January 22nd, 2016

One Skillet Cheesy Sausage Chili Dip

We’re big football fans at our house! And when it comes to football food, I’m a big believer that some kind of warm, cheesy dip is a must. If you really want to try kicking up your favorite game day dips and appetizers, add some Johnsonville Hot Italian Sausage to the mix. My family all agreed it was a great addition to this Cheesy Sausage Chili Dip, and I already have requests to serve this at our next game day get together.


I always keep a few packages of Johnsonville sausage in my freezer because we use it so often in soups, pasta dishes, on pizza, and in game day “Sausage Bowl” appetizers. The Hot Italian Sausage is our favorite, but I like to keep the sweet and mild versions handy too, for using in a variety of recipes.


One of the best things about this cheesy sausage dip (besides the amazing taste!) is that it all comes together in one skillet, which means less clean-up work for you! 


Once you’ve browned your sausage, you just add beans, diced tomatoes, cheese and green onions and you’ve got a delicious, hearty dip to serve your family and friends. I like to serve this right in the skillet, but you can transfer it to a slow cooker to keep it warm longer, or to transport it to a friend’s house for a game day party. You can even make it a day ahead of time and reheat it for the game, which is really convenient if you’ll be having guests. Make ahead dishes are a life-saver when it comes to entertaining! 

Johnsonville-Sausage-Dip-Co  There are so many great flavors and seasonings packed into Johnsonville Sausage that you don’t need a lot of other spices in this dip. We really like spicy at our  house, so I add some chili powder to give it more of a Tex-Mex flavor, but if you want a less spicy dip, you could use less or leave the chili powder out and still have tons of flavor!


We serve this up with our favorite tortilla chips, and let me tell you, it doesn’t last long! If you do happen to have any leftovers, mix them up with some cooked rice for a great burrito filling. This Cheesy Sausage Chili Dip was such a hit with my boys, I think it’s destined to become a staple on our game day menu!


One Skillet Cheesy Sausage Chili Dip

Preparation 5 2017-06-27T00:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 15 2017-06-27T00:00:00+00:00 Total Time 0:00 2017-06-27T00:00:00+00:00


  • 1 pound Johnsonville Hot Italian Sausage (ground)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 (15 oz.) black beans, drained
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cubed and softened
  • 1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2-3 green onions, diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Tortilla chips, for serving


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook sausage until no longer pink. Blot or drain grease.
  2. Stir in the chili powder and beans and cook until heated through. Add the cream cheese and cook until cheese is completely melted and smooth.
  3. Stir in the the diced tomatoes and green chilies. Add the shredded cheeses and cook and stir until cheese are completely melted. Just before serving, stir in the green onions. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Serve warm with your favorite tortilla chips for dipping.
Do you have a favorite game day recipe using sausage? I’d love for you to share! And for more great “Sausage Bowl” recipes be sure to check out www.johnsonville.com.



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