This healthy queso dip is about as healthy as you’ll get when it comes to a decadent, cheesy dip. You’ll love the subtle sweetness and vibrant color that the butternut squash adds. This one is a must-try!
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I swear, chips with any type of dip = my kryptonite. I recently made another batch of my restaurant style salsa (this time I added green chilies because I didn’t have any jalapeños), and I literally cannot stop eating the stuff. It’s a pretty dangerous situation. If only chips were calorie-free, you know?
This healthy queso dip was no different. Does anybody think it’s weird to add butternut squash to queso? I want to hear from you and then I want you to try this recipe and see that you’re wrong. My neighbor Julie, who tests many of my recipes, initially scoffed at the idea of a healthy queso dip using butternut squash. I convinced her of how delicious it was and she agreed to try it. But then we ate it all before I could bring it to her house. So neighborly of me, right?
So the verdict is still out with Julie, but I can tell you that Ben and I love this stuff. If you aren’t looking for the flavor of the squash, you may not even taste it amidst the Tex-Mex spices, tomatoes, green chilies, and creamy Monterey Jack cheese. And for those of you out there who don’t really care for making a roux and sloooooowly adding milk, this recipe is for you. It’s basically fool-proof.
Bonus: If you have kids that don’t love vegetables, I bet they’ll devour this beautiful healthy queso dip without a second thought.
Used in this recipe:
Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
This healthy queso dip is about as healthy as you'll get when it comes to a decadent, cheesy dip. You'll love the subtle sweetness and vibrant color that the butternut squash adds. This one is a must-try!
serving size: 1/4 cup (typically a serving size of dip is 2 tablespoons but I'm being realistic here)
Verdict: Holy yum. I couldn’t get enough of this healthy queso dip.
Husband’s take: I’m not actually sure Ben has tried this with chips but I did use the leftovers in an unique way when I was grasping for dinner ideas one night. I cooked some diced chicken breasts in a pan and then smothered them with this sauce. We had that on a salad with other traditional taco fixings like tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and more. It was a really great way to repurpose this healthy queso dip.
Changes I would make: None are necessary! Feel free to change the spices to your liking. The recipe as written isn’t overly spicy so go ahead and kick it up a notch if that’s your style.
Difficulty: Easy. I specifically chose to use frozen butternut squash to make this recipe completely doable and not a hassle (no peeling and dicing of a squash required!)
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