In the Kitchen: Copycat 54th Street Gringo Dip

One of my favorite appetizers here in Kansas City is 54th Street’s Gringo Dip – a white cheese dip loaded with veggies and spice. They serve it with chips or waffle fries and it’s so good that when my sister comes to visit, we have to go eat there at least twice.

I’ve been wanting to make it at home for awhile, but never got around to it until the other day when my husband begged me to.

I peeked around the Internet for awhile and found a couple of efforts to replicate the dip, with one sit actually claiming to have the “recipe from the corporate cookbook.”

Haha, yeah. Right.

None of them were exactly what I was envisioned, mostly because they had too many ingredients or were too complicated in prep.

Anyway, this is my version. It’s not authentic, of course, but close, real close. It makes a lot bigger serving that you’d get at the restaurant, so it’s perfect for the upcoming football season. It requires almost no prep, since you buy everything prepackaged. Also, it has veggies. Sneaky, sneaky.

Gringo-ish Dip

1 lb Velveeta Queso Blanco, cubed
1 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
½ cup shredded parmesan
16 oz container pico de gallo
1 cup milk
1 tsp cayenne
10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

In a saucepan, warm the cheeses, pico, milk and cayenne. Stir well until completely melted.

Add the spinach, taking care to separate the leaves.

Serve with chips, on nachos, or with waffle fries.

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39 thoughts on “In the Kitchen: Copycat 54th Street Gringo Dip

  1. Haha, I love the spinach-cheese tag! This looks so yummy. And spicy! I really must try it, at the restaurant at least. Or, come to your house for a “football game”.

    1. Football Sundays are a big deal here! We go to church, then come home and eat a huge lunch and veg out in front of the tube. P and I play Fantasy Football, so we actually pay attention to stuff better that way. 🙂 You guys will have to join us for a few!

      1. Dip looks good, though can’t remember the last time we had a cheese dip since we have a dairy free kidlet. But, give the kid salsa as a delivery system for a chip and he’s all good!

        We play Fantasy Football here too. I play one team with Hubs and last season also played another team on my own. This year I’m also joining another league with my best friend, so between those teams and the actual ones (Go Seahawks! …even if they did sign T.O. – groan!), there’s a whole lotta football to watch coming up very soon! What team are you cheering on?

        1. I’m sort of stuck rooting for the Chiefs and all. There was one year that they didn’t suck, and it was a lot of fun. But most years it’s just sad. I get annoyed by people who root for the same sucky team every year and then get mad and call others “fair weather fans.” Dude, why would I root for a team that consistently sucks? That’s insane. So, in conclusion, I’m totally a fair weather fan. If the Chiefs don’t biff it, I’ll wear red. If they do, I’ll just eat my cheese dip and hope for better performance from my FF team.

    1. I really wish I sucked in the kitchen. I do. It would make getting out of making dinner SO EASY. And lately I don’t feel like cooking a darn thing!

  2. I saw this on Instagram and have been waiting for you to post it! YUM! I have no doubt that everyone on my house will be eating this without complaints!!

  3. Bless you! Gringo dip is one of our favorites from 54! The kids are going to love me making this!!! You are awesomesauce…..gringo style!

  4. Man I LOVE 54th Street gator dip! Every time I go there, I have to get it!! I’m definitely going to try this recipe and compare! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Simple yummy dip! I made it for my daughter’s 1st Birthday party! So many people asked for the recipe I posted this to Facebook! Thanks so much for sharing!!!! 🙂 Julie

  6. I am a horrible cook but this sounded like something I could do. The family was afraid to try it but once they did, they loved it! I can not believe i made something that tasted good. Thank you for posting

  7. I am making this for a superbowl party and when my hubby taste tested it, he said it was spot on! The only change I made was to add about 5 oz of frozen spinach instead of 10 oz. I know this dip is going to be a hit at the party! Thanks for the tasty and easy recipe!

  8. I am a horrible cook but this looked so good I just had to try it. The kids were afraid to try it but once they did they loved it and they were so proud of me, this is a keeper

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