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Dog Food Dip

I made up this recipe while looking out the back window of my RV at the wonderful red rocks of Kodachrome Basin State Park in Utah. I was too tired from hiking to do any real cooking, so I did a little pantry rummaging and turned a can of what looked like dog food (the label said Hormel Chili) into a surprisingly satisfying snack.

This is one of those nearly magical things that tastes much better than it looks from the ingredients. You can pull this out of the pantry at almost a moment's notice using ingredients you are likely to find hanging around your RV. A nearby convenience store or campground grocery store can fill in any missing parts.


 1 can (15 ounces) Hormel™ Chili no beans
 4 ounces cream cheese
 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
 red pepper flakes (to taste)
 granulated garlic (to taste)


Combine everything and heat in a sauce pan over medium flame, stirring occasionally until melted. Serve with anything you like to dip in queso (cheese) dip. I like tortilla chips, potato chips, broccoli tops, strips of green or red bell peppers, or a spoon.

Almost anything can be added to this recipe to make it your own. I carry a variety of spices with me and these are what I chose for this meal because they are ingredients in chili. It would be nice with onion powder and cumin, but in general terms anything that goes with Mexican food would go well in this dip.

Serves: 2 to 4
Cream_Cheese Cheese Chili Stovetop

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