In honor of Homecoming, Mark Conradi ('06) shares a time-tested family recipe.

Saturday afternoon, the Michigan State Spartans (4-1) face their Homecoming opponent, Indiana (3-2). Both teams are undefeated in Big Ten play. Kickoff is at 12:00 p.m., and the parking lots will start filling up with Homecoming tailgaters at 7:00 a.m.

In honor of Homecoming, and its tendancy to bring together family members (including the broader Spartan family), MSU alumnus Mark Conradi shares a family recipe that is perfect for a football game. Mark graduated in 2006 from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources where he studied Environmental Economics & Policy. He and his wife, Linda, are lifetime members of the MSU Alumni Association.

"This was always a favorite of mine growing up and I’m sure the ingredient list is similar to many you have seen in the past. This is the one my brother and I used to always make after tweaking the ingredient ratios over the years."

Nacho Dip


  • 8 oz. package of cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz. salsa (We preferred spicy)
  • 20 oz.(ish) of chili (Canned, or preferrably something homemade that's a couple of days old)
  • 1 bag of your favorite tortilla chips


Really simple. Add all the ingredients to a pot, heat it on the stovetop and stir. It will be really viscous for a while but just keep stirring constantly. Eventually, and startlingly all at once, the mixture will thin out and become really easy to stir. Remove from heat and serve with your favorite chips. This recipe also reheats really well if you want to make in the night before.

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