Thursday, May 16, 2013

Chili Bean Dip Bites

I'm a lover of all things dippable(?)

Be it savory or sweet, I'm all over it with one exception. I don't love sharing my dip with a gazillion other people. You never know who is double dipping or where someones hands have been "before" they dipped.

So to keep my love alive for the fun that is dip the wheels in my head started spinning and I decided to make dip that you don't have to dip and instead call them bites!

Confused yet???? Don't worry it will all come together real soon.

Chili bean dip bites.

Let me first explain to you all how resistant I was to the idea of chili bean dip in the beginning. I never ate it but I was awarded the honor of making it for every single party and event my husband and I went to or hosted. I was just sort of weirded out by the idea of chili/meat in a can. But hen I went and got myself pregnant again (no not right now, I'm talking about the last kiddoddle.) And one pregnant day I was craving something savory and salty and I decided to try it.

I was an immediate convert to the whole chili bean dip movement and ate the entire platter of dip. Just so you know nobody messes with a pregnant lady and her platter filled with a salty dip. Needless to say I jumped on board with this simple, yet delicious treat and have miniaturized it for your enjoyment as well as my own!

They are really easy to make, only require four ingredients and a crowd of hungry people. They also display nicer than a big old platter of this dip.

Here is what you need.....
  • Tostitos scoops( GET THE SCOOPS)
  • 1 can of Hormel Chili Beans with meat ( that is the brand I use, you can use what you like)
  • 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese softened
  • 1 block of  Sharp Cheddar Cheese (approx 7 oz or so shredded.)
Preheat your oven to about 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with your Tostitos Scoops.
Smear a little bit of cream cheese into each crevice of the scoops alternately you could also put the cream cheese into a plastic baggie with the corner snipped off and pipe a little bit into each scoop.

Add a little bit of the Chili/Bean mixture on top of the cream cheese.

Add some some of the shredded cheddar cheese on top of the chili bean mixture. Don't buy the prepackaged shredded cheese, it has stuff in it that won't allow it to melt properly use a good old block of cheese and shred it yourself!

Put in the oven and now turn up the heat to broil, all you want to do it melt the cheese so keep an eye on it. It should only take a few minutes. Top each one with a bit of green pepper or even green onion to boost up the color factor!

These are a great easy way to make a quick appetizer that is a little more "pretty" and they are delicious!
Hope you enjoyed this post!

Recipe and instructions can be printed out from {{HERE}}

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