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Sausage Cream Cheese Dip Recipe (Slow Cooker)

Serves 20     adjust servings

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. 

Ingredients

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

Instructions

Slow Cooker Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. Add the chopped onion, bell pepper, and tomato. Cook for another 10 minutes or so, until the onion is tender.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. Serve hot with tortilla chips, Fritos, or sturdy crackers like Wheat Thins.

Stove Top Instructions:

  1. 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.)

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