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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Warm and Fresh and Spicy Cheese and Bean Dip

Delicious dip for all your Game Day pleasure. 

At least every Sunday my house is invaded by football watching loonies. Some weeks (when the Riders are out of town) my house gets invaded TWICE. NFL Sundays mean game day nibbles. And game day nibbles mean I try to make the most and tastiest food I can without actually having to leave the house and go to the grocery store.



Dips are a constant crowd pleaser and easy to make. You can also make a few of them and toss them on the table like a soft smorgashboard of misadventure. Much like the Giants' O-line. Aha. Aha. Aha.

I love Mexicany-tex-mex-i-ness as much as I love thai food. Any opportunity to combine jalapeno, cilantro and beans is a win in my mind. Especially when it comes together in such a delightful bowl of goodness just waiting to be attacked with tortilla chips. But don't stop there! Put it on sandwiches! Eat it with your fingers!

ingredients: 
1 jalapeno, minced - seeds and all
1/2 red onion
1 tbsp olive oil

1 can of refried beans. You can make your own - which is delightful! But if not, you can grab a can from the Mexican section of your grocery store. 
1/3 cup of cheese - keep a little back for a decorative sprinkle
1/3 cup of salsa
1/3 cup of sour cream
1/2 tsp of cumin
a big pinch of kosher salt

1 green onion, roughly chopped for a garnish
cilantro, roughly chopped for a garnish (optional)

other things you will need:
a sauce pan
a knife and cutting board
a wooden spoon
an oven safe serving dish


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. In your pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the onion and jalapeño. Sauté until softened, about 2 - 3 minutes. 
  3. Lower the heat to medium-low. 
  4. Add  your beans, salsa, cumin, kosher salt, sour cream and stir to combine. Allow to cook over low heat for a few minutes. I added some of my cilantro in here since I love cilantro. But if you think it tastes like soap - avoid this soapy step. 
  5. Stir in the cheese and a big pinch of kosher salt. 
  6. Transfer your dip to an oven safe serving dish, and top with remaining cheese. Pop it in the oven for 5-7 minutes until cheese is beginning to melt. 
  7. Top with green onion garnish and eat with tortilla chips, bread, pita, or crackers. 



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