4-Ingredient Sausage Queso Cheese Dip (Easy Appetizer)

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If you’re looking for an easy appetizer you’ve found it with this sausage queso cheese dip. It will not disappoint! It’s made with only 4 real ingredients to keep things simple, yet delicious! It’s the perfect quick snack or impress your friends by bringing to the next football game or party!

Sausage queso cheese dip is one thing we have every year at Christmastime with my family! Typically, Velveeta is used. But I like using real ingredients as much as possible. And this sausage queso cheese dip has the perfect combo of flavor and creaminess! You won’t even realize it’s not Velveeta!

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Why You’ll Love This Sausage Queso Cheese Dip

  • It’s a quick and easy cheese dip appetizer recipe that uses 4 simple ingredients! All of which you can grab at your local grocery store.
  • I haven’t met a person that doesn’t love queso! It’s such an easy appetizer to bring for those football games or even for Christmas!
  • This recipe doesn’t use any fake cheese like a lot of recipes do. So you can feel good about what you’re eating too!
  • This is a one pan recipe, making clean up a breeze!

Kitchen Tools

  • Skillet – I use stainless steel pans mostly. They’re a nontoxic option and durable! I can’t link the set we have (they’re from 12 years ago from our honeymoon). But there’s tons of options online!
  • Grater (optional) – You can opt to buy already shredded cheese, but it’s cheaper and a healthier option to buy cheese in the blocks and grate it yourself.
  • Meat Chopper (optional) – I received one of these as a gift and there’s no going back! I get so frustrated breaking up meat in the pan now if I don’t have this thing!

Ingredients

  • Ground Sausage – Adding meat to this cheese dip makes it a little more filling and adds so much flavor!
  • Cream Cheese – This gives the it a nice creamy texture.
  • Colby Jack Cheese – You can use any cheese you want, but I love the flavor this combo gives.
  • Salsa (Medium) – You can use any kind of salsa. I use medium to give a little spice, but not so much that my kids won’t eat it.
Woman holding cream cheese to put into pan with sausage.

How to Make Easy Appetizer Sausage Queso Cheese Dip

  1. Cook Sausage – Brown sausage in skillet over low to medium heat.
  2. Drain Grease – After browning the sausage, drain the grease well. Use a bowl with paper towels and drain as much of the grease as you can. Be careful to not burn yourself. Place back in skillet once drained. You can also use paper towels to absorb some of the grease in the pan.
  3. Add Cream Cheese – Mix in the cream cheese with the sausage until well combined. You can cube the cream cheese before adding to decrease the melt time.
  4. Shred Cheese/Add Cheese – If you’re using a block of cheese shred it or cube it. It will take longer to melt if you cube it. If you’re using already shredded cheese just add in to the cream cheese and sausage mixture until melted and combined.
  5. Add Salsa – Next add in your choice jar of salsa and mix until combined.
  6. Serve – Serve your sausage queso cheese dip with your favorite tortilla chips, vegetables, or whatever tickles your fancy and enjoy!
Woman sprinkling shredded cheese into pan of sausage and cream cheese on stove.

Variations for Sausage Queso Cheese Dip

I usually try to keep things simple, but there’s tons of options to change this up!

  • Add in other traditional taco toppings, such as: black olives, red onions, cilantro, or green onions.
  • Turn up the heat if you like spicy! Add some jalapeños or top with some hot sauce.
  • If you want more of a taco flavor, add in some DIY taco seasoning!
  • Top with some chopped tomatoes to add a pop of color and taste!
  • Switch out the sausage by using a spicy sausage or use ground beef instead.

Tips for Perfect Sausage Queso Cheese Dip

  • Be sure to drain the sausage grease well. Depending on the sausage, you may need to drain some grease throughout the cooking process. Simply pour the grease into a glass bowl from the pan while cooking.
  • We love taking this queso to gatherings, so to keep it warm I transfer it to a small slow cooker!
4 ingredient sausage queso cheese dip in glass bowl on top of serving plate full of blue corn chips.

How to Store

This queso cheese dip stores so well! Just transfer it to a glass dish with a lid and place in the fridge for up to five days!

How to Reheat Leftover Dip

Just transfer the queso cheese dip to a small sauce pan and heat on stove over low to medium heat and be sure to stir frequently.

You can also warm it up in the microwave. Be sure to only do 30 second intervals and stir in between to make sure it heats through and doesn’t burn.

Woman holding blue corn chip with sausage queso on it.

FAQS About Sausage Queso Cheese Dip

Can I cook this in the slow cooker?

Yes, just brown your ground sausage first before adding all ingredients to the slow cooker. Leave on warm setting and be sure to stir well.

Can I serve with something else besides chips?

Of course! If you want a healthier option this would make a great pair with celery. Try with garlic bread or pretzels too!

Is this a Keto friendly recipe?

Yes. Just be sure to read the ingredients on your choice of salsa. And pair with celery instead of chips.

Can I make this in advance?

Yes. You can cook and once cooled, store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to serve just transfer it to a slow cooker and set to warm. Be sure to stir to heat evenly.

Is it spicy?

This recipe isn’t spicy. But you can always use a spicy salsa or add in heat with hot sauce or jalapeños.

4-Ingredient Sausage Queso Cheese Dip

4-Ingredient Sausage Queso Cheese Dip

If you're looking for an easy appetizer this sausage queso cheese dip will not disappoint! Made with only 4 real ingredients to keep things simple, yet delicious! It's the perfect quick snack or impress your friends by bringing this to a gathering!

Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Sausage
  • 1 (8oz) Cream Cheese
  • 1 (8oz) Colby Jack Cheese
  • 1 (15.5oz) Jar Medium Salsa

Instructions

  1. Brown sausage in skillet over low/medium heat.
  2. After browning the sausage, drain the grease well. Use a bowl with paper towels and drain as much of the grease as you can. Be careful to not burn yourself. Place back in skillet once drained.
  3. Mix in the cream cheese with the sausage until well combined.
  4. If you're using a block of cheese shred it or cube it. It will take longer to melt if you cube it. If you're using already shredded cheese just add in to the cream cheese sausage mixture until melted and combined.
  5. Next add in your jar of salsa and mix until combined.
  6. Serve your sausage queso cheese dip with your favorite tortilla chips and enjoy!

Notes

  • Be sure to drain the sausage grease well. Depending on the sausage, you may need to drain some grease throughout the cooking process. Simply pour the grease into a glass bowl from the pan while cooking.
  • We love taking this queso to gatherings, so to keep in warm I transfer it to a small slow cooker!

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