Queso Blanco (White Cheese Dip)

This Tex-Mex queso blanco (white cheese dip) recipe is easy to make in about 20 minutes, perfectly melty and scoop-able, and irresistibly delicious. Meet my all-time favorite queso recipe. ♡ Anyone who has followed this blog for awhile knows that excellent chips, salsa and queso are some of my favorite things in the world. And […]

This Tex-Mex queso blanco (white cheese dip) recipe is easy to make in about 20 minutes, perfectly melty and scoop-able, and irresistibly delicious.

Queso Blanco (White Cheese Dip)

Meet my all-time favorite queso recipe. ♡

Anyone who has followed this blog for awhile knows that excellent chips, salsa and queso are some of my favorite things in the world. And after having made homemade cheese dip about a million different ways over the years, this Tex-Mex queso blanco recipe continues to be the unbeatable gold standard in my book.

It’s inspired by the famous espinaca con queso at Jose Pepper’s, which I was completely obsessed with back when we lived in Kansas City. And true to its name, it’s loaded up with lots of fresh spinach, as well as diced onion, jalapeño, garlic, tomatoes, chiles and cilantro for lots of zesty flavor. It’s also made with my preferred blend of Monterrey Jack and white American cheeses, which I’m going to insist that you use if you want a genuinely melty, creamy, scoop-able cheese dip. (I’ve tested at least a dozen varieties of Mexican and American cheeses when making queso over the years, and have found this combination is key for achieving a melty vs gritty texture.) And it is absolutely, irresistibly, can’t-stop-going-in-for-another-dip delicious.

I’m also a big fan of this queso recipe because it be ready go in about 15 minutes from start to finish, making it perfect for easy entertaining. And if you happen to have any leftovers, it even reheats well the next day.

Alright, fellow cheese lovers, let’s make some restaurant-style queso together!

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The BEST Spinach Artichoke Dip

THE BEST SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIPHow has it taken us over 10 years to have a proper Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe on the site?! Well we have one now and I guess that’s all that matters! Anyway, it’s our opinion that spinach artichoke dip is THE…

THE BEST SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP
How has it taken us over 10 years to have a proper Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe on the site?! Well we have one now and I guess that’s all that matters! Anyway, it’s our opinion that spinach artichoke dip is THE dip of all of dips! What…

Red Curry Hummus

This Thai-inspired red curry hummus recipe is quick and easy to make with the most delicious blend of savory, tangy, creamy flavors. So many of the flavors you love in a zesty Thai red curry…blended into a delicious hummus! ♡ This zesty dip has become a favorite of mine lately for quick and easy entertaining. […]

This Thai-inspired red curry hummus recipe is quick and easy to make with the most delicious blend of savory, tangy, creamy flavors.

Red Curry Hummus

So many of the flavors you love in a zesty Thai red curry…blended into a delicious hummus! ♡

This zesty dip has become a favorite of mine lately for quick and easy entertaining. Since we make Thai curries so often in our house, I almost always have the basic seasonings (curry paste, coconut milk, limes, ginger, garlic) on hand, all of which pair wonderfully with the classic combination of chickpeas and tahini. All you need to do is simply toss everything together in the food processor or blender and blitz until smooth. And in less than 10 minutes, this flavorful dip will be ready to serve and enjoy!

We love serving ours with crudités, bread (naan or pita), crackers, or any other dippers that sound good. Or of course, it would also be delicious as a spread on wraps, burgers, sandwiches and more.

Let’s make some!

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

HOMEMADE RANCH DRESSINGI’m very excited about our Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe we have for you all today! I’ve only recently started to make my own ranch dressing, and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long! It’s incredib…

HOMEMADE RANCH DRESSING
I’m very excited about our Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe we have for you all today! I’ve only recently started to make my own ranch dressing, and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long! It’s incredibly easy to make, I can customize it to my exact liking…

Jalapeño Salsa

This 5-ingredient creamy jalapeño salsa recipe is easy to make, customizable to your heat preferences, and one million percent addictive. SO GOOD! To say that I’m obsessed with this jalapeño salsa would be an understatement. ♡ It is inspired by the legendary “Salsa Doña” from Tacodeli, which I fell in love with years ago when […]

This 5-ingredient creamy jalapeño salsa recipe is easy to make, customizable to your heat preferences, and one million percent addictive. SO GOOD!

Creamy Jalapeño Salsa with Tortilla Chips

To say that I’m obsessed with this jalapeño salsa would be an understatement. ♡

It is inspired by the legendary “Salsa Doña” from Tacodeli, which I fell in love with years ago when my friend Kathryne and I spent a month in Austin. And ever since we left Texas, I have been missing that salsa something fierce and have been been on a mission to create my own creamy jalapeño salsa recipe that I love just as much. (Or dare I say, even more!)

The Tacodeli version is famously made with just 4 ingredients — jalapeños, garlic, salt and oil — all of which combine to make an emulsion that is magically creamy, moderately spicy, and surprisingly rich and flavorful. And after testing about a million different ways to prepare the jalapeños (boiled vs roasted vs raw, peeled vs unpeeled, cored vs uncored), garlic (cooked vs raw), oil (vegetable vs avocado vs others), and even toss in some extra ingredients (lime juice, onion, cumin, cilantro and more), I’ve finally landed on my favorite own favorite version of jalapeño salsa that I absolutely adore.

It’s mercifully low-fuss, with no need to core the jalapeños while they are raw (a messy and risky process when handling hundreds of spicy seeds). It comes together quickly with just 5 ingredients (yes, I added one!) in just 30 minutes from start to finish. It’s easy to customize to your preferred level of spiciness, anywhere from a moderately low heat level to very, very spicy. It’s made, believe it or not, entirely on the stovetop with no need to fire up a blazing hot oven. It’s perfect for dipping with tortilla chips or it can be drizzled on any number of other dishes. And it is just unbelievably, irresistibly, one million percent delicious.

You all know that I take my Mexican-inspired salsa recipes very seriously here on this blog and only recommend the ones I absolutely love. And this one now easily ranks as one of my all-time faves. So round up a big batch of jalapeños while they are still in season and let’s make some jalapeño salsa!

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Pico De Gallo

PICO DE GALLOThere are a handful of things I get extra excited about making during the summer months and Pico De Gallo is one of them! This no cook, simple and ridiculously delicious salsa fresca is just so darn good and I make a huge batch once a week…

PICO DE GALLO
There are a handful of things I get extra excited about making during the summer months and Pico De Gallo is one of them! This no cook, simple and ridiculously delicious salsa fresca is just so darn good and I make a huge batch once a week…

Mango Salsa

MANGO SALSAWhen the weather starts to warm up I only have cravings for all things bright and fresh. Our Mango Salsa fits right into that category and it only takes 10 minutes to throw together and uses only 6 simple ingredients. I literally eat this sa…

MANGO SALSA
When the weather starts to warm up I only have cravings for all things bright and fresh. Our Mango Salsa fits right into that category and it only takes 10 minutes to throw together and uses only 6 simple ingredients. I literally eat this salsa all summer…

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP RECIPEWe couldn’t be more excited about our Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe! We both love dips so much. Dips are the perfect snack food and there are always so many great ‘dipper’ options. You can also make this ahead o…

BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP RECIPE
We couldn’t be more excited about our Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe! We both love dips so much. Dips are the perfect snack food and there are always so many great ‘dipper’ options. You can also make this ahead of time in 5 minutes, pop it in the…

Pimento Cheese

My favorite Southern-style homemade pimento cheese recipe is super-easy to make in just 10 minutes and tastes delicious as a spread, dip, or however you’d like to serve it! Raise your hand if you grew up loving pimento cheese! ♡ Oh man, this retro Southern spread brings up some major nostalgia for me.  We always […]

My favorite Southern-style homemade pimento cheese recipe is super-easy to make in just 10 minutes and tastes delicious as a spread, dip, or however you’d like to serve it!

Raise your hand if you grew up loving pimento cheese! ♡

Oh man, this retro Southern spread brings up some major nostalgia for me.  We always used to look forward to cracking open those little store-bought jars of it for snack time when we were kids, either dolloped on Ritz or Club crackers or spread inside crispy celery sticks.  And even though I was a very picky eater back in the day — oh my goodness — I absolutely loved this stuff!

It wasn’t until years later in college that a friend introduced me to her family’s recipe for homemade pimento cheese that I realized how next-level delicious the scratch version could be.  (Yep, I definitely grown up just thinking it was just a delicious product from Kraft!)  Turns out, homemade pimento cheese is incredibly easy to whip up in just 10 minutes or so.  And when made with a good sharp cheddar, tangy cream cheese and mayo, roasted red peppers, fresh green onions, and a blend of zesty seasonings, this simple spread stands the test of time and still tastes downright irresistible!

Feel free to serve it up with your favorite chips, crackers or veggie sticks.  Or I’ve included a list below of other fun ways to use pimento cheese too — from spreading it on sandwiches (hello, grilled cheese) to burgers, baked potatoes, deviled eggs and more.  There’s really no way to go wrong with this recipe.  So round up the ingredients and let’s make a batch together!

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Green Goddess Feta Dip

This Green Goddess Feta Dip recipe is packed with tons of fresh herbs, creamy avocado, and lots of tangy lemon and feta.  Serve it up with crusty bread, veggies, crackers or any of your favorite dippers! Anyone else’s herb garden completely out of control by this point in the summer?! Time to make some herb-loaded […]

This Green Goddess Feta Dip recipe is packed with tons of fresh herbs, creamy avocado, and lots of tangy lemon and feta.  Serve it up with crusty bread, veggies, crackers or any of your favorite dippers!

Green Goddess Feta Dip

Anyone else’s herb garden completely out of control by this point in the summer?!

Time to make some herb-loaded green goddess dip! ♡

This recipe is totally inspired by Melissa Clark’s famous Greek Goddess Dip, famously made with a zillion herbs, feta and mayo-yogurt base.  The first time that I tried it at a friend’s house earlier this summer, I was instantly hooked by its irresistible blend of tangy, creamy, ultra-fresh flavors.  But after making it a few more times this summer and playing around with the ingredients a bit, we found that we loved it even more when kicked up a notch with some extra feta and lemon, a subtle kick of Dijon, and a creamy avocado base (instead of mayo and yogurt).

It is seriously the perfect recipe to use up extra herbs that may be hanging out in your garden or crisper drawer.  And while we mostly just devour it as a dip in our house (especially with crusty bread and veggie sticks), it also works great as a spread that you can add to burgers, sandwiches, pitas and more.

If you’re looking for a new summery dip to add to your repertoire, you’ve gotta try this one!
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