Sunday, September 15, 2013

'Skinny' Chili Cheese Dip


This is my favorite time of year... fall, football, friends, fun, and FOOD! I mean, what's better than gathering with your family and friends on a cool and crisp fall Sunday, watching some football, and eating/snacking all day?

One of my favorite "football season" snack foods is Chili Cheese Dip. I could literally eat an entire dish of the stuff in one Sunday... so I found a way to lighten up the original recipe up to make it a bit more waist-line friendly. I still would not recommend eating the entire dish in one sitting, but at least you can feel less guilty as you dip away! It's quick and easy to make and super yummy... and the men in your life won't even know it's "skinny". I'd say this chili cheese dip is a TOUCHDOWN!

Skinny Chili Cheese Dip

8oz. reduced fat cream cheese
1 (15 oz.) can 98% fat free Hormel turkey chili
1-2 cups reduced fat cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tbsp. diced jalapeno (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

Spray a glass pie dish (or 8x8 square dish) with non-stick spray.

Spread cream cheese evenly on the bottom of the dish. Spread chili evenly on top of the layer of cream cheese. Sprinkle top with cheddar cheese and jalapeno (optional).

Cover dish with aluminum foil, lightly.

Heat for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted.  BE CAREFUL, it will be HOT!!

Use tortilla chips, crackers, pita chips, or even veggies to dip!!

Another great part about this dip (besides it being 'skinny' and delicious) is that you can put the dip together ahead of time, which makes it a great dish to take to a party or potluck. All you have to do is pop it in the oven to heat the dip up... or you can even heat it in the microwave!!! So easy!

Enjoy your Football Sunday!!!


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