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Chili Cheese Bean Dip for a Party

Chili Cheese Bean Dip for a Party

Wow the crowd with this Chili Cheese Bean Dip! A little kick of spice and TONS of flavor, this is perfect with tortilla or corn chips.



This Chili Cheese Bean Dip is a recipe that has been around in my family for decades. Super easy and cheesy–perfect for your next party!

If you’re having a larger party, I highly recommend doubling the batch. This is one of those appetizers that is gone in a flash–and be sure to arm yourself with the recipe. EVERYONE will be asking how to make it. Traditionally, we serve this with Fritos Scoops, but I tried my favorite Frontera tortilla chips this time and they were delish.

I don’t think turkey would hold up the same way. I used a 90/10 blend, but even 80/20 would work, you just will want to drain it quickly.


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As far as the Chili beans go, I like the medium spiced ones for an extra kick. If you’re super sensitive to heat, go ahead and use the mild ones. The beans are blended in a chopper to turn into an almost refried bean consistency. As tempting as it is, actual canned refried beans don’t work to replace the chili beans–the chili beans have spices and a sauce that makes the dip.

Ashleigh Evans
Course Appetizer
Servings 12 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef I used 90/10
  • 1/2 cup onions finely chopped
  • 1 can Bush's Medium Chili Beans
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Chili Powder
  • 1 block of <g class="gr_ gr_99 gr-alert gr_spell gr_disable_anim_appear ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace" id="99" data-gr-id="99">colby</g>-jack cheese shredded
  • Corn Chip Scoops or Tortilla Chips for dipping
  • Optional: Top with green onions diced tomatoes, avocado or olives


  • Preheat the oven to 350º
  • Spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large pan, over medium heat, cook the ground beef, crumbling with a flat spatula. Add onions.
  • Meanwhile, blend the entire can of chili beans in a chopper or blender until smooth.
  • Once the beef is cooked, add blended beans, ketchup and chili powder. Stir.
  • Pour the beef mixture into the 8x8 pan. Top with cheese.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes, until cheese is browning.
  • Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes before serving. [See notes for Slow-Cooker tips]
  • Top with green onions or any optional toppers. Enjoy!


  • This is also great in the slow cooker. Beforehand, cook the beef and onions, then add everything to the slow cooker, on a LOW setting. Once cheese is melted, turn to WARM. Be sure to check often to make sure the bottom isn't browning too much!


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