Wednesday, July 13, 2011

South-of-the-Border Dip (meal)


I was *really* craving Mexican a week ago or so (okay, I admit it, I crave it a lot of the time! Lol!) and of course we didn't really have all teh ingredients for tacos or burritos. :( We did however have a bag of tortilla chips on hand! **light-bulb moment!!** Why not make a cheesey taco dip and use the chips for scooping! :D YES!!!!! So, this recipe was born. :) And we've had it twice in less than a week's time because it's just that good! ;) Nathan requested this for his birthday meal this year. [Think I might send this into Gooseberry Patch...Hmm.] :D

This recipe is more of a meal, not really a side dish. ;)
And, it's a wonderful summer meal as it uses some fresh garden ingredients as well as the bonus that it doesn't use the oven! :D Yeah! It only takes a few minutes to get this made up and onto the table...ready for both young and old to enjoy. ;)

South-of-the-Border Dip
Created by Rachel Phillips

1 medium onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. oil
1-1/2 lbs/ ground turkey
3/4 tsp. salt
2 dashes of black pepper
4 dashes chili powder
1/4 tsp. granulated garlic
2 dashes basil
1 dash oregano
2 dashes Italian seasoning
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
(6 oz.) can tomato paste
3 Tbsp. salsa
8 (1/4") slices of processed American cheese product, cubed
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup fresh tomatoes, diced
1 (15.25 oz.) can whole kernel corn, drained
2-1/2 cups shredded lettuce
1 (6 oz.) can large pitted olives, drained and sliced
Additional salsa, sour cream, and tortilla chips for serving, and heated refried beans. :)

1. Cook diced onions in oil until tender soft and slightly browned. Add ground turkey, salt, and seasonings to the onions and cook until meat is browned through; drain fat juices. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, salsa, cubed processed American cheese product, and shredded cheddar cheese to the meat mixture; simmer until cheese has been completely melted and mixture is bubbly. Add in the corn and diced tomato; simmer 1 minute more.

Note: For a spicier version, you may add jalapeƱo peppers or a very spicy salsa or even use a spicy cheddar or cheese product cheese! :D This version is a mild version as we don't like things to spicy. ;) Adjust the seasonings to taste as well if you like. :) Next time I might add some red and green peppers along with the onions for some more color.

2. Serve hot dip with shredded lettuce, sliced olives, salsa (not pictured), sour cream (we were out, sadly), refried beans, and tortilla chips! :D You may, of course, add anything else to your meal as you would like. ;)

3. To serve, layer (in no particular order) the dip and other additional ingredients into individual serving bowls and serve with the chips.

Like so....

Dr. Pepper is optional. ;)
But definitely a must if you want the real Mexican flavor to come through with your meal. :)

We love the "Scoops" chips best, but any kind will work.

*Tip: to "shred" lettuce, roll the lettuce leaves up so you have a nice long roll, then slice in small strips. :) Such as in this video. ;)

You may enjoy your meal with as much "gusto" as you like. :)

Thanks mom for demonstrating! ;) Hehe!

*And thanks to my sweet sis for once again taking amazing photos for me! :) Hugs!

If you try this recipe, please let me know! :D I'd love to hear about it and if you made any changes to it, etc. :) I love hearing of cooking adventures!

Happy Cooking!


Acacia said...

Hello Rachel and Jessica! I found you through Rubies in the Rough blog -- the three sisters who run the blog our my personal friends!
Your blog is lovely. And so are your tutorials!
In Christ,

Acacia (ahh cass ee ahh)

Julia said...

Yummmmmmmmmm! That looks so delicious! Omit the onions and I would eat every bite of it. :D I don't like onions but I like almost all other foods. :)

It was SO fun talking to you both on the phone!!! *hugs*


Ana W. said...

This looks so yummy!! Thank you for sharing the recipe! :-)

Alyssa W. said...

That look SO good, Rachel!! Thanks or sharing!
<3 Alyssa

Rachel said...

Thank you ladies! I hope you enjoy it! :D And thank you so much for stopping by our blog! :)

Acacia - Welcome! :D it's always delightful to meet new friends! :) Thank you so much for stopping by and I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit and the tutorials. :) (thanks so much for the pronouncement! of your name too!). ;) Hugs!

Julia - Thanks dear! ;) Ah, one of *those* types aye? ;) HeHe! Just teasing! Oh yes, so did we! :D Thank you so much for calling! :D Love you! <3

God Bless! :D