I have a major hankering for some El Azteco cheese dip. “El Az” (as us old school Michigan heads or El Azteco employees affectingly call it) is one of those Mexican restaurants that people either hate or love. I love it. I miss it all the time. Even back in the day I would get overwhelming cravings for it. I would need to get an El Az fix so badly that I would skip high school to get my cheese dip, chips and salsa, topopo salad, enchilada, or burrito on. Here is a pic of the topopo salad…
Even back then I was a “foodie” and Mexican food fanatic who would go to great lengths to get my cravings sorted. I also made/tried a lot of Mexican food with the Benavides family (they were neighbors and my babysitters) which definitely shaped my palette and probably has a lot to do with my constant craving for authentic Mexican. That’s another post for another time. And I want to give a major caveat here. I do “get ” and appreciate authentic Mexican food but this cheese dip is not an authentic Mexican dish. However, it is the authentic El Az recipe. People who move away from Michigan spend a life time yearning for it. The cult like following is deserved. The cheese dip is uber tasty and goes great with refried beans or salsa and chips. So, without further adieu… the coveted secret recipe for El Azteco Cheese Dip.
El Azteco Cheese Dip
1 to 2 small fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced fine
1/2 lb grated (not shredded) Muenster cheese
1 Cup sour cream
1 Cup cottage cheese
1 Bunch scallions, chopped
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
Sift the powder of 1 pkg of Liptons Onion Soup mix, and add 1 tablespoon of this powder
*pinch of cumin
* 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
Mix it up in bowl and let it sit in the fridge overnight. Serve cold or room temperature. Odds are the mixture will probably not make it until the next day if you’re a deprived cheese dip addict. You will gobble it up like the addict that you are. Try and wait it out though. It will taste even more like the real thing the next day.
* These add ins are optional. Supposedly it’s not in the recipe they use in the restaurant. Yet, it seems to taste more like the real thing with the cumin and garlic powder.