Jose’s Party Cheese Dip

Looking for a seriously big batch of rich, creamy, a-bit-spicy-but-not-too-spicy cheese dip for the big game? Well, this is it. Courtesy of my old favorite margarita spot in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jose’s Restaurant.

Jose's Party Cheese DipThis makes a really big batch of dip. It’s not a super thick dip like the usual cheese dips you find (you could cut back on the cream and milk if you want a thicker dip, but I find this dip is perfect as it is). It’s very tasty, which just the right combination of spices. Perfect with warmed tortilla chips (I also thick this dip makes a great sauce for nachos, hot dogs, and just about anything).

Jose's Party Cheese Dip
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Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup diced white onion
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 pounds white cheese, grated (you can substitute yellow shredded cheddar)
  • 1 (4 ounce) can jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot chili powder
  • Tortilla chips, warmed, for serving
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a large pot.
  2. Add onion and saute until starting to soften.
  3. Add garlic and cook another 1 minute.
  4. Add flour, stir and cook another 1 minute.
  5. Add cream and milk. Bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to low.
  6. Slowly add cheese, a small bit at a time, stirring constantly until melted. Do not add the cheese too quickly or the mixture will separate.
  7. Add the remaining ingredients except chips and warm.
  8. Serve with fresh hot tortilla chips. You can transfer the dip to a crockpot set on low for serving.

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