Updated: Sep 25, 2022
If you are a cheese lover, then this recipe is for you! This smoked queso dip is a great appetizer for Football Sunday or any occasion where you want to please a crowd! Did I mention that it was easy to make? You will need a lot of different cheeses and some chorizo sausage to make this amazing cheese dip! Chorizo sausage is a type of pork sausage. In Europe, chorizo is a fermented, cured, smoked sausage which can be added as an ingredient to add flavor to any dish and boy does this sausage add flavor to this dip. If you don't eat pork, you can use ground turkey or you can leave the meat out all together. I am calling it a smoked queso because I put it on my grill in a cast iron skillet. I didn't add wood chips to my grill but you certainly can or put it in a smoker as well. We were firing up our grill since it was a nice day in November here in Maryland so it worked perfectly on the grill. Below is the recipe that I used to make the this dip. I hope you enjoy as much as mine my family did.
Ingredients needed to Make Smoked Queso dip
1lb of ground turkey or ground chorizo
2 jalapenos, finely diced
1/2 of a red onion, finely diced
3 scallions, finely chopped
1 can of Rotel, drained
8 oz block of pepper jack cheese, cubed
8 oz block of block of Colby cheese, cubed
1 small box of Velvetta cheese
Taco Seasoning to taste (See below for my Homemade seasoning) or one packet of taco seasoning.
Directions to Make Smoked Queso
Heat olive oil on medium high heat in a skillet. Add ground turkey/chorizo to the skillet and season with taco seasoning to taste.
In a grill safe aluminum pan, add all your ingredients to a cast iron skillet including the browned turkey.
Place the cast iron skillet on the grill. If making it in the oven, bake on 400.
Once all the cheese is completely melted, stir until all ingredients are well combined.
Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
2 tablespoons of chili powder
2 teaspoons of ground cumin
2 teaspoons of garlic powder
2 teaspoons of paprika
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
Whisk until combined.
*This recipe makes more than you need for the dip Store in an air tight container for future use. *