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Juanita's Cheese Dip

Grandpa Great and Juanita
Grandpa Great and Juanita Conner, holding my oldest daughter Sofia.

This isn't your typical cheese dip. Friends, this is way more than JUST a cheese dip. It's Juanita's famous cheese dip. Anyone that knows Edgar and Juanita Conner knows Juanita's cheese dip. I almost feel like I'm telling a family secret by sharing this recipe...but I think it's just too good not to share! You're welcome, friends of the Conner family! :)

Grandpa Great and Juanita on his 94th Birthday
Grandpa-great and Juanita on his 94th Birthday

Jaunita Conner married my great-grandfather (whom I refer to as grandpa-great,) when I was a few years old. I remember she would hand make each of the great-grandchildren the neatest little gifts each Christmas and sneak some money inside. She was such a kind woman with a sweet soul and I'm thankful to have been able to sample some of the delicious food she shared with our family. Her divinity, homemade noodles, and cheese dip.

This cheese dip is pretty easy to make, with only a few ingredients, but goodness does it pack some heat! It's one of those slow burning heats that you don't really notice until you stop you pretty much have to be ready to sit down and chomp your way through the entire dip! Hahaha, kidding, but not really.

Please enjoy Juanita's famous cheese dip. Of course, Jaunita's will always be the best, and we can all just strive to make it taste half as good as she made it for my family.

I've put an * by the items I can purchase at my Illinois farmers market.


  • 2 ten ounce packages of Cracker Barrel brand extra sharp cheese

  • 1 large sweet onion*

  • 2 garlic clove sections*

  • 5 jalapeno peppers, seeds removed from 3*


  • Run all of the ingredients through a food grinder!

  • You may need to add just a touch of Miracle Whip to get the cheese to the right spreading consistency.

Serving size: Makes about 2 1/2 cups of cheese dip.

Serving Suggestion: Serve with Keebler brand Club crackers

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1 Comment

Diane Woodard
Diane Woodard
Nov 07, 2018

I have this recipe from Juanita in her own handwriting in my recipe box. I always loved this and I got to make it with her in her kitchen once.

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