Mexicali Dip

bowl of dip surrounded by tortilla chips

Appetizers & Beverages | October 15, 2019 | By

Mexicali Dip ~ super easy 4 ingredient warm spicy, creamy cheesy dip. This delicious appetizer whips up in under 5 minutes in the microwave. Serve with tortilla chips and watch it disappear!

This simple, practically addictive cheesy Mexicali Dip recipe has been in our family so long I don’t even remember who first started making it and have no idea where the recipe came from. Now that it’s on the blog there’s a good chance someone will come forward.

It whips up in under 5 minutes, contains just four simple grocery store ingredients and the use of a microwave oven. Grocery stores sell a cold dip they call Mexicali. This is not that dip. This gooey melted cheese Mexicali Dip is best warm and way, way better than the stuff in the stores.

If you’re a football fan (or just a fan of game day food) or already thinking of what you’ll bring to your family’s holiday dinner, give this recipe a try. There won’t be regrets – or dip – left. 

white bowl with mexicali dip surrounded by tortilla chips

It’s a dip we make on repeat at my house because we almost always have all the ingredients on hand plus it’s always requested when we’re looking for a good treat.

People are always surprised how incredibly good it is with so little effort. It’s a very forgiving recipe, too. Really any kind of jar salsa works. You can even use sour cream instead  of plain Greek yogurt and even different shredded cheese, like Pepper Jack for more heat. 

What’s in Mexicali?

  1. plain Greek yogurt
  2. sharp cheddar cheese
  3. jar salsa (your favorite brand, any spice level)
  4. cream cheese

What kind of salsa should I use?

Use your favorite jar salsa at whatever spice level you prefer. Mine is thick and chunky, medium heat level.

How to make Mexicali Dip:

4 step instructions for how to make this dip

Start with room temperature cream cheese to help the dip blend easier. If your cream cheese is cold from the refrigerator it’ll still be delicious but will take a few seconds longer to make.

Add all of the ingredients to a bowl then loosely cover with wax paper and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir well to combine the ingredients and if necessary return to the micro for another 30 seconds or until smooth and all the cheese is melted. Eat right away with tortilla chips. 

While it practically killed me not to garnish the heck out of this peachy pink dip with some fresh cilantro, a dollop of guacamole  or even sliced avocado, there is really nothing else this dip needs! 

white bowl with mexicali dip surrounded by tortilla chips

How long will the dip keep?

Any leftover dip (though I’m betting there won’t be any!) can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, microwave for 30 seconds or until warm.

What beverages go with this dip?

You can’t go wrong with Sangria or Margarita when it comes to a Mexican type dip. Soft drinks go equally well with it.


bowl of creamy dip surrounded by tortilla chips

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bowl of dip surrounded by tortilla chips

Mexicali Dip

Warm, cheesy 4 ingredient appetizer. Easy to make. Whips up in under 5 minutes in the microwave. Serve with tortilla chips.
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Keywordmexicali dip, mexicali dip recipe, 4 ingredient dip
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 minute


  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 3/4 cup jar salsa your favorite
  • 3 ounces cream cheese room temperature


  • Add all of the ingredients to a medium size bowl then cover with wax paper.
  • Microwave for 30 seconds then stir well to combine the ingredients. If necessary micro for another 30 seconds or until smooth and all the cheese is melted. Eat right away with tortilla chips.
Nutrition Facts
Mexicali Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 111
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.3g19%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 477mg21%
Potassium 94mg3%
Carbohydrates 4.6g2%
Fiber 0.7g3%
Protein 8.7g17%
Calcium 133mg13%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. Leave a Reply

    October 17, 2019

    Oh my goodness! I can do this – how easy peasy. Looks wonderful!

    • Leave a Reply

      October 18, 2019

      Thanks Bette! — Yes – you can definitely do this 🙂 It’s super easy – no fail and so good!!

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