Loaded Cowboy Queso

Total Time: Prep Time: 15 min. Cook Time: 15 min.,Makes: 24 servings (6 cups)

Loaded Cowboy Queso is the ultimate football dip! This easy appetizer loaded with cheese, beer, black beans, tomatoes and sausage is our family’s favorite tailgating recipe. I often serve it with homemade tortilla chips sprinkled with taco seasoning. —Becky Hardin, St. Peters, Missouri


  • 1/2 pound bulk spicy pork sausage
  • 1 cup pale ale or other light beer
  • 1 package (16 ounces) Velveeta, cubed
  • 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chiles, undrained
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • Optional: jalapenos and tortilla or corn chips


  1. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink, about 5 minutes, crumbling meat. Add beer, cook until reduced slightly, 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add Velveeta, pepper jack cheese and seasonings; stir occasionally until melted. When melted, stir in tomatoes, beans, and cilantro.
  2. If desired, garnish with jalapenos and additional cilantro and serve with tortilla or corn chips.


1/4 cup: 110 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 461mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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