It’s football season and my family are sports fanatics, which means I need to have a big supply of dip available at any given moment!
I’ve been hosting sports parties since I was a teenager, and that’s why I consider myself an expert dip maker…yes, people, I created myself a title for my dip making skills!
Rule number 1 of dip making. Start off we excellent ingredients. No one wants to bite into a bowl of grease dip, to prevent this from happening, purchase great ingredients.
Rule number 5-Cheese, now, everyone who follows my blog is aware that I don’t play when it comes to cheese. I only want the best cheese available, and for this dip, I went straight to sharp cheddar cheese!
After you’ve mastered these rules of dip making, it’s time to mix everything together, bake it, and get to eating!
Warning: Double the recipe, and if you don’t double the recipe, don’t blame me when you have a dip revolt in your house!
Touchdown Chili Cheese Bacon Dip
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
8 ounces Hatch Chilies, chopped
8 slices bacon, diced
8 ounces Philadelphia Cream Cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup Hellmann’s/Best Foods Mayonnaise
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon creole seasoning
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
green onion to garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to skillet over medium heat, add bacon and cook until crisp about 8 minutes.
Remove bacon from pan, drain, reserve about 2 tablespoons of bacon grease, add onion and bell pepper to bacon grease, cook 5 minutes, season with spices, add hatch chiles and garlic, cook about 1 minute more.
Place veggie mixture in a blender and pulse a few times. Return to pan.
Fold in cream cheese, and 1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese, mix well. Fold in mayonnaise and half the bacon, mix well. Top with remaining cheese and bake for 15 minutes in a greased casserole dish.
Remove from oven, top with remaining bacon and green onions. Serve with chips and crackers and enjoy!