Thursday, January 29, 2009

Chili Con Queso - Revved Up!

This recipe is for all the people who are sitting around trying to come up with something fun to make for their Superbowl party. This chili con queso is one of my all-time favorite dips, courtesy of the Pioneer Woman Cooks. I've made this the last couple of times we've had get togethers and it's always a big hit.

Not only is it sure to be a hit, but it's quick and easy to make. You can increase or decrease the spiciness depending on your taste preference. You'll notice the recipe calls for 1 to 3 jalapeno peppers. The real heat from the peppers comes from the inside membranes. I usually throw in two peppers but strip the membranes from one of them. This gives it a nice kick, but not so much that your mouth is on fire.

I've gotten into the habit of serving this up in our fondue pot, as it needs to stay warm. It makes a rather large batch, so serve it in something fairly big - a crock pot would work perfectly. And it is just perfect served with tortilla chips.

So stop racking your brain about your Superbowl menu. Buy some drinks, make a serving of Swedish meatballs, maybe some small sandwiches, and this dip. And enjoy the game!

p.s. I have no idea who I'm rooting for, as I'm not a football follower. Who should I root for?

Chili Con Queso - Revved Up!

2 lb package Velveeta Cheese
1 lb package Hot Breakfast Sausage (Jimmy Dean, Potter’s, etc.)
½ large onion
1 regular can Rotel (either Regular or Extra Hot, according to preference)
1 7-oz can diced green chilies
1 to 3 finely diced jalapeno peppers, according to preference

1. Chop the onion and brown with the breakfast sausage. Drain excess fat then return to pan. Cut Velveeta into cubes and add to warm skillet. Add Rotel and green chilies, and stir together over low heat until mixture is melted. Add finely diced jalapenos, stir together, and serve warm with tortilla chips.

Queso can be frozen flat in Ziploc bags and reheated.


Cathy said...

Oh, I'm totally making this on Sunday! We haven't gone to a Superbowl party in years because we always seem to have a little one who needs to go to bed sometime right around kickoff, but I've gotten in the habit of making appetizer/dip/party food on Superbowl day anyway. We will love this! I assume that I can keep it warm in the crock pot?

Oh, and I don't care who wins either. For whatever reason I rarely ever have a vested interest in the Superbowl. Although I do always root for those Manning boys when they are playing in it!

Sabrina said...

Now that is some dip!!! I would probably sit and eat the whole thing by myself!!!

Root for AZ they are the underdogs.

Unknown said...

Can you believe I have to drive on Sunday? I will be coming back from out of town. I will have to "hear" the game. I wish I could have some chili con queso, but I like mine with a Super Bowl kick, hot! Probably why no one lets me make it anymore :-(
Go Cardinals! NFC always rules!

Melissa said...

Cathy - the crock pot would be perfect for this dip! Hope everyone enjoys it!

Anonymous said...

Glad I saw your post,I just love this dip! Perfect with chips and a cold beer :)

Maris said...

I bet this would last about thirty seconds at a superbowl party!