Loaded Cowboy Queso with Homemade Taco Tortilla Chips

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This loaded cowboy queso dip with homemade taco tortilla chips recipe is a revelation because it is a mixture of creamy cheese, spicy pork sausage, tomatoes and black beans. Unlike layered dip recipes, this one is served warm so that the cheese is melted into a perfect creamy state so that the chips can pick up all that goodness. Traditional queso dip is cheesy and includes spicy hot peppers. This one follows suit by including a mixture of Velveeta and pepper jack cheese. Becky, the author of the Cookie Rookie recipe blog, has been obsessing over queso dip recipes for a long time, and finally, believes she found the one in this loaded cowboy version. The hot pork sausage is what makes this because it adds a spicy quality. If desired, though, Becky insists you can use regular pork sausage instead, and this dip will be just as delicious. This dip recipe has versatility too since you can prepare it in the crockpot as easily as on the stove.

Every Tex-Mex dip deserves something to scoop it with, and in the case of this dip, Becky makes her own tortilla chips. Rather than cutting tortillas into wedges and baking or frying, as usual, Becky uses Old El Paso brand taco boats, cutting them in half so that they scoop up the dip with efficiency. If desired, you can use her same method of baking for tortilla wedges though, especially if you can’t find the taco boats in your local grocery store. If you are looking for a healthier option to pair with this cheesy dip, you could opt for serving with fresh veggies, like broccoli and cauliflower florets, or carrot and celery sticks. Either way, your family or guests won’t be able to get enough of this queso dip recipe.

This dip would be an excellent addition to your easy party appetizer recipes because it takes only a few moments to come together on the stove. Once the sausage is cooked through, it is a simple matter of adding the other ingredients and warming it to a creamy consistency. The tortillas can be made in advance of a party and stored in a sealable bag until ready to serve, while the dip can be kept warm on a burner or in the oven if put in an oven safe casserole dish or skillet. Alternatively, you can follow Becky’s slow cooker method if you need all your stove space for the party. This dip is incredibly fun food to make, which means you won’t feel like it is a chore during your party or event. If you don’t want the addition of beer in these tasty snacks, either because you don’t enjoy it or want it to be kid friendly too, you can substitute with some chicken stock or beef broth. For a vegetarian version of this dip recipe, you could substitute the hot sausage with some finely chopped smoked tofu, which would mimic the smoked sausage slightly. Any kind of broth will add the moisture necessary to bring this dip together, and add a savoury undertone.

Next time you are looking for the best dip recipes, try this creamy queso dip recipe. It has everything necessary to make it a hit with your guests or family, from the Velveeta cheese to the fragrant hot sausage. Tasty snack ideas don't usually involve fibre-rich black beans and fresh cilantro for contrasting colour and some added freshness, but this one does. If your mouth is already watering for this flavourful dip, consider making it today. Thank you to Becky, the author of The Cookie Rookie recipe blog, for sharing her loaded cowboy queso dip recipe with us.

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