Mango Salsa

Well, it’s the last day of our National **Un-Official** Dip Week. Sad day, or at least it would be if I weren’t so excited about today’s recipe!! This mango salsa is SO good! It goes great with tortilla chips, cinnamon chips or as a topping for chicken, fish, and more.

Served with tortilla chips this is a perfect snack- little sweet, little salty, little crunchy – perfection. The best part is that it’s good for you! There are no added sugars in this! Just a few ingredients mixed together for a quick, healthy snack in under 5 minutes!

Mango Salsa

Ingredients

1 ripe Mango- peeled, pitted, and chopped
1 cup red seedless grapes
2 tablespoons red onion, chopped    
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno pepper- seeded, chopped
1 lime

Directions

1. Add cilantro and jalapeno pepper to Manual Food Processor.* Pump the handle a few times to begin mincing and mixing.

2. Add red onion and grapes to the processor, give it a several additional pumps until the grapes are smaller pieces.

3.  Add the mango and give a few more pumps until mango is the size you would like.

4. Squeeze the lime juice into the salsa and stir to combine.

Enjoy! Yields 2-3 cups

 * If you don’t have a Manual Food Processor you can do this in a regular food processor but depending on the size of your processor you may want to coarsely chop the cilantro and finely chop the jalapeno before starting or they might not get as finely chopped because they will just fly away from the blades.  If you don’t have a food processor at all,  you can finely chop all ingredients and stir to combine.

Have you enjoyed all the dips this week? I hope so, I know I sure have! I’d love to know what your favorite is! Queso, Pico De Gallo,  Guacamole, or Mango? I love them all!! I’ve already even started thinking about dip ideas for next year- I can’t wait!

Recipe Source- Recipe collection compiled by fellow Pampered Chef Consultants for the Manual Food Processor

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Guacamole

Today’s recipe goes right along with this year’s National **Un-Official** Chip Dip theme – Guacamole! Now, I’m not going to lie, until this year I have never been a fan of the stuff. I guess somewhere along the way I had some at a restaurant where they didn’t know what they were doing and decided I wasn’t a fan. Sadly, I have been missing out!

When my daughter started eating solid foods I decided to give avacados a chance again because they are such a good starter food for babies. Guess what? Much to my surprise they didn’t taste half bad, and that was plain. Then 8 months ago I was at an awesome restaurant that served it fresh with chips for everyone and I actually liked it! So I decided to try making some myself. Turns out when you make this stuff yourself, fresh it’s even better! I even had a few other guacamole haters eating (and liking) it! So try it and enjoy it!

Guacamole

Ingredients

2 ripe avocados
2 tablespoon roma tomato,  diced
1 tablespoon red onion, diced
1 lime
1/2 tsp salt (optional)

Directions

1. Mix avocados, tomato and onion in a medium bowl.

2. Add juice of 1 lime and mash the ingredients together to combine.

3. Sprinkle with salt to taste if desired.

Enjoy!

If you like a little heat you can also add some finely diced jalapeno to this as well. 

Now that I’ve got a great recipe I want to put this stuff on everything! I would love to hear what recipes you use guacamole for! Leave me a comment and let me know.

Recipe Source: All Things Moms Original

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Pico De Gallo

Day 2 of our National “Un-Official” Dip week! To go with yesterday’s delicious queso, today we’ve got some fresh pico de gallo! These two dips should always be made and enjoyed together! They are both so good and together, they remind me of the good ol’ days. Sitting around a table at a mexican restaurant drinking a half gallon of sweet tea, hanging out with friends and talking for hours.

Good ‘ol days? Who am I kidding, that still happens, lol! Not as often as I would like it too, not for as long and of course I can’t drink that much sweet tea without getting the shakes now that I’ve kicked the caffeine habit but…  the cheese dip and salsa, that happens.  It’s been a constant in my life since the day I started driving and it takes me back to good places and good people.  I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to enjoy time with the ones I love- family and friends at these restaurants. Now I’m really excited that I can enjoy that time with them in the comfort of my own home to save some money!

Pico De Gallo

Ingredients

8 roma tomatoes
2 jalepeno peppers
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced
juice of 2 limes
2 tablespoons cilantro
1 tablespoon vinegar
salt/pepper to taste

Directions

1. Chop tomatoes and jalapenos. (I used my Food Chopper to give everything a quick chop)

2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.

3. Serve and enjoy!

Yields: 2-3 cups depending on size of tomatoes

 More chips please :)

Recipe adapted from PocketChangeGourmet

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Queso Dip

Some of you may remember a week before Thanksgiving all I could think about was cheese dip. I really wanted to share this recipe then but I did good and I stayed on topic with holiday goodies. Now that the holidays are over and National **Un-Official** Dip Week is here I can’t wait to share it with you as promised!

Once you try this cheese dip you’ll understand the excitement. It tastes just like the queso dip at the restaurants. I mean JUST like it, trust me, I would know- I am a connoisseur of queso dips. I even took it over to a friends house for dinner to test it out.  They agreed- no need to go buy the queso from the restaurant any more before enjoying your favorite mexican meal- you can whip up a batch of this is no time!

Queso Dip

Ingredients

1 1/4 lb block of white American cheese cut into cubes (I used Land ‘O Lakes from behind the deli counter, to make it easy you can have them slice it in 1″ slices)
1/4 cup diced green chiles
2 1/2 tablespoons pickled jalepenos, chopped
2 tablespoons pickled jalapeno juice
2/3 cup whole milk
1/2 cup cold water

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 5 minutes, stirring every minute.

2. Stir together all ingredients until well mixed. It may seem watery at first but as you stir it will become perfect consistency – thick enough to cling to your chips but thin enough that the extra just drips off!

Yields: Approximately 4 cups of deliciousness :)

Just remember – If you get addicted to this stuff you can not blame me! I’m warning you it is good! It makes a lot so if you happen to have some left you can reheat it. Just pop it back in the microwave in 30 second intervals until it is hot and melted again. I made mine in my Pampered Chef Batter Bowl because it is microwave safe. It has a lid and can go in the fridge for storage and then back in microwave to re-heat. Plus, it has the handy dandy pour spout.

Recipe adapted from: Pennies on a Platter

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National **Un-Official** Dip Week

Did you know that there is a National Pancake Week? How about National Oatmeal Month or Cheese Doodle Day? It’s true. Apparently there is a food (or several) recognized nationally for just about every single month, week and day of the year. Crazy right?!  Yeah I still can’t wrap my brain around it.. you could start an entire blog just about observing the food holidays..(if you do that please let me know and tell your fans where you got the genius idea! lol).

What’s even harder for me to imagine is that there is not an official holiday to celebrate dips! What? I know! Everyone loves dips, how could this be overlooked!! Therefore I am declaring this National Dip Week! Unofficially of course, because apparently these things are approved by the President himself. So, for chip and dip lovers everywhere- enjoy!

Here are some of my favorite dips you can look forward to seeing this week in the first ever National **Un-Official** Dip Week :

Queso Dip
Pico de Gallo Salsa
Guacamole
Mango Salsa

You’re probably noticing a theme here, but I told you I LOVE mexican food! Plus, these are great recipes that all your friends will love so they’ll be great for upcoming Super Bowl parties!

Now, doesn’t this sound better than celebrating hot pastrami sandwiches today? I thought so too but check back on July 25th for National Hot Sundae Day- that’s a holiday I can get behind! For a full list of National Food Holidays you can check out this site or google National Food Holiday.

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