Our Favorite Velveeta Recipes That Take An Old-School Cheese to New Heights

Skillet Mac and Cheese with Breadcrumbs
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Even though our Test Kitchen likes to make everything from scratch, there are some store-bought shortcuts that are too good to pass up (we're looking at you, rotisserie chicken). Whether you save time with a refrigerated pie crust or start with a jar of pasta sauce, store-bought ingredients can often save dinnertime. Velveeta cheese is one of those old-school ingredients we've been buying for decades. These Velveeta cheese recipes make the most of that nostalgic block of cheese.

Whether you're in need of a classic Velveeta cheese dip recipe or you're looking for the secret to the cheesiest mac and cheese ever, you're in luck. One of the best things about making a recipe with Velveeta is that you know the kids aren't going to protest a bite of hot potato salad or mac and cheese with chicken. Our Test Kitchen even found a way to dress Velveeta up with recipes like our Sausage-and-Cheese Grits Quiche. Go ahead and drop that Velveeta in your grocery cart because you're going to love these recipes.

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Rotel Sausage Dip

Rotel Dip
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Rotel Sausage Dip

This classic party dip has been satisfying tailgating crowds and hungry houseguests for as long as Velveeta has been around. Cheesy, meaty, and delicious, this go-to Southern appetizer has just six ingredients.

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Skillet Mac and Cheese with Crispy Breadcrumbs

Skillet Mac and Cheese with Crispy Breadcrumbs
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Skillet Mac and Cheese with Crispy Breadcrumbs

Baking your homemade mac and cheese in the skillet leaves you with perfect texture you can't find in a blue box. Velveeta, two more types of cheese, and a heaping scoop of mayonnaise make for the ultimate creamy, comfort food.

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Hot Potato Salad

Hot Potato Salad
Helen Norman; Styling: Carrie Purcell

Recipe: Hot Potato Salad

Get out of your cold potato salad comfort zone with a warm, cheesy version. You might never go back. Casserole dish at the ready, make sure to freeze your cheese before grating to let the Velveeta shine.

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Sausage-and-Cheese Grits Quiche

Sausage-and-Cheese Grits Quiche Recipe
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Karin Olsen; Food Styling: William Smith

Recipe: Sausage-and-Cheese Grits Quiche

This layered quiche is the perfect make-ahead breakfast for holidays and weekend houseguests. Featuring a Southern favorite—cheese grits—this crustless quiche is embellished by Velveeta and two more types of cheese.

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King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese

King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese

Amp up your usual macaroni and cheese with chicken, diced tomatoes and green chiles. Add Tex-Mex-inspired spices for a delicious hybrid of two of the South's favorite casseroles starring our favorite prepared cheese.

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Austin Diner-Style Queso

Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Austin Diner-Style Queso

When this queso is on the table, there's no shame in filling up on the appetizer. Use white Velveeta and green chiles in this recipe for Tex-Mex flare.

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