My Friend Nelly's Chili Dip

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 5m
Ready In

"First time I had this chili dip is when an old and dear friend of mine served it at a gathering at her home. I LOVED IT! It is so yummy. It's a dip that is layered and baked. She would sometimes make it for her finicky kids for dinner and they would always gobble it up. It is one of the best chili dips around."

Original recipe yields 9 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (246.4 g)
  • Calories 374.5
  • Total Fat - 26.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 12.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 104.4 mg
  • Sodium - 669.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 8.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.4 g
  • Sugars - 5.3 g
  • Protein - 26.8 g
  • Calcium - 318.6 mg
  • Iron - 3.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 10.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

In a skillet over medium-high heat cook the ground beef or ground turkey until cooked through. Drain the fat. (If using lean ground turkey, add about 1 T oil to hot skillet before cooking the turkey).

Step 2

To the ground meat in the skillet, add the water and chili seasoning. With a wooden spoon distribute evenly.

Step 3

Add refried beans and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil. Simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes.

Step 4

Spread 8 oz. cream cheese on bottom of 8 x 5 casserole dish. Top with meat mixture. Spread shredded cheese evenly over the top.

Step 5

Place in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Step 6

Serve hot with taco chips or taco scoops for dipping.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



This makes quite a lot of dip. I didn't have an 8 x 5 baking dish and used one slightly larger. So glad I did or it wouldn't have fit! I think I would layer the meat mixture and shredded cheese twice instead of putting all the shredded cheese on made it a bit thick to get through with a chip. But the flavor is fabulous and this will be made for football season (if we ever get to have one again!) Great snack food!!

review by:
(23 Jun 2020)


Had this at a potluck way back and never managed to find who had brought it ... so happy you shared the recipe for Nelly's Dip! Made this for my at home 'Curling Weekend' this past week. A cozy spot in front of the TV, a lovely appetizer dip ... yes I enjoyed both the curling and your awesome dip!

review by:
(14 Jan 2016)