I received free products from Red Gold Tomatoes in exchange for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
Recently, Red Gold Tomatoes emailed me about a possible television appearance. Sadly, that didn’t work out, but I was pretty excited when I heard back from them about receiving some of their products in exchange for featuring them in some slow cooker recipes here on Chattavore.
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The canned tomatoes couldn’t have come at a better time. Fall is a perfect time to pull out the slow cooker for long-simmered soups, stews, etc., etc…..but honestly, I can’t think of anything better to make in the Crock-Pot than a great dip. For most, football season provides the perfect excuse for snacking and dipping, but I’ll be perfectly honest with you: I don’t need an excuse for snacking or dipping. Dips are one of my favorite things to eat and I’m always happy to make a dip and call it dinner, which is exactly what happened here.
I didn’t admit this to you guys before, but when I wrote my Top Ten Game Day Recipes post I didn’t fess up to what my favorite game day snack is. While I do love a good Buffalo chicken dip (far and away the favorite of my Facebook followers), cheese dip is the one that I can’t resist. Whether it’s cheese fondue, spicy tomato and cheese dip made with Velveeta (yup, gotta love some Velveeta, though I will forever be emotionally scarred by the time I ate some soup with Velveeta in it and broke out in terrible hives), or the creamy white queso dip served at Mexican restaurants, if it’s cheesy and I can dip a chip (or pretzel, cracker, or raw vegetable) in it I’m all over it. I routinely go to a Mexican restaurant that isn’t my favorite Mexican restaurant because I find their cheese dip more irresistible than what is served at my actual favorite. Am I weird?
My slow cooker chili cheese dip is simple, quick, and substantial and made from scratch! Seasoned ground beef, homemade cheese sauce, and Red Gold tomatoes with chilies make a perfect snack or a lazy weeknight dinner. I cooked the ground beef the night before, whisked up the cheese sauce when I got home, and let everything mingle in the slow cooker while I got my treadmill on. Nothing easier!