LIFESTYLE

Dip Madness

Kristy Eckert

The NCAA basketball tournament is here, and with a house full of basketball fans (myself included), there are few things we enjoy more than a tasty party dip. Here are my brood's favorite three -- simple and delicious recipes thoughtfully shared by family and friends through the years. Enjoy

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ingredients:

  • Chicken breast (2 pounds)
  • Cream cheese (8 oz.)
  • Ranch dressing (16 oz.)
  • Red Hot sauce (6 oz.)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (one or two handfuls)

Instructions:

Boil chicken, then either slice into small pieces or shred; set aside. In a separate, large bowl, soften cream cheese in microwave, then stir in ranch dressing and Red Hot until smooth. (Note: Depending on your affinity for spice, you may want more or less Red Hot. This is a somewhat average amount.) Stir chicken into mixture, then pour into 9" x 13" baking pan. Sprinkle cheese evenly on top. Cover with foil. Bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes. Serve hot with tortilla chips.

Five Layer Taco Dip

Ingredients:

  • Refried beans (12 oz.)
  • Marzetti's guacamole (1 container)
  • Sour cream (16 oz.)
  • Taco seasoning (1 packet)
  • Salsa (12 oz.)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (8 oz.)

Instructions: Spread refried beans across bottom of 9" x 13" baking dish. Layer guacamole onto beans. In a separate bowl, stir taco seasoning into sour cream; layer atop guacamole. (Note: If you like spice, consider using hot taco seasoning, which adds a nice kick.) Pour salsa onto sour cream mix. Finally, sprinkle cheese on top. Refrigerate and serve chilled, with tortilla chips.

Mexican Delight Dip

Ingredients:

  • Ground beef (1 pound)
  • Water (1 cup)
  • Taco seasoning (1 packet)
  • Cream cheese (8 oz.)
  • Salsa (12 oz.)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (8 oz.)

Instructions: Brown hamburger and drain grease. Pour in 1 cup water and taco seasoning and simmer until liquid is absorbed; set aside. Spread cream cheese onto bottom of 9" x 9" baking dish. Spread hamburger mix onto cream cheese. Pour salsa atop hamburger. Sprinkle cheese on top. Cover with foil and bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes. Serve hot with tortilla chips.