Smoky Five-Pepper Cheese Dip

A nod to nacho cheese dip, but with fresh chiles and a bold chipotle flavor.

Yield: Serves 8
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Recipe Time

Total: 35 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 146
  • Calories from fat: 63%
  • Protein: 8g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated fat: 5.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 5.1g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Sodium: 415mg
  • Cholesterol: 29mg


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño chile, seeded and minced
  • 1 Fresno or red jalapeño chile, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) shredded jack cheese
  • 2 canned chipotle chiles, chopped, plus 1 tbsp. sauce from can
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Tortilla chips


  1. 1. Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion, bell peppers, and fresh chiles, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add flour and stir until peppers are coated and flour is yellow, about 1 minute.
  2. 2. Add milk, stirring constantly until incorporated, then add 3/4 cup water, stirring constantly until thickened and hot (the mixture will look pasty at first).
  3. 3. Sprinkle in half the cheeses, stirring until melted and smooth. Repeat with remaining cheeses. Add chipotle chiles and their sauce and salt and mix until blended. Serve with tortilla chips.
  4. Make ahead: Up to 2 days, chilled. Bake at 400°, covered, stirring once, until warm and smooth, about 20 minutes.
  5. Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1/4-cup serving.
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