Kick Off Chili Cheese Dip

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By Jamie and Bobby Deen

If y’all know anything about us, you know we love Georgia football. Heck, we love all football…we’ve even been known to watch a powder puff game or two back in the day. One of the best things about college football season is tailgating! There’s something about hanging out in a parking lot with your friends and eating food out of plastic containers or fresh off the grill that makes us both say YUM! Maybe it’s more of a guy thing, but it’s definitely a sure thing for the best Saturday afternoon in the fall!

We’re happy to share another of our many tailgating recipes found in this issue of our magazine, The Deen Bros. Good Cooking. It’s packed with recipes and tips for making your football season a winner! Go Dawgs!

Kickoff Chili Cheese Dip
Makes 12 to 15 servings

2 (15-ounce) cans turkey chili without beans
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, drained
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon ancho chile powder*
Large corn chips

1 In medium saucepan, combine chili, cream cheese, and diced tomatoes. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until combined. Stir in shredded Cheddar cheese and chile powder; cook, stirring frequently, until cheese is melted. Serve hot with FritosĀ® scoops.

More Great Tailgating Recipes
End Zone Egg Rolls with Sour Cream Salsa Verde
Grilled Cheesy Olive Bread
Bobby’s Pickled Shrimp
Mini Pork Sandwiches
Naked Buffalo Wings
Fig Balsamic Pork Tenderloin Sliders
Lightening Fast White Bean Dip
Hot and Spicy Refried Bean Dip

Look for more tailgating recipes at
Read Jamie’s take on the best season of the year…TAILGATING SEASON.

*We used McCormick ancho chile powder and FritosĀ® scoops.

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Paula, I baked one of your pound cakes and it was simply delicious. I am about to bake your cream cheese pound cake. thank you for the recipe

By evelyn wooten on February 02, 2014


We called this "poor college boys" dip

By Sandra Moore on January 25, 2014


We love you Paula - those hippocrates in their ivory towers have no idea of what real people think - we love you!!

By Barbara Rubin on September 07, 2013


Love your dip.Where did you get the little plastic containers you served the dip in.Hope to see you back on TV soon Sarah

By sarah gabor on September 07, 2013


Hope to see you back on TV real soon I like watching you & I am so sorry what the media has done to you. Hang in there & it will be ok You'll be back better than ever.

By sandy price on August 06, 2013


Wanted to know how you lost your weight? & do you have any good receipes for healthy granola ?

By sandy price on August 06, 2013


Love all ure recipes

By kzathy licke605 york ln leesburg va 20175 on September 01, 2012


This was some of the best cheese dip I have ever eaten!!! I think next time I will cut back on the amount of cheddar cheese to maybe 1 1/2 cups....delicious!!! This works for any tailgate or snack!!! Will definitly make again!!!

By kelly213 on February 05, 2012


Hi Paula, Thanks for being you and for showing us "fun cooking"...not everyday food but special times call for special food. Please hang in there with the diabetes. I would not have blamed you if you never told anyone...they are so inconsiderate to give you flack like they are now. I realize that when you were the bag lady, you had to make food tastier in order to have business to support your family...! We don't eat like it is Thanksgiving every day or anything else. Us uncritical people know that and we love you. Just hearing your voice is soothing to me and my blood pressure and takes away stress...! That is why I re-run your shows and just listen a lot of the time. love ya'...Marilyn Walsh

By Marilyn Walsh on February 01, 2012


Never heard of Turkey Chili in a can. Who makes this? Sounds delicious!

By Jane Moore on February 01, 2012


I love you all. Can't get enought of you. Watch you shows every chance I get. Would love to come down and try your places out. I work all the time and need to get away to your places. Bubba also. Haven't been on Vacation for 10 years. You will be my next stop.

By Dennis M. Gray on January 31, 2012


I feel terrible that "Some" people are jumping on you about having Diabetes for all these years and not telling.... It's no ones business...and shouldn't matter...People cook what they want ...and it wouldn't have made a difference if they new years ago about your health...they still would have made your receipes ..because they are good....and if they can't be their own judge about what they eat...why blame you.....We all have a choise.....Use moderation..and you can eat anything....Please keep up the great work that you and your Boy's are doing...don't let a few upset you...there are people that just like to complain...and are jealous.....Good for you...Looking forward to many more good receipes....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Irene Keith on January 31, 2012


I made this recipe for a Superbowl Party. It was not good! Too much cream cheese! But, I still love Paula Deen.

By Candace on February 07, 2011

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
Carol Bryant in Love at Last on August 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm