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Hot Crab Dip

I have six children and one grandchild, work full-time, and coach soccer and football. So I appreciate recipes like this one that are easy to assemble. The rich, creamy dip is a fun appetizer for holiday gatherings. —Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 3 hours
  • Makes
    about 5 cups


  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup salsa
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) imitation crabmeat, flaked
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
  • Assorted crackers or fresh vegetables


  • In a small bowl, combine milk and salsa. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in cream cheese, crab, onions and chiles. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours, stirring every 30 minutes. Serve with crackers.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup: 148 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 274mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Mouse_Nibbles
    Mar 7, 2019

    Everyone I've made this for just swoons over how good this is!

  • Millieee
    Dec 25, 2017

    This hot "crab" dip was a smash hit. I was asked to share the recipe which I did. I used fat-free half and half for the milk, Herdez 'hot' salsa, and low fat cream cheese. It's good with crackers, pita chips and Fritos. We made it the day before the party, cooking it for 3 hours on low in a 3 qt Crock Pot, cooled it a little and then refrigerated it in the removable crock overnight. The next day we simply replaced the crock in the pot and reheated it on low. To serve I transferred it to a 1 1/2 qt Crock Pot. The remainder was placed in a wide mouth Thermos like container from which I replenished the smaller Crock Pot once. This way guests don't have to dive deep to get at the dip.

  • Corwin44
    Feb 5, 2017

    This dip was pretty good. I used the ingredients exactly as directed. I think if I were to make this again I would take some of the other reviewers suggestion to add some tiny shrimp. Also, I might add a couple dashes of hot sauce or use hot salsa instead of mild. Everyone enjoyed this dip, but my guest said they like my crab artichoke dip better. I like that the dip came together really quick and easy. I baked it at 350 in a deep dish 9x9 foil pan instead of a crockpot which worked really well and it was heated in 30 minutes.

  • dewflop
    Oct 25, 2016

    I made this and put one can of shrimp in it. I loved it. My husband loved it. Would love to make it again and take it to an outing. Good stuff !!!

  • laconger
    Oct 30, 2015

    I've made this recipe four times now and it is always a big hit!! Even tastes great the next day cold or reheated…so easy, it's my go to recipe when I need something easy to throw together!! Love it!!

  • Kimmie9376
    Oct 18, 2014

    I made this for a Thanksgiving Day appetizer for the first time several years ago, and what a hit! Everyone loved it so much that it became a regular addition to Thanksgiving at my house. I think that if I decided not to make it, nobody would show! Would love it if there were leftovers, bit there never are.

  • BarbieVA
    Jul 7, 2013

    Pretty good, though was a little to sweet tasting. Needs a little ump. Maybe a bit of hot sauce. Will make again, though, with a bit of a touch up.

  • Jozie27
    Nov 14, 2012

    I have not made this yet but was wondering if can be made the day ahead, refrigerated, then reheated (how?) at host's home nextday?

  • Lumbog
    Mar 17, 2012

    No comment left

  • Anne Shore
    Feb 15, 2012

    Loved it! The little bit of "heat" from the salsa and green chilies makes it so good!After reading the other reviews, I cut back to 2 pkg. of cream cheese & added 2 cans of tiny shrimp. I used reduced fat cream cheese and it tasted delicious.I liked it just as well, if not better, served cold the next day with some chopped celery to give it some crunch!