Sunday, January 10, 2010

New Year's Eve-ie Series: Ugly Dip

And last but not least in the New Year's Eve-ie Series, is the Ugly Dip. Rightfully named, I think, as it's a hodge-podge of gound beef, gooey cheese, salsa, and soup all mixed into a delightfully messy concoction.

I also got this recipe from a nurse from work a couple months back. And yes, this is actually like the 5th time I've made this, I just keep forgetting to take pictures. It's not easy to try and make something look half way appetizing that has Ugly in it's name to begin with. So don't discriminate just because it's not pretty... this is usually always one of the first things gone when I make it.

Ugly Dip
From: Christina Strueve

1 - 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
12 ounces Velveeta cheese
1/2 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 jar salsa

In a large saucepan over medium high heat, brown and crumble ground beef, drain fat.

Lower the heat to medium and add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan. Allow the cheese to melt, stirring occasionally.

Serve with tortilla chips.

Serves: 12 (about 2 tbsp per serving)

My mom was in absolute shock this year when an hour to two before dinner she asked what all we needed to do to get started on dinner, and we told her nothing really could be made ahead and it all took about 5-10 minutes to throw together. (We had already thrown the kielbasa in the crockpot and had started draining the cucumber and yogurt for the tzatziki at this point.) She really didn't know what to do with herself. So she frosted my sister's cake for me. :)

Honestly though, this was one of the easiest and quickest New Year's Eve-ie meals we've ever thrown together. Each appetizer/dip only took maybe 10 minutes max of work time, although a few had some considerable rest time involved as well. I highly recommend trying this style of eating next time you have a special occasion or get-together!

Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 172Calories from fat 84
% Daily Value
Total Fat 9.3g14%
Saturated Fat 5.2g26%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 659mg27%
Total Carbs 5.0g2%
Sugars 3.1g
Protein 16.6g
Vitamin A 8%Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 14%Iron 9%


  1. Thank you so much for this recipe and the photos. I had tried and loved this somewhere years ago and it just came to me. So I googled and found your perfect post! I have to bring the snack for 30 jr. high and high school kids at church tomorrow night and needed something I could make a few hours ahead and heat in the microwave once there. It was also nice checking out your blog : ) Please visit mine sometime!!

  2. what kind of salsa did you use??

  3. @Anonymous I can't remember exactly, but it was a typical store-bought one such as Chi-Chi's or Tostitos, 16 oz. I believe. Just use whatever level of heat you're comfortable with.

  4. That is bulls**t...I'm sorry, but I've been eating ugly dip for years, and someone has changed the original recipe for it.

    The original recipe:
    2 lbs Velveeta
    1 lbs Johnsonville Sausage
    2 cans of Hormel Chili without beans

    Brown Sausage until cripsy, add velveeta, chili and sausage to crockpot and cook until the cheese and chili mix evenly



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