Super cheesy dip slammed full with flavorful chorizo – this Chorizo Queso Dip is the perfect “fan fare” for your game day festivities.
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I have a bit of a confession to make. I never was too big of a football fan. Of course, my dad always watched his favorite team play and cheered them on every season – still does. But I was just never that into it.
When I got older, the “in thing” was to be a cheerleader. I mean, all of the popular girls seemed to be cheerleaders and cheerleaders cheered on the football team, right? But I have to say, I never quite caught onto the craze.
Even when I was in high school, football was very low on my totem pole of interests. You see, I was a swimmer. Swim season is in the autumn, the same as the football season. Swimming was my life. I was on the team every year, and my senior year I was the captain of the swim team.
When other students were sitting in the stadium cheering on the football team, I was competing in my own sport, trying to beat my personal bests. I think I attended a single football game my entire high school career. There happened to be a game one night when I had a canceled swim meet and a friend invited me. I think our team won. I don’t remember.
My only interaction with the football team, other than in the classroom as a fellow student, was in the weight room. I was an avid weight lifter and I thoroughly impressed the captain of the football team when I sat down to the leg lift after he stood up…and adjusted the weight to one heavier than he was lifting. That about summed up my high school football fandom.
For me as an adult, football is all about social time. Spending time with friends and loved ones while enjoying great food & laughs…and occasionally glancing at the tv to watch the replay of an especially shocking play. Some of my first tailgating parties occurred shortly after I got married, and one of them stands out very prominently, because it was the occasion of one of my most embarrassing moments…Of. My. Life.
There I was, about 8 or 9 months pregnant, and we were over at a friend’s house for a football game. I was sitting on the sofa, just chilling, when my husband came over and plopped on the sofa next to me. And then…the horror. You see, back in the early 90’s maternity clothes were still really like colorfully decorated frumpy tents. I was wearing one of those said tents. And this tent had snaps. Snaps allllll the way down the front of the dress.
Yeah. Can you guess where this one is going?
So as my husband plopped onto the sofa next to me, he caught the side of my dress. The dress instantly flew open from top to bottom! And this wasn’t an instant fix, because my husband was on my dress! I leaped from the sofa, wrestled my dress out from underneath him, while trying to wrap it back around my rotund figure and ran to the bathroom where I could get myself…and my dress back together.
But the worst part?
I will never forget the look on the face of the young soldier who was hanging out with us, and seated directly across the room from me. He had a full on, total view of what had just happened.
That expression is burned into my memory. I don’t know if he ever recovered. He may have needed to see an ophthalmologist to have his eyeballs surgically implanted back into their sockets.
So with a history that swung between apathy and horror in relation to football, you may think that I never found myself looking forward to, or enjoying football games. But you would be mistaken.
You see, when you find yourself the mother of a football player – or football players, it all changes. You suddenly find yourself learning what things like “Second Down” and “First and Third” mean, because you have to know what is going on if you are going to cheer on your sons! We used to start and end each season with a family trip to the nearby ice cream shop – a rare treat. The kids new, every first practice and every last local game ended with ice cream. It was our tradition and well loved.
Nowadays, I am still not a big “football person,” but I do love using it as an excuse to get together with friends and make some special treats or appetizers. Any excuse to do that is a good one in my book!
Today, I’m sharing a recipe for a delicious, creamy cheese dip. Put away the yellow bricks of fake cheese product – this dip uses real cheese (the only kind this Wisconsin-raised girl will use) and flavorful chorizo sausage.
To begin, you will need 8 ounces of chorizo sausage. Ideally you would want bulk sausage, but if you can only find sausages, you’ll want three that are about bratwurst sized. If you are using those, slice open the casings and take out the filling.
Shred 10 ounces of extra sharp cheddar cheese. Set it aside for now.
Sauté the sausage in a large skillet over medium high heat until it is cooked through and crispy. While it cooks, use your spoon to break up the sausage into little bits and stir it continually.
Scoop the sausage from the skillet, place it on a plate that is lined with a paper towel.
To the drippings that are still in the skillet, add in 2 tablespoons of butter. Melt it over medium heat.
Sprinkle in 3 tablespoons of flour and whisk them together. Then let them cook together for one minute.
Pour in 12 ounces of evaporated milk, and whisk together. Bring this up to a gentle simmer and cook for a minute – stirring continually.
Reduce the heat to low and add in ¼ cup of Neufchatel cheese and half of your shredded cheddar cheese. Stir until it is melted in. Do the same with the other half of the cheese.
Add in 2/3 cup of diced tomatoes with green chilies (drained).
Finally, add in most of your cooked chorizo and stir it all together. Reserve some of the chorizo to sprinkle on top as a garnish before serving.
Serve this with crackers, chips, pretzels or chunks of bread.
When you’re having a Tailgating Party, you have to have a good selection of beverages for your guests to choose from. I would recommend Gallo Family Vineyard’s Pink Moscato or the Chardonnay.
Pink Moscato is one of my favorites…with hints of peach and berries. If your guests prefer a white wine, the Chardonnay is ideal with its citrus and vanilla. I chose these two wines because they are both light and refreshing.
Honestly, we can sometimes go a little overboard with the snacks while we’re cheering on our favorite teams, so I chose variations that I think won’t weigh you down. And not only are they both delicious, but they both come in the mini bottles, which are perfect for your guests to pick out – no corkscrews or bottler stoppers needed!
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- 8 oz. chorizo bulk sausage
- 10 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 Tb butter
- 2 Tb flour
- 12 oz. evaporated milk
- 1/4 c Neufchatel cheese (light cream cheese)
- 2/3 c diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained
- Crackers, Chips, Bread or Pretzels for dipping
- To begin, you will need 8 ounces of chorizo sausage. Ideally you would want bulk sausage, but if you can only find sausages, you’ll want three that are about bratwurst sized. If you are using those, slice open the casings and take out the filling.
- Shred the sharp cheddar cheese. Set it aside for now.
- Sauté the sausage in a large skillet over medium high heat until it is cooked through and crispy. While it cooks, use your spoon to break up the sausage into little bits and stir it continually.
- Scoop the sausage from the skillet, place it on a plate that is lined with a paper towel.
- To the drippings that are still in the skillet, add in the butter. Melt it over medium heat.
- Sprinkle in the flour and whisk them together. Then let them cook together for one minute.
- Pour in the evaporated milk, and whisk together. Bring this up to a gentle simmer and cook for a minute – stirring continually.
- Reduce the heat to low and add in the Neufchatel cheese and half of your shredded cheddar cheese. Stir until it is melted in. Do the same with the other half of the cheese.
- Add in the diced tomatoes with green chilies.
- Finally, add in most of your cooked chorizo and stir it all together. Reserve some of the chorizo to sprinkle on top as a garnish before serving.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 308Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 607mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 14g
This data was estimated and provided by Nutritionix. Accuracy not guaranteed.