One of our all-time favorite dips around here is what we call the Texas Two Step dip. It only requires two ingredients, and two steps to make! Not only is it super easy, but it packs a lot of great flavor.
Even better, you can easily adjust the quantity depending on how many people you need to feed! To make this two step dip, simple set out blocks of cream cheese for about 20 minutes on the counter until slightly softened.
If you don’t want to make so much, just set out one block of cream cheese and you can always make more if it disappears to quickly.
Once the cream cheese is slightly softened, add in your favorite picante sauce. While we have a favorite local brand and we like “hot”, it might be safer to start with a name brand like Pace. I would also start with a medium, as you can always add more in if the dip is too mild.
After mixing together, you can taste for flavor and heat. If I am using medium, I like the ratio of 8 oz of cream cheese to 16 oz of Picante, and for hot I like using equal amounts of salsa and cream cheese. Eat as is, or let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour to let the flavors meld and to firm back up a bit. I do have family members though that prefer it on the softer side and don’t want to wait!!
Serve it up with the chip of your choice – I like to use tortilla chips, corn chips, or even fry up corn tortillas and sprinkle them with a bit of salt. It’s also great with carrots!
And, I like serving up individual containers so everyone can swap out chips and veggies and for portion control!