Hearty Cheese Dip Recipe

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I've attended many cooking schools and written cookbooks, but I've found few appetizers that people enjoy as much as this. The recipe came from my cousin. - Jill Daly, Laramie, Wyoming.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Tortilla chips

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 51 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 90mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a skillet, cook beef, onion, green pepper and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, ketchup, sugar, oregano and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in cheeses. Cook and stir until cheese is melted. Serve hot with chips. Yield: 4-1/2 cups.
For a refreshing change from tortilla chips, offer an assortment of vegetable dippers (like baby carrots, celery sticks and bell pepper strips) with Hearty Cheese Dip.
Originally published as Hearty Cheese Dip in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p20

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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beakiebean User ID: 5375435 242931
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2016

"We've lovingly renamed this cat barf dip at our house. It's not the most visually appealing dip but man oh man is it yummy! We usually don't pretend to have self control and just have it for dinner with chips and a salad."

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