Holiday Appetizers 101: Chili Dip.
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This dip is ugly.
But it is oh, so good.
Well, honestly, I can’t even say because by the time I tried to have a bite, it was gone. But who are we kidding? We all know I licked the dish. Who cares how many guests were around? I have no shame.
I adapted this recipe from my friend Kelly – you know, the one with the adorable baby??
It calls for a can of chili, but I happened to have some of my own chili, frozen. Now that is true Mother Lovett fashion there. I wish you all could have seen her freezer, fully stocked with pie crust from 1994 and cookies from 2002. That she still ate.
The recipe called for the chili to be layered on the cream cheese. Do you know what we (my husband and I. And the mysterious creature in the house who eats all the cookies. Who isn’t me.) decided?? We much prefer our dips mixed.
So I mixed up some chili and cream cheese in a bowl.
And added a few handfuls of cheddar to make it more fattening delectable.
Spread it into a dish.
And then I topped with another layer of chili. So good.
More cheddar on top. Because I was feeling extra skinny.
That’s a joke.
A bad one.
Into the oven it went to bake. Cheesy, creamy, and chili-ed. Lot’s o’ C’s going on there.
1-8oz block of cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups chili
1 1 /2 cups shredded cheddar
Preheat oven to 375.
In a bowl, mix cream cheese, 3/4 cup chili, and 3/4 cup cheddar cheese. Spread in dish. Top with remaining chili and cheese. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.
Serve with chips, crackers, and french bread.
This went like hotcakes! It’s really simple and is sure to be a hit.
Now speaking of hotcakes, I’m getting hungry.
24 Comments on “Holiday Appetizers 101: Chili Dip.”
Another totally doable recipe! You are my heroine!!
First of all, I hadn’t yet read your story of your grandmother and I must say that it was just beautiful (and also pretty darn cute and funny!) so thanks for sharing that with all of us friends :)
Secondly, this dip is getting made in our house very soon… I literally just turned to The Man and asked him if this would work for football food this Sunday – response was an automatic “oh hell yea!” Thanks for another fantastic recipe idea!
That sounds absolutely amazing!! Looks pretty good too :-) You have the best recipes!! I am totally going to try them ALL in the new year!!!!
hahah “speaking of hotcakes”.. im getting hungry too!!
mmm i made dip like that for superbowl last year… sooo good! and so low in saturated fat
(don’t tell me differently. i’m quite sure it’s super healthy. like a green smoothie. a green smoothie you dip chips in)
Ow…I can totally make this with vegetarian chili or thick black bean soup and I bet it’d be awesome! Another good idea. Sweetness.
Stop it! You’re making me hungry only an hour after breakfast! How will I ever make all the way ’til tonight when I can go home and make this?? YUM!
Oh yum! i’ve never actually made this but I LOVE to eat it! thanks for the recipe!!!
OH yeah, great idea to skip the layer and just mix mix mix! I’m muxh more of a fan of that, as it always ends up mixed together eventually anyway, right?? Thanks for the recipe!
Your did got a heck of a lot prettier when you added all of that cheese! I made some really ugly split pea and lentil soup the other day. Tasted great, but not very cute.
yum, this looks so good! this is a great series you’re doing. i never have good appetizer ideas! Now I can just come here and steal yours :)
Jess, my husband would love this recipe!
this looks great love chili
This could easily be made dairy free.. great recipe. It would be awesome with corn bread!!
Lawdsy! That is some serious stuff. I love chili but that is chili on a whole new level right there! This is getting filed under Super Bowl worthy.
Mmmm…this looks like a great ‘man’ dish. I’ll have to try it for sure!
If someone else makes the chili for me, I could recreate this dip without any trouble. Looks sooo delicious and would be perfect for the COLD day we’re having in Boston today.
love me some ugly dip :)
I just can’t get over how much different stuff you are coming up with and all of your workouts! I am pooped by the time i get home from work…you are my role model! i love all your stuff and i;m sure your family does too! you are awesome hun!
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I made the dip and my sister and I LOVED it <3 I love this site(: I'm going to make it for the holidays the next time they come around ! Thanks for the recipe !
I love the idea of layering and baking this. I have made it several times in the microwave with chili and cream cheese alone. I will have to do this next time for sure! Thank you for a wonderful idea!
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