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This creamy Kickin' Cowboy Queso Dip is made using two flavors of Borden cheese. It starts with classic American cheese that's combined with Southwest Pepper Jack cheese to bring the heat. When melted together, the gooey cheese forms the perfect base for thick and chunky salsa, green onions, pork sausage and a mix of seasonings to give it just the right balance of flavor. Bacon, gives this kickin' cowboy queso dip mouthwatering smoky undertones.
Kickin' Cowboy Queso Dip Made with Sliced Cheese
This variation of queso dip is unexpected. When developing this recipe for Borden, I wanted to use an easy-to-find ingredient in an unexpected way. Sliced cheese is similar to, if not equal to, that block of golden cheese that we all know, that's commonly used for making cheese dip. Sliced easy melt American cheese is practically identical. The beauty of sliced cheese is, you can combine two flavors and not be committed to only American cheese to expand the flavor. You can of course, adapt this recipe using a block of easy melt cheese, instead.
Cowboy Queso and Halloween Party Planning Tips
On Halloween it's a given that the kids are going into sugar overload after trick-or treating, so it's important to fill them up before they head out.
- Our tummy filling feast starts with kickin' cowboy queso dip and cheeseburgers.
- Let the kiddos use cookie cutters to cut Borden cheese slices into festive shapes, like cats, pumpkins and spiders to top the grilled burgers.
- Prepare all of the fixin's and have them set-up nearby so they can dress the burgers their way.
- For a little extra zing, to every 2 lbs of ground beef add a packet of Ranch salad dressing mix, Zesty Italian salad dressing mix or one envelope of onion soup mix.
- These savory goodies won't take a ton of time to put together and the kids will love using cookie cutters to create their own edible art work.
- You may also like this baked Mexican Fiesta Dip and Smokin Pepper Jack Cheese Dip.
More Halloween Party Tips
- Keep it simple, starting with the table top decorations using the Halloween theme that you like the most. Pumpkins, cats and spiders are a favorite at our house.
- Serve with blue corn chips at your Halloween soiree and your lovable monsters can get busy dipping and creating their own cheeseburgers before the candy avalanche begins.
- Serving cheeseburgers and gooey queso dip loaded with protein and calcium is the perfect pairing to enjoy before the sugar buzz begins.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
- 6 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker
- Onion/Vegetable Chopper
- Serving Set
- Insulated Slow Cooker Travel Case and Carrier
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Kickin' Cowboy Queso Dip
- 4 slices bacon
- 1 bunch green onions chopped
- 8 oz ground pork sausage
- 1 cup medium thick and chunky salsa
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 16 oz package Borden Singles American Cheese Slices, unwrapped and quartered
- 1 8 oz package Borden Singles Sensations Southwest Pepperjack Cheese Slices, unwrapped and quartered (See Cook's note)
- 1 Tbsp chopped pickled jalapeno adjust to taste
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp lemon pepper
- ½ tsp ancho chili powder
- Tortilla chips and veggies for dipping
- In a heavy bottomed medium-size sauce pan, cook the bacon over medium-high until crispy. Use a slotted spoon to remove from the pan. Reserve 2 Tbsp of drippings discard or freeze the rest for another recipe..
- Reserve 2 Tbsp of onions for garnishing then add the remaining to the drippings in the skillet. Cook for 1 minute until softened then add the sausage.
- Continue to cook the sausage over medium-high heat until no pink remains. Drain any excess fat from the pan.
- Lower the heat to medium. Add the salsa, milk, cheese, jalapeno, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, lemon pepper and ancho chili powder.
- Simmer over medium stirring constantly until the cheese has completely melted.
- Pour into the slow cooker and simmer on low for 1-2 hours then keep warm.
- Just before serving add the crumbled bacon back to the dip and stir, reserving 2 Tbsp for garnishing.
- Garnish with crumbled bacon and green onion just before serving.
- If you are unable to find Borden Singles Sensations Southwest Pepperjack Cheese Slices substitute with 1 (12) oz package Borden Singles American Cheese Slices instead.
- You may substitute one 2 lb block of Velveeta or similar easy melt cheese, instead.