Chorizo Queso Dip

Chorizo Queso Dip ~ warm, creamy cheese, bites of spicy chorizo & tomatoes plus fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice. Serve with warm tortilla chips.

Appetizers & Beverages | November 5, 2017 | By

Chorizo Queso Dip ~ warm, velvety melted cheese, bites of spicy chorizo, tomatoes, a sprinkle of fresh cilantro and a light squeeze of lime juice. Serve with warm tortilla chips.

Before the turkey is carved, before the pies are sliced, before even one single drink is spilled, the Detroit Lions kick off on home turf every year on Thanksgiving Day and in our family, watching football on that special day is an endurance sport. That means that a ridiculous number of competitive-worthy appetizers are also needed on the field, like this Chorizo Queso Dip ~ warm, creamy melted cheese, bites of spicy chorizo, tomatoes, fresh cilantro and a light squeeze of lime juice blended together and scooped with the perfect vessel, warm, lightly salted tortilla chips. It’s not only a first down. It’s a touchdown.

Chorizo Queso Dip ~ warm, creamy cheese, bites of spicy chorizo & tomatoes plus fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice. Serve with warm tortilla chips.

Hours later the turkey, potatoes and some rock star sides are still part of the tradition, but the meantime, oh man. . . this dip. Sigh.

I may be stating the obvious, but I’m cheese obsessed ~ a full-fledged cheese addict with at least six different really delicious cheeses in my refrigerator at all times, but the fact is, Velveeta usually isn’t one of them.  If you’re a fan of Velveeta, you already know it’s ‘liquid gold’. I didn’t coin the phrase, but there’s really no better description.

Today I stand tall (as tall as someone 5’2″ can) in defense of Velveeta and everyone out there (you know who you are) who won’t touch the stuff. I know – it’s processed – but it’s so.darn.good and the smooth, silky texture of this Chorizo Queso Dip simply can’t be replicated by any other means.Chorizo Queso Dip ~ warm, creamy cheese, bites of spicy chorizo & tomatoes plus fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice. Serve with warm tortilla chips.

You may have grown up on a version of the Velveeta-Rotel tomatoes-microwave dip. Chorizo Queso Dip is similar to that dip in the way that a bicycle and a fancy sports car are both transportation. 

Chorizo Queso Dip Ingredient

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces fresh chorizo, casings removed
  • 1 (10) ounce can Ro*Tel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies (undrained)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 8 ounces Velveeta cheese
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • ¼  heavy cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped (plus more for garnish)
  • Tortilla chips

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat then add a drizzle of olive oil.

If you bought chorizo without casings, yay! I unfortunately did not, so I removed them myself. Any-hoo, add the sausage to the skillet breaking it up with a wooden spoon or spatula and brown it until it’s cooked through.

Next drain the excess fat and I also like to blot it with a couple of wadded up paper towels.Chorizo Queso Dip ~ warm, creamy cheese, bites of spicy chorizo & tomatoes plus fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice. Serve with warm tortilla chips.

Set aside about a tablespoon of the cooked chorizo to garnish the top of the dip then fold in the tomatoes (including their juices) and lime juice, give it a good stir and once it’s combined, dot the top with the Velveeta. You can cube it, but it’s just as easy to break it up with your fingers. Chorizo Queso Dip ~ warm, creamy cheese, bites of spicy chorizo & tomatoes plus fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice. Serve with warm tortilla chips.

Cook over medium-low heat about 5-7 minutes or until the Velveeta is melted and the dip is smooth then blend in the cheddar cheese, heavy cream, salt, chili powder and cumin, cooking another 2-3 minutes stirring frequently.Chorizo Queso Dip ~ warm, creamy cheese, bites of spicy chorizo & tomatoes plus fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice. Serve with warm tortilla chips.

Sprinkle in the cilantro, then transfer the Chorizo Queso Dip to a serving bowl and top with the reserved chorizo and a bit of cilantro. Warm the tortilla chips in the microwave for a few seconds and serve right away. Enjoy!

Chorizo Queso Dip ~ warm, creamy cheese, bites of spicy chorizo & tomatoes plus fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice. Serve with warm tortilla chips.

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Chorizo Queso Dip
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces fresh chorizo casings removed
  • 1 10 ounce can Ro*Tel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies undrained
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 8 ounces Velveeta cheese
  • ½ Sharp Cheddar cheese grated
  • ¼   heavy cream
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped (optional: more for garnish)
  • Tortilla chips
Instructions
  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat then add the olive oil.

  2. Remove the chorizo from its casings and drop it into the skillet. Cook until it's brown and cooked through, breaking it up with a wooden spoon or spatula.

  3. Drain excess fat (optional: blot with paper towel) and reserve 1 tablespoon of the cooked chorizo for garnish.

  4. Fold in the tomatoes (including juices) and lime juice and once combined, dot the top with the Velveeta (shown) and cook over medium-low heat 5-7 minutes or until the Velveeta is melted and the dip is smooth.

  5. Blend in the Cheddar cheese then fold in the heavy cream, salt, chili powder and cumin, cooking another 2-3 minutes stirring frequently.

  6. Combine the cilantro, then transfer the dip to a serving bowl, top with garnish and serve right away with warm tortilla chips.

Comments

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    Mary
    November 16, 2017

    Great recipe……sometimes Velveeta is the only way to go! Love the crispy chorizo sprinkled on top….yum! Pinned. Have a really good weekend. Chat again soon!

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      Bernie
      November 18, 2017

      Hey there Mary – thanks so much! We love a good cheesy anything around here and if it’s spicy — well, that much better. Hope you’re weekend is going well. Definitely chat again soon!

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