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Ms. Rita and her nacho dip

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Tucson, AZ (KOLD) - Every Thursday before practice breaks, Arizona head football coach Rich Rodriguez makes it a point to announce the winners of the weekly Ms. Rita's Nacho Dip.

Ms. Rita is, of course, Rita Rodriguez, Rich's wife. The nacho dip is her calling card. A simple combination of spicy sausage, Velveeta cheese, sour cream, and Ro-Tel brand tomatoes, the dip is more than the sum of its parts. It's given as award to two players who are most deserving, players who have earned it not necessarily through play but through overcoming certain obstacles either on the field or behind closed doors.

The mother of Raquel and Rhett finds it funny that her nacho dip has taken on a life of its own if only because she doesn't cook and can usually be found eating dinner with her husband on campus around the training table. Still, the dip is her way of saying thank you to the players.

So as Coach Rodriguez calls out their names, the two winners can be assured of a Tupperware bowl filled with nacho dip as well as a full bag of Tostitos...each. Whether or not they decide to share is up to them.

The Recipe:

Brown 2lbs of spicy sausage (Rita prefers Jimmy Dean or Bob Evans)

Slice and melt 2lbs of Velveeta cheese (3 minutes should do)

Mix the sausage and cheese then let sit (10 minutes)

Reheat the dip

Pour in the Ro-Tel tomatoes, combine, then reheat

Add sour cream for texture

Grab some chips and chow down.

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