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Chili Cheese Squares


6 eggs, beaten

2, 4-oz. cans chopped green chilies, drained

½ lb. lean ground beef, browned & drained

1 lb. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

1 medium onion, finely chopped


Combine all 5 ingredients together, mixing well and pour into a greased 9x13 baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Cut into 1-inch squares and serve hot.

Makes 40 squares


Refried Bean Dip


1, 16-oz. can refried beans

1  cup shredded sharp Cheddar Cheese

    (1 cup shredded = about ½ of an 8-oz. block)

½ cup chopped green onions, including tops

1 Tbsp. taco sauce (Ortega makes a small 8-oz bottle, mild or hot)

1 tsp. Texas Pete

Dash salt


Mix beans, cheese, onions, taco sauce, Texas Pete and salt together in a medium size saucepan. Over Medium heat, stir frequently until cheese melts and mixture is bubbly and hot.  Serve with chips   Makes about 3 cups


Note: For you Northerners, Texas Pete Hot Sauce is made in Winston Salem, NC.  It is not as hot as Tabasco Sauce, but has a great flavor when sprinkled on almost anything!  If you want really hot, use Tabasco, a little at a time, tasting as you add.

Homemade Tortilla Chips


Old El Paso 8-inch Flour Tortillas (8 or 12-count)


Cut tortillas into 4 or 6 wedges, first in half then in wedges.  Place in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Brush wedges with olive oil, or spary with Pam and then sprinkle lightly with salt.   

Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes until very light brown.



Optional: These are also good as a sweet snack by making Cinnamon/Sugar Chips. Cut the tortillas into wedges. Place on a baking sheet and dress with oil as directed above.  Sprinkle wedges with cinnamon sugar (below) and spray lightly again with Pam. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool about 15 minutes before eating. Delicious served with Fruit Salsa.


Cinnamon/sugar: Mix together:  3 Tbsp. granulated sugar and ¾ tsp. cinnamon.  Make more, if needed..

Great Snacks from past issues

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Non Bake Spinach Dip: July 2011

Cheese Ball: July 2011

Taco Dip: Sept. 2011

Garlic Cheese Biscuits: Jan 2012

Sausage Balls: Aug. 2012

Chili Con Queso Dip: Aug. 2012

Garlic Cheese Biscuits (copycat Red Lobster Restaurant): May 2013

Ranch Deviled Eggs (always good for “finger food”): July 2013

Smoky Cheeseball: Dec. 2013
To add more flavor to your homemade tortilla chips, use seasoned salt or even sprinkle a little Chilli Powder for an extra kick.
For an easy and quick,way to cut the Tortillas, several at a time, I use scissors. 
This month, we’re going to give you a couple of really good appetizer/snack food ideas and list 7 good snacks we’ve shared in the website in the past 3 years. First the Chili Cheese Squares is a dish that was always a hit as an appetizer when I cooked at Horseshoe Plantation Main House in Tallahassee, Fl.  The Second one, Refried Bean Dip, pictured here, is a Mexican-type dip. It’s easy to buy tortilla chips or Scoops, but It’s also fun and impressive to make your own! ……
Bon Appetit !
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February, 2014