Cheesy Crock-Pot Crab Dip Recipe

A creamy, cheesy hot crab dip can be a big hit at any party or get-together. Particularly one that not only looks glamorous enough to be served before a dinner party but is simple enough to whip up before an impromptu visit with friends. 

A crock-pot made hot crab dip travels well and will always be a welcome addition to a pot-luck or banquet style function. 

The following cheesy crab dip recipe will easily serve twenty people as an appetizer and is simple to double or even triple for larger parties! 



Ingredients for Cheesy Crock-Pot Crab Dip: 

1 pound crab meat

3 8oz packages cream cheese – brought to room temperature and cubed

1/4 cup Asiago Cheese, grated

1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

1/2 jar salsa (15 ounce jar)

1/4 cup half and half or light cream

1 can chilies and tomatoes, drained

1 1/4 teaspoons prepared horseradish

Cooking Cream of Crab Meat

Step 1: Turn on your crock-pot to high and add in the cubed cream cheese allowing it to melt – stir occasionally. 

Step 2: While the cream cheese is melting, sort through crab meat to check for and remove any stray shell pieces. 

Step 3: Add in half and half (or light cream), drained chilies and tomatoes, salsa and horseradish. Stir well. 

Step 4: Slowly mix in Asiago and Parmesan cheeses, combining thoroughly. This should be left to cook 5-10 minutes letting cheese melt and combine – stir occasionally to prevent scorching. 

Step 5: Add in the crab meat and mix gently until combined. 

Step 6: Turn your crock-pot to low, cover and cook for 2-3 hours, stirring the crab dip every twenty minutes. Be certain to use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides and bottom of the crock-pot to prevent the cheeses from sticking and browning. Note – in a time crunch you can cook this on high in just under two hours, but you it is important to stir the crab dip every ten minutes to keep the cheese from burning. 

This hot and cheesy crab dip is wonderful served with your favorite crackers, bread cubes, corn chips, garlic toast points or crudites! It can be moved into a serving dish or be served directly out of the crock-pot itself. 

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