Cheesey Chorizo Caramelized Onion Dip Recipe

by heidi on September 27, 2012

Boys will be boys. And boys like football. And cheese. And sausage.

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My husband, like so many guys out there and quite a few ladies with a penchant for competition, is a big football fan.

He isn’t as nutty as some dudes out there who are obsessed with their Fantasy Football leagues or who lay down hard-earned cash on the spreads in Vegas. And you won’t find him sporting his favorite team’s football jersey other than on the occasional game day. But you will hear him yelling very naughty, naughty words at the T.V. when a bonehead referee makes a bad call—or at least a call against his team.

Yes my husband is a fan. But my dad…oh my dad. HE is THE fan. Over the years he’s been known to be somewhat obsessive with his viewing pleasures. 

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He isn’t the type of guy to buy season tickets for his alma mater or go to many pro games. No, his thing is watching it on T.V.—ALL WEEKEND LONG.

This is the man who on big game days, prior to cable and television remote controls—was there ever a time?—would move all three of the family television sets into his bedroom, stack one on top of the other, rotate rabbit ears this way and cock the other that way with as much determination to find the best possible reception as the shoulderpad wearing athletes he was hoping to see. He’d hibernate in there all weekend long, like a big brown bear in the dead of winter, emerging every few hours for potato chips or a diet pepsi.

Those are some of my favorite memories with my dad. I’d wander into the bedroom, hunker down on my mom’s side of the bed and me and my dad would watch football together. We’d talk a little bit, I’d do a crafty project here or there, but mostly we’d just be together, talkin’ two-point conversions and pass interception.

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Maybe that’s why I’m such a die-hard fan of Friday Night Lights.  Maybe Riggins might have a little something to do with that. I could slurp him up with a spoon. Cancelling the show is the dumbest move NBC has made in years.

But I digress. This weekend I’m going to be heading out of town to celebrate my mom’s 70 years young birthday—seriously, she looks like she’s maybe, oh, 50. I can only hope…

Dad has generously stepped aside from the birthday festivities to allow me, my sister and my two aunts to whisk our mama away for a decadent girl’s weekend in the sun, complete with amazing dinner plans, luxurious spa treatments and much needed girl bonding time to create new memories to last a lifetime.

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This recipe is for my husband and my dad, a thank you for holding down the forts while the girlies go out and woop it up on the town—oh yes, I’ve seen my mom woop it up more than once. The dip is the perfect snack for football. The perfect snack for kicking back and watching TV. The perfect snack anytime really. And what’s the penalty in that?

Cheesey Chorizo Caramelized Onion Dip

Serving Size: 2 cups

Cheesey Chorizo Caramelized Onion Dip

This cheesey dip has added depth thanks to caramelized onions and a touch of heat from chorizo sausage

Ingredients

2 cups onion, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
1/8 teaspoon thyme
½ chorizo sausage, about 6 ounces
8 ounce package of cream cheese
¼ cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup mozzarella cheese
¼ cup chopped chives or green onions
kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Remove chorizo from casing and cook in a medium skillet over medium high heat for about 10 minutes, chopping with spoon and stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  2. In another skillet, melt butter over medium heat and add onion. Add thyme, season with kosher salt and lower heat to medium-low and cook onion for about 20 minutes until onions become soft and caramelized.
  3. In a medium sized bowl add cream cheese and mayonnaise and mix well until smooth. Add mozzarella cheese, caramelized onions, green onions and mix well. Gently fold in chorizo. Pour into a 2 cup baking dish.
  4. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degree F for 12-15 minutes or until dip is golden and bubbly. Garnish with additional green onion and serve with baguette slices or tortilla chips.
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Kathryn September 27, 2012 at 2:21 am

My boyfriend can never ever read this post or he’ll get all sorts of ideas about moving multiple TVs into one room so he can watch different games at the same time. Also, he’ll get all sorts of ideas about me cooking game day snacks for him ;)

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Kevin (Closet Cooking) September 27, 2012 at 5:37 am

That is one tasty looking dip!

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Cassie September 27, 2012 at 8:04 am

I’m a big-time snack lover. And this is too good. These photos are gorgeous too, makes me wish I could have a bite through the screen!

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Bev @ Bev Cooks September 27, 2012 at 8:09 am

UUUUUUGGGHHHHH. I want to live inside your mouth.

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Karista @Karista's Kitchen September 27, 2012 at 9:01 am

Oh for pete’s sake Heidi!!! You never fail to make me so hungry and now I am absolutely going to have to make this. My husband will love you!

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Mother Omega September 27, 2012 at 9:06 am

Love when you talk about the folks!!! Beautiful post!

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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking September 27, 2012 at 9:18 am

This dip…. I don’t even know what to say! Amazing! I don’t even think that describes it acurately! I have two brothers, a dad, and my husband who sound like a good mix of your husbandf and dad when it comes to football. The story about stacking tvs is so funny! And all too relatable. Have so much fun on your girls trip. Happy birthday to your mom! I love whooping it up with my mama!

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Deborah September 27, 2012 at 10:17 am

I like football ok, but for me – it’s all about the food. And this, my friend, looks amazing!!!!

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Lori @ RecipeGirl September 27, 2012 at 10:41 am

What a cute Dad. My Dad was a football-watching fanatic too. Have fun whooping it up with the girls! And this dip… I’d die happy if I ate this first.

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Peter September 27, 2012 at 10:45 am

I’ve been thinking of ways to say “no’” to this rich dip but I can’t…must…try!

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Jenny (vintagesugarcube) September 27, 2012 at 11:17 am

Holy Heck! That dip? Swoooooooon. Have fun with your mum. :)

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Rachel Cooks September 27, 2012 at 11:40 am

Oh man. This looks sooooo amazing. Especially that first picture with the strings of cheese? Yes please!

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El Oso con Botas September 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Very very good recipe and amazing shots

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Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats September 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I’m dying right now….looking at this dip…..I could eat this for dinner.

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Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes September 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

OK now I am officially hungry! I love dips and this looks so enticing!

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thyme (sarah) September 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Perfect! Sports food at its finest!

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Jen @ Savory Simple September 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Anything with chorizo wins me over immediately!

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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel September 27, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Your photography is just plain gorgeous and this dip would be amazing for a small gathering.

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom September 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm

OMG! LOVE!!! Kill me now. . this looks so good!!

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Noble Pig - Cathy September 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I would watch football if I was having this…swoon.

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SIERA September 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Do you think this could be made a day ahead of time?

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heidi September 29, 2012 at 9:52 am

Hi there! This could absolutely be made ahead. Just bake before you’re ready to serve. I even added the leftovers to scrambled eggs and it was delish!

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Annalise September 27, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I am generally not a football fan, though FNL and Riggins have worn me down quite considerably. Except that anytime my husband watches football, I just want to put on FNL. Anyway…

This dip looks amazing! Seriously, amazing. Hope you have a great weekend with your mom. Woop it up!

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ren macatulad September 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm

looove everything in this recipe especially chorizo! can’t wait to try this..thanks for sharing your recipe!

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Jaclyn September 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Gorgeous photos! Perfect lighting too!

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Des September 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm

This dip looks down right amazing. I always make game day snacks for my husband because he too sits in front of the TV all day on Sunday and sometimes Saturday watching football. This will be the perfect dip to add to the rotation.

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Zee September 28, 2012 at 1:53 am

Awesome pictures! specially the first one.. Sounds like a great dip recipe to try on the weekend

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Annie September 28, 2012 at 11:48 am

This looks like….basically the best thing ever.

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Peter @Feed Your Soul September 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm

This looked so yummy I featured it in my Friday Five over at Feed Your Soul – http://chefpeterskitchen.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-friday-five.html Thx for sharing

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heidi September 29, 2012 at 9:21 am

Thanks for hating this with your readers Peter! Enjoy.

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danielle September 29, 2012 at 7:41 am

This looks amazing! I featured it today in my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post – stop by and see!

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heidi September 29, 2012 at 9:18 am

Thank you, I’ll come by!

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Ruth September 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm

My bf is OBSESSED with 3 consumptions; cheese, chorizo and red wine. I’m going to serve this, with a large glass of S. African red, and I think I might just bag myself a fiancé.

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kelley {mountain mama cooks} October 2, 2012 at 7:35 am

Foodie Crush was the highlight of my google reader this morning. Cookies, pickles and now this? I need to come to your house for a lunch party, I’m sure of it.

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heidi October 3, 2012 at 11:29 am

You know I will cook with you anytime friend!

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Carlo/Carlo At Your Service Productions October 4, 2012 at 12:14 am

I just had to Google+ this recipe out to all of my food lover/food porn-ish friends. What I like about it is, it sounds incredibly fast and easy to make. And you’re right, perfect Super Bowl appetizer food.

Thanks for sharing this recipe. It’s a definite “must make” for my next party!

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Mindy October 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Stupid question. You say:”½ chorizo sausage” Half of what? How big is the sausage? I don’t cook with it much, so I’m not familiar. Looks wonderful! Can’t wait to try it!!

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heidi October 9, 2012 at 9:48 am

I’ve amended the recipe, thanks for your note! It’s about 6 ounces of chorizo sausage.

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Bonnie October 19, 2012 at 11:17 am

Sounds yummy! What temperature do you bake it at?

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Melissa October 19, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Tried it tonight, yum! But I too was wondering what temperature? Tried 350, but mine didn’t turn out very golden. Tasty though. :)

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stephanie October 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm

OMG, that first photo = ah-mazing.

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jalynne November 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I made it with soy chorizo, and it was wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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Lyndee December 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Made this in a small crockpot yesterday and everyone loved it! First cooked the chorizo and onions, then mixed all together. SO Tastey!

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heidi December 4, 2012 at 10:06 am

What a great idea, I think I’ll give that a try too for ultimate gooeyness. Thanks for the tip!

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Pauline December 29, 2012 at 6:50 am

I’m so copying this! Thanks for sharing!

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HillyRu December 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I apologize if I missed it, but at what temperature are you supposed to bake it at?

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Heather March 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Fantastic! Few questions about details
Which mayo do you use: Miracle Whip or Hellmann’s?
Ground thyme or flakes? 1/3 cup grated cheese or 3oz
Thanks!

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heidi March 26, 2013 at 9:48 am

I use Hellman’s or Best Foods; thyme plakes and grated cheese :) Enjoy!

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Michelle December 6, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I literally cannot look away from this dip on my computer screen. It’s the epitome of food porn. Can’t wait to try it.

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Libby February 24, 2014 at 12:03 pm

This looks delicious and I’m looking forward to trying it. What kind of chorizo do you use? Mexican, Basque, Spanish, etc.? While reading the recipe, I pictured it with Mexican beef or pork chorizo, the soft, brownish maroon stuff that exudes LOTS of grease to be drained.

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heidi February 26, 2014 at 12:16 am

I use the Mexican chorizo, not in the casings.

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