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With chorizo, onions, jalapeños, and homemade cheese sauce, this choriqueso is a surefire way to win big with your guests on game day!
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Let me be perfectly clear: I am not really a football fan. In the South, saying that could really get someone in trouble, right? Don’t worry. I watch football. I just don’t have “a team”, though my husband does, and if we miss a game the world doesn’t come to an end.
I’m going to be completely honest with you, though. My favorite part of watching football = fantastic snacks. I mean, what’s not to love about chips, dips, and other fun finger foods? I’d rather have a meal of appetizers than a regular meal any day, so game day snacks make me very happy. Game day is a time to let down my hair a little and eat all the fun foods that I love!
For this big-game spread, I headed to the new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Middle Valley to check it out (it just opened last week) and pick up the products that I needed. I got TOSTITOS® Scoops Party Size, TOSTITOS® Medium Chunky Salsa, a Skittles® XL 41-ounce bag, and a SNICKERS® Minis 40-ounce bag. To wash it down we grabbed Pepsi™ 20-ounce bottles from the cooler (since it’s just the two of us and we don’t drink a lot of soda, no need for more than that). I grabbed some cheese and some chorizo-making supplies and set to work making our game-watching snacks! By the way, for those of you who are curious about the Neighborhood Market…it is a Walmart grocery store, so much smaller than a regular Walmart but with Walmart prices! They also have fuel pumps out front.
You guys know me…I don’t pull punches when it comes to snack time. The Big Game is definitely not the time to be taking snack short cuts, so you know I went all in when I made this choriqueso. Believe it or not, I’ve never actually ordered choriqueso at a restaurant, though it’s served at all the Mexican restaurants around here. I’m always worried that it will be a little too spicy for me. The great thing about this recipe is that if you make your own chorizo you can control the spice level. Cheese sauce is just so easy to make, I’m not sure why you wouldn’t. Serve this with some TOSTITOS® Scoops or Original tortilla chips at your Big Game festivities and I promise your friends will thank you!
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Yield: About 3 cups of choriqueso
10 minPrep Time:
15 minCook Time:
- 1/2 pound ground pork (preferably 80/20)
- 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced (I used my garlic press)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and diced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 8 ounces grated Cheddar cheese
- TOSTITOS® Scoops or Original
- In a medium bowl, use your hands to combine the ground pork with the vinegar, garlic, salt, and spices. Set aside.
- Heat the vegetable or canola oil in a medium skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onions and jalapeño and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 3-5 minutes.
- Add the chorizo to the pan and cook until thoroughly browned. Add the butter and stir until completely melted.
- Sprinkle the flour over the chorizo mixture. Cook and stir for one minute. Slowly pour in the milk, stirring constantly. Cook until thickened. Stir in the cheese a handful at a time until all the cheese has been incorporated.
- Pour the choriqueso into a bowl and serve immediately with TOSTITOS® Scoops or Original chips.
The chorizo recipe here is from Serious Eats . If you do not wish to make the chorizo from scratch, you can use 1/2 pound of store-bought chorizo. Be sure to remove it from its casings before cooking.
Click here to print the recipe for choriqueso from scratch!