There’s this stuff that I make for parties that is known affectionately as Rick’s Mom’s Chili Cheese Dip. My mother made it for parties when I was a kid and I adopted it as an adult and put my own spin on it.
Originally it required a can of chili (no beans), a big chunk of jalapeno Velveeta cheese, and French fried onion rings. Finding that flavor of Velveeta is challenging so I switched it to salsa con queso, which is basically the same thing, only less solid.
You do a 2-to-1 ratio of chili to cheese – for a moderate amount of people, use 2 cans of chili, 1 jar of con queso, and then a small container of the French fried onion rings (which you can usually find near the canned vegetables or instant potatoes). Throw it all in a bowl, stir it up good, nuke it for a few minutes, and boom, ya got’s party dip. You can use any flavor/style chip you want but I recommend the classic Nacho Cheese Doritos.
I know it sounds disgusting, but it is so good that it is usually completely devoured – it will be the hit of the party.
The differently portion of this for these purposes is that today I made the heavenly stuff in Las Vegas for the Oscar party in the swank suite. Yep, Rick’s Mom’s Chili Cheese Dip has crossed state lines.