This Chili Cheese Dip is made with my favorite chili plus just two other ingredients. It’s so simple to make and taste amazing. Just warm it in the oven and serve with tortilla chips.
I grew up right outside Cincinnati. Just a few miles away to be exact. I even worked at the Cincinnati Reds station selling ice cream in high school. Cincinnati chili has always been a favorite of mine. I don’t like there anymore but my family does so we get to travel back often to visit and get a taste of the best chili. What is Cincinnati chili? Well my Dad always called it meat soup. It’s actually a very thin chili and defined more as a Mediterranean-spiced meat sauce. Locally you can find it topped on hot dogs and spaghetti. Lucky for me Kroger started selling Skyline chili years ago and I am able to get my hands on it even states away.
Don’t run off though if you can’t get ahold of a Cincinnati chili! You can use any no bean chili for this recipe or you could use my recipe and make it at home!
How to make Chili Cheese Dip:
Step one: Start by preheating your oven. I am cooking the chili on the stove top but you will need the oven to melt the cheese.
Step two: Heat chili according to can directions. If you are making homemade chili then prepare it or warm it up. If you are making chili then I would wait to preheat the oven until closer to the time the chili is done.
Step three: While your chili heats go ahead and spread softened cream cheese evenly into the bottom of a pie pan. For this recipe I used a 9″ pie pan.
Step four: Top with warmed chili and cheese and bake until cheese is melted . Serve warm with tortilla chips and enjoy.
How to make Cincinnati Chili:
For this recipe I always use a Cincinnati style chili. You can usually only find these in a Kroger (a Cincinnati chain store that is around the country) or of course in Cincinnati. If you don’t have a Kroger then you could use any no bean chili or make your own Cincinnati style chili. If you want my recipe for this chili you can find it here, Homemade Cincinnati Chili Recipe.
Serving Chili Cheese Dip:
I always serve mine with tortilla chips but you could use any chip you like. You can even top it with diced jalapeños, dced green onions, or any of your favorite chili toppings.
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- 10.5 oz cincinnati chili (any no bean chili will work)
- 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
- 1 1/2 cup Colby jack cheese (shredded)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Heat chili according to can directions. Meanwhile spread softened cream cheese evenly into the bottom of a pie pan (I used a 9" pie pan).
Top with chili and cheese and bake for 10-12 minutes to until cheese is melted. Serve warm with tortilla chips and enjoy.