Make This Hearty, Meaty Slow-Cooker Dip

updated May 1, 2019
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When you want to really up the ante with basic bean or cheese dip, look no further than your slow cooker and some crumbled Italian sausage. This is the duo with the power to transform ordinary dip into an easy appetizer that’s a flavorful, hearty touchdown for any tortilla chip.

Why Your Dip Deserves This Upgrade

This meaty upgrade is packed with herbs and spices and lots of texture, thanks to Italian sausage. It also helps to make it extra filling. Want to punch up your dip even more? Skip the sweet Italian sausage for a few spicy links. Stir this combo together in the slow cooker, and keep it in there to serve warm throughout the party.

How to Make It

Set your slow cooker to warm and add about 2 cups of bean or cheese dip (homemade or store-bought) to the bowl. Stir in up to 1 cup of cooked, crumbled Italian sausage (casing removed). Serve straight from the slow cooker. Double (or triple) as necessary.

With the help of just a few staple ingredients you probably have on hand already, you can turn a batch of homemade or store-bought dip into an impressive appetizer loaded with more texture and big flavor. This series gives you the inspiration to turn a basic bean, cheese, or yogurt dip into the MVP of the Super Bowl spread.