Spicy Italian Sausage Dip

My Spicy Italian Sausage Dip is so creamy and delicious, made with spicy sausage and 3 types of cheese and lots of spicy elements. This is the perfect appetizer for game day or holiday parties.

Spicy Italian Sausage Dip with a cheesy pull on a toasted crostini.

Baked cheesy dips are my weakness and this hot and spicy Sausage Dip is my new obsession. It’s got three kinds of cheeses, a bunch of spicy elements and you can totally customize it to ramp up the heat or tone it down. My daughter actually asked to take this in her lunch thermos the day after I made it. Of course I turned her down because we pretty much ate it all, scraping the dish clean!

HOW TO MAKE SPICY ITALIAN SAUSAGE DIP

Cheese dips are super easy appetizer and this Spicy Italian Sausage Dip is no different. There are no layers to pretty up, not much to fuss over and it all just goes into a dish and bakes up until it’s pretty and golden and ooey-gooey delicious.

Honestly I never would have thought to add Spicy Italian Sausage to a dip before this one, and when I was jotting down the recipe I had originally intended to use ground beef. But when I went to the freezer I realized I didn’t have any and therefore this Sausage Dip was born!

Spicy Italian Sausage Dip on a piece of crostini.

Ingredients needed for Spicy Italian Sausage Dip:

You don’t need anything fancy, just 6 main ingredients, plus some seasonings.

  1. Cream cheese
  2. Mozzarella Cheese
  3. Parmesan cheese
  4. Spicy Italian sausage
  5. Diced tomatoes
  6. Pepperoncinis

Mix all these ingredients together and spread them in a baking dish, top with some extra cheese and pop it in the oven. I love using Mozzarella cheese in dips because you get that beautiful golden brown color when you broil it. Sometimes just baking will do the trick, but during the last few minutes you can switch to your oven’s broiler setting to get that yummy color. It only takes about 20 minutes to bake, which is good news because you’re not going to be able to contain your excitement while you wait!

What should you serve with Spicy Italian Sausage Dip?

I am a sucker for anything bread so I love to serve hearty dips with toasted bread slices, also known as crostini. They are sturdier than a typical cracker and will hold up better to a more substantial dip such as this one. However you could definitely serve crackers on the side but I would go for one that’s a little stronger, like pita crisps or Wheat Thins.

Spicy Italian Sausage Dip in a large casserole baking dish surrounded by toasted bread.

More hot and cheesy dips to try:

For more recipes you can make with Spicy Italian Sausage, try these:

Tools used to make this Spicy Italian Sausage Dip recipe:

Box grater – I love the large handle, and the different grate sizes.

2 Quart Baking Dish: Lots of recipes from casseroles to cakes call for a 11″x7″ baking dish, so this glass baking dish is a good staple to have in your kitchen.

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Close up of Hot Italian Sausage Dip

Spicy Hot Italian Sausage Dip

My Spicy Italian Sausage Dip is so creamy and delicious, made with spicy sausage and 3 types of cheese and lots of spicy elements. This is the perfect appetizer for game day or holiday parties.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 3/4 cups freshly grated Mozzarella Cheese divided
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage cooked and drained
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained (but not rinsed)
  • 3/4 cup Pepperoncinis drained and diced
  • Fresh chopped basil for garnish
  • Crostini toasted bread or crackers for dipping

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 2 ½ quart (I used an 11-inch oval) baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Combine all ingredients together, except ¾ cup of Mozzarella and basil.
  • Spread the sausage dip into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with reserved mozzarella. Sprinkle with a little Italian seasoning if desired.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until bubbly. For additional browning of the cheese, switch to the broiler during the last few minutes, but watch closely as it can burn quickly.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped basil, if desired.
  • Serve with crostini or crackers for dipping.

Spicy Italian Sausage Dip collage with two photos.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Hi! If I’m bringing this to a party should I bake it in advance and then reheat it? Or prep everything and bake there? Any suggestions?!

  2. Do you think it would work to sub some Greek yogurt in for part of the cream cheese to make it a bit healthier? I am fairly health-conscious, but want to face plant in this dip!!!

    1. I think you could maybe use half of the cream cheese and half greek yogurt. It may not be as thick, but it would work.