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loaded beefy queso dip is packed with veggies, seasoned beef, and melty cheese. it's an easier appetizer for game day or snacking! loaded beefy queso dip | a flavor journal pinterest image

*the best* queso with meat.

All right.  One of my favorite things in the whole wide world is happy hour.  Specifically, cheap beer and cheese dip (or nachos) at half price.  On days when I work from 5:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., I am like a child getting out of school so I can take myself to happy hour.  I immediately chase down the local streetcar, jump in, and impatiently ride it to the sports bar near my apartment.  I sit outside on the patio (when it’s not ungodly hot outside), and order two things : cheap domestic beer … and cheese dip.  It’s what I do.  But sometimes I’m like, “I should be an adult, save my money, and just go home.”  In those instances, I need something to look forward to when I get home after a ten hour shift at work.  So what do I make?  Loaded beefy queso dip.

loaded beefy queso dip is packed with veggies, seasoned beef, and melty cheese. it's an easier appetizer for game day or snacking! loaded beefy queso dip | a flavor journal

Loaded beefy queso dip is my go to for many things, actually.  Every tailgate needs a homemade queso dip with beef.  Every happy tummy has a trace of cheese dip in it somewhere, right?  Easy cheese dip is made with Velveeta and Rotel.  Loaded beefy queso dip is made with Velveeta and homemade Rotel!  And, of course, seasoned beef. 

loaded beefy queso dip is packed with veggies, seasoned beef, and melty cheese. it's an easier appetizer for game day or snacking! loaded beefy queso dip | a flavor journal

What I’m trying to say is that this is still suuuuuper easy to make, and the flavors make your tastebuds super happy.  Plus, you are actually cooking a few fun ingredients together, so you can brag that you put some effort into your cheese dip and impress your friends.

loaded beefy queso dip is packed with veggies, seasoned beef, and melty cheese. it's an easier appetizer for game day or snacking! loaded beefy queso dip | a flavor journal

I’ve made this loaded beefy queso dip for quite a few years now, but it was time to share it with you.  This is my go-to for tailgate snacks, as it really enjoys hanging out with it’s best friend, cheap domestic beer.  They’re a match made in heaven, really.  Sports, beer, friends, beefy queso.  Boom.  ‘Merica.

loaded beefy queso dip is packed with veggies, seasoned beef, and melty cheese. it's an easier appetizer for game day or snacking! loaded beefy queso dip | a flavor journal

Bonus tip : this queso is not only easy to make, but it’s also easy to transport AND reheat … if you don’t eat it all the first time around. 

loaded beefy queso dip is packed with veggies, seasoned beef, and melty cheese. it's an easier appetizer for game day or snacking! loaded beefy queso dip | a flavor journal

I add the milk at the very end to make it really creamy.  I would recommend starting with a splash, and then adjusting how much milk you add based on how creamy you’d like your queso.  You can always add more, but you can never take it back out. 🙂

loaded beefy queso dip is packed with veggies, seasoned beef, and melty cheese. it's an easier appetizer for game day or snacking! loaded beefy queso dip | a flavor journal

Enjoy!  And cheers to all of us who still embrace the throwback recipes. 😉

 

xx Sara

loaded beefy queso dip is packed with veggies, seasoned beef, and melty cheese. it's an easier appetizer for game day or snacking! loaded beefy queso dip | a flavor journal
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queso dip with ground beef

queso dip with ground beef is packed with veggies, seasoned beef, and melty cheese. it's an easy appetizer for game day or snacking! loaded beefy queso dip | a flavor journal food blog
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beefy queso dip, loaded queso dip, queso dip, queso dip with beef
Author: sara rose : a flavor journal.
Cost: $5

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. ground beef I used 90/10
  • 1 Tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 1 cup fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 2 Tbsp. minced jalapeno
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 16 oz. cheese loaf original, cubed
  • 1/2 cup milk I used 2%

Instructions

  • In a large saute pan over medium heat, start cooking the ground beef, and break it down into very small pieces as it cooks.
  • When the ground beef first starts to brown, after just a minute or so, add the taco seasoning and mix it thoroughly into the beef. Then add the tomatoes, white onion, and jalapeño.
  • Allow the beef and veggies to cook together for at least 5-7 minutes, or until the onion and jalapeño have softened. Add the garlic, and cook another 1-2 minutes.
  • Cube the cheese into small pieces, about 1/2"-1" cubes. Add the cheese cubes to the beef and veggies, and stir in until completely melted.
  • Add up to 1/4 cup milk, and test the consistency to see if you like it. For creamier queso, add an additional 1/4 cup.
  • Serve hot, or store in a plastic container in the refrigerator for up to a week!
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    • Jason D Nickolay
    • July 18, 2017
    Reply

    Looks perfect for a Sunday of Football!

      • a flavor journal
      • July 19, 2017
      Reply

      Definitely! It’s perfect for that!

    • Monika Schneider
    • September 13, 2017
    Reply

    Have a very similar recipe I’ve been making for some time – only thing is, mine uses a can of tomato soup and one of cream of mushroom – grrr – hence we named this baby “Toxic waste dip.” Sorry. Had to let you know.

    1. Reply

      Love it! I would DEFINITELY eat that. It sounds awesome!

    • Carol Borchardt
    • September 18, 2017
    Reply

    I seriously want to stick my face right into that and I haven’t even had my second cup of coffee yet. Wow that looks good!

    1. Reply

      Haha thank you, Carol! I ate way too much of it way too fast. Yikes. I’m glad you think it looks tasty, too! ❤️

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