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.
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.