Rotel Cups

It’s gameday again!  I’ll admit, I’m a bit down in the dumps as I write this post.  My beloved Auburn Tigers just lost to Mississippi State.  Honestly, I haven’t seen Auburn play that poorly in a long time, and State deserved to win it.  I just hope that we can manage a decent season after this rough loss.  However, in spite of the dismal, stressful, upsetting football game, we have enjoyed a morning of good food and family.  Because hey, even if you have to suffer a loss, you can still enjoy some tailgate food!

These Rotel cups are perfect for snacking on during a football party!  We’ve made the classic Rotel dip (melted velveeta cheese with sausage and rotel tomatoes) many many times before.  We love that cheese dip, but honestly it’s not easy to serve or eat individually because it’s kind of messy.  These Rotel cups are REALLY good, and much better for party finger-foods.   I love the crispy shells with the cheesy, bacony filling.  It has a little kick to it from the Rotel, but it’s not overly spicy.  And these are really easy to put together.  I will definitely be making this again at future football parties!

Rotel Cups

Source: Kendall Boggs Fine Arts & Crafts

Makes: 45 cups

1 Can rotel tomatoes, drained (almost all the way)
1 bag bacon pieces
1 cup shredded swiss
1 cup Mayo
3 pkg. phyllo pastry cups – thawed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix the first 4 ingredients and scoop evenly into the cups.  Place on baking sheet and cook at 350 for 15 min.

70 thoughts on “Rotel Cups

    • Ya know, I actually hate Swiss cheese by itself, and I thought about using a different cheese too. But I stuck with the Swiss and couldn’t really taste it in the mix. It just gives a good melted gooey consistency. If you do try it with a different cheese, let me know how it is!

  1. This looks delicious!! I’m a big Auburn fan too and was heart broken Saturday too. Will try to fix these for the next game! War Eagle Lindsay!!

    • War Eagle Rhonda! So good to find another Auburn fan on here! Saturday was rough, but I still have faith in our guys! In case you haven’t seen them, you should check out the Tiger Brownies I posted a few days ago. They were a big hit at our football party and looked really cool!

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      • I’m glad you were disappointed! Too bad you aren’t an SEC fan… Notre Dame went home with their tails between their legs! RTR!

      • I truly am an SEC fan. I cheer for every team in the SEC except for Alabama. And I really dislike Notre Dame as well, but they were the lesser of two evils. I don’t think anyone really believed that ND stood a chance, though.

  3. Not sure about your cooking instructions here. My grocery store doesn’t have bags of bacon pieces, so I’m guessing that small pieces cut from slices of bacon would work, but it doesn’t seem right that you throw them in there raw with the mayo-cheese mixture. Doesn’t that make the cup awfully greasy? Or are the bacon pieces you’re using already cooked?

    • Hi Mary. Look in the salad dressing aisle for the bacon pieces (near the bacon bits, but you don’t want the fake stuff). Hormel and Oscar Meyer sell bags of real bacon pieces that are pre-cooked. If you still can’t find them, then cooked and crumbled regular bacon would work fine. The bag contains 2.8 oz, so you would need about 3 slices of cooked bacon to equal that. Hope that helps!

      • That helps a lot! I was thinking of the items in the meat case, not the dressing aisle. I’m sure that product is available there! (Duh!) Gonna try this for Super Bowl Sunday….Thanks!

  4. Cannot wait to try this…sounds amazing! My kids don’t eat red meat so I am going to try it with homemade turkey bacon instead….I’ll let you know how it turns out! We love ro-tel, and buy it in bulk:}

  5. Just found your recipe and am planning on making it for Superbowl Sunday! Cheering on the Ravens although I am a Redskin fan from NC. Quick question…did you use “bag” pre-shredded swiss cheese? Haven’t been to the store but curious where to look first. Thanks!

    • They are in the freezer section, but I couldn’t find them at first either. In my store, it wasn’t near the ice dream/desserts area like I thought, but near the frozen pizzas. I don’t know about your store, but it’s definitely frozen!

    • Hmmm I really don’t think crescent rolls would be a perfect substitute. You could try tearing the crescent dough and putting it in a mini-muffin tin to form a little cup around the filling. I’m not sure how it would turn out though. I’m so sorry you can’t find the pastry cups! Let us know what you try and if it works out!

  6. I tried these with tortilla scoops, they’re like BLT’s with a kick!! They’re out in the warmer ready for the game!! Thanks, I will be making these again!!

  7. We were really looking forward to having these for the Superbowl because you just can’t go wrong when there’s Rotel involved, but unfortunately there wasn’t a single person that liked them. There wasn’t a single person that ate more than one. They looked like they would be delicious though!

  8. Just found this recipe and it sounds great. Would like to know if they’re good if they’re at room temp and not warm. Will be driving 30 mins. to a bunco game and would love to take them but only if at room temp they will be good. Thanks in advance for info.

      • Thank you for replying Lindsay. I trusted what you said and made these this afternoon to take to buncos.. They were a hit. I had so many people ask for the recipe. When I wrote the recipe down, they couldn’t believe how easy they were to make,
        yet so good. I will definitely be making them again. Again, thank you.

  9. I’m overseas and my grocery store is the super limited. Needless to say, we don’t have the phyllo cups, but we do have phyllo pastry. Do you think I could just make my own cups? Not as pretty of course, but same affect?

    • hmmm…that’s a good question Mechele. You probably can make your own cups using the pastry, but I honestly don’t know how you would go about it! I’m sorry that I can’t give you any more information than that. If you try it, please let us know what you did and if it worked!

      • they turned out great. Next time I’ll be sure to use a bit more pastry, but they were a hit. I just used a muffin tin and buttered the pastry before adding the filling. Same cook time and everything. Yummy 🙂

  10. Waaaar Eagle, Lindsay! Definitely gonna try these Rotel cups. For Cindy who hates mayo: I make something similar that calls for cream cheese, drained whole kernel corn, & cheese baked in scoop-shaped corn chips. Next time gonna put Rotel in mixture.

  11. These are amazing!! Took them to a memorial day cook out …gone in 10 min. I used the Mexican cheese blend and was perfect:)

  12. It does stink royally when your team looses. Have you tried using rotel tomatoes, sausage, velveeta cheese and bacon.I just wonder how the velveeta cheese would hold up.

    • I have not tried Velveeta in these, although I do love the idea! It might sort of saturate the layers of pastry cups, meaning it wouldn’t be as crispy, but I be it’d still be delicious!

  13. Made the bais recipe ahead of time, but forgot to fill cups and pop into oven. So set out a bag of Tostito scoops and the filling. Everyone loved it cold. LOL

  14. Thank you for this exactly the kind of app I was looking for. Sorry about your teams loss she says tongue in cheek, just teasing because I am a die hard Bama Fan. Roll Tide!! We do love our football in the South, Look forward to SEC every year. It’s like we all come alive.

    • You don’t have to cook them. The bag of bacon pieces are already fully cooked, and are found on the grocery aisle with croutons and salad dressings. I think the size is 3 oz. My favorite brand is Oscar Meyer but there are a few brands to pick from.

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