Thursday, July 1, 2010

Festive Southwest Cheese Dip

So this is THE BEST dip known to woman (or man). The ingredients are a little pricey (partially because there are so many!) but it is well worth adding this special treat to your rotation. Keeps well for a pot luck, party or even in a lunch bag. This dip is best served with pita chips or a Triscuit type cracker. The next time I make it, I'll be sure to add a photo.

What you'll need:
1 1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese
1 1/2 c. grated Monterrey jack or pepper jack cheese
1 c. grated Velveeta cheese
1 sm. can sliced black olives
1/2 large red bell pepper, finely chopped
3 finely chopped seeded jalapenos
1/4 c. finely chopped green onions
pinch of sea salt
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cumin
dash of lime / lemon juice
8 oz. soft cream cheese
3/4 c. mayonnaise (not salad dressing)

What you'll do:
Smash cream cheese, salt, juice and 1/2 c. mayonnaise together in a large bowl.

Stir in chopped red bell pepper, jalapenos, black olives and green onions.

Stir in cheeses. Stir in spices and the rest of the mayo to desired consistency.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve and enjoy!

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