Creamy Sausage Dip
This Jimmy Dean Sausage Dip is creamy, delicious, and so easy to make! The balance of spice and creaminess is perfection! It’s one of the Best Football Foods and my appetizer and chip dip of choice for game days or parties.
Why This Recipe Works
- 20-minute recipe. When it comes to party prep, I just don’t want to spend a ton of time making food. Enter, this delicious cream cheese sausage dip! It takes only 20 minutes to make and it’s a fan favorite! Everyone always asks me for the recipe when I make it.
- Minimal ingredients. This is creamy sausage dip recipe doesn’t call for a ton of ingredients. All you need is Jimmy Dean sausage, canned diced jalapeños, sour cream, cream cheese, onion powder and dried onion.
- World’s best chip dip. My mother-in-law was the one who introduced me to this dip, and folks, it’s the greatest dip of all time! If I could only eat one chip dip for the rest of my life, it would be this sausage dip! We make it every year for the Super Bowl, New Years Eve, Thanksgiving, Easter, my birthday… honestly, the list goes on and on! To say we love it, is a drastic understatement. My favorite part is the creaminess you get from the sour cream and the cream cheese. The combination of those two creamy ingredients is the best! The slight spice to it is also super yummy!
- Hot + Regular Pork Sausage: I like using a roll of both hot and regular pork sausage. If you want a much spicier dip, then use two rolls of the hot pork sausage. If you want a mild dip, then use two rolls of the regular pork sausage.
- Canned Diced Jalapeños: I don’t drain the liquid. If you want to use fresh jalapeños you can. I suggest using the same amount as you’d get from the canned — or you can add more if you want it even spicier. If you want a milder option, use a can of diced green chilis.
- Sour Cream: You can use light if you are looking to reduce calories/fat.
- Cream Cheese: You can use fat free if you’re looking to reduce the fat in this recipe.
- Dried Chopped Onion: If you don’t have dried copped onion, I would add some freshly diced onion to the sausage as it’s cooking.
- Brown the sausage. In a large pan over medium heat, brown the sausage. Breaking it into small pieces as you go. Drain any liquid/grease.
- Add remaining ingredients. Once the sausage is cooked through and drained, add the cream cheese, sour cream, diced jalapeños, dried chopped onion (if using), and onion powder.
- Reduce the heat and stir. Turn the stove heat down to low and stir until the cream cheese is melted and all of the ingredients are incorporated. Serve warm with tortilla chips.
I use dried onion because that’s what my mother-in-law uses when she makes this dip. If you don’t have dried onion you can eliminate it completely or you can chop up half an onion (about 1/2 cup or so) and add it when you are browning the sausage.
One reader commented that rather than adding jalapeños to the dip, he uses the Jimmy Dean sausage dip to stuff jalapeños. Such a great idea!
I keep the sausage dip over a low heat while I’m mixing the cream cheese, sour cream, and other ingredients. This helps keep the meat warm to encourage the cream cheese to soften and incorporate seamlessly.
If you’re looking for a game day appetizer or a chip dip to serve at a party, make this! You’ll be so glad you did! And if you’re lucky, you might have leftovers. But I wouldn’t count on it. 😉
This sausage dip with sour cream is also delicious on top of baked potatoes.
Make Ahead, Storing, and Freezing
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 7-9 days. (Since it keeps for a while in the fridge, it’s an easy dip recipe to make ahead of time. Simply warm for 20-30-second increments in the microwave until just warm. You don’t want to melt the cream cheese or sour cream too much.)
I don’t recommend freezing this Jimmy Dean sausage dip due to the sour cream and cream cheese in the dip. When frozen, cream cheese and sour cream can separate and go grainy.
If you are looking to reduce calories and fat, I would first recommend using fat free sour cream and fat free cream cheese in place of the full fat versions. If you are wanting to go even further to reduce fat/calories, you could try making this with Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. I haven’t tried it, so I can’t guarantee it will turn out similar, but you could give it a go.
This is a spicy sausage dip. This recipe uses Hot Jimmy Dean sausage as well as canned diced jalapeños.
I would replace the hot sausage with a regular sausage. So instead of 1 roll hot and 1 roll regular, use 2 rolls of regular sausage. You can also replace the canned diced jalapeños with a can of diced green chilis.
Jimmy Dean Sausage Dip (with cream cheese)
- 16 oz Hot pork sausage - I use Jimmy Dean brand
- 16 oz Regular pork sausage - I use Jimmy Dean brand
- 2 T + 2 tsp canned diced jalapeños, I don't drain the liquid. - add more for more heat and spice
- 16 oz sour cream, can use light
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tablespoon dried chopped onion* - optional, see notes
- In a large pan over medium heat, brown the sausage. Crumbling it up into small pieces as you go.
- Once the sausage is brown and cooked all the way through, drain any liquid. Add the cream cheese, sour cream, diced jalapeños, dried chopped onion (if using), and onion powder.
- Turn heat down to medium-low. Stir until cream cheese is melted and all of the ingredients are incorporated
- Serve warm with tortilla chips.
This recipe was originally published in December 2017. It was republished on Feb. 9, 2022, to include additional information and photos.