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 dip satisfies any crowd.

Jose's Party Cheese DipThis makes a really big batch of Jose’s party cheese 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).

Also try my chicken nacho dip.

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.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 396kcal
Author Based on a recipe from Jose's Restaurant


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter plus 2 teaspoons
  • 1/4 cup white onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic minced, plus 2 teaspoons
  • 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 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


  • Melt butter in a large pot.
  • Add onion and saute until starting to soften.
  • Add garlic and cook another 1 minute.
  • Add flour, stir and cook another 1 minute.
  • Add cream and milk. Bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to low.
  • 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.
  • Add the remaining ingredients except chips and warm.
  • Serve with fresh hot tortilla chips. You can transfer the dip to a crockpot set on low for serving.


Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 792mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 882IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Jose’s Restaurant and Cantina, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Sadly, Jose’s has closed. Now where do I go for a golden margarita in Fayetteville?

Any time we’re in Fayetteville, Arkansas, we have to swing by Jose’s for a bite to eat and the best margaritas around. After all these years (I’ve been going to Jose’s since it opened 25 years ago), the golden margaritas on the rocks are still just $3 at Happy Hour. Man, you can’t beat that!

Jose's Restaurant and Cantina, Fayetteville, Arkansas

We’d had a long drive that day, and we wanted a good-sized meal. We both ordered the Jose’s Special Enchiladas, and we weren’t disappointed! Everything was tasty.

Jose's Restaurant and Cantina, Fayetteville, ArkansasI usually have the steak or chicken asada, but I figured I’d change things up this time. That and they’ve removed them from the menu (big mistake in my opinion!). Oh, and check out my attempt to recreate the steak and chicken asada here. They came out great!

On the ‘Mater Rater I give Jose’s high marks.

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Ole for Jose’s! And if you’re in the Fayetteville area, stop by my other favorite spot, Tiny Tim’s Pizza.


Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Anita and I recently returned from a quick trip down to Northwest Arkansas. Although I lived in Fayetteville for 7 years, I never made it over to Eureka Springs, so this time we decided to spend a night there and do a little shopping, eating, and people watching. Eureka Springs is an interesting town, with lots to do for the family or just couples like us!

Eureka Springs is sort of a resort village with Victorian-style buildings on very steep and winding streets. There are shops and restaurants a-plenty.

We stayed at the Basin Park Hotel because it is located in the center of the town, and because well, it’s awesome. The hotel was built in 1905, so don’t expect some cookie-cutter generic concrete chain hotel. Here’s the hotel, on the left. I told you the streets were hilly and winding!

Eureka Springs, ArkansasThe staff was friendly and rooms are quite nice.

Eureka Springs, ArkansasThe hotel also has a nice bar and restaurant with a balcony that is great for people watching.

Eureka Springs, ArkansasShops and hotels…

Eureka Springs, Arkansas… and artists and musicians. Actually, many of the bars had live music. Good live music!

Eureka Springs, ArkansasWe stopped at the nut and candy store and went…. well, nuts!

Eureka Springs, ArkansasLater that evening, we walked up to the Rowdy Beaver bar and restaurant (which also has other locations) for drinks. There was an excellent little band, Runnin on Empty, playing. Phil McGarrah and Jackie Harris were both great guitar players and singers, and they were funny to boot!

Eureka Springs, ArkansasAs we sat, many interesting people passed by. So did some really cool cars and lots of motorcycles.

Eureka Springs, ArkansasWe had a great time in Eureka Springs. It reminded me a lot of Nashville here in Indiana.

Eureka Springs, ArkansasWe’d return to Eureka Spring, Arkansas, in a heartbeat! If you visit, take a day and drive over to the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville.