Slow Cooker Taco Dip Recipe

Are you ready for some football?

I don't know how ready I am to actually follow the game, but I am ready for some football-watching food. I LOVE Super Bowl day. It's a day to chuck any and all New Year's dieting-type ideas out the window and eat whatever you want.

it would be un-American not to.

I made this dip a few weeks ago for a party, and the adults pretty much fought the kids to get their fill---which is saying a lot, because the oldest kid was 9, and I *know* for a fact there was plenty of double-dipping going on.

There's both Velveeta and cream cheese in this dip, so if your cholesterol is offended by these ingredients, you shouldn't make it. Instead, pick something light and healthy from the archives.

The Ingredients.
serves 12

1 block (8 oz) cream cheese
1 pound velveeta
2 cups jarred salsa (I like the one with beans and corn from Safeway)
1 (1.25 oz) envelope taco seasoning mix (McCormick is gluten free)

The Directions.

Use a 4 quart or larger slow cooker. Dump everything in. It will not look pretty, and that's okay. Cover and cook on low for about 3 hours, or on high for 90 minutes or until the cheeses have fully melted and are heated through. Stir well and serve with your favorite tortilla chips.

or celery, if you must...

The Verdict.

I saw one of our neighbors use his finger to scrape out the bowl. I didn't tell him I was watching.

Happy Super Bowl!

more fun appetizer ideas:
sweet and spicy chicken wings
bbq ribs
philly cheesesteaks
philly cheesesteak soup
cheeseburger soup
taco soup
buffalo wing soup
buffalo wing dip
spinach artichoke dip
sausage, rotel, and cream cheese dip
barbecued shrimp
barbecue pulled pork
cajun pulled pork

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Posted by: Stephanie O'Dea | A Year of Slow Cooking at February 05, 2010

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  1. I plan on making this now!

  2. I make a dip kind of like this although I use a can of Rotel diced tomatoes/chili's instead of the salsa....and if I didn't already have my superbowl party dish planned, I'd be making this!

  3. Sounds yummy! I didn't know that McCormick's was GF either. Handy info to have.

  4. Anonymous2/05/2010

    wow! I recently made this but it didn't have the velveta in it. got to try that... sure it kicks it up a notch!

  5. this looks delish!!! i can't wait to try it!

  6. I LOVE taco dip! I'm quite sure I'd be scraping the bowl with my fingers too!

  7. I absolutely LOVE this stuff! It's amazing!

  8. I make this with Rotel instead of salsa (or sometimes I use both!), then I also add a can of beef and bean chili, or just a can or two of beans!

  9. Oh! Looks SO yum! I usually do Velveeta w. turkey chili, and can't wait to have some this weekend!

  10. Anonymous2/05/2010

    I would love this even more if it has some browned sausage added in.....yum!

  11. Anonymous2/05/2010

    I wonder how it would be with a can of beans or refried beans??

  12. Kid Friendly and Gluten Free. I'm doing a happy dance.

  13. This looks so yummy! Thanks for all the great party ideas.


  14. I read this post this morning & picked up all the ingredients after work! I'm so excited to make this on Sunday! :)

  15. looks super yummy!

    I learned recently that just after 4 double-dips, you can have as much as 10,000 new bacteria in your mouth. Just wanted to say, this Microbiology class I'm taking has me freaking out about microbes and bacteria. I want to seriously lock myself up in my house, duct tape my windows, and bathe in bleach. Don't even get me started on what's living on your toothbrush!!

    But umm...yeah, the dip looks great. :) How's life with 3?

  16. Anonymous2/05/2010

    Oh wow! This recipe looks delicious. Your comment about the neighbor is what sold me though! Thank you for sharing!!

  17. Slow cooking is something I like because I am not really stressed with everything. LOL I just take time to wait.

  18. has anybody made it with block cheese instead of velveeta??

    i have tons of the block cheese from a recent sale...

  19. I'm all about the slow cooker, but not sure I can watch the Super Bowl with our beloved Vikings beat out of it...

  20. I'm making that tomorrow and going to balance it out with some lettuce wraps.

  21. Yum! This looks really delicious! I love taco dip. I think it would be really yummy to add black beans and Mexicorn, too.

  22. I went shopping today and bought the ingredients to make this for when the Saints come marching in...I can't wait to taste it!

  23. I am making this tomorrow - it sounds so yummy!!

  24. I am wondering the same thing I never use velveeta and want to know what to do to substitute for normal cheese.

  25. I'm so making this today. Now I have to run to the store for ingredients

  26. I'm making this now! It smells so good. That's what I get for reading food blogs while pregnant. I just couldn't resist.

  27. There's very little in this world that isn't better with some cream cheese added :-)

  28. Thank you for the GF tip on the McCormick's taco seasoning! I had given up on taco seasoning!

  29. Hi, I live in Malaysia. I have been following your recipe online and I really love it, crockpot has saved my day a lot with 15 months old boy running around. And my husband just let me know that your book that we ordered just arrived. I can't wait to go home from work and look for recipe..and try a new one.

  30. I didn't realize you could make dip in a slow cooker! I'll have to give it a try!

  31. My best friend just gave me the link to your blog and I'm so happy that you are doing tasty GF slow cooker meals. These should make my life so much easier. Thank you!!

  32. I've made your low cal version of this using a jar of salsa, 1/4 can of fat free refried beans, 1 ounce of reduced fat cheddar and 2 ounces of reduced fat cream cheese. I do it in the mini crockpot (little dipper) - I have made it once a week for three weeks now and everyone (kids, adults) have raved about it!

  33. is this entire recipe gluten free? are all the recipes listed under GLUTEN FREE, completely gluten free? Thanks for sharing!

  34. Hi Sara,
    yes. All of the ingredients here are naturally gluten free. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, and rye. Oats are off limits, too, unless they are from a designated gluten-free source, because of the risk of cross-contamination.

    If you'd like to learn more about going gluten free, I'd suggest researching on the following sites:

    also, when in doubt, contact the company who makes the product.

    good luck!

  35. oh my gosh- I love the bean and corn salsa from safeway, too and am always soooo disappointed if my husband gets anything else. I agree with others on the Rotel... Rotel and Velveeta dip is like a religion down south :)

  36. Anonymous2/18/2010

    this sounds like a winner (again)!

    I make a dip with Turkey chili and a block of cream cheese. Boys are easy to please. ;)

  37. i've made this before only i used a can of refried beans along with the salsa and then i dump in some browned ground turkey. it's a great meal to have while watching a movie or as a mini snack to hold me over till dinner.

  38. Oh, this taco dip recipe looks so good and I enjoy any excuse to use my crock pot. Naturally, velveeta is a prerequisite!