We've been living in the great state of North Carolina for a bit over a year and we started missing our beloved Tex Mex approximately 3 days after arriving here.
There just weren't
And then Chuy's announced they'd be opening a location here and I danced a jig. Is it my favorite Tex Mex restaurant ever? Nah, there were a couple awesome homegrown family run spots in Fort Worth that hold that spot but for a chain they're darn tasty.
It opened a couple months ago and we've been there often, even dragging others with us in our attempt to convert the natives into Tex Mex loving peeps.
The hit at the table is always ALWAYS their creamy jalapeno dip. They put something in it that makes you want to sit in the corner with a spoon and just shovel in it. It's ridiculously addicting and really, one of my favorite things about Chuy's.
We recently had enchiladas for dinner and I tried out a Chuy's copycat recipe to serve alongside chips. Y'all, this recipe is pretty darn close. And it'll be your newest addiction. Perfect for a party when you want something other than a traditional ranch dip or... just for dinner :) No prep needed, just throw it into your food processor and let it do it's thing!
A note on the heat: as written, I think it's very mild. Taste and adjust as needed; we dumped more jalapenos just for grins but I did not include those in the amounts below.
Chuy's Creamy Jalapeno Dip
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1/2 cup mild tomatillo salsa
1 handful cilantro
1 dry ranch dressing packet
1/4 cup pickled jalapenos
Toss all ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth. Taste and adjust as desired.
Source: slightly adapted from Heritage Schoolhouse