Alisa’s Best Friend’s Mom’s Neighbor’s Friend’s “Top Secret” Dip (Oops)

Oh my god I LOVE THIS STORY. I’m in San Jose right now, plopped down at Alisa’s dining room table, and I was all “ugh what should I write about today that involves NO FEELINGS WHATSOEVER.”

“Food!” Alisa said. “You haven’t written about food in forever!”

…This is true. So – and this is how I know Alisa is a true friend for the ages – she and I immediately set about figuring out what kind of brilliant recipe we could make right here and now, using ingredients that she already had. We dragged out her (perfectly organized, laminated, ughhhh) recipe binder, and started flipping through…and then we arrived at the Shasta Dip.

At the top of the page, for recipe attribution, Alisa had written “Stranger.” This clearly required elaboration, so Alisa told me the story.

Apparently her best friend’s mom’s neighbor’s friend – whose name we do not know – made the dire mistake of sharing her Top Secret Cheese Dip Recipe with her neighbor. Who then shared it with Alisa’s best friend’s mom. Who then shared it with Alisa’s mom. Who then shared it with…..everybody. Like, everybody. And now everybody Alisa knows – and many, many others that she does not know – makes this unknown woman’s Top Secret Cheese Dip.

Which I think means that it is officially Not A Secret. At all. Which is, on balance, a good thing, because this dip may not look like much…but oh my god it is so delicious. Stranger, if you are out there: Thank you.

cheese corn jalapeño frito dip

What You Do: 

In a bowl, mix together the following:

  • 1 lb grated cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz sour cream
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 11 oz shoepeg corn (Green Giant brand only; this is apparently very important)
  • 2 tsp. chopped jalapeños (from a can)
  • 1/2 small white onion, diced

Serve with Fritos for dipping. (Alisa has instructed me that this is non-optional. To quote, “Do not try serving this with ANYTHING BUT FRITOS.”)

The moral of the story, kids: Don’t share secrets. Or they may end up on

cheese corn jalapeño frito dip

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