Football season is in full swing, which is relevant to me because it means Saturdays spent sharing food with friends! This recipe was an experiment for a good tailgate cheese dip that we could take to next weekend’s game.
Husband is thrilled that his new truck has an outlet, so we can bring appliances with us. He didn’t appreciate my joke about bringing a hair straightener to touch up at the last minute after tailgating all day, but that’s just because he already has a couple of plans for using the outlet. His top priority is our new fresh-from-the-wedding-registry Margaritaville and the second place priority is hot queso.
The margaritas are assigned to Husband to take care of, but I’m in charge of the cheese dip. This recipe adds some flavor, some chicken, and some spice to the classic two-ingredient Velveeta queso that we all know and love. And they pair very, very nicely together.
My plan is to cook the queso the day before the game, then refrigerate it in a cooler until gameday, when we’ll heat it up in the crockpot. Autumn, perfect frozen margaritas, college gameday, and cheese dip – a match made in heaven!
Chicken Fajita Queso
You will need
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. minced fresh garlic
- 1/3 cup diced onion
- 1 cup cooked chicken
- 1/4 tsp. each cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 1 package Velveeta cheese (16 ounces)
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- 1 can original Rotel tomatoes with green chilis
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro, to serve (optional)
- 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh jalapeno
- Add the olive oil, garlic, and onion to a large skillet on medium heat.
- Cook for a couple of minutes until the onions become fragrant, then stir in the chicken, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, and chili powder.
- Cube the Velveeta cheese and add to the skillet. Pour in milk
- Pour in the Rotel (undrained).
- Leave heat on medium until the mixture is creamy and the consistency is even.
- Serve hot, with cilantro and jalapeno (if desired).
P.S. Don’t think we’ve forgotten that Halloween is in just a few short days. I have two dogs who are completely embarrassed by me. Ketch refused to look at me at all to take this picture. Poor buddy.