Mexican Cheese Dip2014-08-04
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Try this and see how many ooh’s and aahh’s you get.
Looking for that ultimate Mexican cheese dip that you can’t stop eating? This appetizer, often called queso fundido, queso blanco or even cheese fondue, ranks up there with some of the best and it’s easy too.
This mexican cheese dip calls for only 4 ingredients: cheese, onion, garlic, and green chiles. Sounds simple right?
But we are not going to throw those 4 ingredients in a dish, heat it and call it a day.
We are going to spend 40 to 60 minutes caramelizing the onion to bring out some fantastic flavor. Believe me, this is worth the wait. I have a video on how to caramelize onions that you can do ahead and keep in the refrigerator until you need them. Here’s the video: How To Caramelize Onions.
If you are willing to do that, then keep reading.
The Secret To The Flavor
Caramelizing the onion is where it’s at. What this does is it brings out the sweetness in the onions so what you end up with is this wonderfully mellow, rich, sweet, deep flavor.
You will never see onions the same way again. And when you add the garlic, watch out. You will be hooked as I am.
Not only are these caramelized onions and garlic good in this recipe, you can add them to just about anything you make. So don’t be afraid to whip up a big batch.
If I said 5 onions worth, would that scare you? Not to worry, the onions will cook down to about 1/3 of what you started with and you will be wishing you had more.
Here are some examples of what you can add caramelized onion to:
- spaghetti sauce
- a sandwich
- a hamburger
- a salad
- add to rice in a side dish
- accompany any meat or fish
- a hotdog
- sauces and dips
- on a slice of french bread
- any casserole
- the possibilities are endless
Caramelized onions and garlic make everything taste great.
The Cheese To Use
American cheese is known for it’s easy melting ability and that’s what I use for this recipe. But not just any ol American cheese.
I use Land of Lake’s white American cheese. And don’t use yellow American cheese. We want the white look here. Let me warn you, Land o Lake’s will run you between $9 and $10 a pound. Remember, we’re going for the ooh’s and aah’s.
If you want, you can substitute some other cheese like Monterey Jack, pepper Jack or even Chihuahua cheese which you can find in a Mexican grocery store.
I made this delicious Mexican cheese dip for a bunko party and my guests loved it. I served it with a sliced sourdough baguette, sliced carrots and crackers.
Watch My Cheese Dip Video
Mexican Cheese Dip
- 1 lb. of Land o Lake’s white American cheese
- 1 large or two medium yellow onions, minced
- 2 to 3 tsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 – 4 ounce can green chiles, drained and chopped
Directions for the Mexican cheese dip:
Caramelize your onions first. Heat a large frying pan over medium high heat and add the olive oil and butter.
Add the onion and stir occasionally during the first 10 minutes or so. Turn the heat to medium low and cook for 40 to 60 minutes stirring occasionally.
The onion will brown gradually as that sweet mellow flavor develops. Lower the heat to low if you find they are browning too quickly.
Pre heat oven to 325 degrees F.
During the last 5 minutes of caramelizing, add the minced garlic and stir until well blended into the onion. Savor that wonderful aroma.
Remove from heat when done.
Notice how much of the onion has cooked down.
Layer the cheese, onion/garlic mixture, and chiles in an oven-proof dish and bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is hot and melted.
Stir the cheese mixture a bit and serve this delicious Mexican cheese dip immediately.
You’re gonna love it. Try it for your next party, whether it’s the Superbowl, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or any excuse to invite friends over.
It will be a hit for sure.
If you have left overs, which I doubt, you can cover and save the dip in the refrigerator and reheat the next day.
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