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It’s never too early to start dreaming about cooler fall weather, yummy dips, and college football. AmIright? I’ve experimented with different variations of a cheesy hamburger dip, what most call Velveeta queso or Chile con Queso. Today, I’m sharing secrets of what I found to be a slightly healthier but just-as-tasty, easy queso dip recipe to please even the pickiest snackers.
WHY CHEESE DIP WITHOUT VELVEETA?
Let me set a couple of things straight here…
#1 – I’ve made my “hamburger dip” on game days with Velveeta cheese for years. Throw in some Rotel, ground meat and chips with Velveeta and you’ve got a football appetizer in five.
I don’t want you to think that I’m getting all snobbish about junk food – nope, just trying to improve. I will probably still make the original version of Velveeta dip on those days I’m being super lazy.
#2 – I’m not saying that this dip without Velveeta is necessarily healthy. It’s just a more whole foods approach to football food. 🙂
You can’t make every one happy, you’re not queso!
INGREDIENTS AT A GLANCE
- cream cheese
- shredded or block cheese
- ground meat
- homemade taco seasoning
- optional jalepenos
CHEESE DIP FAQS
Technically, queso means cheese in Spanish. But if you’ve ever eaten at a good Mexican restaurant, you know that there is much more than cheese in those yummy bowls they bring you with those warm tortilla chips!
Did you know that most authentic Mexican restaurants serve what’s technically known as Chile con Queso? The name has been shortened to queso normally mixes a variety of white American cheese, queso fresco, blanco, chiles, and/or jalapenos?!
Both are Mexican cheeses but queso fresco is known as fresh cheese and made with rennet and culture, very creamy, doesn’t melt well, but crumbles easily like feta. Queso Blanco is also creamy, doesn’t melt well, and does better sliced.
HOW TO MAKE RECIPE STEP-BY-STEP
- Soften cream cheese for 30 minutes at room temperature or place in microwave for 10 seconds.
- Spray inside of crockpot with cooking spray.
- Place all ingredients in crockpot.
- Set crockpot to medium/high setting for 20 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, stir ingredients until creamy.
- Turn down the setting to low and enjoy!
- Stir frequently so it doesn’t stick to sides or burn.
- 2 pounds cooked ground meat
- Large jar of salsa
- 1 block of cream cheese
- 1/2 block cheddar cheese or bag of shredded cheese
- 1 dash each of salt and pepper
- 2 dashes of garlic powder and chili powder
Here’s the break-down of what healthier alternatives are replaced from the original dip with Velveeta recipe.
- Velveeta is replaced with cream cheese or Greek yogurt cream cheese and high-quality shredded or block cheese.
- The can of Rotel is replaced with a jar of high-quality salsa.
- Ground meat is either high-quality lean ground beef, turkey, or venison.
- A packet of taco seasoning is replaced with a homemade taco seasoning version of garlic powder, salt, pepper, and chili seasoning.
Now go and enjoy that game (or whatever else you like to watch) with your people!!
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