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Southwest Fondue With Beef

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 10 mins
Yield Makes about 7 cups
This Southwest version of fondue combines ground beef, two types of cheese, tomatoes, and cilantro, and is ready in no time.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (16-oz.) package pepper-Jack pasteurized prepared cheese product, cubed
  • 1 pound processed or deli white American cheese slices, torn
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 to 3 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Garnish: chopped tomato
  • Assorted dippers: toasted bread cubes, corn chips, pretzels, thin breadsticks, pita chips

How to Make It

  1. Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 8 to 10 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink; drain.

  2. Combine pepper-Jack cheese product, American cheese, and milk in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 8 minutes or until cheese is melted, stirring every 2 minutes. Stir in ground beef, tomatoes, and cilantro. Garnish, if desired. Serve with desired dippers.

  3. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Velveeta Pepper Jack for pasteurized prepared cheese product.