This recipe was born out of a desire to eat my weight in cheese dip during a past Super Bowl, without sacrificing the quality of the food I was putting in my body. I think it’s only fitting to share it now, as we embark on another Super Bowl! Go, Patriots!
The fake cheese in the box has its place, and that’s left on the grocery store shelf.
I started playing around with different cheeses and add-ins to get this “just right”.
Throughout my experimentation, Mr. Awesome and our kids have eaten a lot of cheese dip and given me a lot of great feedback. I’m so appreciative of their willingness to QC my recipes, and I bet after you try this recipe for yourself you will be too!
I often double the recipe or just add another brick of cream cheese to stretch it a little, depending on how many people we’re hosting.
This has been my go-to potluck appetizer for the past year, so I’m super excited to share this with you finally!
I’ve found the difference between making this with the store brand or name brand ingredients to be so minimal that I don’t bother spending the extra change on the “good stuff”. Whatever is cheaper at the time works just fine. Stock up a little on these ingredients when they are on sale and you’ll be even better off!
This recipe is easy to tweak to use whatever you have on hand. Sometimes I like to dice real tomatoes and onions, other times I only use canned tomatoes with onions. You can’t mess this one up, I’m sure of it!
The most hearty way we like to make this dip is with a few big scoops of ground hamburger from the meat locker, and some diced tomatoes and onions from the garden. It’s a summertime favorite that is so filling we sometimes just all it supper! Let’s be honest, the delicious really starts with a warm pot of cheese. mmm-mm-mmm!
Cost Break Down (for my fellow math geeks):
$1/box of Cream Cheese (recipe calls for 2)
$2/brick of Cheese
$1/can of tomatoes
$2/bag of Chips
You can serve a crock pot of warm gooey cheese dip + chips to a crowd for about $6! Cost effective, simple, and yummy! That’s a win in my book!
A Slightly Better Cheese Dip- 3 Ingredients!
If you're looking for a "slightly better" cheese dip than the traditional one that starts with a shelf-stable box of "cheese", this is the recipe for you! 3 ingredients, a crock pot, a bag of chips and you're all set!
- 2 8 oz Boxes of Cream Cheese
- 1 8 oz Brick of Cheddar Cheese Medium or Sharp give a good flavor
- 1 can Tomatoes (Rotel, or any store brand variety)
Toss everything into a slow cooker on low for a couple hours, or heat it up in a pan on the stove. Don't forget chips!
Tip: You can chunk the cheese or grate it to get it to melt quicker.