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Cowboy Queso

This warm and savory Cowboy Queso dip is loaded with ground beef, your favorite ale, tomatoes, black beans, and fresh cilantro. Perfect for watching the big game with friends.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Dip, Queso
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 352 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes optional
  • 3/4 cup Pale Ale or your favorite kind of beer
  • 1 16 oz. block Velveeta cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 14.5 oz. can Rotel Tomatoes partially drained
  • 1 cup black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup red onion finely diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large, high-walled skillet over medium heat, brown and crumble the ground meat, adding in desired amounts of salt and pepper.

  2. Once it’s nice and brown, drain any excess grease, toss in the crushed red pepper flakes and add the beer. Let the beer reduce for about 4-5 minutes.

  3. Add in the cheese and let it melt and simmer, stirring occasionally.

  4. Once the cheese is melted, stir in the beans, red onions, and cilantro. Add the tomatoes and some of the juice from the can, only if you want it to be a little thinner in consistency. If you've already reached your desired level of thickness, don't add any juice.

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Recipe Notes

To Garnish: I like to sprinkle some extras on top, like a few more black beans, tomatoes (or pico de gallo/salsa fresca), grated cheese, red onions, and cilantro. Not necessary, but it looks nice!

You can substitute the ground beef with hot (or regular) pork sausage with the casings removed.

 

Nutrition Facts
Cowboy Queso
Amount Per Serving
Calories 352 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 1276mg 53%
Potassium 489mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 6g
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin A 17.2%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 51.9%
Iron 8.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.