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Nacho Cheese Sauce

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1 (6 pounds, 11 ounce) can of cheese sauce + 3 cups water = 60 (1/4 cup) servings

 

Serving Size

How much nachos your guests eat will depend on a lot of factors, such as:

  • Percentage of your guests who are men, young men or boys (or me)
  • Amount of other food you have
  • Temperature of the event (if it’s a hot venue they will eat less)
  • In general, a typical serving size of queso dip is 3 tablespoons (2 1/4 ounces of queso), which is about 1/4 cup or 1 ladle-full.

 

How to Prepare

  • Even heated, the sauce straight out of the can is far too thick to eat, let alone serve effectively.  You’ll need to thin the sauce down with 3 cups (24 ounces) of water.  This will give you 60 (1/4 cup) servings.  NOTE: The instructions on the can indicate that you can thin it down with up to 32 ounces of  water plus 20 ounces of pepper juice.  Don’t.  Doing that would make it way too thin.  You could get away with 4 cups (32 ounces) of water if you want to stretch it a bit further, but that’s the most I would add.
  • As an alternative to the 3 cups of water, you can add 20 ounces of water and 52 ounces of picante sauce.  This will give you about 80 (1/4 cup) servings.

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Beef Enchilada Dip

Serves: 75

Serving size: 1/4 cup (1 ladle-full)

Ingredients

                  1 (6 pound, 11 ounce) can Condensed Cheddar Cheese Sauce

                  1 lb ground beef

                  1 large onion, diced  (about 2 cups)

                  4 cloves garlic, minced

                  2 (10 oz) cans Old El Paso red enchilada sauce

Instructions

In a large skillet (12-inch), brown the beef and onion. Add the garlic and cook for about a minute. Drain the accumulated oil from the meat.

Add the enchilada sauce to the meat and stir until combined. Bring mixture up to medium-high heat till bubbling. Turn off heat.

Meanwhile, put the cheese sauce in a very large microwave safe bowl. Thin sauce with 3 cups (24 ounces) of water.  Heat cheese in microwave for 2 minutes.  Stir, and continue heating in 1 minute increments, stirring after each minute, until hot.

Stir in the hamburger and enchilada sauce mixture to the cheese.

MAKE AHEAD NOTE:  Can be made to this point up to an hour prior to serving.  Hold in a slow cooker on Low setting.  Stirring occasionally.

Serve with tortilla chips for dipping.

 

Chips

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  • A typical serving size is 1 ounce (7-8 chips).
  • On average if you’re feeding 100 people for a dance or party, get 4 (28 ounce) bags of chips if you have other refreshments in addition to dip and chips.   If dips and chips are all you’re serving, then get 5 (28 ounce) bags of chips for 100 people.

 

Dip

  • Dip Serving Size = 2 Tablespoons
  • 12 Servings = 1 1/2 cups Dip
  • 24 Servings = 3 cups Dip
  • 48 Servings = 1 1/2 quart Dip

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