Snowy Chili Cheese Dip

This Snowy Chili Cheese Dip is such an easy appetizer! Stir together some cottage cheese, salsa, avocado, green chilies, more Mexican fixins, scoop it up with some Fritos and you are on your way to couch potato heaven. 

Snowy Chili Cheese Dip from The Food Charlatan

Last week I was complaining to Eric because I hurt my back doing yoga. (I know. I’m like 28 going on 75. Pathetic.) I’ve never really hurt my back before, so I had a lot of complaining-ground to cover. “Eric, I can’t sit.” “Eric, I can’t stand.” “Eric, it really hurts, why does it hurt so bad??”

Then I apologized for being a big fat whiner, and he said, “You’re not fat.”


Snowy Chili Cheese Dip from The Food Charlatan

Snowy Chili Cheese Dip from The Food Charlatan

Although really I should have done better. Eric and I saw these short comics about saying what you really mean several weeks ago and we are trying to implement them. (And when I say we, I mostly mean me.)

I say sorry all the time when what I really mean is, “make me feel better by telling me it’s okay.” It’s a terrible habit. Here’s to saying “Thanks for listening!” more often. Do you guys say sorry too much? Am I the only one?

Snowy Chili Cheese Dip from The Food Charlatan

So who’s watching the Super Bowl this weekend? Need food ideas? This is the easiest dip ever and extremely dangerous because I can throw down an entire batch single handedly. Okay maybe not the whole batch, but I have some pretty close. I don’t think I ever really appreciated cottage cheese before discovering this dip.

Snowy Chili Cheese Dip from The Food CharlatanOne of the best parts about it (besides how EASY it is) is that it’s so adaptable. Don’t have tomatoes? Throw in more salsa. Don’t have cilantro (or don’t like it?) Leave it out. This dip can be as simple or as elaborate as you want it to be. You can even use regular tortilla chips if you want, but personally I think Fritos are best. They just have the best corny flavor!

For Christmas this year we decided that instead of making a huge meal we would munch on a ton of appetizers all day. (We always do a big Swedish Christmas eve anyway. It was nice because we got to spend Christmas day hanging out instead of peeling more potatoes. I’m a fan.)

Snowy Chili Cheese Dip from The Food Charlatan

My sister-in-law Britta made this dip as her contribution. You know how there’s always that ONE dish that disappears before everything else? This one beat all the other appetizers that night. There was only a tiny bit left at the end of the night. The next day Eric and his dad and I huddled in a corner and scarfed it while no one was looking. We got in trouble for not sharing…oops. So I made another big double batch. It’s THAT kind of recipe.

January is so last season, guys! It’s time to eat our weight in cheesy dip!

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Snowy Chili Cheese Dip

Yield: Serves 10. Or maybe just 2.

Recipe from my sister-in-law Britta


  • 1 pound container of cottage cheese (any fat content you like)
  • 1 (4- or 7-ounce) can diced green chiles, slightly drained
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 (or 2!) avocados, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • Optional:
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • sliced or chopped jalapenos
  • green onions, chopped
  • fresh lime juice
  • 1 to 2 (9 ounce) packages Fritos (the scoop kind)


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine cottage cheese, green chilies, chopped tomato, salsa, avocado, salt, chili powder, and a dash of cayenne pepper. (You can drain the green chilies all the way if you want. I usually just open the can and use the lid to strain out the liquid right at the top.)
  2. Stir in the cilantro, jalapenos, green onions, and a few squeezes of fresh lime juice. These are all optional ingredients.
  3. Serve in a bowl with Frito scoops for dipping!
  4. Refrigerate leftovers.


Fritos come in pretty small bags, like 9 ounces. Depending on how heavy of a dipper you are, you may need 2 bags.

Here are some more ideas for Super Bowl grub! 

Easy Rotisserie Chicken Nachos << dinner? appetizer? YES!

Easy Rotisserie Chicken Nachos from The Food Charlatan

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip << this is a personal fav. It is super easy and soooooo addictive. Plus it’s got chicken so it’s basically dinner.

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip from The Food Charlatan

Hot Pizza Dip << this one WINS. Every time. Made in the microwave. BOOM.

Hot Pizza Dip from

Mozzarella-Stuffed Soft Pretzels << these are like pretzel dogs, minus the dog, PLUS CHEESE. And mustard. Win.

Mozzarella-Stuffed Soft Pretzels from The Food Charlatan

Pimiento Cheese Dip << Another dip that I could literally eat all day long.

Pimiento Cheese Dip from The Food Charlatan

More dips from blog-land!

Baked White Bean and Artichoke Dip from Snixy Kitchen << this one looks so good.
Southwest Dip (Wild West Dip) from Yummy Healthy Easy
Queso Blanco Dip with Chorizo from Will Cook for Smiles





  1. says

    Don’t feel bad that you hurt your back doing yoga. I hurt my knee going into a pose that I probably should have eased into a little bit first. Oops!
    I love cottage cheese based dips. My mom used to always make one when I was a kid. This looks so unique and tempting!

    • says

      No, knee injuries are the worst! Is it feeling better now?

      I hardly ever eat cottage cheese, in anything. I don’t know why! It’s so good! What is your mom’s recipe Amanda? Is it on your blog?

      • says

        My knee is feeling a lot better, but every once in a while if I overdo it I can tell. My doctor told me I just have to be easy on it. Apparently my right leg has more of a curve than normal, which I guess can make you prone to knee pain.
        My mom’s recipe isn’t in my blog. It should be. It’s so ridiculously easy! You know that French onion dip at grocery stores? She always used spices from her pantry to mimic that flavor, but she used cottage cheese as the base. I remember dunking chips in it and having it alongside BLTs when I was a kid. 🙂

    • says

      It’s such a bad habit Jen!! I’m trying to be better at being confident and saying what I mean instead of making other people feel like they need to validate me. It’s hard!! haha. Thanks for stopping by Jen!!

  2. says

    Oh no, poor Karen! I hope you feel better soon. This dip looks amazing, though! I can just imagine plowing though this in the length of a game. (ahem, or less) Also, spot-on choice of dipping implement. Big scoop fritos are my favorite chip.

    Thanks for sharing those sorry comics!
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  3. Misty says

    I’ll make you feel less old. I had a cold/flu last week and coughed so hard that my back has been out for almost another week!
    I say sorry all the time but only for little things like if I bumped into you, or even a table on occasion. But if it’s something big, I have way too much pride. I’m sort of a jerk. Anyway wish we were down there for super bowl this year, we will be all alone so no real excuse to make a bunch of fun foods. :/
    Give all my family (including yourself) big hugs for me. Tickle Wesley for me. :)

  4. says

    Haha.. I say sorry too much too. But then again, that is the stereotypical Canadian, eh? One of my friends went to Denmark and said “people there seem so rude. When I walked into them, they didn’t say sorry!” Which is ridiculous how we seem to expect both parties to say sorry :p
    This dip looks amazing! I can go for a cheesy dip any time :)
    Hope your back feels better soon!
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