Jalapeno Cheese Dip
Makes about 3 cups
This jalapeno cheese dip recipe is quick, easy, delicious and absolutely addictive. Everyone who has tasted it agrees. Serve it with tortilla chips as an appetizer for a Mexican or southwestern-style menu. Or present it as part of a party buffet or potluck. It will be one of the first items to disappear. The recipe can easily be doubled or halved. The instructions include both microwave and oven methods.
- 1 pound Monterey Jack cheese with jalapenos, grated (pepper jack cheese)
- 8 ounces sour cream (can use reduced fat)
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise (can use reduced fat or canola)
- 1 large garlic clove, put through garlic press
- 2 ounces chopped pimento
- 3 green onions, finely chopped
- Toasted sunflower seeds
- Tortilla chips, store-bought or homemade (see recipe in the related recipes links)
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Mix together the cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise and garlic. Do not cover. Bake in a preheated 350° F oven for about 20 minutes or microwave on high for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally (see notes below). Mix in half of the pimentos, onion and sunflower seeds. Bake for 5 more minutes, or microwave on high for an additional 2-3 minutes. (Can be prepared ahead, refrigerated up to a week and reheated in oven or microwave until hot. Stir well to recombine.) Before serving, garnish with the remaining pimentos, onions and sunflower seeds, placing pimentos in the center, green onion around the pimentos and sunflower nuts around the edge. Serve with tortilla chips.
Notes: Cooking times will vary depending on the power of your microwave. Start with less time and adjust as needed.