NaCHO Cheese Dip

It’s not dessert, but oh you guys, do I have a good one for you!

Yesterday, I hit the jackpot big.  No, I wasn’t at the casino.  I’ve actually never gambled at a casino or bought a lottery ticket, for the record.  I hit a different jackpot — the Super Bowl delicious recipe jackpot! 😉

With the big game this weekend, I’ve been doing a little recipe brainstorming, trying to think of a simple, delicious, and (semi) nutritious game-time snack.  Because I don’t know about you, but the Super Bowl is all about food, fun commercials and half time shows.  Those guys just run up and down the field in-between to kill time while we prep more food. 🙂

Anyway, these days, when I’m making something that I want to meet those (simple, delicious, nutritious) criteria, Chobani Greek yogurt usually ends up in the recipe.  It’s low in fat and packed with protein, yet its thick, creamy texture allows it to hold up in quite a few dishes that are traditionally unhealthy.

Since it’s Syracuse basketball season, my mind instantly turns to nachos when I think of game-time snacks.  Walk into the Carrier Dome on any given (game) day and I’m pretty sure you’ll see upwards of 30,000 fans dipping tortilla chips in nacho cheese sauce.  But it’s *that* nacho cheese… the processed, I-have-no-idea-what’s-in-this-and-please-don’t-tell-me, nacho cheese.

Chobani, to the rescue!  No, really…

I had a good feeling I might be able to make some sort of nacho cheese dip/sauce using Greek yogurt, but I had no idea just how good it would be.  I was worried it would taste a little, well, yogurty.  Oh no no, the cheese shines here, and the yogurt sneakily assists!  Assists win games, you guys!

…plus, it’s more fun to tell people you’ve made naCHO’s. 😉

Parmesan cheese and assorted spices definitely give this cheesy dip an extra little kick.   My family tends to be a bit more on the mild side of the spice/heat scale, so the recipe as I’ve written it will lend you a fairly mild dip.  Oh, I also used a full-fat cheddar cheese.  But this is a fairly forgiving recipe, so you can play around with spices, cheese types, add-ins, etc., to get it to your liking.

Happy Super Bowl snacking! 🙂

[print_this]NaCHO Cheese Dip

Thick and creamy nacho cheese dip made with Greek yogurt.  Add extra spices or diced tomatoes to make it your own!  

Makes 2 cups

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces plain Greek yogurt (you know I love my CHO)
  • 8 ounces mild cheddar cheese, shredded or cubed
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • Dash of cayenne
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat.  Stir in the flour, using a wire whisk to stir until smooth.  Add the yogurt; stir until smooth.  Add the remaining ingredients; stir constantly until cheese is completely melted and smooth.

Serve warm with tortilla chips and/or fresh vegetables.  (you can keep it on the stove on very low heat, or put it in a crock pot on warm, until serving).

Nutrition stats per 2 tablespoons: 90 calories, 6g fat (4g sat), 130 mg sodium, 1g sugar, 6g protein[/print_this]

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37 thoughts on “NaCHO Cheese Dip”

    1. Yes, I think you will like it, Kelly! Just go easy on adding the spices until you get it to the right level – I know you’ve got a picky palate 😉

      1. Oh, good to know about the spices! It is sometimes hard for me to make things that I like and others like too because of my pickiness……maybe I’ll split it before I add the spices and make a spicy and non-spicy batch? Would that work?

      2. Yes, definitely! Or just shake a little spice, stir & taste as it cooks. Either way works 🙂 Let me know if you make it!

  1. I stumbled upon this recipe and I am so glad I did. I love cheese dip but I can’t bring myself to buy the processed cheese!! Thanks for your recipe it looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it out!

  2. I was just sitting here a few minutes ago watching my husband inhale a cup of Chobani yogurt – it’s his favorite, too – and I just read him this recipe. Yep, we’re making this!

  3. Just went to the store and bought everything I needed to pull this recipe together for the Super Bowl. Thinking with the butter I bought, I’ll probably HAVE TO make some of the cookies w/ ice cream that you posted since. I mean, can’t just let the butter sit around, RIGHT?????

    1. Definitely, definitely can’t just let butter sit around, especially on Super Bowl Sunday! You’ve got my blessing to make the cookies, too.

    1. I’m a weekend blog catcher-upper too 😉 Weekdays are too crazy! And you’d love this nacho cheese dip, so tasty and not quite so much guilt.

  4. Just found you on Pinterest and I can already tell you are my kind of girl! Love all the same things as you 🙂

    This dip looks amazing, love that you used CHO!!! 🙂

    1. Glad you found me! Pinterest is awesome for that, right?!

      I can’t stop using Greek yogurt in recipes lately, I have a problem! 🙂

  5. I made this last night to take to a friend’s house. It was phenomenal! I couldn’t get enough of it. It’s got a nostalgic flavor/texture for me that reminds me of one of my Grandma’s favorite Mexican restaurants that has since closed down. I’ll be making this (too) often. Thanks for posting!

    1. Hi Mandy, thanks so much for your review! I love the cheese dip’s flavor — it’s so tasty without all the guilt, right?!

  6. Mmmmm….. cannot wait to try this! I made some CHO dips for last Super Bowl myself, but haven’t tried to do a cheese version, this is on my to do list for this week! Thanks for sharing this and what a fabulous idea!

  7. I made this dip and I absolutely loved it. I didn’t have any greek yogurt so I just substituted it with sour cream. Amazing. Everyone loved it. Thank you for this recipe. Definitely making this recipe again. Once again, thank you.

    1. Thank you for letting me know you liked the dip, Jessica! I can imagine it’d be just as good with sour cream as with greek yogurt.

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