© Dennis Prescott
Dennis Prescott
Updated January 28, 2016

Quite possibly the best loved of all the party dips, the almighty Nacho Dip never disappoints. Loaded with cheddar and cream cheese and a kick of heat from jalapeños, this quick and easy dip is perfectly paired with a cold one and The Big Game.

Smoked Cheddar Nacho Cheese Dip

  • 1 cup cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest 
  • 1 cup smoked cheddar cheese, grated 
  • 1 cup prepared salsa
  • 1 cup roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1to 2 jalapeños, sliced
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lime juice

1. In a medium-size bowl, mix the cream cheese, sour cream, chili powder and lime zest until smooth. Fold in the smoked cheddar cheese. Transfer to a serving dish, and smooth the top of the dip with a spoon. 

2. Top with the prepared salsa, then the diced tomatoes, avocado, jalapeños and green onions. Garnish with fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice. 

3. Serve with tortilla chips. 

Note: The first step of this recipe can be made a day in advance, just cover with plastic wrap and give it a home in the fridge overnight.

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