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The Dip That Makes You Dip

Recipe Source: Debbie McIntyre


2 bars of cream cheese
Pace Picante Salsa (whatever heat level you want) – but I do not use the chunky one I use the original one.
1- Chipotle Chile
1/2 -1 cup of shredded cheese
one bunch green onions, chopped
1 med tomato, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
opt- 1/4 cup cilantro – chopped
opt-1 jalapeno, minced


I put the cream cheese in the food processor ( it helps too if it is room temp) and blend till creamy. I add the salsa a bit at a time, I am more interested in consistency, but I will guess it is about a cup. You want it creamy and not too liquidy, although it does firm up a bit in the refrigerator so you don’t want it to be so firm that you wont be able to get a chip in there. With the processor running, add one chipotle chile and a little of the adobo sauce too( you find them in the hispanic food area called chipotle in adobo sauce). If you wanted to add a little more heat then you would add the jalapeno now too.Open your processor lid and toss in cheese, I either use the Sargento Lite Mexican Shredded cheese to lighten things up, or sometimes for a kick I use Shredded Pepper Jack and/or this Chipotle White Cheese (I have only seen this at Costco and it have a neat smoky taste without being too spicy) and the chopped green onions,. at this point you would also add the cilantro if you were using it. Place the lid back on and just pulse till mixed through. You don’t want to loose the texture of the onions and cheese. Take it out and place in your serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap. Doing this part early in the day is a good thing, gives it plenty of time to firm up and have all the flavors come together. When you are ready to serve, you can garnish with the chopped tomato and avocado. Serve with chips, cut veggies, crackers, anything dipable!

Take extra large flour tortillas, spread the dip on the tortilla about 1/4 – 1/2 inch from the edge, top with the avo and tomato. Roll the tortilla fairly tightly. Get some sturdy paper towel and just dampen, you don’t want them wet, lightly dampened. Roll the paper towel around each tortilla roll and place in a sealable plastic storage bag and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Just before you plan to serve, unroll the paper towels and slice the tortilla rolls about 1 inch thick. Serve cut sides showing, and you can have some extra salsa on hand for dipping too if you want.

King Ranch Chicken

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1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 can Healthy Request Condensed Cream of Mushroom or Chicken Soup
1 10 oz. can Rotel tomatoes
6 oz. cubed chicken, cooked
4 corn tortillas, torn in pieces
1/3 cup shredded Mexican cheese


Saute pepper and onion in skillet with Pam. Add soup, Rotel tomatoes and chicken. Alternate layers of tortillas and soup mix. Sprinkle cheese on top.

Bake at 325° F. for 40 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Serves 4.

Creamy Ground Beef Burrito Bake

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1 pound ground beef
1/2 an onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
8 ounces tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
1 15-ounce can refried beans
1 10.5-ounce can of “cream of” soup (I used mushroom)
8 ounces sour cream or yogurt or a combination
flour tortillas (quantity could vary, I used 10)
grated cheese, about 3/4 pound


Brown the ground beef, onion, and garlic. Drain off any accumulated grease. Add the cumin and cook another minute or so, then add the tomato sauce and water and simmer 5-10 minutes. If it gets too try, add a bit more sauce or water. Stir in the refried beans.

In a small bowl, mix together the sour cream or yogurt and the “cream of” soup. You can always make your own “cream of whatever” soup to use instead. Spread a bit of this on the bottom of a 9×13 baking pan. Reserve the rest for topping the burritos.

Heating the tortillas in the microwave in a tortilla warmer or between paper towels makes them a bit easier to roll up.

Spread a bit of the bean and meat mixture down the middle, top with some grated cheese, and roll up and fold burrito-style, placing the burrito seam-side down in the baking dish. Repeat until all the filling is used up. Spread the sauce over the top of the burritos and sprinkle some cheese on top. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.

Serve with salsa, more sour cream, guacamole, sliced olives, or whatever else sounds good for topping. I poured some green tomatillo sauce on mine, which was fantastic. The girls ate theirs plain.

Apple Empanadas

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8 c. sliced apples
2 c. sugar
2 c. water
1 1/2 tsp. apples spice
3 tsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. butter


6 c. flour
2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. apple pie spice
1 c. shortening
Warm water


Filling: Bring all ingredients to boil for 45 minutes until apples are soft. Add cornstarch in 1/2 cup water to thicken. Add butter, cool before making empanadas.

Dough: Make dough like you would for flour tortillas. Let it stand for 10 minutes. Make balls, smaller than for tortillas, (smaller than a golf ball). Roll out to 4 inch diameter. Put filling in center, fold one side over. Press sides with fork to seal. Place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until done.

Fajita Casserole

Recipe Source: & White Lily Foods


1 can (15.5 ounces BUSH’S BEST Chili Magic
1 pound lean top round steak, cut into 1″ strips
1 small onion, cut into strips
1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
1 container (8 ounces) sour cream
9 (6-inch) corn tortillas, cut into one-inch strips
1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese


Preheat Oven to 350° F. Drain Chili Magic, reserving the liquid. Pour the drained liquid over the steak strips. The steak may marinate for up to 24 hours or use immediately.

Pour the liquid and steak into large skillet. Cook steak, onion, and peppers over medium heat for 12 to 15 minutes or until steak is done.

In large bowl, combine drained Chili Magic and sour cream.

In lightly greased 9×13-inch baking dish, layer 1/3 of tortilla strips. Layer with half of steak mixture, half of bean mixture, and 1/3 of cheddar cheese. Repeat layers. Top with remaining tortilla strips. Spread with salsa. Bake for 25 minutes. Sprinkle top with remaining cheese. Bake 5 more minutes.

Makes 8 servings.

Beef and Bean Enchiladas

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1/2 cup no-salt-added tomato sauce
1/2 cup salsa
8 6-inch corn tortillas
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1 cup canned nonfat refried beans
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese


In a small bowl, stir together tomato sauce and salsa. Using about half the tomato sauce mixture, brush both sides of each tortilla. Stack tortillas on a plate and set aside. (This allows tortillas to soften.)

In a large skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat until brown, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place in a colander and rinse under hot water. Drain well. Wipe skillet with a paper towel. Return beef to skillet. Stir in refried beans, chili powder, cumin and pepper. Cook and stir for 2 minutes, or until heated through.

Preheat broiler.

Spoon about 1/4 cup of the mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll up tortillas and place, seam side down, in a 10x6x2-inch or 9x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Top with remaining tomato sauce mixture.

Broil 4 inches from the heat for 5 minutes, or until browned. Sprinkle with cheese. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Serves 4; 2 enchiladas per serving

Enchilada Casserole

Recipe Source: Vickie Lege / Amy Hazelwood

Prep/Cooking Time: 2 hours


2 pounds ground beef
1 package Corn Tortillas Chips
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 jars enchilada sauce
8 -10 slices of America – Cheddar slices. mozarella, or shredded cheese or your choice
1 large onion
1 large 15 oz can Rotel tomatoes
1 can mushrooms or fresh chopped
1/2 cup celery
1/2 cup green pepper
Cajun seasonings to taste or (salt, black pepper, cayenne, spices)


Season the ground beef well with Cajun seasonings. In a medium saucepan, brown the ground meat. Add the celery, peppers and onions,and mushrooms and saute’ until soft.

Add the soup, enchilada sauce and Rotel Tomatoes (if you can not find the Rotel brand use a small can (10 oz)of diced tomatoes and a small can (2 oz) of diced green chili peppers, mild or hot).

Cook on top of stove over medium heat for 30-45 minutes. Do not forget to stir.

In a sheet cake pan, layer the corn tortilla chips , add sauce, then cheese slices or shredded cheese. Continue the layering process and add lots of cheese on top.

Bake the casserole in a preheated 350 degree oven until cheese is melted approximately 20-25 minutes.

This recipe can be frozen and served at a later date but do not add cheese until time for actual meal.

Recommended side: Spanish Rice or Mexican Dips

Author’s Note:

You could use the flour tortillas to make it more like real enchiladas but its so quick and easy and not really time consuming. Most cooks have the ingredients on hand – so enjoy!

Nicki’s Note:

I omitted the mushrooms and used cream of chicken soup (instead of mushroom) and used flour tortillas, and it turned out wonderful! Highly recommended with a good spicy rice or similar side dish. 🙂

Jimmy’s Mexican Pizza

Recipe Source: Jimmy Simian /

Prep/Cooking Time: 45 minutes


1/2 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
4 (10 inch) flour tortillas
1/2 cup salsa
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 green onions, chopped
2 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup finely chopped jalapeno peppers
1/4 cup sour cream


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat 2 pie plates with non-stick cooking spray.

Place beef, onion and garlic in a skillet over medium heat. Cook until beef is evenly browned. Drain off grease. Season the meat with chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper.

Lay one tortilla in each pie plate, and cover with a layer of refried beans. Spread half of the seasoned ground beef over each one, and then cover with a second tortilla. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven.

Remove the plates from the oven, and let cool slightly. Spread half of the salsa over each top tortilla. Cover each pizza with half of the Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. Place half of the tomatoes, half of the green onions, and half of the jalapeno slices onto each one.

Return the pizzas to the oven, and bake for 5 to 10 more minutes, until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven, and let cool slightly before slicing each one into 4 pieces.

Breakfast Burritos

Recipe Source:

Prep/Cooking Time: 40 mins


2 pounds ground pork sausage
12 eggs, beaten
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers, drained
8 (10 inch) flour tortillas
8 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1 cup milk


Place sausage in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings; set sausage aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Add the eggs and green chiles to the skillet; cook, stirring occasionally, until eggs are scrambled and set.

Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking pan. Place the tortillas on a counter top or other clean surface. Cover each tortillas with portions on sausage, cheese and eggs. Roll up the tortillas and place them seam side down in the baking dish.

Heat reserved sausage drippings in the skillet. Sprinkle on the flour and stir. Add milk, stirring constantly, until the gravy begins to thicken. Pour the gravy on top of the tortilla rolls.

Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until gravy is bubbly.

Mexican Lasagna

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Prep/Cooking Time: Prep Time: 25 Minutes / Cook Time: 20 Minutes


1 pound lean ground beef
1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1 (14 ounce) can peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
10 (6 inch) corn tortillas
1 cup prepared salsa
1/2 cup shredded Colby cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef, and stir in the taco seasoning and tomatoes. Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with half the tortillas. Spoon the beef mixture into the dish, then top with the remaining tortillas. Spread salsa over the tortillas and sprinkle with the cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 to 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Nicki’s Note:

My mother used to make this dish and is great for any picky eaters who will eat beef or other meats well. My favorite variation is to use tortilla, dipping, or corn chips instead of the flatten tortilla shells.

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