say cheese. [spicy beef queso dip]

December 11th, 2014 by | comments


My roommate and I are hosting a white elephant party tonight and are providing some of the appetizers. I wanted to make something with ground beef, since I had some on hand, so I decided to make a velvety and delicious beef queso dip. I speak from experience when I say that this dip is addicting…I couldn’t stop “taste testing” it last night!

beef queso dip
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Serves: 6-8
  • 2-3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 package (1.25 oz.) Taco Bell taco seasoning mix
  • 16 oz. Velveta cheese, cubed
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes, with liquid
  • 3 Roma tomatoes
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded, de-veined and diced
  • ¾ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ tsp. chili powder, plus more to taste
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne, plus more to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, 5-8 minutes, crumbling the beef as it cooks. Add Taco Bell seasoning and ¾ cup water; stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer on medium-low heat and cook another 10 minutes, until the beef soaks up the liquid, stirring occasionally. Once done, transfer ground beef to a bowl.
  2. With the skillet on medium-low, add the cubed Velveta, canned tomatoes and diced tomatoes. Stir until cheese is melted, 4-5 minutes. Add jalapenos, Monterey Jack cheese and sharp cheddar; mix until combined. Return ground beef to the pan.
  3. Season beef queso with chili powder, cayenne, salt and pepper. Add chopped cilantro and mix. Serve immediately.




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