Before switching on your crockpot, you’ll want to gather the following ingredients:
- 1lb Velveeta cheese – Original Velveeta cheese or Velveeta Queso Blanco both work perfectly for this.
- Rotel tomatoes – Rotel has a variety of flavors and you can stick to the basics or choose a Rotel with spice or jalapenos.
- 1 lb. ground beef or ground sirloin – for this recipe, you’ll want to start by browning your meat, draining it of any excess grease and seasoning with pepper. While normally I would suggest using salt to season it as well, I find that there is enough salt in the cheese and seasoning packet that you don’t need to add extra.
- black beans – drained and rinsed well.
- sour cream – original, low-fat, or nonfat types will all work great in this recipe.
- 1 taco seasoning packet – I use McCormick’s or El Paso but any brand will do, it should be 1.25 oz. of seasoning.
- 2 green onions – I slice my green onion in small pieces starting on the root side, which is white, then moving along the stalk into the greener section making my cuts gradually bigger as I go. You will use the green onion as a garnish so you can prep it while the dip is cooking.
- cooked bacon -Because the dip melts so quickly, only add pre-made bacon to the dish or use it directly as a topping. Bacon can be cooked using an Air Fryer quite easily while the dip is warming.
- tortilla chips for serving – I find that for creamier, less viscous dips such as this one, it’s a good idea to pick a tortilla chip that is scooped so that the dip doesn’t just fall off, or make your own Air Fryer Tortilla Chips.
How to make Crock Pot Cheeseburger Dip
Pre-Crockpot : Before moving onto the slow cooker, cook ground beef (or sirloin). Drain of any excess grease and season meat with salt and pepper.
Steps 1-6: In the bottom of a crock pot, add cubes of Velveeta cheese, 1can of Rotel tomatoes, cooked beef, sour cream and taco seasoning packet and mix cheese dip well.
Cover slow cooker with a lid and heat on high for 45 minutes to 2 hours, mixing about every 20 minutes to avoid hot spots in the cheese.
There will be a variation in timing based on the crock pot size. Once everything is melted and creamy, move on to the next step.
Steps 7-10: About 15 minutes prior to serving, add a can of drained and rinsed black beans and mix.
Continue heating the dip for about 15 minutes more to warm the beans through.
Add hot crockpot cheeseburger dip on top of Air Fried tortilla chips and eat while gooey and warm.
This will soon become one of the favorite party recipes with epic cheeseburger level deliciousness! Looking for more amazing dips? For more Killer dip recipes, do not forget to try this viral level and epic TikTok Queso Recipe!
If you don’t have a crockpot or slow-cooker, don’t let that stop you from making this dip! It can be baked just fine using a Dutch oven or cast iron pan. As with the slow cooker version, cook beef, add ingredients together and then place in your cast iron pan or Dutch oven.. Put the pan in the oven on 375 degrees F and heat, stirring every 20 minutes until the dip is creamy and melted.
With all the meat substitutions out there today, it’s really never been easier to adapt recipes for a vegetarian diet, and this recipe is no exception. Leave out the ground beef altogether and replace with extra beans. Alternatively, you can use Beyond Meat, Impossible, or even a soy-based chorizo in place of the beef and bacon in this recipe.
One of the best things about this Cheeseburger Dip is that it can be prepared in advance. Let the dip cool and store in an airtight container for as long as 3 days. Reheat slowly in the crockpot, stovetop, or in the oven, stirring often.
Actually, this dip can be baked just fine! Add into a Lodge cast iron Dutch oven or cast iron pan and proceed. As with the slow cooker version, cook beef, add ingredients together and then place in a cast iron pan. Put the pan in the oven on 375 and heat, stirring every 20 minutes until the dip is creamy and melted.
Depending on heat tolerance, chilis, jalapenos and white onions would go well in this dip.
Stick with Velveeta: other cheeses can sometimes be used to substitute for Velveeta but in this recipe, you’ll want to stick with Velveeta for the creamiest end result.
Vary your meat: you can substitute sliced or ground sausage, ground turkey, or even ground bison for the hamburger meat.
Make your own seasoning: if you don’t have taco seasoning on hand, you can make your own! Combine 2 parts each: paprika (smoked or plain), garlic powder, chili powder, cumin and 1 part each onion powder, oregano (ground or flakes), salt, and ground pepper. Mix all the spices together and store.
Crock-pot method: some crock pots can be used on the stovetop, which allows you to eliminate an extra pan to brown the meat and makes for a really easy clean up. Otherwise, I find a cast iron pan is best for browning the meat.
Tomatoes: if you don’t have Rotel tomatoes, you can use regular diced tomatoes instead, or spice things up by using a jar of salsa in place of Rotel.
Change it up: The most amazing thing about this cheesy cowboy dip is how versatile it is! Add sautéed diced red or white onion or diced chilies to the mix, or even add ¾ cup of your favorite beer to the meat as it cooks. Garnish with fresh cilantro, or fresh diced jalapeno. However you make it, get ready to make it again because Velveeta Cheeseburger Dip is always a hit!
If you love this Cheeseburger Dip, make sure you check out these other fun party dips!
- Bean Dip with Cream Cheese
- Mexican Spinach Dip
- Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Chili Cheese Dip
- Salsa Verde
- Feta Cheese Dip
- Baked Onion Dip
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