Caramelized Chorizo Dip

Now that my beloved Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup, my sports focus is once again on the NFL and waiting for the Bears season (and Fantasy Football) to start.  Something about football reminds me of appetizers and snacks that are filling for the duration of the game.  While there are still a few months until the Monsters of the Midway take the field again, I thought I’d bring you an idea for an easy, delicious dip that will score a touchdown with all of your family and friends.

I began by gathering my ingredients and pre-heating the oven to 350°F.

First I sliced the yellow onion in half lengthwise and then made thin half-moon slices from each half.  Although this looks like a giant pile of onions, they will shrink significantly during the caramelization process.

Next I thinly sliced the tops of green onions while I softened the cream cheese in the microwave for 30 seconds.  I added the green onions, shredded mozzarella and mayonnaise to the cream cheese, sprinkled some salt and pepper, and set them aside.

The fresh chorizo comes in a casing that you’ll want to remove before cooking.  I sliced the backs of the sausages with a sharp knife and removed the casing with my hands.

Over medium heat I sauteed the chorizo until it was crumbled and cooked through.  I let the chorizo cool slightly before adding it to the mixing bowl and setting it aside.

Over low heat I melted the butter in another pan before adding the onion slices.  It is a “low and slow” process to caramelize onions; these took 40 minutes to cook until fully caramelized.  Do not rush the process!

I added the onions to the sausage and stirred all the ingredients together until fully combined.  I sprayed a baking dish with non-stick spray, added the dip to the dish and baked for 15 minutes until golden brown on top.  That’s it!  Caramelizing the onions is the longest part of this recipe, but the flavor they bring to the dip is worth the wait in my opinion.  This would be delicious served with celery or cucumbers and leftovers would even be great inside an omelette.  What are your favorite game day snacks?  Let me know in the comments below!

Caramelized Chorizo Dip

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 10

Serving Size: 1

Caramelized Chorizo Dip


  • 16oz fresh chorizo
  • 8oz cream cheese
  • 1/2c mayonnaise
  • 1tblsp butter
  • 1c yellow onion, sliced
  • 1/2c green onions, diced
  • 1c shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Pre-heat the oven 350°F.
  2. Slice the yellow onions in half-moon shapes by cutting the onion in half lengthwise and then in thin slices; set aside.
  3. Thinly dice the green onions tops.
  4. Soften the cream cheese in the microwave for 30 seconds. Add mayonnaise, shredded mozzarella, green onions, salt and pepper to the cream cheese; set aside.
  5. Remove the casings from the fresh chorizo; saute over medium heat until cooked through and crumbled.
  6. Add the butter to a separate pan and melt over low heat. Cook the onions until dark brown and caramelized.
  7. Add the chorizo and onions to the mixing bowl with cream cheese; stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  8. Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray, add the dip mixture and bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.

Nutrtional Information

Per serving: 346 calories, 3g total carbs, 3g net carbs, 30g fat, 13g protein (Note: Please remember these numbers are based on the brands I used and may vary slightly with other brands.)

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