Bon Appetit snags the recipe for Bob Armstrong dip

Bob Armstrong is having a moment today.

Well, in Austin, the former land commissioner and state representative is always having a moment because he’s always on the menu at Matt’s El Rancho, one of the most popular and iconic Tex-Mex restaurants in the city.

USE THIS PHOTO ON JUMP ZACH RYALL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN. 4/24/79. Bob Armstrong strums the banjo and sings to Marry Anne Wooten, a volunteer with the Natural Science Association as they paddle downstream in Town Lake near the Zilker Nature Trail. Noel Dolce is also in the boat but has his back to the camera. Noel Dolce is the Natural Science Association president. This was a promo for the annual Zilker Safari.

Bob Armstrong strums the banjo and sings to Marry Anne Wooten, a volunteer with the Natural Science Association as they paddle downstream in Town Lake near the Zilker Nature Trail. Zach Ryall / 1979 American-Statesman file photo

The Bob Armstrong dip, which Armstrong himself had been known to enjoy before his death in 2015, has the holy trinity of queso, guacamole and ground beef.

Lisa Fain, aka The Homesick Texan, recreated the recipe on her blog in 2014 — you’ll remember she has a whole queso book in the works — but last month, Bon Appetit published the official recipe from Bon Appetit’s Rick Martinez along with a video of how to put it together.

Love queso? Don’t forget to check out Matthew Odam’s Queso the Mondays series.

We’ve polled readers several times over the years about their favorite queso, and Torchy’s always seems to top the list. Here’s the most recent guide to the best queso in Austin, according to our readers.

10/24/2002 Staff Photo by Peter Yang AMERICAN-STATESMAN Matt's El Rancho. (left to right) Chile Relleno, Carne Guisada and the Bob Armstrong dip.

Matt’s El Rancho on South Lamar serves the famed Bob Armstrong dip, right. Peter Yang/American-Statesman file photo

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