Mexican Dip Recipes – Adorned with a Shamrock

When I saw this Mexican Cheesecake that Lulu at Lulu’s Musings shared, I knew I wanted to make it.  Lulu calls it a crowd pleaser, and I wanted to please a crowd that was coming that weekend.

Mexican Cheesecake Recipe

We had five teenage girls with a twenty-one-year-old leader.  I wanted to make their time here special, so I decorated Lulu’s Mexican Cheesecake.  Valentine’s Day was behind us, so a heart was out.  Well then…shamrock it is!

Mexican Cheesecake Adorned with a Shamrock

It was D-Now (Discipleship NOW) weekend in our district, so several churches joined together for a fun and spiritually moving weekend for all teenagers attending.

This is one of our most favorite events of the year, and we’d never want to miss out on having a group stay with us.  This year was rather like a vacation since we usually have double (or quadruple) this year’s number.

These girls were so fun, and they loved Lulu’s Mexican Cheesecake!

Mexican Cheesecake Adorned with a Shamrock

Normally, the kids are gone the entire day and arrive home about 9:30 at night.  You feed them snacks and then breakfast the next morning before they’re off for the next day’s activities.

Making Mexican Cheesecake

Not this year.

Surprise, our girls came “home” the second day for a snack before going back for a hamburger dinner at the church.  They had visions of more Mexican Cheesecake in their heads!

Mexican Cheesecake Recipe

They gushed over the fact that I cooked for them.  Later that night (and since they didn’t eat their hamburgers), they were hungry again, so I made cream cheese sausage Rotel™ dip.

Think I overloaded them with Mexican?  Not a chance.  They dove into that, too!

Can you believe I took no pictures of the cream cheese sausage Rotel™ dip?  Ha!  I figured everyone had this recipe since it’s been around forever.  But, for those of you who’d like to have it in your recipe arsenal, here’s mine to print, copy, or share.

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Cream Cheese Sausage Rotel Dip
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A delicious, creamy, meaty dip for tortilla chips of your choice.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 10 servings
  • 1 pound of sausage (mild or hot, your choice - or ground beef if you prefer), cooked and strained of grease
  • 8-ounce block cream cheese
  • 10-ounce can Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
  1. After straining grease from the meat, place the cream cheese in the pan to melt. Stir continually until melted and well mixed with meat. Add Rote and stir to blend completely.
  2. Serve immediately with tortilla chips of your choice.
  3. To decorate, place mixture into a square or round 8" pan and level evenly. Top with 1 cup of sour cream and smooth the surface. Outline a design of your choice with canned black olive pieces. Fill with green onions and tomatoes, chopped finely. For a heart, fill with tomatoes, or for a shamrock, fill with green onions. Get creative! You could also use chopped red, yellow, and/or green bell peppers for coloring your design. Have fun with it!

You could decorate the Rotel™ dip in the same way I did Lulu’s cheesecake.  Here’s how:

Step One:

Spread the cream cheese meaty Rotel™ dip evenly in a square or round pan.  (Doesn’t have to be a spring form pan.)

Step Two:

Spread sour cream evenly over the Rotel™ dip – just as you do with Lulu’s Mexican Cheesecake recipe.  Lulu sprinkled her colored veggies all together – beautiful that way, too!

Spreading Sour Cream

Step Three:

Outline your design with black olives.  Fill a heart with chopped tomatoes, a shamrock with green onions, or whatever your design needs.

Designing Shamrock

Color the background with another chopped veggie.

Mexican Cheesecake Adorned with a Shamrock

You could get creative and chop different colors of bell peppers, lettuce, carrots, or add shredded cheese.  Have fun with it!


I’m sharing this recipe at Metamorphosis Monday.










  1. Roxanne says

    Yum! How fun to have those girls. I belong to a Bible study group of about 15 people where we take turns bringing dinner. If you have any crowd feeding, inexpensive casseroles or ideas…I’d love to see some recipes! Most people brought soup all winter (except me), but it was 80 here in SC this week already. Too hot for soup!

    • says

      That’s a great idea for a round-up of old casserole and pasta posts. I’ll work on that for you, Roxanne. Thanks! 🙂

    • says

      We enjoy having boys, too – and have had boys more often than girls. It was nice to have girls again this year. Happy Friday! 🙂

      • Robin says

        Oh that is ok….I am very used to not being able to eat all the yummy stuff people make. At my church they are excellent cooks and I always have to pass. Even at my parents’ with mac n cheese… I have to sit right there and look at it on the hot tray. LOL I am quite used to it.

        On a different note…I got my Shamrock St. Patrick’s Day Crocheted Afghan done and JUST listed it on Etsy a few minutes ago!!!!It’s the only thing I have on there right now. Hopefully it sells!! It was a LOT of work. My price is really reasonable for a hand made afghan. (I know I’m not doing myself justice with my low price. But it is already March, so I want it sold.)

        ST has to be at school by 7:30 tomorrow for play practice….I gotta get up at 7 ON A SATURDAY. BOOOOOO!!!! Then I have to come home, feed the dog and myself, and walk him. THEN drive to church for choir practice. I’m headed to bed NOW. (Well as soon as I take the chicken out of the pressure cooker. The whole pot is going right in the fridge.LOL)

        • says

          I guess it’s easier knowing you’ll feel better in the long run. That would do it for me, anyway. I hope your afghan sale goes well. Cute pics of Q! 🙂

    • says

      Thanks, Agnes. Since you love Mexican food, these recipes will score highly for you, I think. I hope you’re enjoying your weekend! 🙂

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