Chili 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.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 10 servings (about 3 1/2 cups)
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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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with cilantro and serve warm with chips.