Keto spicy sausage cream cheese dips is a wonderful appetizer or party dish any time of year. It has just the right amount of delicious spice and creamy!
WHAT IS SPICY SAUSAGE CREAM CHEESE DIP?
Spicy sausage cream cheese dip is a variation on sausage cream cheese dip. The sausage dip is a popular appetizer for holiday parties and other get-togethers throughout the year.
Adding a spicy sausage to the mix creates a wonderful and delicious sausage dip with a kick.
If you’ve never had the original sausage dip before or you love good spicy food, this keto spicy sausage cream cheese dip is definitely something you need to try!
KETO SPICY SAUSAGE CREAM CHEESE DIP INGREDIENTS
The ingredient list for this delicious dip is incredibly simple. You might even have most (or all) of it on hand!
If not, it won’t take but just a few moments in the store to round it all up.
- 1 lb hot breakfast sausage
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 can Rotel, mild
After you have these three items, you are set and ready to go!
A NOTE ABOUT SPICY SAUSAGE…
As you’ll notice in both the recipe card below and the ingredient list above, the sausage is listed as “hot breakfast sausage.”
Depending on where you live and what is available in your grocery store or super market, the sausage that I refer to might be named something different.
I have seen sausages labeled spicy, hot, extra hot, etc. on grocery store shelves around my region over the years, so you might see something similar.
If it is available, opt for hot sausage (maybe also called hot breakfast sausage, depending) for this recipe.
If you like things extra hot, read on below for information on how to make this recipe even more spicy!
HOW TO MAKE SPICY CREAM CHEESE DIP
In a large skillet, cook the sausage. Take note: most hot sausage will not brown like normal breakfast sausage, but rather simply no longer be pink.
Drain the cooked sausage. The sausage we have locally has a TON of fat in it that normal breakfast sausage does not.
Pour the sausage, along with the cream cheese and Rotel, into a slow-cooker on high heat.
Cook for 1 – 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Reduce to low heat, serve, and enjoy!
CAN OTHER KINDS OF SAUSAGE BE USED?
If the hot sausage is not for you, or maybe you are unable to find it in your area, there are a few other options you might consider when making this dip.
Perhaps a spicy sausage isn’t your style. Instead, you can easily use breakfast sausage.
Using breakfast sausage will have a bit of a different taste profile than the spicy sausage, but it will be just as good. Depending on what brands are available to you, you might end up using a spicy breakfast sausage anyway.
Both types (breakfast and hot breakfast) are very similar, with the difference being, of course, the amount of “kick” in each.
Perhaps you are looking to keep some (but not all) of the spice, but want a different sausage. Chorizo is a great option to change the spice content and flavor profile, all while keeping this spicy sausage cream cheese dip utterly delicious.
If using chorizo, do everything the same as with the spicy sausage and the result will be just as wonderful!
IS ROTEL KETO-FRIENDLY?
In case you aren’t familiar, Rotel is a canned diced tomatoes and chili peppers found in almost every grocery store and supermarket. The mixture is used in a plethora of recipes.
The nice thing about using Rotel is the convenience of having your tomatoes already diced.
Having said that, is Rotel keto-friendly? Well, the easiest answer is yes.
While eating a lot of tomatoes on a keto diet is not recommended, Rotel has a net carb count of 4g per half cup. That works out to be just a little over 10g carbohydrates per can.
When using Rotel with other keto ingredients, it becomes acceptable to use in small amounts. For this particular recipe, it adds around 1.2g carbs per serving.
Additionally, the number of ingredients in Rotel are low, making it a more “clean eating” friendly option, which we are fans of.
MAKING THIS DIP MORE SPICY
To make this dip even spicier, should your personal preference dictate, you have several simple options.
USE HOT ROTEL
The quickest way to add some extra spice to this recipe is to use a spicier version of Rotel. Instead of using mild, grab a can of the hot Rotel, which will be located right next to the others.
The hot variety adds a small amount of habanero peppers to the mix, adding that nice bit of extra spice.
And, the good news is, the carb count will is the same as the mild, so no nutritional value will change. That is especially important in the carbohydrate area!
USE EXTRA SPICY SAUSAGE
Another quick and easy way to spice this dip up even more is to use a hotter sausage. The use of this sausage will depend on what is available in your area, however.
If it is available, it will probably be labeled “hotter” or “extra spicy,” which is, of course, a distinctive label from that of hot or spicy.
CAN I MAKE THIS DIP AHEAD OF TIME AND REHEAT?
Sure you can. This dip is easily made ahead of time, stored (discussed below), then placed back into the slow cooker and warmed again.
While this shouldn’t be seen as the preferred method, it is doable. Keep in mind, the shorter amount of time between the original making and the reheating, the fresher the dip will taste.
WHAT TO USE TO DIP THIS DIP
Normally, you’d use chips, pretzels, or another carb-heavy “crunch” to eat this dip. However, as you know, none of those items are low-carb or keto-friendly.
When eating this dip, here are a few ideas of what to use to dip it with.
- Pork rinds (probably the most popular option)
- Cucumber slices
- Keto Tortilla Chips
- Baked cheese slices (like cheese crackers)
- Baked pepperoni slices
STORING SPICY SAUSAGE CREAM CHEESE DIP
Storing this cheese dip to eat later is very easy. Simply place the remainder of the dip into a glass storage container and place into the refrigerator.
Reheat the dip in the microwave when you want some. It’s that easy!
PARTY OR GET-TOGETHER DIP “STORAGE”
If you are planning on munching on this over the span of an hour to two (say for a party or get-together) you can easily leave it in the slow cooker on the low or keep warm setting.
Similarly, if you decide to make this dip on the stovetop, you can leave it on low (or simmer, if your stove has this setting).
With both of these methods, any leftover dip should follow the storage method as discussed above.
TOOLS USED TO MAKE SPICY SAUSAGE DIP
Click on the links to see the items used in making this recipe. You can also find these products linked in the recipe below.
- Slow-Cooker – As you’ve determined, a slow-cooker is a necessary component of this recipe. A good slow-cooker can make your life so much easier by making meals ahead of time. Less work is always a “checkmark” in our book!
- 1 lb hot breakfast sausage
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 can Rotel, mild
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Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 291Total Fat 25gCarbohydrates 3gProtein 13g