Chile Cheese Dip

This festive cheese dip is a classic appetizer for game day or a tailgate, but is equally welcome during a night in with friends.

Total Time:
40 min
15 min
25 min

10 servings (about 3 1/2 cups)

  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light-colored beer
  • One 10-ounce can tomatoes and chiles, such as Ro-Tel, drained
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 ounces (about 1 cup) Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 4 ounces (about 1 cup) whole-milk mozzarella, grated
  • Minced cilantro and tortilla chips, for serving
  • Cook the beef, stirring, in a dry medium skillet over medium-high heat until golden and starting to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and pour off any excess liquid. Add the olive oil to the pan.

  • Reduce the heat to medium and cook the onions, stirring occasionally, until browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the cumin, chili powder and garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Sprinkle in the flour and cook, stirring, until the flour smells toasty, 1 minute. Pour in the beer and canned tomatoes and chiles, bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes. Gradually add the milk, whisking, and bring to a gentle boil until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the cheeses and reduce the heat to low. Cook, stirring frequently, until the cheese fully melts, about 3 minutes. Stir in the reserved beef.

  • Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with cilantro and serve warm with chips.

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