Chili Cheese Dip

I used to make this recipe for parties a lot!:  http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/chili-dip/  It was super fast and easy.

However, when I found out that I had wheat and soy allergies, I could no longer make it because every single canned chili I can find has soy (along with a lot of preservatives) in it!  I am also not a big fan of Velveeta because it is so processed.  So I came up with this recipe as a replacement and it is even better, although obviously not as easy!  It is still not too difficult though.  I will certainly be making it again!

If you would rather used canned chili for the convenience, just use 3 cans of chili in this recipe.  Or, if you have a favorite chili recipe (with or without beans), substitute about 6-7 cups of that for this chili.

Chili Cheese Dip
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Servings Prep Time
30 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
30 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Chili Cheese Dip
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Servings Prep Time
30 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
30 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
Chili with no beans
  1. In a large, deep pot, brown ground beef, onion, sweet pepper, garlic, and jalapeno in the oil.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients except cheese and cream. Simmer for a couple of hours until it is cooked down and quite thick.
Dip
  1. Add cheeses to the chili. Stir over medium or low-medium heat to melt the cheeses. Add a little heavy cream for a better texture.
  2. Serve with tortilla chips. I garnished mine with cilantro. My husband liked it even better with the cilantro.
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Chili Dip

This recipe came from a friend many years ago.  It is super quick and easy and is always popular!  Only 3 ingredients!  This is about the only way I would ever eat Velveeta.

Chili Dip
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Chili Dip
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Servings:
Instructions
  1. Heat together until cheese is melted and serve warm with tortilla chips.
Recipe Notes

I used to make this frequently with Hormel canned chili.  However, I have since discovered I am allergic to wheat and soy, both of which are in this chili.  : (  So I came up with this recipe instead, which we like even better and is healthier because it doesn't have the preservatives and chemicals:  http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/chili-cheese-dip/

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Sour Cream Dip

This recipe came from my brother-in-law’s sister, Monica.  This is super quick and easy!  I took it to a family get-together yesterday and it was very popular!  Serve this with tortilla chips.

Sour Cream Dip
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12 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Sour Cream Dip
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12 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Layer ingredients in 9x13" glass dish, beginning with sour cream and cream cheese mixture and ending with olives. Serve with tortilla chips.
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Italian Meatballs

These are called Italian Meatballs, but they can be made into just about any kind of meatball you want by changing or leaving out the Parmesan cheese.  You can make Swedish Meatballs  http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/swedish-meatballs/, BBQ Meatballs, Sweet & Sour Meatballs, etc.  You can even cut small cubes of mozzarella cheese (or any other kind of cheese) and wrap the meatball mixture around it before baking.  You will want to make a larger meatball for making them this way, though.  Meatballs always make a good dish for a potluck or a party!

Italian Meatballs
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8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Italian Meatballs
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients for meatballs with mixer and shape into balls. (I like to make smaller meatballs using a small cookie scoop.) Bake for 15 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt flour with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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Basic Crepes

Crepes are so versatile!  They can be used for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert or a snack!  This is a very good basic recipe that is based on the recipe from www.chef-in-training.com.  I liked it better than the other recipes I tried, so I am sharing it here.

We had a Create Your Own Crepe bar for Mother’s Day.  My favorite was this crepe with a cheesecake filling, some sliced strawberries and some mini chocolate chips.  There are so many possibilities!  Other options we offered were puddings (chocolate, French vanilla, banana), Whipped topping, Chocolate Sauce (it hardened and we couldn’t get it out of the bottle easily!), Blackberry Jam, cinnamon mixed with powdered sugar, and powdered sugar by itself.  It turned out great!  We also made some chocolate crepes, but I preferred these to the chocolate ones!

The batter can be made up a day or two ahead of time, and/or the crepes can be made up ahead of time and put back on the griddle for just a few seconds per side to reheat.

Basic Crepes
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Servings Prep Time
24 crepes 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 crepes 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 30 minutes
Basic Crepes
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Servings Prep Time
24 crepes 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 crepes 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: crepes
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk flour and eggs. Slowly add milk and water stirring until smooth. Add salt and butter (and sugar if making dessert crepes) and continue whisking until smooth. (You can also just dump everything in a blender and blend until smooth.) Refrigerate in a covered container for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oiled pan to medium high temperature. Pour about 3-4 T. of batter into pan and tilt the pan to swirl in a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.
  3. Cook crepe for about 1-2 minutes until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, and turn. Serve hot and fill or top however you desire.
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Hot Sausage & Cheddar Cheese Meatballs

These can be quite spicy, depending on the heat of the jalapenos you use.  You have the option of using cream cheese in the meatballs or an egg.  The egg version seems to be a lot hotter than the cream cheese. However, both have a very nice flavor.

I have used Bob Evans Naturally! in this recipe because it is free of sodium nitrites and MSG.

Hot Sausage & Cheddar Cheese Meatballs
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The combination of Breakfast Sausage and cheddar cheese mixed with jalapenos makes a delicious appetizer that will wake up your taste buds!
Servings Prep Time
30 meatballs 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
30 meatballs 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Hot Sausage & Cheddar Cheese Meatballs
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The combination of Breakfast Sausage and cheddar cheese mixed with jalapenos makes a delicious appetizer that will wake up your taste buds!
Servings Prep Time
30 meatballs 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
30 meatballs 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: meatballs
Instructions
  1. Prepare baking pan by lining with foil, then topping with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl.  Combine with mixer.  Shape into meatballs using small cookie scoop. Bake at 375 degrees F and bake for 15 minutes. My oven has a speed bake option and I use it for these.  You may have to bake for an additional 5 minutes or so if you do not have that option.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

It would be a good idea, after mixing the ingredients, to make a meatball-sized patty and fry it in a skillet to see if you would like to add more jalapenos or other spices.

These can be made up ahead of time and frozen in an airtight container before baking.  Then remove from freezer, thaw and bake when needed.

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