Hot Chorizo and Cheese Dip


*Note: if you aren't familiar with chorizo, it is a pork sausage that is usually cured and requires cooking prior to eating. The outer casing is easily (and should be!) removed prior to cooking. Chorizo is usually located by the other sausage-type meats in the meat section of the grocery store and it can range from mild to spicy so choose the flavor that suits your taste buds best! In a pinch, I'm guessing that another spicy-ish pork sausage would work in place of the chorizo.

*Makes about 3-4 cups

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 cup minced yellow onion

8 ounces chorizo, casings removed and diced

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups milk

8 ounce cream cheese, softened

1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) medium cheddar cheese, grated

1 small can diced green chiles

1/2 teaspoon salt

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add the diced chorizo and cook, breaking up the chorizo into smaller pieces if you like, until it is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Pour off all but one tablespoon of fat from the pan. Add the flour and stirring constantly, cook for 1-2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the milk and combine well. Cook over medium heat until the sauce is thick, about 4 minutes. Add the cream cheese to the pot in tablespoon-size pieces and stir to combine as the cream cheese melts. Reduce the heat to low and add the cheese 1/4 cup at a time, stirring until each addition is melted before adding more. Stir in the green chiles and the salt.

Serve warm in a bread bowl or with tortilla chips.