Sunday, February 20, 2011

Tamale Chili Dip

Sometimes you just wanna skip making dinner.  Plop down in front of the tv on a Saturday with your honey and open a bag of chips and watch a movie.  We love snack food at our house.  Hearty appetizers can make a great meal too and this dip is no exception.  It combines tamales, chili and cheese for a warm, spicy, satisfying snack or meal.  It's great for parties too.  Simply make it ahead and keep it warm in a chafing dish or crock pot.  The Academy Awards are coming up in a week, and March Madness basketball is in our near future.  Tamale Chili Dip would be the perfect snack to serve for both.  Grab a bag of Fritos and a Diet Coke and you're all set for a night of snacking and tv watching!
Tamale Chili Dip Party!
Peel tamales, discard wrappers and sauce.
Mash tamales evenly with a fork.
Combine all ingredients
except 1/4 package of Cheddar cheese. 
Mix well.
Pour into greased baking dish.
Sprinkle with remaining cheese
Bake until hot and bubbly,
about 20 minutes. 
Serve with Fritos. 

Tamale Chili Dip

2 (15 ounce) cans chili without beans
1 (15 ounce) can tamales
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Hot sauce to taste
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 large package shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a 9x13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.  Peel tamales and mash evenly with a fork.  Combine tamales, onion, garlic, chili, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, chili powder and 3/4 package of cheese.  Stir well and pour into baking dish.  Sprinkle evenly with remaining cheese and bake in oven until hot and bubbly, about 20 minutes.  Serve with Fritos for dipping.

Prep Time:  Approximately 15 minutes     Cook Time:  Approximately 20 minutes


  1. Seriously...this sounds AMAZING. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Mexican!!!!!!! I'm your newest follower :)

  2. Welcome! It is pretty good, and easy too!


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