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    Jalapeno Lover’s Cheese Dip

    This spicy cheese dip not only tastes the best, but has health benefits added in as well, so you don’t have to feel guilty about what you are eating!

    It uses mild peppers to give it a little bit of kick, but not too spicy that kids won’t love it.

    High in many vitamins and minerals, this queso recipe will be a hit with anyone who tries it, and they won’t even realize how healthy it is!

     

    Spicy Cheese Dip

     

     

    The Urge to Eat

    Have you ever went to try out a dip at a party, and once you tried it, you literally couldn’t pull yourself away from it?

    You keep telling yourself, “one more chip and I will be fine”.  Then you repeat that, even as you are eating that 50th chip.

    That’s this dip.

    As soon as we finished mixing it up, I grabbed a chip (FYI, these are the organic tortilla chips from Costco pictured) and did a taste test.

    Then I did another one, and found myself eating quite a bit of it before I told my husband he better try some before I eat it all.

    So he did.

    Then 5 minutes later, the dip was gone.

    We are pigs sometimes.

    Same thing almost happened when I made it again to get the pictures.  I barely made it through the pictures before I was consuming it.

    It’s a good thing this dip is loaded with nutrients and protein.  I didn’t feel guilty at all for skipping lunch.

    Who would have thought a dip would have just as much protein and nutrients as a meal?

    I didn’t, that’s for sure.

    I’m not advocating a diet of chips and dip.  But if you have this in replacement of a meal, I won’t judge you.




    Why Should We Feel Guilty?

    Based on a 2,000 calorie diet, one serving of this dip (1/4 bowl) has the most of the following nutrients (% DV based on 2000 calorie diet):

    • 100% Vitamin C
    • 69%   Calcium
    • 50%   Vitamin A
    • 48%   Phosphorus
    • 37%   Selenium
    • 30%  Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

    What does this mean?

    This means there are multiple antioxidants in this cheese dip, as well as many nutrients which help immune system function and bone formation.




    Tools for the Job

    Small Saucepan

    Medium Sauce Pan

    Cutting Board– (FYI, these are the most amazing cutting boards I have ever owned.  I’m in love!)

    Cheese Grater

     

    How to Save Money This Week

    You can easily save money by making foods that use the same ingredients each week.  That way, nothing goes bad or gets thrown out, and you can usually take advantage of great prices on bulk items when you do it this way.

    Here are other recipes that have a few of the same ingredients:

     

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    Spicy Cheese Dip

    Jalapeno Lover’s Cheese Dip


    • Author: Ashly
    • Prep Time: 5 minutes
    • Cook Time: 12 minutes
    • Total Time: 17 minutes
    • Yield: 3 cups 1x

    Description

    This spicy cheese dip not only tastes the best, but has health benefits added in as well, so you don’t have to feel guilty about what you are eating!  It uses mild peppers to give it a little bit of kick, but not too spicy that kids won’t love it.  High in many vitamins and minerals, this queso recipe will be a hit with anyone who tries it, and they won’t even realize how healthy it is!


    Ingredients

    Scale

    3 cups Grated Cheddar Block Cheese

    1 Tbsp Whole Wheat Flour

    1/3 Yellow Onion

    2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter

    1 Cup Milk (I use whole milk)

    1 Jalapeno Pepper (Diced and Seeded)

    1 Cubanelle Pepper (Diced and Seeded)

    2 Vine Tomatoes (Diced and Seeded)

    1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper

    1/2 Tsp Black Pepper


    Instructions

    1. Saute diced onions, diced jalapeno, diced cubanelle for about 4 minutes

    2. Add diced tomatoes and saute about 3 more minutes

    3. Drain veggies and set aside

    4. Warm 1 cup of milk over medium heat in a small saute pan

    5. In a separate saucepan, melt 2 Tbsp of butter in medium saucepan on medium-high heat

    6. Add 1 Tbsp of whole wheat flour to bubbling butter

    7. Stir about a minute

    8. Slowly add warm milk to butter and flour mixture

    9. Add Cayenne and Black Pepper.  Stir constantly to desired thickness, about 4 minutes

    10. Take off heat and add grated cheese.  Stir until cheese is melted and mixed

    11. Stir in sauteed veggies and serve

    Notes

    Block cheddar cheese you grate yourself, and already bagged shredded cheese, melts and blends differently due to added preservatives in the bagged cheese.  If you are using bagged cheese and it starts forming in clumps, this is why.

    If your cheese sauce seems too thick, or gets too thick after sitting out, stir in a little more milk to thin it out.

    If you can’t find a Cubanelle Pepper in your grocery store, an Anaheim pepper is the next best thing.  A Poblano pepper is the next best thing after that.

    • Category: Dips
    • Method: Stovetop
    • Cuisine: American

    Nutrition

    • Serving Size: 1/4
    • Calories: 448
    • Sugar: 3g
    • Sodium: 596mg
    • Fat: 34g
    • Saturated Fat: 19g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 1g
    • Trans Fat: 0g
    • Carbohydrates: 12g
    • Fiber: 2g
    • Protein: 23g
    • Cholesterol: 97mg

    Keywords: cheese dip, queso dip, spicy dip, jalapeno dip, spicy cheese dip, homemade cheese dip, how to make cheese dip, how to make queso

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