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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Super Loaded Queso #TailgateParty

This super loaded queso is creamy, cheesy and loaded with meat, beans and flavor! It is perfect for tailgating, watching the game at home or family game night!


     Naming food is such a strange and hard thing to do. It's something you don't really think about until you start a food blog and then all of the sudden everything you make needs a title. I find it much less difficult when sweets are involved. For some reason savory food is harder.  It is probably because I am usually a bit of this, a pinch of that kind of cook. I love using the bits of whatever is in the fridge and turning them into something new and delicious.


    So often when my husband asks what is for dinner he is answered with a shrug and "I dunno, dinner."  That is also why I post so few dinner recipes. I have to make a really conscious effort to measure everything and add only ingredients you are likely to have. Otherwise I get lost in doing what feels right and while I could come close to remaking it, we will likely never have that exact same dish again.


    All of that to say I was stumped naming this queso. I wanted it to be something catchy but my creativity was zapped. My husband suggested A+ queso because he says it's one of the best queso dips he's ever had. I wanted it to be something that was a bit more football related, but sometimes when you get too creative in naming a dish people don't know what it is. So I ended up settling on naming it exactly what it is.

   It is a SUPER good QUESO dip that is LOADED with meat, beans and flavor.  I had originally set out to make a queso blanco. That's the reason for the ground turkey and great northern beans, to keep everything as white as possible. The taco seasoning went and ruined that for me. It gave everything an orange cast anyway. I thought for a minute about how I could mix up the seasonings and keep it white. I actually have a few ideas that would probably be pretty good, but this was so yummy as it was that it isn't worth changing for appearance sake.

     Let me tell you that once you take a bite of that first chip, it is going to be hard to stop. My husband had just eaten lunch when I came out with this for him to try.  He said he wasn't hungry but would take an obligatory taste. A few minutes later we found ourselves scraping up the last bits of cheese in the bottom of the skillet. Luckily I hadn't put the whole batch in there or we might have accidentally finished it and that's a lot of cheese for two people!


    So wait until your next football viewing party or tailgate to make this so that you have a crowd to share with. Otherwise you might end up accidentally finding the bottom of the pot on your own like us. I recommend browning the meat and melting the cheese on the stove for a more controlled heat.  However you could move it to a slow cooker and keep it warm that way. Just keep an eye on it because cheese has a way of scorching in slow cookers if it isn't stirred frequently.  Luckily this is unlikely to last long, so you won't have to stand vigil the whole time!

    If you are tailgating at the game, I'd still make the dip ahead. Add a little extra milk to it and then bring it with you. Warm it back up at the game over the side burner on low or over a really low indirect heat. You'll be dipping your chips in no time!


     We love football and the associated snacks around here. Whether it's peach habanero wings or buffalo taquitos, we love wing inspired dishes.  If you're wanting something cheesy but not in the mood to warm up queso, you should check out my pig skin cheese ball. Be sure to scroll down below the recipe for more great tailgate recipes. What are your favorite tailgate menu items?


Yield: About 18 servings as an appetizer

Super Loaded Queso

This super loaded queso is creamy, cheesy and loaded with meat, beans and flavor! It is perfect for tailgating, watching the game at home or family game night!
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 20 mins

INGREDIENTS:


  • 1 lb ground turkey or beef
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning
  • 1 15.5 oz can great northern beans, drained
  • 1 10 oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 8 oz pepper jack cheese
  • 8 oz monterey jack cheese
  • 8 oz full fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup full fat sour cream
  • Optional: a few tablespoons of milk
Topping ideas:
  • diced tomatoes, sliced jalapenos, pickled jalapenos, cilantro, sour cream, shredded lettuce, green onions

INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Cut your bricks of cheese into small cubes and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan or skillet, brown the ground turkey or beef until cooked through. Drain off grease if necessary and then season with taco seasoning according to package directions.
  3. Turn the heat down as low as it will go and stir in the diced tomatoes with green chilies and cream cheese. If you want to speed up the process, add the cream cheese in chunks rather than a brick.
  4. Once the cream cheese starts to melt and get creamy, stir in the cubes of cheese and sour cream.
  5. Continue to heat over low heat, stirring frequently until cheese is melted and smooth.
  6. Stir in drained beans and heat until warmed through.
  7. If desired, you can thin the queso with a tablespoon or two of milk at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  8. Garnish and serve immediately with tortilla chips.
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And now lets take a look at what my friends are making for the tailgate!






Shared at Meal Plan Monday and The Weekend Potluck

14 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious! Perfect for tailgating and game days at home! It is hard to name food, I agree!

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    1. That is probably one of the absolute hardest parts for me! Coming up with new things to yammer on about day after day is a challenge sometimes and other times it flows... but naming food is hard!!! Thanks, Ellen!

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  2. I have a weak spot for cheese dip and you seem to have found it! #soon

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    1. I do too! I hope you get to dip in some soon!

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  3. This looks so delicious! We'd love it in our home. This is great for a movie night.

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    1. It would be perfect for movie night too! Thanks, Amy!

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  4. I think you named this appropriately! It looks delicious.

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    1. Thank you! I was really struggling!

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  5. This sounds amazing! I love queso and now am thinking I'll need to make some for tonight... ;)

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    1. I love queso too!! I think some tonight sounds like a plan!

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  6. YUM! I love queso for game day... and for parties... and for binge-watching shows on Netflix... and for days that end in Y... :p

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    1. Ha! Me too, queso all the days!! Thanks, Allison!

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  7. I totally feel your pain when trying to figure out what to name a recipe for a blog post. Sometimes I come up with a name too off the wall or semi-inappropriate lol. But anything with quest in it, is going to be good! Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy Link Party! XOXO

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    1. I like getting creative, but I'm with you my creative names are either too crazy and would never get searched for or could be taken the wrong way! ;-) Queso helps solve life's little problems like these though and drowns them in cheese!

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