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Jess’s Tailgate Queso

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Queso is the ultimate party food and is a must for tailgating and watching the game at home. This tailgate queso is full of flavor and it is super simple to make.

dish of nachos topped with tailgate queso, sour cream and green onions.

This queso is a staple at pre-game tailgates. It is also perfect for watching the big game at home or any party.

It is full of flavor and super easy to make.  You can do it on the stove top, the extra burner on your grill or in the slow cooker. Set it out and keep watching people come back for more!

My sister-in-law Jess and her husband, Anthony are both proud Northwestern alumni.  They have a group of friends that tailgates at every home football game.

slow cooker filled with velveeta, rotel and queso ingredients.

We try to join them at a game each year, though as the number of kiddos expands it gets a little more difficult.  The regular tailgaters plan who is bringing what.  There are a number of game day treats that have to be there.

This queso dip is a must-have.  A huge pot of it is set out with plenty of tortilla chips and people just dip into the communal queso pot.  It also gets slathered on brats and burgers.  It is always a hit.

slow cooker filled with tailgate queso ready to enjoy.

They make it in a large saucepan at home, then bring it to the game. It gets warmed back up on the extra burner on the grill.

Within seconds of the chip bags being opened and the pan being set on the table, the swarms of people surround it. They all know what’s in there and can’t help themselves.

Nacho boat filled with chips topped with queso, cream cheese and chives.

We have adopted the recipe and make it at home now too.  The easy part about making it for a party at home is you can use the slow cooker to melt it and keep it warm.

Just like at the tailgate, people swarm it the minute it is put out.  It is great for all kinds of parties, but is a must have at our big game party.

Jess says she normally likes to make things from scratch or with store brands, but in this case she prefers using exactly what she spelled out in the recipe.  Enjoy!

Yield: 24 Servings

Jess's Tailgate Queso

dish of nachos topped with tailgate queso, sour cream and green onions.

Queso is the ultimate party food and is a must for tailgating and watching the game at home. This tailgate queso is full of flavor and it is super simple to make.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lb block of Velveeta
  • 2 cans Rotel
  • 1 can Hormel hot no bean chili
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • Optional: diced jalapenos or hot sauce if you like more kick

Instructions

  1. Cut Velveeta into cubes and put it and all the other ingredients into a saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat until completely melted. Make sure to stir frequently because it can scorch quickly. (Alternatively, melt it in a slow cooker on low heat)
  3. Serve with sturdy tortilla chips or on burgers, brats or hot dogs.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 133Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 746mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 7g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Unknown

Wednesday 3rd of February 2016

Tailgating and queso are not really part of my culture - and I didn't even recognise half of those ingredients! But some of those snacks certainly made my mouth water. I love the look of the stuffed footballs, they look so cute. Thanks for sharing this cultural experience with the Blog Fair.

Carlee

Wednesday 3rd of February 2016

I love seeing some of your ingredients too! In a lot of ways we eat very similarly, but there are some fun differences as well. It is really cool how this blogging stuff makes you a little more aware of how things are on the other side of the globe!

Unknown

Wednesday 27th of January 2016

Thank You Jess! This sounds fantastic! Pinning! So glad you shared at Inspiration Thursday.

Carlee

Thursday 28th of January 2016

Thank you!

Carlee

Tuesday 26th of January 2016

I know, my jeans get tighter just looking at it all (and it is completely worth it!) Thank you!

Unknown

Saturday 23rd of January 2016

Queso dip is one of my favorites too, perfect for a party and all of these other ideas look so good too, I need some Hot Cuban Dip in my life soon! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

Carlee

Saturday 23rd of January 2016

Doesn't the Hot Cuban Dip sound awesome! That is my list of things to try soon. Thanks for hosting!

Lisa @ Drugstore Divas

Saturday 23rd of January 2016

Wow. I'm not sure why making my own queso never crossed my mind. I'll have to try it for the Super Bowl this year.

Thanks for sharing at the Tips & Tricks party. That's how I found this post. Be sure to come back again on Monday!

Carlee

Saturday 23rd of January 2016

It is a perfect party food! We drained the whole batch while watching the playoffs. I am sure we'll have to make more for our Super Bowl party! Thanks for stopping by!

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