Hot Chorizo and Cheese Dip

I have to announce for all to hear that I am not a Super Bowl fan. My husband is cringing right about now – as are many of you, I am sure. And in my defense, all I can say is “he knew what I was when he picked me up.” Anyway, normally, I don’t give a twitch for the Super Bowl. However, you may have noticed that the almighty Green Bay Packers are in it to win it this year. I live in Wisconsin. Green Bay, to be exact. If I don’t cheer this Super Bowl season? Well, I’m liable to be driven out of town at first light. Football loyalty is high (read: crazy) here. So I figure if I have to follow along, I’ll drown myself in food along the way. Here’s to a week full of Super Bowl food so delicious you’ll forget you are even watching football!

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To kick things off (pun completely intended), here is a revved up queso dip that is so tasty, it is unreal. But guess what the most wonderful part is? It uses real cheese. Real cheese! Can you imagine it? Real cheese in a cheese dip? Love that. And it manages to stay creamy and smooth and absolutely addicting. Another plus is that this reheats superbly on low, which I only know because we ate this for dinner three nights running while my husband was traveling for business and he still enjoyed some on the fourth day stating, “This is amazing. You should totally do a post on Super Bowl appetizers and blog about it.” No, really?? Done.

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Hot Chorizo and Cheese Dip

Yield: Makes about 2 cups

Hot Chorizo and Cheese Dip

Note: if you aren’t familiar with chorizo, it is a pork sausage that is usually cured and requires cooking prior to eating. The outer casing is easily (and should be!) removed prior to cooking. Chorizo is usually located by the other sausage-type meats in the meat section of the grocery store and it can range from mild to spicy so choose the flavor that suits your taste buds best! In a pinch, I’m guessing that another spicy-ish pork sausage would work in place of the chorizo.


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup minced yellow onion
  • 8 ounces chorizo, casings removed and diced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) medium cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 small can diced green chiles
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add the diced chorizo and cook, breaking up the chorizo into smaller pieces if you like, until it is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Pour off all but one tablespoon of fat from the pan. Add the flour and stirring constantly, cook for 1-2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the milk and combine well. Cook over medium heat until the sauce is thick, about 4 minutes. Add the cream cheese to the pot in tablespoon-size pieces and stir to combine as the cream cheese melts. Reduce the heat to low and add the cheese 1/4 cup at a time, stirring until each addition is melted before adding more. Stir in the green chiles and the salt.
  2. Serve warm in a bread bowl or with tortilla chips.

Recipe Source: adapted from Joy of Cooking

40 Responses to Hot Chorizo and Cheese Dip

  1. Stefani says:

    Can this be kept warm in a crockpot or will it get gross because it isn’t velveeta? (Hate velveeta by the way)

  2. Ketz says:

    I’d love to make this, only there’s just one thing I’m not too sure about : you say “pour off all but one tablespoon of fat from the pan”…does this mean I must take out the onions & chorizo as well and just leave 1 tbsp of fat or does it mean I must take out only the fat apart from 1 tbsp ?
    Thanks !

    • Mel says:

      No, don’t take out the chorizo and onions – just tilt the pan and kind of drain off as much grease as you can (leaving the 1 tablespoon).

  3. Jane says:

    So I tried this and made a HUGE pan full of dip an dthought to myself “Well, she definitely said it reheats well”, and there was NOTHING left to reheat at all… VERY yummy and quick to make, had it for dinner alongside some veggies and fruit and used french bread to dip.

  4. Sheila says:

    I was disappointed I couldn’t find chorizo so had to substitute with Johnsonville andouille. Despite not having the right sausage ingredient, this dip turned out so tasty! I am in the process of making your chewy pretzel bites to go with this dip. I hope there is some dip left when I get them done. Thank you!

  5. Jena says:

    Do you know how many people this dip serves? Thank you!

  6. Caitlyn says:

    I just made this for my lactose intolerant BF. He LOVED it. We used soy cream cheese, lactose free milk and Kraft cheese (Kraft cheese is lactose free, who knew?!). It was marvelous. His first taste of queso since middle school! I was kind of confused as to whether you take the chorizo out when you “pour out all but 1 tablespoon of fat”… so I did just to be safe. It turned out wonderfully.

  7. kimberly says:

    i made this last night with your pretzel bites. my husband and i loved it! we’ll be taking some over to the in-law’s tonight. πŸ™‚ thanks for all the great recipes!

  8. Posti4 says:

    Well my team lost but the cheese dip was a winner.

  9. Amy M says:

    I made this for the Super Bowl. AWESOME! Everyone liked it including my Velveeta loving husband and inlaws. I used Johnsville chorizo after reading the ingredients listed on the “authentic” brand and Lymph nodes being the first ingredient. Why couldn’t it just say “pork” and leave me in blissful ignorance?? Anyway, the Johnsville brand wasn’t spicy at all so while I will for sure make this receipe again I am still on the lookout for a chorizo I can stomach or a medium spicy sausage. Thanks for another great recipe Melanie!!!

  10. Jacquelyn Koll says:

    I made this today for Superbowl and it was sooo good! I had to use regular Sausage because my supermarket didn’t carry any Chorizo other than “HOT AND SPICY” and that is not for us πŸ™‚ I made mine earlier in the day and than just heated it back up slowly on the stove top and it was perfect! Thanks for sharing – I know we’ll use this again πŸ™‚

  11. Caroline says:

    Mel, do you think you could make this the night before and just reheat it before serving? Or would that be gross?

  12. Meredith says:

    Chorizo is much beloved in our home. We love to mix it in with refried beans, gooey white queso (the kind you can get at Mexican restaurants), and green chilies. Our all time favorite is chorizo-potato tacos. We are going to take your recipe for a test drive today. Yay! Can’t wait.

  13. kelli says:

    Looks yummy! Did you use pork or beef chorizo?

  14. I did NOT know you lived in GB! My family is originally from WI (Milwaukee area) and are all still huge HUGE Packer games! Can’t wait for Sunday!! πŸ™‚

    This dip looks great!

  15. Reyna says:

    You had me at, “chorizo”! We’ve been snacking on this for a few days now, and it really is just downright yummy. This will be in my dippin’ arsenal from now on.

  16. Nicole says:

    yum, thanks!!!! we’re iced in over here, and so w/o having any sausage on hand, i tried a vegetarian version, and replaced the meat and peppers w/ a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies, and added an extra T. of butter in the beginning. It was awesome!!!!! thank you!!!

  17. Say yes to no velveeta! We need to keep spreading the no velveeta love, this is perfect and sounds so warm and gooey. I think Target has a ground chorizo by the pound Archer Farms too!

  18. grace says:

    replace the cheddar with pepper jack and i’m in HOG HEAVEN. golly, i love chorizo–nice touch!

  19. Sonya says:

    I just saw a recipe for just about this same thing on another blog I read, except she calls the dish “Mommy Crack”. It sounds so wonderful, I know what I will be taking to Superbowl!

  20. Wow this dip would be a perfect superbowl addition and a nice change of pace from the usual dips!

  21. I’m not a football fan either, but after a break from holiday food, I’m ready for some good cheesy dip and chips!

  22. Heather says:

    I am not a huge Super Bowl/football fan either- and surprisingly, neither is my husband- but we’re all about throwing a party just for the food! I don’t watch dang bit of the game- I am too busy eating in the kitchen :0) Looking forward to throwing a party now just so I can try all the yummy food you’ll be blogging about! :0)

  23. Krysta Lyn says:

    Not only are you in the land of crazed Packer fans, but you are also in the land of great creameries and cheese! (Forget the Brats, my favorite part about our trips to Wisconsin…ice cream and cheese πŸ™‚ ) So I’m sure this dip is fabulous up there where you can get some great aged cheddar!

  24. Jessica says:

    A string of Super Bowl recipes, tried and true by Melanie. I’m looking forward to this week!

  25. holly says:

    This sounds yummy!! I love the idea of this in a bread bowl!!:)

  26. Jeannette says:

    Long time lurker (and lover of your recipes for weekly inspiration). I just had to say that this looks really good- except for the chorizo! (I read the ingredients list once on a packet of chorizo I bought… I nearly turned vegetarian.) So maybe I’ll try it with other sausage that doesn’t specify all its ingredients πŸ™‚

  27. Joanne says:

    Well, I certainly won’t need something to help me forget that I’m watchign football…because I have a feeling I’ll be sleeping through the game. However, I think spice from this dip could keep me awake. Looks delicious.

  28. Amy M says:

    GO GREEN BAY!!! At our wedding my husband and his midwest family presented me with a personalized Green Bay sweatshirt and basically wrote it into our vows that I would need to be a football fan. They’ll all be at our house for the Super Bowl so I’ll be excited to try this dip especially because it contains real cheese.

  29. Kim in MD says:

    Yes…you have to cheer on your Packers, Melanie! πŸ™‚

    I love chorizo sausage, and your queso looks amazing! My family will really enjoy this dip!

  30. Posti4 says:

    A Touchdown!! Since you are not a fan ….I will tell you (don’t tell your husband) we will enjoy as we cheer for the Steelers!

  31. Katherine says:

    I feel the same as you about football, but this year I can’t ignor it… I live in Dallas!! Welcome to Texas all you cold, football fans! By the way, cherizo is really easy to get here. I’m going to make this as a great melting of Texas and Wisconson. It should make everyone happy!

  32. Auntie Patch says:

    For those of us who are allergic to pork , turkey sausage would work well with this! Thanks Mel!

  33. Angie Walker says:

    This sounds absolutely wonderful. I am a huge chorizo fan, and this would be perfect to satisfy my taste for chorizo. I am not a football fan either, but I love to entertain. Any chance to entertain makes me happy, including football.

  34. Sarah G says:

    This looks amazing! I am also a fellow Wisconsinite..and a HUGE Packer fan, so I am definitely going to try this dip on Sunday for our party!

  35. briarrose says:

    Beautiful dip…..mmmm….chorizo.

    My first comment when being told about the coming Super Bowl party…wait I get to make treats for this right? A lady has to have her priorities in line you know…ehehehehe.

  36. Kim says:

    GO PACKERS!! I just have to say that because my dad grew up in Wisconsis, and watching the Packers was a regular thing in our house growing up. With that said, thank you for another great recipe to try. This one looks divine!

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