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!
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
Cutting Board– (FYI, these are the most amazing cutting boards I have ever owned. I’m in love!)
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:
- Healthy Southwest Lasagna
- Snack Sized Protein Taco Boats
- Pork Tenderloin Tacos
- Healthy Chili Cheese Nachos
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!
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
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.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 12 minutes
- Category: Dips
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
- 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
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