Sausage Queso Dip

Sausage Queso Dip is a favorite appetizer for holidays or parties! Creamy Velveeta cheese dip with sausage made right in your crock pot so it stays warm all night. Serve with tortilla chips or veggie sticks on the side or dipping!

Because who doesn’t love a good cheesy dip? There’s a time and a place for that classic cheese and this is the time and the place! Also be sure and check out our easy Buffalo Chicken Dip for a little kick and this creamy Skillet Spinach & Artichoke Dip!

sausage cheese dip in a skillet with tortilla chip dipping in

Why You’ll Love This Sausage Queso Dip

We all know that famous cheese dip recipe that’s been around forever. Velveeta cheese dip, it’s a classic. I remember growing up my mom made it with just two ingredients, Velveeta cheese and salsa. AND it was the most delicious thing ever.

We’ve just made a few updates to that tasty cheese dip with this Sausage Queso Dip. We added pork sausage for flavor and cream cheese to make it extra smooth and delicious.

  • Easy To Make: Couldn’t be easier, just brown pork sausage and add it to a slow cooker with Velveeta cheese, salsa and cream cheese.
  • Perfect For Parties: Everyone loves cheese dip, and this recipe uses a crock pot so it’ll stay warm all night.
  • Fun Food: Queso or cheese dip is always a fun recipe to make for parties, since we often don’t make it for ourselves.
  • Customizable: Swap out the ingredients to make this queso recipe work for you.

How To Make Sausage Queso Dip

This queso couldn’t be easier to make. In just about 5 minutes you’ll be ready for the slow cooker to take over!

sausage cheese dip in crock pot with spoon
  • STEP 1 – BROWN THE SAUSAGE: Brown pork sausage in a skillet, breaking into crumbles until it’s cooked through. Drain the grease and add to a 3-4 quart slow cooker.
  • STEP 2 – ADD THE REMAINING INGREDIENTS: Add Velveeta cheese, cream cheese and salsa to the slow cooker and stir to mix the ingredients.
  • STEP 3 – COOK AND SERVE: Set your slow cooker on high for 2 hours, stirring once or twice to blend the ingredients. To serve, set the temperature to the “keep warm” setting and the queso will stay warm for hours.

What Kind Of Sausage Is Best For This Queso Recipe?

Pork sausage is our sausage of choice for this Sausage Queso Dip, but Italian sausage will work too. You can even add a hot or spicy sausage if you really want to kick up the heat!

Ground beef will work ok too but it won’t add as much flavor or spice as sausage will. Of course, if you use ground beef you can add other ingredients to spice it up like diced green chilis or spicier salsa.

sausage queso in a skillet with colored tortilla chips on the side

Can You Reheat Queso?

YES!!! I mean, who wants to waste any of this deliciousness? Microwave the queso in 1 minutes intervals, stirring in between until the dip is warm and smooth again.

This method will work even from ice cold in the refrigerator. Our boys absolutely love this queso recipe so there’s no need to waste it once it’s made.

They eat it with chips, use it as a filling in burritos or tacos and obviously drizzle it all over nachos.

sausage queso in a black skillet with colored tortilla chips


There’s SO many ways to make this cheese queso! This fiesta version is a family favorite, but you can keep it as plain the way my mom used to make it with just the cheese and salsa.

  • Swap out the sausage for shredded chicken
  • Add canned green chilis
  • Add diced green, red or yellow peppers
  • Use variations of Velveeta cheese and/or cream cheese (jalapeño cream cheese, chive cream cheese, there’s even bacon cream cheese!)
  • Hot sauces or sriracha to kick up the heat
  • Ro*Tel tomatoes instead of salsa
sausage queso on a red tortilla chip

Do I Have To Use Velveeta For This Queso?

We like to stick with Velveeta cheese for tis queso recipe because it’s so smooth and creamy. Processed cheese product like Velveeta melts and blends into recipes like this qeuso beautifully without leaving any oil behind.

If you’re looking for a cheese dip recipe that doesn’t use processed cheese, try this Sausage Cheese Dip recipe instead. This cheese dip is made with shredded Mexican blend or cheddar cheese and cooked right in the microwave! After heating you can also transfer this dip to a slow cooker to keep it warm for parties.

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Sausage queso dip with tortilla chip dipping in

Sausage Queso Dip

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x

This smooth and creamy queso is like no other! Classic Velveeta cheese is the only way to make this addicting cheese dip recipe!



  • 1 pound pork sausage (breakfast sausage)
  • 1 pound package Mexican Velveeta Cheese (you can use regular if can’t find the Mexican variety, see note*)
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa (your favorite brand, mild or spicy)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • Diced tomatoes and scallions for garnish


  1. Add the sausage to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook while breaking up into crumbles until no pink remains in the sausage. Drain the sausage on a paper towel lined plate to remove most of the grease. Place the sausage to the bottom of a 2-3 quart crock pot.
  2. Cut the Velveeta cheese and cream cheese into cubes and add it on top of the sausage.
  3. Pour in the salsa, stir and cover. Set on high for 2 hours, stirring once in between cooking. Keep the dip warm in your slow cooker on the “keep warm” setting.
  4. Garnish with tomatoes and scallions if desired and serve with tortilla chips for dipping.

Recipe Notes

If you can’t find the Mexican variety of Velveeta cheese, you can use the regular version. Try adding a can of diced green chilis for more heat if you like.

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

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