Fool-Proof Semi-Homemade Dip

Anyone who knows me knows that I do not cook. It is as simple as that, I married the perfect man who is by way of being the next Food Network star. He loves to cook and somehow finds it fun and relaxing, words that to me do not go hand in hand with cooking/baking. My idea of baking cookies and muffins begins with a boxed mix, he pulls out this object known as a cookbook and he starts from scratch, yikes! But there is one thing that I prepare (because you cannot call this cooking) which always seems to be a crowd-pleaser and that is a nacho dip. It does not get more basic or simplistic than this. If you have a baking dish that is on the smaller side you're good to go.

You'll need: tortilla chips, 1 lb. ground beef; two large jars of salsa (I like to mix mild and medium but you can make any blend you like, my husband likes the hot the best), two packages of shredded cheese ( I use 1 White Cheddar and 1 Orange Cheddar), and sour cream.

Pre-heat the over to 350 degrees. Cook the beef then place half of it in the baking dish. Add some of each salsa if you're using two different heats and mix it in with the beef, be careful not to drown it, you just want it to be a beefy/salsa mixture - not soup. Distribute the mixture as evenly as you can over the bottom of the dish. Then I usually sprinkle half of each package of cheese over the beef and salsa, but do not spread it too thick or the cheese will act as an insulator and the beef will not get hot. Then I take the rest of the beef and put it in a small bowl and mix more salsa in, once this is done I spread this as evenly as I can over the first later of cheese. Then with the remaining cheese make another layer on top of the beef and salsa, again be careful not to make the cheese to thick or the dip will not heat up as quickly in the oven. Place in the over for about 20-25 minutes and that is it, you will be the hero of the football game!

This is the type of dip you have to scoop on to plates for people, it is too messy for everyone to try to get some on their tortilla chip at once from the same dish. Also the smaller the dish you can make it in the better because eventually it will cool down and this is a dish that is ten times better when it is nice and hot. Also, be sure to keep the sour cream on the side because if you do want to pop it back in the oven for a quick re-heat you don't want the sour cream on top.

I am sure to the more culinary inclined this sounds plain lazy, but believe me the few times I have tried to make dinner we wound up going out to eat. If you are just not talented in the kitchen this is a can't miss recipe for you!

*Don't be surprised if you feel incredibly full after just a little of this dip, it is very filling.

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askjanbrass 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I love making homemade dips. It's such a great thing to serve during parties, especially during the summer. Also works as a great appetizer. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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