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“To Die For” Cheesy Chili Layer Dip

"To Die For" Cheesy Chili Layer Dip

I totally LOVE this dip … I confess I have, at several points in my life, been guilty of making a pot of chili just so I could make this dip.  And yes, when I made my latest chili (the Fire Roasted 7-Bean Crockpot Chili), this dip was definitely on my mind.

My sister (the middle one) invented this dip ages ago … and when my other sister and I tasted we thought it was “to die for” … see the beautiful layers in there? You can’t quite make out the bottom layer in the photo … it’s cream cheese. I think I made that bottom layer a bit too thin this time … you want it thick enough so you can dip down into it.

"To Die For" Cheesy Chili Layer Dip

Here is how it goes. I’m not including amounts because you can adjust this recipe to the size of your baking dish or bowl. Try to keep the upper layers pretty thin so you can actually dip a chip all the way to the bottom of the bowl–you really want to get some of that cream cheese with the chili and the other layers. When they all play together in your mouth, it’s SO good!

“To Die For” Cheesy Chili Layer Dip

“To Die For” Cheesy Chili Layer Dip


  • Light cream cheese
  • Refried beans
  • Chopped onion
  • Green chiles, roasted and chopped (or use frozen or canned ones ... I was lucky to have some frozen Hatch green chile on hand so that's what I used) ... you can substitute other hot peppers for the green chile if you like.
  • Your favorite chili (this time I used my Fire Roasted 7-Bean Crockpot Chili)
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream (optional ... I think including this layer might be a bit too much)
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Chopped tomato and/or peppers
  • Chopped green onion and/or cilantro for the top


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In an oven-proof bowl, glass dish, or pie plate, spread about a 1/3 inch layer of cream cheese on the bottom.
  3. Next spread a layer of refried beans over the cream cheese.
  4. Now sprinkle with chopped onion and chopped green chile, then spread a layer of your favorite chili over that.
  5. Cover the chili with a good layer of shredded sharp cheddar cheese.
  6. Sprinkle the top with chopped onion, peppers, and/or onion.
  7. Bake at 350 for 15 - 30 minutes or until everything is hot and the cheese is melted and bubbly. (cooking time depends on how big of a dish you are baking)
  8. Sprinkle with chopped green onion and/or cilantro and serve hot with tortilla chips. Make sure to tell your guests to dip all the way down to the bottom so they get some of that cream cheese with the rest of the flavors. THAT Is what makes it "to die for"!

Note: my pretty bowl actually did “die” in the making of this dip … I discovered a crack in it when I was cleaning up … note to self: make sure your bowl is oven-safe!

"To Die For" Cheesy Chili Layer Dip

This recipe was shared at Foodie FridayShow & Tell Saturday, Strut your Stuff Saturday, Manic Monday, Tasty TuesdayCast Party WednesdayThursday’s Treasures, Foodie Friends FridayAll my Bloggy Friends, Katherine Martinelli’s Taco BloghopShow off your StuffBack for Seconds, Super Bowl & Chili Party, Kitchen Dreaming Chili Cookoff and Clever Chicks Bloghop.


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7 Responses

  1. This dip sounds SO good Ann! It would be a huge hit at my house!

    November 6, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you Lisa! I hadn’t made it for years, but then when I started making chili, the idea crept into my head and then I HAD to make it!

      November 7, 2012 at 2:05 pm

  2. I have a similar dip recipe that I just love. I think I will try this version next time. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. Please come back Sunday to vote.

    November 10, 2012 at 8:41 am

  3. This would almost be a meal for me! Thanks for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I’m looking forward to seeing what you share this week! 🙂

    November 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    • Ann

      It was totally a meal for me too! I’m debating what to share this week … thanks for hosting such a great party, Jamie!

      November 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm

  4. What a great way to use leftover chili. Thanks for sharing with Thursdays Treasures.

    November 12, 2012 at 10:00 pm

  5. OMG! I may have found it! Just what I need to “zone out” with during the game! This sounds toooo good.

    Thanks for sharing on Tumbleweed Contessa’s Super Bowl Party!

    Have a SUPER day!

    January 31, 2013 at 12:31 pm