Food Network Kitchen's Chile Cheese Dip for THE ULTIMATE FRIENDSGIVING/12 DAYS OF COOKIES/LAST-MINUTE SIDES, as seen on Food Network
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Chili Cheese Dip

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 10 servings (about 3 1/2 cups)
This festive cheese dip is a classic appetizer for game day or a tailgate, but is equally welcome during a night in with friends.



  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.