Chili Cheese Dip

This easy chili cheese dip recipe is made with just 3 ingredients and comes together in under 30 minutes. It’s rich, creamy, and cheesy for the ultimate game day appetizer!

A hand holding a chip with chili dip on it held over the casserole dish

When we went to my brother and sister-in-law’s house recently, they served us this dip. I wanted to bring lobster dip, but Bob said, “Wait until you taste this. The flavor is out of this world.”

I was intrigued. So, I froze the ingredients to my lobster dip and waited patiently.

They call it “Loomis Dip,” because my brother works at a private high school. They also call it “team dip” since they serve it to the girl’s swim team, which my brother coaches.

Whatever it’s called it is deliciousness in a casserole dish. But I knew I couldn’t name it that either because no one would find it when they looked up “chili cheese dip” on the Internet. So, chili cheese dip it is.

I’ve since heard it is also called skyline dip.

With only three ingredients, this is a super easy recipe that takes very little time to prepare. And it is so delicious that my brother says the swim team girls fight over who gets to lick the bowl after it’s been gobbled up.

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Helpful tips

  • The recipe calls for canned chili without beans, but if you love beans, it’s fine to use chili with beans. I use canned Hormel chili.
  • This recipe also calls for mozzarella cheese, but I also like it with a mixture of mozzarella and shredded sharp cheddar.
  • Here are some other shredded cheeses to use instead of mozzarella: pepper Jack cheese, gouda, muenster, or Velveeta cheese.
  • Want to spice it up? Add a can of green chiles before you add the cheese. Or place some jalapeno wheels on top, right after it comes out of the oven.
  • You can also add some color by sprinkling chopped green onions on top.
  • My brother made this in a 9 inch pie plate, but I chose to use a see-through casserole dish.
  • This recipe serves 5 people comfortably as an appetizer, so if you have more guests than that, double the recipe.
  • Here are some awesome ways to get the dip to your mouth: tortilla chips, potato chips, Frito scoops, regular Fritos, pita chips, or torn up tortillas.
  • You probably won’t have leftovers, but if you do, store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.

How to make chili cheese dip

Pre-step

Take the cream cheese out at least a half hour before you start preparing this dip so it’s easier to spread evenly.

Step one

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and take out your casserole dish or pie plate.

Step two

Gather the ingredients – softened cream cheese, can of chili, and mozzarella cheese.

cream cheese, chili and mozzarella cheese on a table

Step three

Spread the cream cheese in the bottom of the baking dish.

Cream cheese spread on the bottom of a baking dish with chili and mozzarella cheese in the background

Step four

Spread the chili on top of the cream cheese.

Chili spread over the cream cheese with mozzarella cheese in the background

Step five

Sprinkle mozzarella (or cheddar cheese) over the chili.

Mozzarella cheese sprinkled in the baking dish

Step six

Bake for 25 minutes.

A clear bowl with a cheesy dip and a bowl of chips in the background

Let’s see another view of this chili cheese dip.

Vertical view of a casserole dish with the layered dip in it with chips in the back

And the overhead view.

Overhead view of a casserole dish with a spoon in it and a chip with the dip on the side

Now it’s time to serve it to your adoring guests!!

I hope you enjoyed this chili cheese dip recipe.

Here’s a fun and delicious buffalo chicken bites recipe (that isn’t a dip).

And as always, may all your dishes be delish!

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Chili Cheese Dip

This easy chili cheese dip recipe is made with just 3 ingredients and comes together in under 30 minutes. It’s rich, creamy, and cheesy for the ultimate game day appetizer!
5 from 14 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked dip, chili cheese dip, chili dip, easy dip recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 264kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 15 ounces chili (1 can, no beans)
  • 1.5 cups mozzarella (shredded) (or sharp cheddar, shredded)

Tools

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350 F.
    • Spread cream cheese in casserole dish or pie plate.
      8 ounces cream cheese
    • Add can of chili.
      15 ounces chili
    • Add shredded cheese.
      1.5 cups mozzarella
    • Bake for 25 minutes.
    • Serve with some chips.
    • Eat
    • Enjoy
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    Notes

    Helpful tips
    • The recipe calls for canned chili without beans, but if you love beans, it’s fine to use chili with beans. I use canned Hormel chili.
    • This recipe also calls for mozzarella cheese, but I also like it with a mixture of mozzarella and shredded sharp cheddar.
    • Here are some other shredded cheeses to use instead of mozzarella: pepper Jack cheese, gouda, muenster, or Velveeta cheese.
    • Want to spice it up? Add a can of green chiles before you add the cheese. Or place some jalapeno wheels on top, right after it comes out of the oven.
    • You can also add some color by sprinkling chopped green onions on top.
    • My brother made this in a 9 inch pie plate, but I chose to use a see-through casserole dish.
    • This recipe serves 5 people comfortably as an appetizer, so if you have more guests than that, double the recipe.
    • Here are some awesome ways to get the dip to your mouth: tortilla chips, potato chips, Frito scoops, regular Fritos, pita chips, or torn up tortillas.
    • You probably won’t have leftovers, but if you do, store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1g | Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 336mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1419IU | Vitamin C: 122mg | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 1mg
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    34 Comments

    1. I have yet another bbq party to host this summer. I think this is like number 4 already. I was just saying I needed to start planning the menu. This looks like a great way to get the party started.

    2. Loving all the robust flavors in this dip! PERFECT for football season; can’t wait to enjoy this again and again!

    3. Elaine I am drooling over this. This is one of those dips that I can sit down and power through the whole thing. That’s normal, right?

    4. Mmm what a delicious bite shot! I don’t often have a cheesy dip like this unless it’s an occasion but I sure could go for some now! Yum-o!

      1. Thanks Catherine. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love this dip and have made it three times since I visited my brother. And it hasn’t been that long ago. ๐Ÿ™‚

    5. I made this last night and can tell you that “Deliciousness in a Casserole Dish” is truly the best name. Sooooo good! Thank you – and your brother and sister in law – for this recipe!

      1. Thank you Rebecca. I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’m planning on making it again this weekend, and I’ve found a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella is scrumptious! ๐Ÿ™‚

    6. Such a great idea to make a fan favorite dish into a dip. This is sure to be a huge hit this game day season.

    7. Did someone say cheese?! This looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try this, so perfect for game day too!

    8. This looks amazing!! I would probably make it with beans as well because I love love love beans!! <3

    9. You had me at chili! I don’t need anything else! How amazing does that dip look. The flavors, the creaminess, the cheese..best dip for entertainment

    10. I love warm dips! And I really love that this one only has 3 ingredients. This is a dangerous one though, because I’d be tempted to eat the whole thing before any guests arrived ๐Ÿ™‚ Adding this to my tailgating menu for sure

    11. Yummy! Looks delish! Can’t wait to make this! I love a good appetizer and I love the idea of using 2 different types of cheese in your next batch!!!

      1. Thanks Amanda! I made it at my cousins house this past weekend and used the two cheeses. So good! I like it even more, which is hard to believe.

      1. Hehe. Thanks, Daniela. That’s my hand and you better believe that I did eat the chip after I took the shot! ๐Ÿ™‚