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Calico Cheese Dip Recipe
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Calico Cheese Dip Recipe

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As soon as my husband tasted this tantalizing dip at a party, he suggested I get the recipe...not knowing I'd already asked the hostess for it! Attractive and zesty, it's one of my most popular appetizers.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 3 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
  • Tortilla chips


  1. In a large bowl, beat together the cheese, chilies, olives, onions, tomatoes and parsley until blended.
  2. Prepare salad dressing mix according to package directions; pour over cheese mixture and mix well. Serve immediately with tortilla chips. Yield: 6 cups.
Originally published as Calico Cheese Dip in Country Woman November/December 2002, p33

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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Reviewed Jun. 21, 2013

"Very good!! Followed the recipe exactly the first time ... was good but needed some zip for me.... added a couple freshly diced jalapenos the second and used fresh cilantro instead of parsley. Outstanding!!! Used it both as a dip and the little that was left over on a turkey jalapeno burger as a topping. This has already been added to my cookbook. Thank you for sharing!!"

Reviewed Jun. 4, 2012

"Great recipe! Finely a recipe that doesn't have BELL PEPPERS in if (can eat any of the bell peppers family) Thanks"

Reviewed Sep. 11, 2009 Edited May. 24, 2014

"Everytime I make this dip, somebody wants the recipe. Delicious & easy to prep. :)"

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