This Sausage Cream Cheese Dip recipe has been in my family for years! We make it for every Super Bowl and New Year’s Eve, and any other excuse we can think of. It is creamy and cheesy and sausage-y, and has the perfect level of spice. It makes a huge pot, perfect for a crowd! Dump it in the slow cooker and go, it could not be easier. 

sausage cream cheese dip

So guys, I got a gym membership. I thought I would take the Spin class, because I recently learned that spinning is cycling and not spinning in a circle. (I’m totally kidding. I learned that at least 8 years ago.)

I go in bright and early the first day and ask the lady at the front desk where the spin class is. She waves to the left and says it’s “over there.”

sausage cheese dip

So I walk “over there” down the hall and see a racquetball room, a room with a bunch of exercise balls in it, and that’s it. A wall of floor-to-ceiling mirrors makes up the back of the gym. No room full of stationary bicycles in sight.

I go back to the front desk and ask the lady if she could show me where the spin class is. She’s irritated because there are other customers that need help, but she walks me back to the direction that she had waved to…and then walks through the wall of mirrors.

cream cheese dip recipe

You guys. I thought the second half of the gym was a mirror. NOPE. I’M JUST A MORON.

Why don’t they have Gyms for Dummies? There has to be a market for this you guys. I can’t be the only one. In fact, I know I’m not, because someone commented on my story about not knowing what spinning was and told me that she thought spinning meant people using those Sit and Spin toys from when you were a kid. WE NEED HELP, PEOPLE.

Sausage Cream Cheese Dip Recipe

Who’s ready for a very special upcoming Sunday where you get to eat appetizers all day? Oh, Super Bowl Sunday, you call it? Around here I just call it the day when I get to eat this Sausage Cream Cheese Dip.

crockpot sausage dip

Every good party needs a hot cheesy dip as an appetizer, right? But this is not just any dip. My brother has been making this Sausage Cream Cheese Dip for parties for years and years, and I finally asked him for the recipe, because I’m usually the one hunched over the crock pot in the corner of the kitchen while everyone else is doing normal party things, like watching football or talking to people. Me? Nope, pass the chips. I’m a sausage cream cheese dip monster, basically.

It’s creamy. It’s cheesy. It’s spicy. You won’t be able to stop.

sausage and cream cheese dip

You can eat this dip with whatever chip-receptacle you want. Tortilla chips are awesome. Wheat thins will do. Fritos are AMAZING with this dip and totally change the flavor profile (it’s that corny goodness). On day 3 after making this giant pot, I even spooned some into the center of a romaine lettuce leaf and called it lunch. “Sausage Cream Cheese Dip Lettuce Wraps” has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Hey don’t judge, I know I’m not the only one eating dip for lunch during Super Bowl season.

sausage cream cheese dip

here’s how I drain the fat. What do you guys usually do?

cream cheese dip recipe

I love my meat chopper. Buy one here. They are pretty cheap and make crumbling sausage and ground beef a lot more fun.

crockpot sausage dip

The reason I had some leftover to spoon into a lettuce leaf is because this recipe makes a BUTT  TON OF DIP.* Seriously. I made it in my 6 quart crock pot and it was filled nearly to the top. It is made for a party. I included both instructions for doing this on the stove and doing it in the crock pot. I like to do it in the crock pot so that when it’s done, I can change it to the “warm” setting and keep it warm throughout the party.

crockpot sausage dip

I brought it to a big multi family play date at the park the other day, and between me and my girlfriends and our kids, we downed a bag of Fritos, a box of Wheat Thins, AND one of the big bags of tortilla chips, and there was still about a half the amount of dip left.

Can you freeze Sausage Cream Cheese Dip?

The good news is that you can freeze the leftovers and pull it out for your next gathering (or the next time you want to have dip for dinner. I was actually thinking about turning these into sliders. How can you go wrong here??) You can leave it in the freezer for up to 3 months and it will be fine. Let it thaw on the counter for a couple hours, or just microwave it straight from frozen. It’s pretty forgiving!

sausage and cream cheese dip

If the full recipe amount still sounds like it’s going to be too much, you could easily half or even quarter the recipe. Make this soon!

*I felt guilty for about 2 seconds using this phrase on a food blog, until I googled it and found out that that phrase has an entirely different etymology than I thought.

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Sausage Cream Cheese Dip Recipe (Slow Cooker)

4.67 from 3 votes
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 20
This Sausage Cream Cheese Dip recipe has been in my family for years! We make it for every Super Bowl and New Year's Eve, and any other excuse we can think of. It is creamy and cheesy and sausage-y, and has the perfect level of spice. It makes a huge pot, perfect for a crowd! Dump it in the slow cooker and go, it could not be easier. 


  • 3 (16-oz) packages hot Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 (4 or 7-oz) can jalapeno peppers*, chopped
  • 2 (7-oz) cans chopped green chiles, (I love to use fire roasted)
  • 6 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, (yes, 3 lbs)
  • 2 cups sour cream, (One 16-ounce tub)
  • tortilla chips, Fritos, or sturdy crackers, more than you would think


Slow Cooker Instructions:

  • In a very large, high sided skillet, add all the hot sausage. Cook over medium heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon or a meat chopper. Cook until the meat is crumbled and no longer pink, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and drain the fat. You can tilt the pan to the side and spoon it out, or drain it in a large colander lined with paper towels. I use the spoon method to transfer it to a foil-lined small bowl. (Then I refrigerate it until solid and toss the foil in the trash.)
  • Add the chopped onion, bell pepper, and tomato. Cook for another 10 minutes or so, until the onion is tender.
  • Add the mixture to a large (6 quart at least) crock pot. Drain the jalapeno peppers and the cans of green chiles and add it to the crock pot.
  • Add 6 packages of cream cheese and 2 cups of sour cream to the crock pot. Use a wooden spoon to stir it all together, breaking up the cream cheese into smaller chunks (You don't need to make it smooth).
  • Heat on LOW for 4 hours, stirring once halfway through. If you are in a hurry you can put it on high for 2 hours. Be sure to stir every 30 minutes if you cook on high.
  • Serve hot with tortilla chips, Fritos, or sturdy crackers like Wheat Thins.

Stove Top Instructions:

  • Use a large, wide-bottom pot instead of a skillet. Follow instructions through step 3. Instead of adding the sausage to a crock pot, just drain the fat and add the remaining ingredients to the pot. Cook and stir over medium heat until bubbly. When it is nice and hot and all the cream cheese has melted, let cook on low for another hour, stirring every few minutes. (The longer you let it stew, the more the flavors have a chance to meld together.)


*I used a 4 ounce can and it was the perfect level of spiciness for me. Adjust to taste! The green chiles barely even count as being spicy so I say leave those in. If you are really worried about it being too spicy, use mild sausage. But remember that there are 3 pounds of cream cheese in this dish!
This recipe is from my brother Eric.


Serving: 0.5g | Calories: 539kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 826mg | Potassium: 388mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1250IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Calories: 539
Keyword: Cream Cheese, Crockpot, dip, Sausage, slow cooker
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  1. I made this whole recipe for a birthday party knowing it wouldn’t all be eaten. Since the leftovers are freezable, that was great for me! I had to make a couple of changes…mild sausage in place of hot because the majority of the 25 guests were children and most of the adults aren’t really into HOT stuff. I served the thawed leftovers at family Christmas (part of the plan behind making the full recipe). There was so much food for the 45 members of our family that it didn’t get finished off, so what to do with the leftovers? A few days later I had a yen for some potato soup and thought the sausage dip might be a great addition. Boy, oh boy was it!
    I peeled and cut about 4 pounds of red potatoes into 6-8 pieces and cooked them until just tender in 1 quart of chicken bone broth. (15 to 20 minutes at a full boil.) When cooked, I turned the heat to a low simmer and chopped the potatoes into smaller bite-sized chunks with a potato masher and stirred in the remaining sausage dip until it had melted into the soup (there was probably 3 cups left) until it was fully melted. The soup was the best EVER! GREAT DIP that also can make the BEST POTATO-SAUSAGE SOUP EVER!

    1. Okay that sounds AMAZING Patti! What a delicious idea to use the leftovers in soup! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  2. My Mom had a really easy way to drain the grease when browning meat in a skillet or pan.  Anyone who has seen me do this while I am cooking says, “what a great idea”.    Stir and brown your meat or sausage in this case.  Then tilt your pan on edge a bit.  Grab your turkey baster.  Put the tip down in the grease, squeeze the baster, and watch the grease suck up out of your pan.  Then I have a glass coffee cup beside the cooktop, where I squirt the grease into that cup.  Repeat until all your grease is removed from your skillet!  

    1. Genius Sheila!! Now I have a use for the turkey baster my mom bought me years ago that I have definitely never basted a turkey with, but always seems to be the one item that makes my utensil drawer not shut all the way. haha!

  3. Ok, first of all, I never even heard of a meat chopper before – I kinda hate chopping up meat, especially sausage!

    2nd, I poured hot sausage dip over some roasted cauliflower I had just made – it was so good! I’d show you a picture, but I ate it too fast :)

    1. Mom I feel like the meat chopper was made just for you. I’ll get you one for mother’s day ;)

      Also I’m happy to hear I’m not the only weirdo doing crazy stuff with her hot sausage dip. It’s so good ON EVERYTHING!!!

  4. I gotta try this yummy dip! I got a kick out of your gym comments. I would have made the same mistake because I’ve never had to go through a mirror thingy. I had done spin class years ago, at a gym chain that no longer exists now. I was intimidated at first but found it far easier than looking like a backwards clutz in an aerobics class, etc. The instructor was tough though and he would turn up my tension and I’d think I was gonna die so when he wasn’t looking I’d turn it back down. I know,he was reading and getting my heart rate up. And what a workout! His best advice after a session, everyone go eat a green banana…and it helped. I miss the gym, too expensive when you be disabled, but I do have the outdoors! Than you for the recipe!

    1. Haha, I love that you turned it down when he wasn’t looking! That’s hilarious and I would totally do the same thing. I’ll have to try the green banana :) Thanks Catherine!

  5. Oh my Lord, now I KNOW we’re related! You’re not only as big a food nerd as I am but a lexophile to boot! Butt ton, huh? I thought I was the biggest etymology freak in the lower 48 states!! Nope!

    Needless to say I love your style and your endearing personality! Oh, and the recipes aren’t too bad! 😉

    1. Haha, thank you Betty! I was really surprised by that one and now that I know the real meaning will be working the term “buttload” into my everyday vernacular for sure ;)

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