Warm, decadent Chili Cheese Dip — combining homemade chili, real cheddar cheese sauce, cream cheese, black beans, and fresh garlic, jalapeños, and cilantro — will be the cheesy hit of any party or get-together!
Super Bowl Sunday is just a few days away, and today I’ve got a recipe that just might prove to be the ultimate champion at your game watching party! Some of y’all may have already heard that queso is one of my favorite things on earth…hallelujah and amen. And this Chili Cheese Dip is basically like homemade queso loaded with chili and so much more. It is, quite simply, heaven in a bowl. I
have literally eaten it, er, could literally eat it with a spoon — no chips required — but I’ll do my best to refrain while in the company of others. 😉
If you’ve ever eaten at Chili’s, you’ve probably had their Skillet Queso. It’s delicious, and I’ve eaten more bowls of it over than the years than I care to admit. It’s also super easy to replicate at home…can of chili + block of Velveeta. But seeing as how I attempt to avoid feeding my family processed ingredients for the most part, I decided to adapt that chili cheese goodness to a recipe featuring real food ingredients.
And you know what? My version even better. Good gravy is it better! Does it take more time to make than cracking open a can and slicing up a processed cheese loaf? Why, yes…yes it does. But I’m telling you…it’s so totally worth it.
I always keep a jar of Homemade Chili Mix on hand in my pantry, so I simply used that plus a pound of beef, some diced tomatoes, fresh garlic, and minced jalapeño to whip up a batch of chili. At the same time, I made a pot of my favorite homemade cheese sauce, which I have used in some form or fashion across multiple recipes on the site. Once the chili was done, I melted a block of cream cheese into it (hey…I said that this was a real food recipe, not a light and healthy one!) and then stirred in my cheese sauce. Next came a drained can of black beans and a generous handful of fresh minced cilantro.
Simply stir it all up, transfer your dip to a medium-sized crock pot to keep it warm, set out the chips for scooping it up (or a pile of fresh, warm flour tortillas — I die), and you, my friend, will be revered by everyone who tastes this masterpiece of chili and cheese.
Can I admit that on the day I cooked and photographed this recipe for the blog, I turned it into nachos and served it to my family for dinner that evening? Yessiree…I was the cool mom that day. But don’t worry…I piled plenty of diced tomatoes and avocado on top and served a boatload of carrot sticks and raw peppers on the side. My philosophy is that real food Chili Cheese Dip can be totally balanced out with lots of raw veggies. 😉
When I told my 2-year-old that we were having queso for dinner that night, I believe her exact words were, “Yippee!” But then, when I presented her with her plate, she paused.
“No, Mama…I no want orange queso. I wike ye-wo queso.”
After much coaxing to try a tiny bite, she finally caved…and whaddya’ know? Orange queso is her new favorite.
So make it for Super Bowl Sunday, make it for Cinco de Mayo, make it for taco night…just make it. I think it’s totally worth the little bit of time and effort to enjoy something so decadent and delicious, with nary a processed ingredient in sight. 😉
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