Make cream cheese sausage dip by crumbling and browning 1 pound of pork sausage, draining the grease and adding 1 cup of the crumbles to an 8-ounce package of cream cheese, 1 cup of Mexican cheese blend and 1/4 cup of salsa. Heat to melt the cheese.
Options for melting the cheese include the stovetop or the microwave. If using the stovetop, place the ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until the cheese melts.
To cook in the microwave, place the ingredients in a microwave-safe container and heat on high for two to three minutes. Stop the microwave each minute and stir the dip until it is smooth and the cheeses melt.
When serving on a buffet at a party, transfer the melted cheese dip into a crock pot and turn the heat to low for up to two hours. Serve this dip with tortilla chips. Adjust the spiciness of the dip by varying the sausage and salsa choices. For a mild dip, use regular sausage and mild dip. For a hot dip, use hot salsa and breakfast sausage.
The dip requires 10 minutes preparation time plus the time to melt the cheese. It makes 36 2-tablespoon servings.