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.


Tiny Tim’s Sub

I recently posted about one of my favorite places to eat back in my college days, Tiny Tim’s Pizza on the square in Fayetteville, Arkansas. My go-to sandwich there is the Tiny Tim’s sub. I’ve been hankering for one ever since I finished the last one, so I decided to make a clone of it. Though it’s not a complicated sandwich, it’s mighty good.Tiny Tim's Sub

There are three things that make this Tiny Tim’s sub my favorite. First, the spicy pepperoni. Second, the delicious Canadian bacon. And last, of course, the Italian dressing. I couldn’t find creamy Italian dressing in my local grocery store, so I ended up making some from this recipe here.

Tiny Tim's Sub

My remake of the classic Tiny Tim's sub.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 586kcal
Author Mike


  • 3 Hoagie buns
  • 4 ounces sandwich pepperoni not the small pepperoni used on pizzas
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese
  • 5 ounces Canadian bacon finely chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons Creamy Italian dressing
  • handful lettuce shredded
  • Chips and dill pickle spears for serving


  • Lightly toast the buns under your broiler.
  • Divide the pepperoni between the 3 bun bottoms.
  • Top with one slice of Swiss.
  • Add the Canadian bacon.
  • Slather the top half buns with the dressing.
  • Add the remaining cheese to the top buns.
  • Put under the broiler, open-faced, until lightly browned.
  • Top with lettuce and serve with chips and pickles.


Calories: 586kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 1543mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 286IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 289mg | Iron: 12mg

Nutritional values are approximate.