Mexi Cheese Dip

Mexi Cheese Dip

A few years ago I went on a cheese ball craze. I couldn’t make myself stop coming up with new recipes and I sort of went somewhat overboard with making them. It’s all kind of a blur now, but I think that my family may have decided that I needed an intervention and may have hidden the cream cheese from me. The need for the intervention was all my son in-law’s fault. I already had a favorite cheese ball recipe of my own, but Tim got me started on a ranch cheese ball that his mom makes. One thing lead to another and pretty soon there were cheese balls everywhere–and I’m not talking about my family.

This dip was originally a cheese ball. Excellent, by the way. But, for my own sake and the lessons learned during the intervention phase, I have turned this into a dip. All you have to do to make a cheese ball into a dip is to thin out the mixture, substituting some of the cream cheese with sour cream. I also added lime juice and ta-da, it became a dip!

Mexi Cheese Dip

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

This is a fun and easy Mexican-style flavored dip. The heat level is very flexible. For increased heat, use a spicier taco seasoning, pepper-jack cheese, or a few shakes of chipotle hot sauce such as Chalupa brand.

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) + 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces grated cheese--suggested: colby-jack, pepper-jack, jack and cheddar mix, or a packaged Mexican cheese blend (personal favorite)
  • ¾-1 cup sour cream, depending on preferred consistency
  • 3-4 green onions, finely chopped, use some of the green tops for color
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix (I like chipotle flavored--it has a nice smokey flavor)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • cilantro, optional for garnishing

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine softened cream cheese and cheese, mixing until well blended.
  2. Add sour cream, onion, taco seasoning mix, and lime juice; mix well.
  3. Chill, covered, for 1-2 hours or until ready to serve.
  4. May be garnished with chopped cilantro leaves, if desired, or simply dressed with a whole cilantro leaf on top. Serve with tortilla chips of choice.

Notes

For increased heat, use a spicy taco seasoning mix, pepper-jack cheese, and/or a few shakes of chipotle hot sauce.

The dip may thicken as it sits. To thin it, stir in additional sour cream or a little buttermilk.

_Recipe by Terri @ that's some good cookin'

http://tsgcookin.com/2011/12/mexi-cheese-dip/

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