I am a native Texan. Being a Texan has its advantages. We are famous for our barbecues. We have great sports, great outdoor activities, and Texans absolutely know how to throw a great party. Whether it’s game day, an office party, or just game night with the family, we have great party food down to a science. One of our family’s favorite party foods is Chili Cheese Dip. This spicy, creamy dip is perfect any time. We serve it with tortilla chips and avocado slices. Sometimes we just have it for dinner. Goes great with cold beer.
Texas Chili Cheese Dip
1 lb ground beef
3T chili powder
1T ancho chili pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 med. yellow onion, diced small
1 red bell pepper, diced small
16 oz cream cheese (at room temperature)
1 15oz can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers
Brown the ground beef with the chili powder, ancho chili pepper and garlic in a skillet over medium high heat. When beef mixture is about halfway done, add onions and peppers. Cook until onions are translucent and peppers are soft. Add the cream cheese and tomatoes and stir until cheese is melted and all ingredients are combined. If you like, after the meat and peppers are done, you can put everything into a crockpot and simmer for about 30 minutes.
This dip works great for an office party as you can just leave it alone until the party starts and it will stay hot and good. At home we usually serve this dip in a fondue pot or bean pot so that it stays hot while we party. I love simple cooking that tastes good. I hope you like it too.