Yield: 8-12 servings

Ingredients

½ cup mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt)
6 oz. cream cheese (reduced-fat is fine)
¾ cup roasted red bell pepper, diced (or 1 red bell pepper, roasted, peeled and diced)
2 jalapeño peppers, ribbed, seeded and minced
2-3 scallions, chopped
1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
8 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded*
8 oz. pepper jack cheese, shredded*
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper, to taste

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    Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well with a spatula until evenly combine.  Spread the mixture in an even layer in a 2-quart casserole dish.  Bake 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted and bubbling.  Remove from the oven, garnish with additional cilantro, and serve warm with tortilla chips.

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    *Be sure to take the time to grate the cheese yourself rather than buying the pre-shredded type.  Pre-shredded cheese is coated with agents such as flour or cornstarch, and results in a sub-optimal gritty texture when melted.