This is an old reliable dip to take to parties. I usually don't heat up prior to putting in the crock pot. I just add all the ingredients into the small crock pot and stir every now and then after it is heated. Great to take to work and put in the breakroom. You can set on low and forget about it. Someone always comes by and stirs it up. You do need to check to make sure your crock isn't empty because it goes fast!! I have learned to double the recipe if taking to a party or to work.