Great nights of “spicy rotel dip” have people scooping out every ounce of it with chips, crackers and even their fingers!
So delicious, yet when the night comes to a close and everyone is fed up of eating tortilla chips coated in cheese sauce, there has to be an alternative way to purpose the generous serving of rotel dip left in the pot.
And there is (or rather, are)! Your ordinary rotel dip can easily transform into a tasty masterpiece with just a few basic ingredients that you probably have at home and also a pinch of creativity.
Below are 10 good ways (out of the many endless possibilities) of how to transform your leftover rotel dip into a culinary masterpiece.
How To Use Leftover Rotel Dip
Use It To Make Mac n Cheese
You heard that here and right. You can use your leftover rotel dip (meant to be a snack) to make mac and cheese (which is a meal). If you ask me, it’s a pretty good deal considering the ingredients you need are already sitting there in your pantry.
To make mac and cheese using rotel dip, first boil macaroni (or even pasta) in a pot of salted water and drain. Heat up a skillet (medium heat) and add in the leftover rotel dip. Cook until the dip has thickened a bit and the internal temperature reads 165°F, then add in the cooked macaroni and combine until it is evenly coated.
Serve with shredded cheese on top or with chicken or beef.
Now this can be tweaked in many different ways depending on how adventurous you want to go. Feel free to experiment with kitchen ingredients until you arrive at something that tickles the taste buds.
Use It As A Base For Soup
Another exciting way to purpose leftover rotel dip is to use it as a base for making a basic soup.
Start by sauteing onions and chopped veggies until they brown or turn soft, then add the leftover rotel dip plus water or broth, season as desired and bring the mixture to a boil. Then, lower the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for about 15 minutes.
You can choose to puree the soup to a desired consistency using an immersion blender or regular blender, or, serve it as it is.
Use It As A Topping
The rich and spicy flavor of the rotel dip makes it superbly great for use as topping on various food items ranging from baked potatoes (instead of the traditional sour cream or butter), pizza dough (instead of the sauce or together with the sauce prior to baking), to boiled and scrambled eggs as well as tortilla, tacos, burritos or grilled cheese. The list is actually endless!
If you’re making eggs, you can mix in the rotel dip before cooking to create a more complex flavor that really sits well on the buds. And for nachos, you can substitute the cheese sauce or melted cheese with a hot rotel dip, or, use them both together.
Use It As A Sandwich Spread
Your leftover rotel dip can also serve as a complementary spread for your sandwich. Simply slather a layer of it on the bread, add in your veggies and meat and you’re good to go!
Use It As A Salad Dressing
While ranch dressings like peppercorn are a great way to spice up any salad, Rotel dip mixed with oil and vinegar is definitely a dressing worth considering too. The key is the creamy base of the rotel dip supplied by the cheese plus rotel which makes everything come together for a tantalising experience.
To whip up a salad dressing from Rotel dip, mix it with vinegar and a healthy amount of oil like olive oil, and feel free to toss in some herbs and pepper for flavor.
Use It To Make A Casserole
Another great way to purpose your leftover rotel dip is to use it to incorporate it as an ingredient for your casserole, whichever you’re making: meat, cheese, fish or vegetable variety.
Put It In Taco Soup
Taco soup is a flexible soup that can accomodate a lot of tweaks and add-on without still failing to deliver the taco experience! Your pot of leftover rotel dip is more than welcomed into the list of ingredients for making taco soup better.
Stiring in your left over rotel dip into your taco soup adds in a nice kick of spicy flavor to the classic taste of taco soup which I bet you’ll absolutely fall in love with.
Add rotel dip to taco soup at the stage when you’re mixing in the broth and make sure to give it a good stir and let it cook to really bring the flavors together.
Serve the soup however you like it: with cheese, sour cream, crushed tortilla chip, cilantro, bread etc., but make sure it’s hot when you’re serving.
Put It In Potato Soup
Just as you did with the taco soup, it’s possible to add leftover rotel dip into potato soup for an exciting, creamy plus spicy turn.
Prepare the soup as you normally would and after using an immersion blender to puree the soup and cook it for some extra minutes with heavy cream, stir in the leftover rotel dip and combine, allowing the soup to cook for additional 5 to 10 minutes to really incorporate the flavors.
Remember, the more rotel dip you add ro the soup, the more spicy it becomes, so adjust to your liking. Serve the soup however you like it, but I love to do so with shredded cheese or chopped green onion.
Add It On Top Of Mashed Potatoes (like gravy)
You know when you add gravy to a mashed potato in order to make it more appetising, you can substitute that gravy for leftover rotel dip and it would work perfectly well.
Make sure to reheat the leftover rotel dip to a safe temperature first, before pouring it over your scoop of mashed potatoes.
Some people claim you can use rote dip as part of the liquids in making mashed potatoes i.e, you can substitute the water, milk or even cream with the leftover rotel dip. I haven’t tried this method so i can’t really comment on the flavor, or how great or trash it is.
Serve It With Pigs In A Blanket
And lastly, if all the techniques of using up your leftover rotel dip above don’t interest you, then stuffing spoonfuls of it into your pigs in a blanket before baking them or dipping the baked snacks into a rotel dip served hot in a small ramekin dish should?
Like seriously, if that doesn’t impress you either, just give out the leftover dip would you?