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Cheesy Ham Dip With Green Chilies Recipe

My family’s favorite cheesy green chili ham dip has it all……….cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, ham, green chilies, and scallions. Some people get turned off when they hear canned ham, but this isn’t deviled ham. The ham is Hormel Smoke Ham. I have this recipe for you plus two more cheesy surprises!

I cook when I’m not DIYing and the Owen family refers to this yummy appetizer as just “The Dip.” What does that tell you? Anything with “The” in front of it has to be one-of-a-kind and awesome.

Cheesy Green Chili Ham Dip

I have my sister, Stacey, to thank for this recipe. She made The Dip a few years ago, and we were all hooked. She sent me the recipe with the title “The Dip.” I’ve searched online for the list of ingredients and haven’t found the same recipe anywhere.

ingredients to make the cheese dip

I wanted to attribute it to someone or give it the proper name when sharing it with you today but no luck. I’ll just claim it as Stacey’s recipe.

Ingredients for making the cheesy green chile ham dip


Cheesy Green Chile Ham Dip (aka, “The Dip”)
10 oz. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Grated
8 oz. Cream Cheese softened
1 Can Hormel Smoked Ham (find in tuna section)
7 oz. Can Chopped Green Chiles
1 Bunch of Green Onions, chopped fine
1 Round Loaf of Hawaiian Bread (if desired)

Mix softened cream cheese and canned ham (including juice) using a fork until well blended in a medium size microwave-safe bowl. Add the canned green chiles, chopped green onions, and sharp cheddar cheese, and mix well. Microwave at 50% power for 8-10 minutes, then microwave on full power for 2 minutes.

To make “The Dip,” using Hawaiian Bread as the bowl: Cut the top off the bread and hollow out the inside until a shell is left. Put the cheese mixture in the bread bowl. Bake without lid for 45 minutes at 275°. Remove from oven, cover with the bread lid, and wrap in aluminum foil. Bake for 15 minutes at 325°.

cheesy ham dip with green onions and cream cheese

We like Fritos with our dip. The bread from the hollowed-out shell can be used in place of chips.

**I find it hard to get the dip warm in the bread. I would warm the dip a lot in the microwave before putting it in the bread bowl. Also, we waste a lot of the dip because we don’t eat it with the bread and the bread shell soaks up some of the dip. I use the microwave method without the bread. To each his own.


cheese and ham dip

Since the dip is thick or heavy, we like eating it with Fritos. This recipe didn’t come with a serving count, but it goes a long way. I very seldom make the dip for just me and the JTS. We would be eating on it forever.

How about another of our family recipes? This is an appetizer also and it has hot sausage, black olives, cheese, and more……

sausage wontons with cheese and black olives

Find the Sausage Wonton recipe here. I promise you, your family, friends, and New Year’s guests (small socially distanced gatherings maybe) will want the recipe after tasting this treat.
How about a cheese ball coated with chili powder?
Spicy chili powder cheese ball
The cheese ball is made with cream cheese, Velveeta cheese……and pecans. See a pattern with my favorite appetizers? Find the Cheese Ball Recipe here.
Wicked Good Green Chile Cheese Dip
Cheesy Green Chili Ham Dip
As always, thanks for being here, Kathy
Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. All these recipes look great. I want to try them all. My family loves anything with sausage and cheese.