10.9.13

Warm Salsa & Queso Dip

I am pretty sure this is one of the most popular recipes I ever make. It is really easy and it is really, really good. It feeds a lot of people and those people usually leave really happy. I first stumbled upon this idea from Wiki's cousin, Izzy. She is a sweetie and who knew a 14 year old beauty would bring me one of my favorite dishes to date.

We were up in Boston last year for her birthday and as I watched she pulled out cream cheese, salsa and shredded cheese. I was only randomly paying attention because...I don't eat salsa. Gasp. yes, I am that strange person. Here is the deal...I don't eat cold dips. Just not a fan)except for sweet dips) I love queso, but it needs to be piping hot. Like I said...strange bird.

Anyhoo, after gossiping and catching up with the family, I noticed she put it in the oven and 15 minutes later..my life was changed. You probably think I am exaggerating. Well...you'd be wrong. Oh my gosh. So good. and after I came home and needed to whip up something quick for a football party, I remembered this dip. and of course, in true Maddie fashion, I switched it up...but just a tiny bit.

Ingredients
8 oz cream cheese, softened
jar salsa, any flavor
jar queso (or make your own;)
shredded cheese blend

Spread the cheese on the bottom of a (somewhat) shallow baking dish. Pour Queso over the cream cheese, followed by the salsa. Top with shredded cheese and bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes or until cheese is bubbling.

Serve with chips or veggies. And you can thank me later.

****adaptions. having made this way north of several times, I have tried it a few different ways.  Add some shredded chicken and you have dinner. I have done goat cheese instead of cream cheese(lessen the cooking time just a bit) I have done a goat/cream cheese combo(by far my favorite version) I have used green salsa instead of the traditional and once I used the actual "queso" cheese and crumbled it on top. Melted really nicely, you can find that brand in the Spanish aisle normally.

All I know is that if you doubt me, yous should Just ask my cousin, Lindsey about this dip. She may be beyond picky..and she is now a tried and true addict of this dish. Do it for your next party and you will be glad you did. I promise.

8 comments:

  1. looks amazing (and so simple!). these pics are making my mouth water and it's not even 8 AM yet, not good :)

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  2. Love a good queso dip! Perfect for the next football game!

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  3. A dip that involves THREE kinds of cheese and salsa?! Sign me up!! YUMMM! I love cheese! Thanks for linking up with us!

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  4. Oooooooooh queso dip....this looks amazing...I need it now.

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  5. Ahhh, my mouth is watering. I love Mexican foods and I'm a sucker for dips of any kind... I'm kinda dip crazy! I need to get the ingredients and serve this at our next football gathering (you know, so I don't eat the whole thing myself! haha!). Thanks for sharing!

    xo, Abby @ Always, Abby

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