Smoked Beer Cheese Dip With Sausage and Hatch Chile

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Smoked Beer Cheese Dip with Sausage and Hatch Chile is the greatest thing to happen to cheesy beer-infused dips since cheddar. 

Smoked Sausage + Smoked Hatch Chile Peppers + Beer + Cheese = pure bliss. 

Smoked Sausage Hatch Chile Beer Cheese Dip in a serving dish

My husband has a thing for cheese. He can’t resist buying a few fancy cheeses whenever he goes to the supermarket, and he’s a total sucker for a good melted beer sausage cheese dip. One of our favorite smoked cheese dips can be found at Deschutes Brewery (Portland, OR), made with creamy white cheese, Black Butte Porter, and stone ground mustard. It’s meant to accompany their equally indulgent soft house-made brewery pretzels. It’s also a place we default to when we have the kids because it’s centrally located (in the Pearl District) and it’s open and loud (drowning the sound of our excitable youngsters. Winner!).

While other restaurants try, very few can come close to their dip. So instead of trying to make a copycat version of theirs — and forget the pretzels (we’re far from bakers) — we decided to stick our hands at making our own version of a beer sausage cheese dip. And duh, it would involve smoking everything.

The Ultimate Beer Sausage Cheese Dip

Of course our dip will need some meat and a little something extra to give it that “hmmmm” factor. So we decided on a combination of smoked sausage, smoked Hatch chile peppers, beer (but of course), and a mix of different types of cheeses (about half being smoked cheddar).

Though you don’t have to smoke your own cheese, unless you’re feeling really rockstar-ish. Tillamook does a pretty good job at their smoked cheddar.

Also, if football is your thing, this is prime time for tailgating season!

Smoked sausage on a baking sheet in the smoker

Smoke the Sausage and Hatch Chile

Start with bulk hot Italian sausage, breaking it up and placing on a tray or sheet pan. Then smoke it at 250 degrees F for around one hour or until the internal temperature of the thickest chunks are at 165 degrees.

We recommend using an instant read thermometer like the Thermoworks Thermapen One, taking the temperature in the thickest pieces of sausage, inserting probe only halfway into the meat. This is also a great opportunity to get those kiddos involved 😉

Testing temperature of smoked sausage using a digital thermometer

At the same time you can smoke your chile peppers next to the sausage. Hatch chile peppers are in season, so we’ve been using those. But Poblanos work well too, as well as Anaheim. Hatch can be spicy so if you want less heat, go with a Poblano.

Fun fact: Did you know one fresh medium-sized green chile pod has as much Vitamin C as six oranges?

After those little guys are smoked, chop up the chiles and break up the meat if it is still in larger chunks. Then start the dip.

Alternatively you can roast green chiles on the grill as well.

How To Make Smoked Cheese Dip

Grab a saucepan, sauté some onions, then add the smoked meat and chiles, some flour to thicken, the BEER, the cheeses, and finally mix away until your smoked cheese dip is nice and smooth. Transfer to a dish and serve with slices of bread or corn chips. Or if you’re cool and went all out, serve them with your homemade pretzels (show off!).

Pro Tip: If you’re serving this for a party or don’t intend to devour it within 5 minutes of cooking, transfer to a slow cooker and keep on low to keep the cheeses from hardening back up. Leaving it over a low heat will keep it creamy and indulgent.

For Extra Kick: If you want to add a little extra kick we recommend topping your smoked cheese dip with some pickled peppers. We’re a little obsessed with the spicy pickled peppers by the local company, Mama Lil’s. But you can experiment with any pickled spicy pepper to top your dip with.

A spoonful of Smoked Sausage Beer Cheese Dip

Best Beer for Beer Sausage Cheese Dip

We like something light and fresh for this, so we like a Pilsner. Kölsch, amber, and wheat beers provide great flavor too. For something with a little extra kick try something hoppy, like an IPA.

Smoked Cheese Dip Beer Pairing

Since this dish was inspired by a brewery version, and we made it with beer, it would only be fair to pair the finished dip with a beer. Go ahead and use whatever beer you used for the dip. We generally prefer lighter beers for this. Anything like a stout or porter will add intense flavors taking away from the gorgeous smoke from the sausage and chili peppers.

The hubby’s fav is Kölsch by Occidental Brewing Co. It’s super refreshing and super crisp and is fantastic inside the dip as well as a palate cleanser in between bites.

Smoked Beer Cheese Dip in a platter with a glass of beer

Wine Pairing 

Why yes, you absolutely can, and should, pair wine with this! We cooked this on AM Northwest recently and brought wine to pair. Since we’re talking football season and casual fare, we went with some of Oregon’s newest canned wines. Yeah, that’s right, canned wines, baby! You’ll find some fun and tasty options from Free Public and Canned Oregon  (brought to you by the folks who also produce Stoller Family Estate).

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Smoked Sausage and Hatch Chili Beer Cheese Dip
4.67 from 12 votes

Smoked Sausage and Hatch Chile Beer Cheese Dip Recipe

Creamy, smoky, Smoked Sausage Hatch Chile Beer Cheese Dip is the Ultimate Beer Cheese Dip appetizer! Perfect for tailgating season.
Prep: 1 hour
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 6 -8 servings


For the Smoked Sausage and Chillies:

  • ½ pound ground hot Italian sausage, casings removed or buy in bulk, crumbled into large chunks
  • 4 Hatch chile peppers

For the Beer Cheese Dip:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • cup red onion, diced
  • cup smoked Hatch chile peppers, diced (from above)
  • 1 cup smoked sausage, broken up (from above)
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup beer, (light beers work well, like pilsner, kolsch, amber)
  • 1 cup smoked cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1 ounce cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon


To Smoke the Sausage and Chilis:

  • Preheat smoker to 250 degrees, for this I like oak wood for both the sausage and chili peppers.
  • Place sausage pieces on a baking sheet and place onto the smoker for 60-90 mins or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. 
  • Cut chile in half and remove the stem and seeds. Place directly on the smoker for up to two hours or until soft. You can go longer, but the chile may dry out so be careful. Let cool then dice them up to prep for the dip. You will need 1/3 cup of the diced smoked chiles for the dip.

To Make the Beer Cheese Dip:

  • Heat up butter in a medium size saucepan over medium heat, then add the onion. Let soften (about 6 minutes). Add the pre-smoked chile peppers and sausage. Cook together, stirring often, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the flour and stir together for 1 minute as the thickening agent. (You can use cornstarch as an alternative).
  • Add the beer and bring to a simmer, then reduce to low.
  • Add the cheeses, Dijon mustard, and let melt together.
  • Enjoy with chips, baguette slices, or soft pretzels.



Optional Toppings:  We love topping with some chopped green onions and pickled peppers. Try pickled jalapeños or if you can find them, Mama Lil’s peppers. 
Pro Tip: If you want a char and the skin off the peppers, just put under a high broiler and rotate every minute until blackened. It won’t have the smoky flavor, but will still be delicious.


Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 916mg | Potassium: 256mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 469IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 291mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Appetizers and Dips
Cuisine: Cheese Dip, smoked, tailgating
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Calories: 451
Keyword: beer cheese dip, gameday appetizers, hatch chiles, smoked sausage
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I'm Mary, a wine/food/travel writer, Certified Sommelier, mom of twins, former vegetarian turned BBQ fanatic, runner, founder of Vindulge, and author of Fire + Wine cookbook. Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. It will be too cold outside to fire up the smoker when I plan to make this recipe- any suggestion on using liquid smoke instead to capture the smokey flavor?

    1. Liquid smoke may run bitter if you do. What you could do is roast chile under broiler or if you have gas – roast them over the flame of gas. That can add some char flavor. Another option is to use smoked cheddar cheese.

  2. 5 stars
    OMG I rarely miss real cheese except when I see recipes like this. This looks like the ultimate cheese dip!! I would eat way too much of it. And that Occidental Brewing Kölsch sounds like a delicious pairing.

  3. I love any kind of cheese dip, and the fact that this one has sausage, hatch chiles, and beer in it makes it that much more enticing

  4. 5 stars
    This looks so dangerously delicious, Mary! My husband hosts his poker group at our house about every two months. Guess what I’m making them next time they come over?!?

  5. 5 stars
    I love making hatch chili queso, but I love that you’ve added a good beer to this to kick it up a notch. I also appreciate the tip about the slow cooker to keep it warm because I always panick about my timing when serving queso and this makes it really flexible!

  6. 5 stars
    Absolutely obsessed with the fact that this cheese dip is: smoked, made with hatch chiles and then topped with Mama Lil’s! Yum. Yum. Yum!!!

  7. Knowing you and your recipes, this dip will be AMAZING! I bet it’d totally impress people at a football game party or any other gathering!