Um, so here’s the deal. I love making appetizers and party food – I think I could eat finger foods for meals 5 days out of the week and be perfectly content!
One of my favorite “party food” recipes (read: super easy) is a Mexican Dip my mom passed along to my sister and I. It’s seriously easy and is always a big hit. I am pretty sure it’s the first thing to disappear at any gathering.
So for our 4th of July celebration (which we held on Tuesday, because who wants to go to work after a night of celebrating?) my husband really wanted to make some pulled pork and have tacos. I know, tacos for the 4th sounds crazy, right? But it was a fun little food theme and nobody really seemed to mind. Especially when I busted out the Mexican Party Dip. This recipe is so easy to “lighten up” by using fat-free cream cheese, turkey chili, fat-free cheddar and some baked Tostitos!
Mexican Party Dip (Serves 8-10)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 can of Hormel No-Bean Chili
2-3 Tbsp. chopped yellow onion
2 Tbsp. chopped jalapeno (I use the jarred kind opposed to fresh)
14 oz. Pace Picante sauce
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350.
Take a medium, but fairly deep, baking dish and spread cream cheese in a layer, covering the entire bottom of the dish. I use a spoon to make sure it’s pressed up against the sides, creating a seal.
Pour chili over the cream cheese and spread evenly with a spoon.
Sprinkle chopped onions and jalapeno over the chili.
Pour Picante sauce on top – you don’t need a whole jar, maybe 3/4 – just enough to create a layer and cover the jalapenos and onions.
Now sprinkle the cheese on top of the salsa and you’re ready to bake.
Place dish in the oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and dip begins to bubble.
Remove, scoop with chips and devour!
Now, what usually happens when I make dishes for a party to put on my blog is that I get a lot of great pictures of the process. Then I cook the food. Then I put the food out. Then I forget to take a picture. Then I’m left with this to show you…
At least the dip being demolished shortly after coming out of the oven is a testament to how delicious it is! So try it soon – you won’t regret it!
Happy Friday the 13th everybody!