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Slow Cooker Bean Dip Recipe with Cheese

This slow cooker bean dip is the perfect game day party dip. Simple ingredients – cheese, green onions, and cream cheese are the base for this easy cheesy bean dip.

a red slow cooker filled with crock pot bean dip with a chip

Is it wrong that I am pretty happy eating appetizers? If I could, I’d probably eat taco dip and jalapeno poppers and whipped feta dip and a whole slew of other small plates, and that’s about it.

And don’t even get me started on cheese garlic pull apart bread – I want the whole loaf all to myself.

I am a sucker for a delicious appetizer.

Thankfully, I know that I should eat well-balanced meals. I don’t snack and eat like I’m living through the world’s longest cocktail party every day, even if I want to.

Getting my little crock pot really has been dangerous, though. Before I bought it, I mostly made a lot of cold dips full of mayo.

I have since graduated to hot appetizers with lots of melted cheese instead and have a hard time not devouring a good dip.

I hope one day I can forget about my love of bean dips and other apps and lean towards Brussels sprouts and pork chops.

overhead picture of slow cooker bean dip on a blue table

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Slow Cooker Bean Dip Recipe

Slow cooker taco dip is a huge hit in my house, but this crock pot refried bean dip is an even bigger crowd pleaser and one of my favorite recipes.

Luckily, with a mini slow cooker, you can put it on any size table.

A family gathering out in the yard? This easy bean dip can follow you. Going to a big super bowl party? Grab your little crock pot. 

How To Make This Crock Pot Bean Dip Recipe

This is the best bean dip because it’s very quick to put together and requires minimal effort. Using a can of refried beans will help decrease the prep time (and clean up!) as well.

When you’re ready to make your refried bean dip, just add everything to your slow cooker. You can spend the next two hours cleaning or prepping other food.

Halfway through the cooking, use a wooden spoon to stir and scrape the bottom of the slow cooker. This will help reduce any of this tasty dip from sticking to the bottom.

a tortilla chip with slow cooker bean dip. Melted cheddar cheese can be seen coming from the crock pot to the chip.

Bean Dip Hacks and Tips

Ingredient Substitutions

Experiment with different types of beans, such as pinto beans, black beans, or navy beans, to add variety to your dip.

You can also substitute the traditional refried beans with homemade mashed beans for a fresher taste.

In addition to taco seasoning, add a mix of spices, such as garlic powder or onion powder, to this cream cheese bean dip. 

Cheese Substitutions

Incorporate a shredded cheese blend to create a more complex and flavorful cheese profile in your bean dip.

My favorites are Pepper Jack, Colby Jack, and Monterey Jack cheese. Add a sprinkle of crumbled queso fresco or feta for a unique twist.

Make This Appetizer a Spicier Dip

Adjust the level of spiciness by adding a touch of chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, picante sauce, or a dash of chili powder or cayenne pepper for an extra kick.

Alternatively, include diced jalapeños or green chiles for a milder heat.

a crock pot bean dip cheese pull picture, with the dip topped with green onions

Herb Infusion

Fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley, or chives can elevate the flavor profile of your bean dip.

Consider infusing the dip with aromatic herbs during the slow cooking process for a fragrant and savory taste.

Sweet and Savory Blend

Incorporate a touch of sweetness by adding a spoonful of honey, agave nectar, or a sprinkle of brown sugar to balance the savory flavors.

The subtle sweetness can complement the spices and create a rich flavor and more nuanced taste.

Bean Dip Serving Suggestions

I’ve served this for game day parties and BBQs – it won everyone over. Grab a bag of your favorite tortilla chips (or make your own chips!), and you are ready.

Custom Toppings Bar

A great way to create a party spread and allow guests to customize their servings is by setting up a toppings bar for your slow cooker bean dip, 

Provide toppings like:

  • cooked ground beef
  • sour cream
  • diced avocado
  • crispy bacon bits
  • pickled jalapeños
  • mild salsa
  • green chilies
  • roasted corn kernels
overhead photo of slow cooker bean dip

Dipping Alternatives

Offer various dipping options beyond the classic tortilla chips.

Provide vegetable sticks such as carrot, celery, or bell pepper strips for a healthier twist. 

You can also serve toasted pita wedges or homemade crostini.

Storing Leftover Slow Cooker Bean Dip

Put any leftovers in an airtight container or a medium bowl covered with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator.

I usually eat the leftovers the next day, but it will keep for 3 to 4 days in the fridge. 

When reheating, you may need a little water to reincorporate the ingredients in this cheesy dip.

pinterest image for slow cooker bean dip. The chessy bean dip is center stage on a tortilla chip.
slow cooker bean dip with a chip

Slow Cooker Bean Dip

This slow cooker bean dip is the perfect game day party dip. Simple ingredients – cheese, green onions, and cream cheese are the base for this easy cheesy bean dip.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 -10 servings
Calories: 148kcal


  • 2 20-ounce cans of refried beans
  • 4 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Lightly grease a 2 quart slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Add all ingredients except the cheddar cheese to the slow cooker and stir well.
  • Cover and cook on low for 2 hours.
  • Halfway through the cooking time, stir the dip with a wooden spoon, scraping the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • At the end of cooking time, add the cheddar cheese and stir until melted.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 480mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g
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Thursday 23rd of October 2014

sooo yummy! oh i thought i was the only one obsessed with appetizers =D

Linda Manns Linneman

Thursday 2nd of October 2014

This sounds so good. I have never made a bean dip before. Thank you

Melissa Cushing

Friday 26th of September 2014

I absolutely love bean dip! Especially a delicious homemade recipe like this! So simple, so tasty and so good for you! Thanks for sharing!

Jenny B

Friday 26th of September 2014

Thanks Melissa!

john hutchens

Sunday 2nd of February 2014

This sounds like a very good and easy recipe I might add this one to my Superbowl party menu. Thanks


Thursday 30th of January 2014

What the what? WOW this is simple and looks AMAZING! Thank you for sharing!!!! I love vegetarian recipes.

Jenny B

Thursday 30th of January 2014

Thanks Shannon!! And thank you for visiting!


Thursday 30th of January 2014

I pinned this for later...MMMMM! :D