Dips, Football + Tailgating

Hormel Chili Dip

This recipe is for the BEST Hormel Chili dip! It only calls for 3 ingredients, but it is the most delicious dip!

Looking for a fun dip to snack on while watching football? Look no further than this delicious Hormel Chili Dip on game day! It only requires three ingredients and a few minutes to make! A quick, easy dip recipe like this leaves plenty of time for enjoying the game and relaxing!

hormel chili dip

This post was originally published April 24, 2012. It was rewritten and updated August 17, 2021.

Making Hormel Chili Dip

This chili cheese dip is definitely one of the most simple dips to make. Simply heat two cans of Hormel chili in a saucepan on the stove. For this dip, use the Hormel Chili without beans! I prefer the chili without beans because it has a smoother consistency.

Warm the chili on medium-low heat for about 5 minutes.

Once the chili is warm, add an 8-ounce package of cream cheese to the saucepan. Separating the cream cheese into eight smaller chunks before adding it to the chili helps it melt faster and more evenly.

Stir the cream cheese into the chili until it is completely melted. Sprinkle in a bit of green onion for additional flavor before serving.

Serve the chili cheese dip in a large bowl with chips for dipping. I prefer using Fritos, or another brand of corn chip, with this dip. Tortilla chips work well too!

chili cheese dip

Keep It Warm in a Slow Cooker

When serving this dip at a party, or in a setting where it needs to stay warm for a long period of time, it should be served in a slow cooker or Crockpot. I find it more simple to prepare the Hormel chili cheese dip on the stove and then add it to the slow cooker. Set the slow cooker on warm and the dip will remain at the perfect temperature!

For entertaining smaller parties, the original recipe can easily be cut in half. Simply use one can of Hormel chili instead of two. And reduce the amount of cream cheese to 4 ounces. A smaller amount of dip makes it the perfect addition to a large snacks board too! Serve the reduced portion of chili dip alongside a small-sized buffalo chicken dip and a 5 Layer Dip for an amazing dip spread.

hormel and frito dip

This Hormel chili dip is perfect for any fall gathering or watching football at home with the family. It’s so delicious, it’s addictive!

Find all of my recipes for dips and appetizers here!

hormel chili dip

Hormel Chili Dip

This recipe is for the BEST Hormel Chili dip! It only calls for 3 ingredients and is excellent served with Fritos chips!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Dips
Servings 10 people


  • 30 oz Hormel chili (without beans) 2 cans
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp green onion


  • Heat 2 cans of Hormel chili on medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes
  • Add 8 oz of cream cheese to the warm chili
  • Stir until cream cheese is completely melted
  • Add green onion
  • Serve in a large bowl with Fritos or tortilla chips
Keyword chili dip, hormel chili dip, hormel dip



  1. My stomach is now growling, thank you ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. Those both look amazing…and I love how easy they seem! I must say, the grape jelly threw me off a bit, but if you say it’s delicious I may just have to give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. wow- wouldn’t have guessed grape jelly but they do look good!

  4. Simple, cheap and yummy recipes are my favourite kind of recipes! The meatballs and the chili dip both look delicious. Now I need to plan a party so I have a good excuse to make them ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Looking forward to checking out more of your recipes next Tuesday ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Even though I just finished lunch, I’m starvingggg now!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. emily @ go haus go

    OOO I need more details on those meatballs! What size meatball bag and what size BBQ sauce? I have a party this weekend and need help!

    • Haha! I used 2 meatball bags, there were around 50 meatballs total, I got them at Food Lion if that helps. And the sauce was 16 oz. I hope that helps! And let me know how they turn out! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Amy@BuffaloRoam

    I probably shouldn’t want meatballs for breakfast.. but yumm!!

  8. Brandi @ His Shabby Her Chic

    They both look so goooood! I need to either have a party or attend one stat!

  9. Whitney @ Drab to Fab Design

    I’ve never made meatballs before, but geeze that is soo easy!! It looks so good! I’ve always made velveeta/sausage/salsa dip but I’m going to switch it up and try the bean dip!

    • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove

      I loved the velveeta/salsa dip (back when I could still eat dairy). It was SO good.

  10. Krystle @ Color Transformed Family

    I am so glad lunch is just around the corner because you just made me hungry! I normally end up trying new recipes for parties. My favorites are dips though!

  11. Grape jelly meatballs are the bomb! I’ve never tried it with BBQ sauce though – sounds tasty!

  12. Yum! I’m going to have to try that bean dip for myself. Looks so good!

  13. Mandy@Cre8iveMotives

    When I saw this photo I knew immediately this is the same one that is very popular in our house although I’ve never added JD. Need to do this : ) and try the bean dip.

  14. I have a similar cream cheese/sausage/rotel dip that I make. I also am a cheesy potato queen. Yummy! I love potlucks.

  15. YUM! I’m pinning them both. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I want to have a cook out.

  16. TheChangingHouse

    That dip is a GREAT idea!! I’ve made something similar, but a layered dip. I layer cream cheese in a 9×13 dish, top it with chili, then add sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese! I warm it up in the oven, and it’s fabulous! Yours sounds MUCH easier… I’ll try that next time!

  17. That top pic is making my mouth water. YUMMM

  18. yum!! perfect timing to stock up on party food for upcoming bbqs!

  19. Yum!! Those meatballs look amazing!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

  20. My mouth is watering! My body needs to hurry up and stop being sick so I can have a party and make these lol. BBQ + chip dip are seriously my favorite party foods – yum!

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