The cheesy, spicy flavor of creamy queso dip is practically addictive. Until recently, the only queso dip I was familiar with was made with Rotel® and Velveeta®. As my husband and I have moved in the direction of healthier eating, we’ve eliminated processed cheese products (including Velveeta®) from our diets.
We weren’t about to go without queso dip, though, so I experimented until I found a way to make a healthier—but still tasty—version of it!
- ½ pound ground meat
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
- 1 cup salsa
- 2-3 ounces cream cheese
- ½ cup cream
- ½ cup milk
- 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Tortilla chips
Brown the ground meat in a medium skillet with the taco seasoning. Once cooked thoroughly, stir in the salsa. Cover and simmer over low heat.
In a medium saucepan, heat the cream cheese and a splash of the cream over low heat, stirring frequently with a whisk until it takes on the texture of a thick paste.
Add the remaining cream and the milk. Slowly increase the heat to medium, stirring constantly. Once the cream mixture is warm, whisk in the shredded cheese a little at a time until it has all been added and the cheese sauce is smooth.
Stir the meat mixture into the cheese sauce. Serve with tortilla chips. Yield: 4 snack-sized servings.
We absolutely love this dip! In fact, my husband often requests that I double the recipe so we’ll have some to eat the next day. I suggest using hot salsa (once diluted in the queso dip, medium salsa leaves very little spice). It doesn’t really matter if you use 2 or 3 ounces of cream cheese (I usually cut an 8 ounce package of cream cheese into thirds for use in different recipes, hence the range).
If we’re lounging around the house, we’ll serve this with a vegetable on the side and eat it as a meal. Served in this way, it only provides 2-3 servings. Served as a snack, it provides 4-6 servings. The ingredients for the recipe (including the tortilla chips) cost $7.31, which is $1.83 per serving (if consumed in 4 servings).
Do you have a favorite dip? What is it?
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