Carrie's Elevated Southern Rotel Dip

From Carrie Morey's Hot Little Suppers cookbook

Carrie's Elevated Southern Rotel Dip


  • • 1 lbs Porter Road Chorizo Ground Sausage
  • • 1 Jalapeno, chopped
  • • 12oz Pimento Cheese
  • • 4oz Green Chilis
  • • 14oz Fire Roasted Tomatoes, drained

Elevated Rotel Dip
Is it just me, or is a Rotel dip a staple for any good tailgate party? I love the salty, savory combo of the cheese and sausage, the tang of the tomatoes, and the crunch of a Frito! This isn't your typical college game day Rotel dip... I've elevated this savory dish with whole ingredients that you can feel good about serving to a crowd. 

What sets this dish apart is the elevated ingredients. I've paired our Pimento Cheese with Porter Road's Chorizo Sausage. This sausage is a level up from what you'll find in the grocery store –it has a smokiness and kick of heat that is packed with flavor! 
While I am a firm believer that this can be served any time of the year, I love to bring this for a Super Bowl party or college game day. Make it extra special by serving it (and baking it!) in a Smithey cast iron. Smithey's No. 6 Skillet is six inches in diameter and perfect for dips. I have their set of four in this size so I can pair the Elevated Southern Rotel Dip with an entire grazing board of my favorite dips and small dishes, like Charcuterie Dip & Chips, cocktail size pull-apart Black Pepper Bacon biscuits, and 3-ingredient Pimento Cheese Sausage balls
Elevated Southern Rotel Dip


  1. Fully cook the Chorizo Sausage in your cast iron skillet. 
  2. In the same cast iron skillet, add jalapeño (remove seeds for less heat), Pimento Cheese, green chilies, and fire roasted tomatoes. Stir.
  3. Place in a 375 degree oven until bubbly and golden, about 10 minutes.
  4. Top with fresh cilantro and tomatoes.

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Hot Little Tip

This is truly a one-dish meal. Cook your sausage, bake your dip, and display it beautifully in your cast iron. I love Smithey Ironware's No. 6 skillet!