Author Notes: This was the snack my children always called for (and didn’t always clearly enunciate). It’s based loosely on a dip served at a pseudo-Mexican (it wasn’t even TexMex, but the cheese dip remains iconic in my memory) restaurant in town. Some version of this dip, generally known just as Ro-Tel after the key ingredient, is served at 90 percent of the casual parties in the American South, particularly if said parties involve teen-agers. But it’s a tasty and enjoyable dip, and has a way of continuing to appear on the chip in your hand long after you thought you’d quit eating it. —Kayb
pounds Velveeta processed cheese
can Ro-Tel diced tomatos with green chiles
teaspoon garlic powder
- In food processor, blend RoTel with 1/2 can of tap water.
- Cut Velveeta up in 2-inch or so chunks and feed through tube a few at a time while processor is running.
- If necessary, add a little water to get to the consistency you want. If you want a more substantial dish, you can add a pound of browned hamburger or sausage.
- Serve with tortilla chips of your choice.