3 ingredient chili dip

3 Ingredient Chili Dip

June 2, 2022 13 Comments

This easy to make 3 ingredient chili dip is the ultimate crowd pleasing appetizer.

3 Ingredient Chili Dip

From the recipe collection of Tara Ippolito

You have to try this 3 ingredient chili dip to really appreciate just how delicious it is.

This is the ultimate appetizer and super easy to make, too.

3 ingredient chili dip

I’ve made this recipe for so many parties and it’s a hit every single time.

My friends and family love absolutely this stuff. I get requested to make it often.

The ingredients sound super simple on there own. It’s just cream cheese, chili and cheese.

chili dip with tortilla chip

But something incredible happens when they’re combined that takes them to the next level.

I’ve never once served this without it getting completely devoured by my guests.

dipping chili dip

The serving dish is always left polished clean leaving no trace of any dip at all.

You don’t need to wait for a party though. Make it as a snack anytime!

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3 Ingredient Chili Dip Tips

This recipe is so easy but there are a couple things you can do to make sure it’s at its best.

chili dip on Tostito
  • Cream Cheese- Try to get the cream cheese to room as close to room temperature as you can before adding it to the bottom of the baking dish. It will spread way easier that way and cook better in the oven, too. Try to avoid whipped cream cheese too. It’s doesn’t work well for this recipe.
  • Chili- I truly believe whatever chili brand you use that regardless the one with the beans is the best. The beans add something special to the dip that I can’t quite put my finger on.
  • Shredded Cheese- shred the cheese yourself and avoid the pre shredded stuff that comes in a bag. There’s anti clumping chemicals that is added to it that prevents the cheese from melting properly.

What chili should I use?

Depending on where you live in the world this is a controversial topic.

Everyone loves their areas chili.

Hormel Chili

Feel free to use whatever brand you like the best. Even homemade is fine.

I just love the convenience of a can.

In Jersey we have Hormel at our grocery stores and I love it. WITH THE BEANS.

I truly believe this dip is its best when you use a can that has beans in it.


If you’re really not into that of course you can always use the can without beans. I just personally thing the taste is not as great.

But as always it’s up to you.

What cheese should I use?

I’ve only ever made this recipe using shredded cheddar cheese. Mild, sharp, extra sharp- any one of those.

sharp cheddar cheese

There’s no reason why you can’t switch it out for a cheese you love though.

Any kind will work just be sure to shred it yourself.

shredded cheddar cheese

The pre shredded stuff in a bag has anti clumping chemicals in it that prevents the cheese from melting properly.

Can this 3 ingredient chili dip be made ahead?

Yes, this chili dip can absolutely be made ahead of time.

baked chili dip

Just make the dip as the directions say, cover it and place it in the fridge until you’re ready to bake it.

Does this chili dip reheat well?

One of the best things about this chili dip is that it reheats beautifully!

Tostito in chili dip

Pop it back into the oven at 350° for about 15 minutes or pop it into the microwave to warm up.

3 ingredient chili dip ingredients

chili dip ingredients


First, preheat the oven to 350°.

Then in a small baking dish, add the cream cheese and spread it evenly over the bottom.

cream cheese in baking dish

Now add the can of chili and spread that over the cream cheese.

chili over cream cheese

Next add the shredded cheese.

cheese in baking dish

Cover it and bake it for about 20 minutes. If you like the cheese less creamy and more kind of crispy bake it uncovered. It’s totally up to you.

tinfoil cover baking dish

Finally let it cool slightly and serve hot with tortilla chips. Enjoy!

chili dip finished

3 ingredient chili dip recipe video

3 ingredient chili dip

This is the best crowd pleasing chili dip. Its only 3 ingredients and super easy to make.
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 3 ingredient chili dip, 3 ingredient dip, chili dip, chili dip appetizer


  • baking dish


  • 1 15oz Hormel Chili with the Beans
  • 1 8oz Cream Cheese
  • 1.5 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • In a small baking dish, spread the cream cheese down evenly, then top it with the chili and shredded cheese
  • cover and bake for about 20 minutes or until the dip is hot an bubbly
  • let it cool slightly and serve hot with Tostito chips
Tara Ippolito

About Al Dente Diva

Tara Ippolito is a self taught home cook from New Jersey and cookbook author of Fast, Simple, Delicious. Better known as “T” across social media, she makes easy to follow recipes using familiar ingredients. T uses her Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest channels to share recipes and cooking tips for everyday people. Her motivation to share with her followers is simple. To inspire people to cook and become more comfortable in the kitchen.

As a wife and busy mother of two little boys she she’s always cooking fast family friendly meals. Sharing her kitchen with others that want to learn is a true passion of hers. As her social media platforms continue to grow she is committed to delivering consistently delicious content to her followers.

Al Dente Diva

Hello there! My name is T & I’m a home cook from New Jersey. I love to share easy to make recipes, cooking tips & kitchen hacks with people who love to cook like I do. My recipes are all easy to follow & use ingredients most people are familiar with. Being a busy stay at home mother of two, I have to cook delicious budget friendly meals that are fast to make. I hope you find something helpful here. Thanks for coming by.

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  • Kari June 3, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    Love this dip!!!!! So easy & so freaking good!

  • Josephine Tarver June 3, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Sounds absolutely easy & delicious that I can hardly wait to try it.

  • Kate June 4, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    I’ve eaten this exact dip since childhood and it’s still one of my favorites! We call it olé dip! Yum!

  • JANET WAITE June 20, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    Wow! Easy Peasy and SO Good. Yum! I love all your recipes! 😉😃❤

  • Kim July 7, 2022 at 10:21 am

    This is SOOOOO FREAKING GOOD!! Will you adopt me? (JK!!)😁😁😁

    • Al Dente Diva July 8, 2022 at 2:06 pm

      Haha I’m so glad you liked it my child 😃

  • Kim July 11, 2022 at 1:56 am

    You’re the best mom EVER!!😁😁😁

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